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EXHIBITIONS/090424/Fatimah Tuggar - Bay 11

posted Apr 24, 2009, 8:58 AM by Pedro Lasch

Fatimah Tuggar is an artist-in-residence at Duke. Her work includes large-scale digital prints, videos and interactive works.

Untitled (army), 1996, Computer Montage (inkjet on vinyl)

Nebulous Wait, 2005, Computer Montage (inkjet on vinyl)

Opening reception:

Friday, April 24 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Smith Warehouse Bay 12


STATEMENT

Borrowing from the familiar language of advertisement, popular entertainment, and folklore, also drawing from the experiential, I investigate the cultural and social implications of technology. Technology is both a medium and a subject in my work. I use it as a metaphor for power dynamics to explore how media diversely impacts our realities. Assemblage, collage, and montage have long been central to my method of exploration and expression of ideas. 

I employ assemblage, when working with objects, by combining household tools from different cultures with their varying counterparts. I maintain the functionality or utilitarianism of the object so as not to render it mute. This is a way to look into the implications of the juggling act that occurs as we adapt, modify and are modified by, the implements and power systems that define our environments. 

In both my computer montages and video collages, I bring together a variety of images to closely examine cultural nuances so that the actual meaning of the work exist primarily in between the elements I bring together. My concern is not to pass definitive judgements on the cultures involved, but to look in between the cultural products and structures as a way to better understand how media technology influences and affects the daily lives of people. I focus on the internal relationships of the individuals within the image, tempered by the surrounding power structures. 

For example the series “Money & Matter,” which is made up of nine images, examines the relationship of human beings to capital, on a personal level and from a social perspective. In this series I use entertainment technologies as a vehicle for commentary on various and conflicting histories, journeys and materials in our experience. The symbols and expressions of money exist in relation to matter as both subject and object of what we desire and fear. The tension between the money’s power gaming and elements of distraction and the substance of what matters in peoples lives are at the core of this series. I for one know that I am unquestionably implicated in the dynamics of money & matter. 

My web based interactive work allows the viewer/participant to choose backgrounds and animated elements to create a collage. The provided backgrounds and elements facilitate the creation of temporary non-linear narratives that can be constructed or disrupted based on the choices made by the participant. Bringing together my own shots and sound recordings with found imagery and sounds, I produce icons, commodities and characterizations, that the participant can use to generate their own ongoing conversation which allows the exploration of these shifting factors. The process of assembling locates the actual content of the work in an interaction that is in constant flux. Therefore, content mainly exists in between the elements that are brought together. This creates a space for combining personal perceptions with these set components to create ongoing conversations, which are in expansive change. This opens up additional spaces for further dialogues that can be both fluid and or resistant.

ISIS Multimedia Mapping Course on Camera News

posted Apr 24, 2009, 8:07 AM by Pedro Lasch

From Victoria Szabo

Dear ISIS Friends:

The Spring 2009 ISIS 200 Capstone project on Multimedia Mapping is featured in a new Duke on Camera news story. Check it out, and please join me in congratulating the members of the ISIS Mapping team for a job well done!

http://www.duke.edu/today/archive/oncamera.php?id=26248


To view the project itself, please visit the project website:  http://www.isismapping.org

PRESENTATION/090429/Wired: Teaching New Representation Technologies for Historical Materials

posted Apr 21, 2009, 11:18 AM by Pedro Lasch

Presentation time for "Wired: Teaching New Representation Technologies for Historical Materials" 
4 p.m. on April 29th

PLACE: WAREHOUSE, BAY 11, 2ND FLOOR (enter through Bay 12, up stairs and to left)

WHAT: We will make an 45-minute presentation on our experimental course, on u using new digital technologies to teach and interpret historical, archaeological and architectural materials (or more broadly, material culture).

EXHIBITIONS/DIVE/090423 Alexandra Dodson, Laura Louvrier and Hilary Coe Smith (Galetti))

posted Apr 21, 2009, 11:15 AM by Pedro Lasch   [ updated Apr 21, 2009, 11:17 AM ]

Dear All,

Alexandra Dodson, Laura Louvrier and Hilary Coe Smith will present their
3D-projects for the seminar on Renaissance French architecture in the DiVE
on Thursday, April 23 from 4:30PM to 5:30PM (for directions:
http://vis.duke.edu/dive/visits 

They will walk us into the Valois chapel in Saint Denis and in the houses
on the pont Notre-Dame in Paris.

The event is open to everyone.

Hope to see you there.

Best,
Sara

-- 
Sara Galletti
Duke University
Art, Art History & Visual Studies
114 East Duke Building, Box 90764

EXHIBITIONS/090424/F.Tuggar-C.N.Chung-A.Kulothungun-A.Benzyk-C.Nelson-CapstoneStudents-IntroVPracticeStudents

posted Apr 20, 2009, 11:33 AM by Pedro Lasch   [ updated Apr 24, 2009, 7:34 AM by Marion Monson ]

THIS FRIDAY APRIL 24TH, FROM 6PM TO 10PM

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A GREAT EVENING OF RECEPTIONS FOR ALL THESE SIMULTANEOUS EXHIBITIONS

AT THE SMITH ARTS WAREHOUSE (BAY 11 + BAY 12)

