CAPE Dialogues: Constructs, Contexts, and Connections
CAPE announces a fall and winter series of public dialogues that look at key aspects and new questions in this time of remote learning and art making. In these zoom conversations, panelists will investigate inquiry questions on classroom, network, and publicness.
What is Publicness?
The threshold between public and private has been in question for some time now, but we may be seeing another shift to what constitutes the public sphere as we increasingly rely on live streaming apps and video conferencing as a means to communicate and simulate in-person interaction. Panelists for this dialogue will include artists, researchers, and curators who will examine these matrices of collapsed spatial distance. If social interactions construct social space and visualization and pedagogy are inextricably linked, how then has a spatial collapse motivated alternative social practices to reimagine publicness? Participating panelists are the following: artist, theoretician and curator, Abbéy Odunlami; research-based artist, filmmaker, and essayist, Sanaz Sohrabi; and curator and Artistic Director of 6018North, Tricia Van Eck. Moderated by Mark A. Diaz.
Abbéy Odunlami, Ph.D., Artist, Theoretician, and Curator
Abbéy Odunlami Ph.D. is a cultural theorist and curator specializing in contemporary urban history and visual culture. He lectures on urbanism and critical theory in the Contemporary Practices & Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Odunlami’s research analyzes the socio-political nature of urban societies and infrastructures by analyzing the paradoxical nature of the avant-garde, hierarchical structures within conspicuous consumption practices, and postcolonial globality. Through this work, he examines the interdependencies that form conditions that produce the techne of and inform the built environment.
Sanaz Sohrabi, Artist, Filmmaker, and Essayist
Sanaz Sohrabi (b. 1988, Tehran) is a research-based artist, filmmaker, and essayist. Her work at large engages with the politics of recovery in photographic archives and the role of photography and film as technologies of public-making and subject positioning. Navigating the archival condition vis-à-vis the image dispositif, Sohrabi’s work seeks to unearth and map the superstructures wherein ideological formations emerge as nodes and spaces of spectatorship, visuality, and erasure. Since 2017, she has embarked on an expansive artistic research project which traces the colonial legacies of petroleum industrial complex in Iran and their entanglement to a wide array of representational mediums, such as architecture and the built environment, photography, film, and visual media.
Tricia Van Eck, Artistic Director and Curator for 6018North
After 13 years as an Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tricia Van Eck founded 6018North, an art space that is in what is a former residential home in the Edgewater community of Chicago. With 6018North, Van Eck creates an “experimental cultural space that increases opportunities, visibility, and audiences for Chicago artists.” She has curated over 70 exhibitions at the MCA and much of her curatorial projects were engaged and interactive: A Four Month Series of Artist and Audience Activations as a companion to Without You I Am Nothing: Art and Its Audience; Jan Tichy’s Project Cabrini Green; Theaster Gates: Temple Exercises; and Tino Sehgal’s Kiss, to name a few. She curated presentations of the work of Buckminster Fuller, Kerry James Marshall and other Chicago artists as well as emerging Chicago artists through the UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibitions.
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) partners professional artists with public school teachers to create classroom arts integration projects to help students learn. Teachers and artists collaborate by incorporating artists’ artistic practice into classroom projects. This type of learning energizes students and boosts self-esteem, critical thinking, and creative problem solving, in addition to improving grades and test scores.
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