This event is open to current Amherst College students, faculty and staff (Amherst College ID required).
When the size of a ferromagnetic structure is on the order of a single domain, where all magnetic moments align parallel to one another, fascinating physics can result. Circularly symmetric structures (i.e., disks and rings) can support a “vortex” state in which the moments align circumferentially with a clockwise or counterclockwise circulation. Typical experiments that apply in-plane magnetic fields cannot select between the CW and CCW states. Instead, we locally pass current through the tip of an atomic force microscope to apply a circular field, directly controlling the vortex circulation. Magnetic force microscopy allows us to image the resulting states in disks and rings. Simulations predict novel states with multiple 360-degree domain walls in rings, which we can understand by considering the switching process and the topology of the domain walls. Potential applications in data storage will be discussed.
Seeking a break from the stressful work? Brighten your winter evening with Amherst Glee Club’s signature songs! Amherst Glee Club is one of the oldest college choirs in the United States. The concert features fun, chill tones of various themes and styles, some performed at Lincoln Center on January. Donuts and hot chocolate will be available.
This event is open to Amherst College students, faculty and staff (Amherst College ID required).
Selected Video Works presents four videos by Mariah Garnett made between 2010 and 2014. These works represent the early cornerstones of her experimental documentary practice. In all four films, the relationship between subject and filmmaker is foregrounded, calling into question the power dynamics at play in representational art practices.
“Garbage, The City, And Death” uses a Fassbinder text to reframe a real-life relationship between long-lost siblings as a romantic rivalry. It was Garnett’s first attempt to mix theatricality with a real relationship between herself and her subject.
“Picaresques” takes its inspiration from Lieutenant Nun, the autobiography of a transgender conquistador at the turn of the 17th century as its inspiration and abruptly becomes a portrait of Garnett’s own friendship with a 9-year-old tomboy from Santa Monica. It is an attempt to look to the past and future for heroes of a similar gender to the artist’s own.
“Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin” moves through phases of idolization, anxiety ending in a touchdown in reality in a conversation between the artist and Berlin himself. This is the first film in which Garnett used impersonation as a strategy for representing her subject.
Finally, “Full Burn” marks a shift in Garnett’s practice away from overtly queer themes to the geopolitical. It is a portrait of four U.S. war veterans who have continued to use their own physicality to earn a living, three as stunt men and one as a massage therapist. It is a meditation on masculine duty, trauma and re-enactment.
Mariah Garnett is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in American civilization and an M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts in film/video. In 2019 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Film/Video for her feature film, Trouble, which premiered at the London Film Festival and was named one of the best documentaries of the year by Sight + Sound. Her work has screened and been exhibited internationally at venues including The New Museum, The Hammer Museum, Tate Belfast, REDCAT, SFMoMA and her exhibiting gallery, Commonwealth + Council. She is a MacDowell Fellow, and her work has been featured in Bomb, Artforum and Reverse Shot.