Laura F. Gibellini, Based on True Story 5, 2012, pigmented ink print on paper, 11 x 16.9 in., series of 7
Panel Discussion: Constructing a Place
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Curatorial Hub @ TEMP Art Space
57 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013
Conceived as a transdisciplinary discussion, this event is considered as an extension of the dialogue that started in the book by Laura F. Gibellini Construyendo un Lugar / Constructing a Place* (Complutense University of Madrid, 2012) and aims to reflect on the relationship between theory and practice, and to explore the visualization or materialization of such a bond.
Rather than a catalogue or a direct reflection on Gibellini’s work, the book represents a mapping of some fundamental considerations implicit in her artistic practice and grapples with the idea of how ‘places’ emerge in the interstice between ideal and factual gestures. The book focuses on the gap between the conceptualization of a ‘place’ and a place that is practiced, inhabited, performed, used, constructed… ‘Places’ emerge in the practice, in the ‘being there’ performing a gesture that never quite overlaps with the concept that prompted it. At the same time, the performative aspect of the gesture leads to an ongoing process that makes the real place happen elsewhere and appear as fundamentally unattainable –all of which reveals the gap between the mind and the gesture, the theory and the practice.
The panel at TEMP will address such issues, in particular the overlap between projection, practice, and representation. The panelists will rethink the conditions in which certain gestures appear and manifest themselves, and how such gestures convey the knowledge and the understanding of the world we live in. Barbara Adams, Mary Di Lucia, Maria Iñigo Clavo, Steven Henry Madoff, Timon McPhearson, Lize Mogel, Ernesto Pujol, and Damon Rich—fundamental representatives of a variety of disciplines such as writing, ecology, sociology, poetry, performance, art, and cartography—will be sharing their views. The event will be presented by Andrea Hill and is organized and moderated by Laura F. Gibellini.
Please join us following the event for a closing reception of ICI Curatorial Hub at TEMP.
*Construyendo un Lugar / Constructing a Place, Madrid: Complutense University, 2011, includes the significant contributions of the Spanish authors Tonia Raquejo, Menene Gras Balaguer, Jana Leo, Luis Ortega, Maria Iñigo Clavo, Miguel Ángel Hernández-Navarro, and of the American poet Mary Di Lucia. Edited by Seccion Departamental de Historia del Arte, Facultad de Bellas Artes. Palabras de Imagenes Collection. (Download the book here) ©The authors
Laura F. Gibellini is a visual artist and theorist whose work grapples with the notion of place and what it means to inhabit the world. In particular she is concerned with how specific places appear in the interstice between ideal and factual gestures, in the gap between conceptualization and practice. In her work, she pays particular attention to the conditions in which, at a given moment, particular artworks emerge and manifest themselves. This places emphasis in the (thinking) process while the artwork would appear as a result or a residue of such development. She uses a variety of media in particular drawing, collage, photography, and video, and, at times, she produces site-specific installations. Laura is a faculty member of the MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Barbara Adams studies the creative practices of artists, curators, and social scientists with a particular interest in the ways in which creative practitioners grapple with and diagnose contemporary unease through their work. Her work also considers what social scientists might learn from artists in terms of methodology. Barbara studied social sciences at the University of Amsterdam and is now working on her dissertation at the New School for Social Research. She teaches urban studies and social theory courses at the New School and Parsons.
Maria Iñigo Clavo is an artist and a researcher with a Ph.D. from Universidad Complutense of Madrid. She has been Research Officer for the AHRC Project Meeting Margins: Transnational Art in Europe & Latin America 1950-1978, University of Essex. Between 2008 and 2011 she has taught at the European University of Madrid and inthe MA of Curating Latin American art at the University of Essex with a focus in multiculturalism, postcolonial theory, and art in Latin America. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Revista de Occidente; Bilboquet; Espacio, Tiempo y Forma (UNED); Concinnitas (UERJ), Sur/Versión (Rómulo Gallegos Fundation) Re-visiones (Complutense University of Madrid), and Lugar Común (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). She has contributed to the books On Public Memory (UNED) and Readings for a Curious Spectator (CA2M press). She has curated exhibitions and events at Matadero Madrid, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and Le Cube in Rabat, were she curated the exhibition Tradition, Translation, Trahison with Anna Raimondo in January 2013.
