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Stephanie Smith and the soART Lecture Series

TOMORROW! OCTOBER 8, at 3 PM Stephanie Smith will have a workshop at the Miller Gallery.

Smith, OCTOBER 8, 5PM, KRESGE THEATRE,  “29 Chains to the Moon” exhibition at the Miller Gallery. Lecture preceded by a workshop at 3pm in the gallery.

Smith, OCTOBER 8, 5PM, KRESGE THEATRE, “29 Chains to the Moon” exhibition at the Miller Gallery. Lecture preceded by a workshop at 3pm in the gallery.

STEPHANIE SMITH
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8
5PM, KRESGE THEATRE
In conjunction with the “29 Chains to the Moon” exhibition at the Miller Gallery. Lecture preceded by a workshop at 3pm in the gallery.

STEPHANIE SMITH is a designer and entrepreneur whose projects span the worlds of architecture, art, technology, and culture. Her research into the social practices of fringe and nomadic societies tielded a movement she calls “Wanna Start a Commune?”, and include diagrams for creating modern Cul-de-Sac Communes, portable kiosks for non-monetary exchange and meet-ups, and most recently an online platform for creating as many communes as your life demands, WeCommune. Smith is also the founder of Ecoshack, a design experiment that began in Joshua Tree, CA, and is now an LA-based design studio inspired by the ad hoc, indigenous and archetypal typoligies typically found at the fringes of society and culture. In 2008 the Whitney Museum identified Smith as the designer/entrepreneur most actively taking the ideas of Buckminster Fuller into the 21st century. This fall she’ll be in the Fuller-themed exhibition “29 Chains to the Moon: Artists’ Schemes for a Fantastic Future” at the Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University through December 6, 2009.

More on the SOART LECTURE SERIES.

(and congratulations on our 300th post!)

Oleszko, October 20, 5PM McConomy

Oleszko, October 20, 5PM McConomy

PAT OLESZKO
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20
5PM, MCCONOMY AUDITORIUM
Kraus Visiting Professor of Art, Spring 2010

PAT OLESZKO makes a spectacle of herself and doesn’t mind if you laugh. Known as the Ms Tricks of Dis Guise, she has a large body of work which includes many Unnatural Acts. Utilizing elaborate costumes and props, she has created lithe performantzes, films and installations that a-dress trees, knees, breasts, butts, elephants and fingers. There have been notorious spatial events with the cast-off thousands. She has worked from the popular art forms of the street, party, parade and burlesque house to the Museum of Modern Art, from Sesame Street Magazine to Ms, Playboy, and Artforum. A much decorated artist both literally and figuratively, she has been amply rewarded for her diverse efforts pumping irony and disparately trying to bring home the beacon. The truth squirts.

Paolo, November 3, 5PM McConomy

Paolo, November 3, 5PM McConomy

PAOLO PEDERCINI
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3
5PM, MCCONOMY AUDITORIUM
New Visiting Faculty in Electronic & Time-Based Media

PAOLO PEDERCINI has produced quirky online games since 2003 addressing various social issues such as globalization, labor issues, religion and sexuality. His project “molleindustria” (Italian for soft industry) tries to tap the expressive and persuasive potential of the medium by turning upside-down well established genres and cliches. Exploiting the viral diffusion of contents on the net, his games reached millions of players without relying on commercial distribution channels and big budget productions. Paolo characterizes his project as a response to mainstream pop culture. Molleindustria’s intervention is not the only anomaly in the video gaming field. A new generation of developers is emerging at the margins of the industry. Defying big companies, independent game designers are flooding the Internet with provocative and experimental titles. The common perception of video games is changing as people are starting to realize that games can be expressive, meaningful and inspiring. Pedercini, who graduated with an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009, will join the School of Art faculty in Fall 2009 as the new Assistant Professor of Art specializing in Electronic and Time-Based Media.

Bing, Novemeber 10, 5PM, McConomy

Bing, Novemeber 10, 5PM, McConomy

XU BING
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
5PM, MCCONOMY AUDITORIUM
Co-sponsired by SUNY Buffalo

XU BING works in a wide range of media, creating installations that question the idea of communicating meaning through language, domonstrating how both meanings and written words can be easily manipulated. Among numerous awards. he received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award in 1999 for “originality, creativity, self-direction, and capacity to contribute importantly to society, particularly in printmaking and calligraphy”. in addition to “Persistence/Transformation: Text as Image in the Art of Xu Bing”, a multidisciplinary study of the landmark work “Book from the Sky” published by Princeton University Press in 2006, in 2009 Bernard Quritch of London published “Tianshu: Passage in the Making of a Book”, the most thorough analysis of this work to date. Bing was born and raised in Beijing, China, and enrolled in the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in 1977, where he studied printmaking and received an MFA in 1987. In 1990 he set up residence in the U.S. Recently, in January 2008, he was appointed the new Vice President of CFA.

Bishop, November 17, 5PM McConomy

Bishop, November 17, 5PM McConomy

CLAIRE BISHOP
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
5PM, MCCONOMY AUDITORIUM
2009 Orville M. Winsand Lecture for Critical Studies in Art

CLAIRE BISHOP is an art historian and critic based at CUNY Graduate Center, New York, and Visiting Professor at the Royal College of Art, London, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Essex. Publications by her include: “Installation Art: A Critical History” (Tate, 2005), “Participation” (Whitechapel/MIT Press, 2006), and two influential essays – “Antagonism and Relational Aesthetics” (October, 2004) and “The Social Turn: Collaboration and its Discontents” (Artforum, 2006). In 2008 she co-curated with Mark Sladen “Double Agent” at the ICA, London, and recently published a related book on socially-engaged art and spectatorship.

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