Stony Brook University M.F.A. alumna Verónica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator from Spain based in the United States. Her work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through Performance Art. Peña is interested in migration policies, cross-cultural dialogue, and women’s empowerment. “The Body In The Substance” awarded the Franklin Furnace Fund is a 12 hour performance in which Peña submerges her entire body within a liquid “substance” that slowly solidifies. Verónica Peña will speak at Stony Brook University on November 28th, 1pm, at the Staller Center for the Arts.
Howardena Pindell (b. 1943), still from Free, White and 21, 1980.
Video, color, sound; 12:15 min. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Film, Video, and New Media Committee 2015.35. © Howardena Pindell
Associate Professor Stephanie Dinkins has been awarded a prestigious residency at Eyebeam.
Interiors: Stephanie Dinkins + Bina48 & Bruce Duncan; Love at the Edges of Personhood brings ongoing conversations between artist Stephanie Dinkins and social robot Bina48 to the stage. In 2014, Stephanie set out to build a long-term, empathetic friendship with Bina48—one of the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence beings based on the likeness and lived experience of Bina Aspen. Their conversations are further enriched by dialouge with Bina48’s handler and close companion Bruce Duncan.The panel will explore questions around archiving humanity, race and gender in artificial intelligence, and strategies for empathy in a rapidly changing world.
Associate Professor Stephanie Dinkins to speak at Moogfest in Durham, NC on Friday, May 19 with NEW INC director Julia Kaganskiy, and fellow members Francis Tseng, Fei Liu, and Taeyoon Choi. The group will be speaking as part of the PrototypingUtopia panel discussion from 5:15pm – 6:45pm.
Associate Professor Stephanie Dinkins has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the arts organization A Blade of Grass. As an ABOG Fellow Stephanie Dinkins will create Project al-Khwarizmi (PAK) with artists, youth, and elders of color to address digital discrimination within artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Working alongside computer and data scientists, Dinkins and collaborators will develop a web-based chatbot to empower communities of color to understand how algorithms and AI systems impact daily life, and create a more culturally inclusive prototype.
Working to address racism, sexism, and other biases within artificially intelligent systems, the project aims to ensure that people of color and others who inherently understand the need for inclusion, equity and ethics participate in the design, production and testing of smart technologies. PAK is a laterally minded project that will encourage communities of color get involved in AI and provide strategies to help keep biases and discrimination out of newly encoded systems.
Stony Brook Studio Art MFA Alumni Verónica Peña is opening a collaborative performance art work titled DE LO POSIBLE (Of Possibilities), which explores human (dis)connections, language barriers, non-verbal communication, and intercultural exchange between subjects of different cultures. The performance will take place on Thursday, March 16th, and Sunday, March 19th, 7:30 PM at TRISKELION ARTS: Split Bill Program in New York City. For information and tickets visit: triskelionarts.org/split-bill-mar-2017
Continue reading “Verónica Peña & Hector Canonge at Triskelion Arts, New York City”
SYNAESTHESIA PLAYGROUND by pianist Jocelyn Ho
SBU Collaborators (all commissioned for the concert)
Dan Waymouth, Composition
Nobi Nagasawa, Optical fiber attire Bio-Lux.
Takafumi Ide, Visuals
The concert on Thursday 3/2 at UCLA will be livestreamed.
Please tune in. 7:30PM Pacific time / 10:30PM East coast time
Schoenberg Hall445 Charles E Young Drive East, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Bio Lux: The original function of clothing is to shield human from weather conditions. The garment designed for a pianist Jocelyn Ho flips this function inside out: it does not protect from the external environment but exposes and interacts with the internal physiology of her body. Sensors on the pianist’s body detect her heartbeat, movement, and energy to act as triggers between the music and the illuminated attire Nagasawa designed. By creating an interactive sartorial (wearable) art activated by bodily rhythms, the performing body becomes an augmented artwork which transforms the performance. This clothing, made from “woven” pulsating optical fiber creates a soulful journey between mind, body, and music. (from Synaesthesia Playground dossier)
* Sponsored by the Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences (FAHSS) Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University.
ANTIFORM: PACKER, PATRICK & ROS
Jan. 24-Feb. 18, Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center
Artist Talk and Reception: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5-8pm
Lindsay Packer, Mitch Patrick and John Ros create experimental art with projected light, video, photography, 3D printing and objects found in the Staller Center. FREE poster of collaborative digital print available to gallery visitors.
