David Hodge and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge to present lecture Oct. 20

Filmmakers and visual artists, David and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge will give the 2015 Oen Fellows lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Recital Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther campus. The lecture, titled "Impermanence: The Time of Man," is also part of the 2015-16 Religion Forum series and the Paideia Text and Issues Lecture series.

A reception will follow in Qualley Lounge. Both the lecture and the reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

After being asked to contribute to an exhibit celebrating the work of the Dalai Lama, David and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge interviewed more than 100 people about impermanence and change in their lives. They created an installation consisting of a large circular arrangement of mounted iPods, on which the interviews played simultaneously, each on its own screen. They explain that, "though impermanence is a central Buddhist concept, it's also a universal concern. We all grow up, change and eventually pass into another state."

The Hodges will share samples of the interviews and talk about how the project changed some of their views about their relationship to art and spirituality.

A husband and wife team, David Hodge and Hi-Jin Kang Hodge have created films and video installations for a variety of clients and artistic exhibitions for museums worldwide. Their pieces typically blend editorial materials and innovative uses of technology to explore complex human and social questions.

The Hodges' visit is funded by the Religion Department's Oen Fellowship program, with financial support provided by the Center for Ethics and Public Life.

The Oen Fellowship, established in 1992 through a gift by Ordean and Carol Oen, enables the religion department to invite distinguished guest lecturers to Luther biannually to explore and discuss intersections between religion, science, politics and the arts. Oen Fellows spend three to five days on campus meeting with both faculty and students to discuss issues in formal and informal settings.

The Hodges will be on campus Oct. 20-22. In addition to their public lecture, they will visit three Luther classes, including Richard Merritt's ART 306: Intermedia Arts, Benjamin Moore's ART 408: 2D Workshop, and Thomas C. Johnson's COMS 258: Concepts of Media Production.

For information on the complete Paideia Texts and Issues lecture series see: http://www.luther.edu/paideia/texts/.

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Hi-Jin Kang Hodge