Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Occupy as Form: Recap

The Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley sponsored the working session "Occupy as Form" on February 10, 2012. This recap was written by participants Blake Stimson, Professor of Art History at UC Davis, and Evan Buswell, Kevin Smith, and Geoffrey Wildanger, graduates students at UC Davis, and posted on the UC Faculty Supporting Students blog.

"The central framing device for the working session was to try to consider the overlapping roles of activism, art, and scholarship. There were several activities that were designed to cultivate discussion about these overlapping concerns including a lively “speed dating” session in which the participants were set up in pairs and given the opportunity to quickly exchange insights about the personal meaning and significance of the movement."

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Making Time: Afterwords (and Images)

Pictured above: artist Daniel Joseph Martinez (UC Irvine) discusses his work at the Arts Research Center's "Making Time" symposium.  

“Such an engaging conference”… “A really rich event”…“Thank you for inviting me to be part of your extraordinary ‘Making Time’ symposium. It was a real pleasure to hear from all those brilliant thinkers….”

These are the just some of the gratifying comments we received following the “Making Time” symposium. From zombies to Huckleberry Finn….from dancing with architecture to collecting live performances….a dizzying array of topics were covered over three days in April.  Several hundred audience members gathered at the Berkeley Art Museum to hear keynotes by curators Sabine Breitwieser (MOMA) and Jens Hoffmann (CCA) and choreographer Ralph Lemon, as well as conversations with artists Daniel Joseph Martinez and Allan de Souza, and panels of artists, curators, and scholars from across the country discussing “Performance and the Art World,” “Screening Time,” “Dancing in the Museum,” and “Curators Re-Skilling/Critics Re-Thinking.”  The category of “time-based art” was explored, expanded, and challenged from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Photos from all three days can be seen on the ARC Facebook page.

To read more about “Making Time,” see the post-symposium report by Darsie Alexander (Walker Art Center) on the Art in America website. 

Video documentation of the event will available for viewing later this year, due to the generous support of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, which is planning an East Coast iteration of "Making Time" this fall. Stay tuned for more details!