2016 HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Summer Project/Internship

The Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (HEMI) and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) joined together in 2015 to create the HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts program. As one of the inaugural initiatives, the HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Summer Program/Internship presented the challenge of exploring visual representations of the HEMI organization, structure, current research, and relationships. Visual representations could include, but were not limited to: storyboarding and narrative, animation, photography, graphic design, interactive arts or products, games, information visualization, illustration, or drawing.

Our 2016 Extreme Arts Interns were Tila Assgari (Interdisciplinary Sculpture major) and Seth Izen (Animation major).

Tila Assgari studied the flexibility and stability of certain materials when they are manipulated in different ways. She collaborated with Prof. Sung Hoon Kang and his lab to examine how micro-architectures can attain desired properties of flexibility and strength. Assgari applied her knowledge of materials to work with the properties of plywood to prototype a new way of 3D printing.

Seth Izen used his skills to create an educational animation that explains a specific part of HEMI’s research to the nonscientific public. Izen worked in collaboration with Prof. KT Ramesh using our asteroid data to simulate the differences between impact and thermal fragmentation.

The HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program aims to encourage collaboration among artists and researchers to examine data, interpret outcomes, and translate results from extreme events in new ways. This summer internship aims to explore visual representations of the HEMI organization, structure, current research, and relationships.

See the projects from our 2015 HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Internship.



3D Printing Prototype by Tila Assgari


Cut Plywood by Tila Assgari


Animation by Seth Izen


Seth Izen Presenting His Animation

Animation created by Seth Izen to portray the asteroid, Eros.