Mary Di Lucia is a poet whose work explores places real and imagined, from a dream version of Russia to the future Antarctica. Her recent collaborations with Laura Gibellini (“All It Could Have Been,” “Variations on a Domestic Interior,” “There is something about a dot and a line…”) have opened up conversations about the gap between the inspiration for a poem and the place of the poem itself. Her creative work was awarded a New York Times Foundation Fellowship and she has also been recognized by the Scholastic Art Alliance for her work as a teacher to younger students. Besides an MFA in Poetry from New York University, she holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature from Harvard University; her scholarship concerns the questioning and reimagining of ancient foundation myth, culminating in a “Sabine version” of Rome’s foundation story.
Andrea Hill is a partner and director of gallery relations at Paddle8, the startup online auction house founded in 2011. She began her art career at Phillips de Pury & Company in private sales and collections working with individual and corporate clients. Andrea is also an independent curator and has worked with public art initiative Smart Spaces and produced exhibitions at Wesleyan University, Klemens Gasser and Tanja Grunert Gallery, and festivals in the greater New York area. She received a BA in Art and English from Yale University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Steven Henry Madoff is a Contributing Editor at Modern Painters and ARTnews magazines. He has written widely for many other publications, including Artforum, the New York Times, Art + Auction, Art in America, Tate Etc., and has served as art critic for Time magazine. His most recent book is Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century) from MIT Press. He is the recipient of various grants and awards, among them from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Academy of American Poets. He has curated internationally, including at the 2009 Venice Biennale and his current project, a multiple exhibition platform for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art for May-June 2013. He has served as Senior Critic at Yale’s School of Art and is on the founding faculty of the MFA in Art Practice at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Timon McPhearson is Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology at The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center in New York City, where he teaches urban ecology, sustainability, and resilience. He earned his Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources from Rutgers University, and is a former National Science Foundation Fellow and biodiversity scientist at the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. Dr. McPhearson’s postdoctoral work included a three-year Columbia Science Fellowship focusing on innovative environmental education pedagogy at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he helped create the University’s first required undergraduate science course, Frontiers of Science. Dr. McPhearson’s research seeks to improve resilience and sustainability of urban social-ecological systems. Using New York City as a case study, he conducts theoretical and field-based empirical research on urban biodiversity and ecosystem services in order to better understand how to protect, manage, and restore critical ecosystem functions and services in urban systems.
Lize Mogel is an interdisciplinary artist, who, for the past decade, has worked with the interstices between art and cultural geography. She has created and disseminated counter-cartography— maps and mappings that produce new understandings of social and political issues. Her work connects the real history and collective imaginary about specific places to larger narratives of global economies. She has mapped public parks in Los Angeles, future territorial disputes in the Arctic, and wastewater economies in New York City. Mogel is co-editor of the book/map collection “An Atlas of Radical Cartography” and co-curator of its related traveling exhibition. This project significantly influenced the conversation and production around mapping and activism. Exhibitions include the Sharjah (U.A.E.), Gwangju (South Korea), and Pittsburgh Biennials, Greater New York at MoMA PS1, and Experimental Geography (touring). Photo credit: Kim Llerena.
Ernesto Pujol is a site-specific performance artist and social choreographer. His public performances create cultural portraits of peoples and places as ephemeral monuments, revealing the silent invisible by revisiting the deeply familiar, as collective psychic portraits, in the Jungian sense. His durational performances are constructed through repeated walking, generating space-within-spaces, aided by elements of silence and solitude. Horizontality becomes verticality; plain become wells. Pujol believes that the sustainability of the American experiment, as we become an increasingly impoverished diverse society, requires such recurrent ephemeral spaces for reflection. The artist serves as a performance instructor in the MFA programs of Parsons, The New School, and the School of Visual Arts.
Damon Rich is a designer and artist. In his exhibitions, graphic works, and events, sometimes produced in collaboration with young people and community-based organizations, Rich creates fantastical spaces for imagining the physical and social transformation of the world. His work represented the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. In 1997, he founded the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a nonprofit that uses design and art to improve civic engagement, and was Executive Director for 10 years. His work has recently been published in Architectural Inventions, edited by Matt Bua and Max Goldfarb, and in issues of Architectural Design dedicated to “radical postmodernism” and “scarcity.”