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.