Don’t miss the opportunity to bring your classes to ANTIFORM — arrangements can be made to have the gallery open outside public hours for class visits. Exhibition open through Feb. 18.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation is pleased to announce the twenty-five recipients of the 2016 Painters & Sculptors Grant Program in the amount of $25,000 each.
Athena LaTocha, MFA 2007, is one of the recipients this year.
Andrew Uroskie is interviewed in a feature film on the artist Ken Dewey premiering at the NYC Documentary Film Festival next month at the IFC West Village Theater Nov 12th. Alongside Stony Brook’s own Allan Kaprow, Dewey was one of the founders of the “Happenings” group, a key progenitor social practice art in both the US and Europe in the early 60s, as well as a major figure in helping to establish government funding for alternative art spaces in New York State in the early 70s before his tragic death at age 38 in a plane crash in 1972.
Expected to attend the premiere: Sally Williams; executive producers Suki Dewey, Ariane Dannasch, Christopher Dewey; subjects Carolee Schneemann Anthony Martin, Lee Breuer, Jon Hendricks, Prof. Andrew V. Uroskie, Leil Lowndes, Yvette Nachmias Baeu.
Here’s a link to the trailer and tickets: http://bit.ly/dewey16
STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY
SOUTH CAMPUS, NY 11794
To find the campus via GPS, enter the address “100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790”. From Nicolls Road take the South Entrance and follow the signs for the MFA studios.
EXHIBITION: September 13 – October 22, 2016
Tour & Refreshments Wednesday, September 14, 3 pm
Art Crawl Thursday, September 29, 3-5 pm
Tour begins at the Simons Center Gallery, followed by the Zuccaire Gallery at 3:30pm
Reception Saturday, October 1, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk Thursday, October 13, 4 pm
Talk will be held at the Wang Center Theatre
Preceded by Curator’s Tour at the Zuccaire Gallery, 3PM
Part of the Provost’s Lecture Series, the Guerrilla Girls Artist Talk is co-hosted by the Humanities Institute of Stony Brook with additional support from the College of Arts and Sciences, Departments of Art and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Seating is limited.
For more information, please visit Zuccaire Gallery Website (Link)
PhD grad, Sophie Landres, shone as part of a panel discussion on Charlotte Moorman last week in conjunction with the exhibition “A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s” at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery.
The panel discussion was moderated by Hannah B Higgins, professor of Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago, with speakers Saisha Grayson, PhD candidate, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Sophie Landres, PhD candidate, Stony Brook University; and Joan Rothfuss, author of *Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman *(MIT Press, 2014). The panel focused on the charismatic cellist who lent her talents and energies not only to numerous performances with erstwhile composer and Fluxus artist Nam June Paik but also to the radical, experimental scene of 1960s and ’70s New York—a pivotal moment in late-20th century art.
Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Art History (CAS) and Grey Art Gallery.
For more information, please visit here (LINK)
Stony Brook University—Manhattan
387 Park Avenue South (Entrance at 27th Street) 3rd floor
Friday October 14, 2016
Reception to follow
*Open to the public, no registration required*
Based on her latest publication, Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan (MIT Press, April 2016), Dr. Reiko Tomii will outline two basic concepts “wilderness” and “contemporaneity” as key methodological frameworks to construct local and global art histories. First and foremost an artist’s strategy, “wilderness” was inventively and imaginatively exploited by three protagonists of her study, Matsuzawa Yutaka, a pioneer conceptualist in central Japan; The Play, a Happeners’ collective in Osaka; and GUN, a politically aware group in Niigata. “Contemporaneity,” a geo-historical concept derived from the Japanese notion of kokusaiteki dōjisei (international contemporaneity), offers an art-historian’s strategy for world art history of postwar practices, for which she has proposed such theoretical and methodological terms as “connection,” “resonance,” and “similar yet dissimilar” among others. She will demonstrate their application by focusing on the stone-based works of Mono-ha and conceptualism around 1970.
Dr. Reiko Tomii is an independent art historian and curator, who investigates post-1945 Japanese art in global and local contexts. She is co-director of PoNJA-GenKon (www.ponja-genkon.net), a listserv group of specialists interested in contemporary Japanese art, which she co-founded in 2003. Among her prolific publications, the latest is Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan, was published by The MIT Press in Spring 2016.
“Wilderness as Method, Contemporaneity as Method” is organized by the Department of Art at Stony Brook University. Organizer: Prof. Sohl Lee, email@example.com.