For more information about these or other exhibitions and events, as well as images, and longer texts, please visit our new website and exhibitions calendar a day or two before a given show's reception:

http://sites.google.com/site/vpexhibitionsevents/

For directions to Smith Warehouse go to:

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BAY 12, 1st Floor

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AMY BENZYK & CATHERINE NELSON: SENIOR DISTINCTION STUDENTS

PAINTINGS, ARTIST BOOKS, AND PRINTS

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BAY 12, 2nd Floor & Media Lab

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WORK SELECTIONS BY SENIOR STUDENTS FROM CAPSTONE COURSE ( ARTSVIS 200 / NOLAND )

PAINTING, PHOTOGRAPHY, INSTALLATION, VIDEO, AND OTHER MEDIA

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WORK SELECTIONS BY STUDENTS FROM INTRO TO VISUAL PRACTICE ( ARTSVIS 54 / FICK-LASCH )

VARIOUS MEDIA

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BAY 11, 2nd Floor

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FATIMAH TUGGAR: INTERNATIONAL ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

LARGE-SCALE DIGITAL PRINTS AND INTERACTIVE WORKS

http://sites.google.com/site/vpexhibitionsevents/tuggarbay11

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WORK SELECTIONS BY STUDENTS FROM INTRO TO PHOTOGRAPHY ( BOGAERT )

PHOTO PROJECTS AND PRINTS

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ASHWIN KULOTHUNGUN & CHRISTOPHER NEO CHUNG: SENIOR DUKE STUDENTS

INTERACTIVE MEDIA WORK

SCREENINGS/090413-090418/The Nicholas School Presents Robert Redford/Love Auditorium/LSRC

posted Apr 10, 2009, 6:30 AM by Pedro Lasch

The Nicholas School Presents
Robert Redford
Actor
DirectorProducerEnvironmentalistStar

Selected Films

Monday, April 13 - Jeremiah Johnson 
Tuesday, April 14 - The Sting 
Wednesday, April 15 – The Milagro Beanfield War 
Thursday, April 16 - A River Runs Through It 
Friday, April 17 - The Unforeseen

Love Auditorium

Levine Science Research Center

7 PM

Free and open to the Duke University Community.

Refreshments will be provided.

These films have been selected to highlight Robert Redford’s acting, directing and producing career.  While well known for his acting in landmark movies like The Sting (1973) and Jeremiah Johnson (1972), Redford also directed and produced films with significant environmental themes, including The Milagro Beanfield War (director, 1988) and A River Runs Through It (director & producer, 1992).  We also feature The Unforeseen (2007), a documentary on a contentious story of development and environmental protection in Austin, Texas, for which Redford served as executive producer.

This film series is held in conjunction with the presentation to Redford of the inaugural Duke LEAF Award, for lifetime environmental achievement in the fine arts. 
The award will be presented on April 18 at 2:30 pm in Duke University’s Page Auditorium. 
The Duke LEAF award recognizes the important role of the artist in advancing a national and international environmental agenda. 
For more information, contact beth.conlin@duke.edu.


SCREENINGS/090410/Experimental Documentary and the Everyday

posted Apr 8, 2009, 7:00 AM by Pedro Lasch

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What We Do and What We See:
Experimental Documentary and the Everyday
April 10, 12 to 5 PM
Auditorium, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Reception and Exhibit follows at the Smith Warehouse


Experimental film-making can also be a form of documentary practice -- one that revolutionizes our vision. In its interest in and politicization of the everyday, experimental film reaches beyond its traditional realm in the museum context. Ultimately, this retrospective aims to show how reflection on the everyday impacts a politics of the everyday.

The retrospective consists of two programs and an informal panel. The films included span from the 1960s through this decade, and are mostly in 16 mm.
Film-makers David Gatten and Shambhavi Kaul will join NCSU film professors Tom Wallis and Maria Pramaggiore in a closing informal panel.

A reception & exhibit will follow at the SMITH WAREHOUSE, featuring audiovisual works by local and visiting artists.
All events are free and open to the public.

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What We Do and What We See:
Experimental Documentary and the Everyday

12:00-2:00 PROGRAM 1: Looking Back on the Everyday

Introduction: Shilyh Warren

Gunvor Nelson. Schmeerguntz (1966, 16 mm, b&w/so, 15 min.)
____________. Kirsa Nicholina (1969, 16 mm, color/so, 16 min.)
____________. My Name is Oona (1969, 16 mm, b&w/so, 10 min.)
Bruce Baillie. Castro Street (1966, 16mm, b&w/color/so, 10 min.)
Dorothy Wiley. Miss Jesus Fries on Grill (1973, 16mm, color/so, 12 min.)
Bruce Conner. Crossroads (1976, DVD, b&w/so, 37 min.)

2:00-2:30 BREAK

2:30-4:00 PROGRAM 2: What We Feel / How We Love

Introduction: Tom B. Whiteside

Carolee Schneeman. Fuses (1964-1967, 16mm, color/si, 22 min.)
Barbara Hammer. Multiple Orgasm (1976, 16 mm, color/so, 10 min.)
______________. Synchtouch (1980, 16 mm, color/so, 10 min.)
Leighton Pierce. A Private Happiness (2003, color/stereo sound, dvd, 10 min.)
Shambhavi Kaul. TBA
David Gatten. How to Conduct a Love Affair (2007, color, silent, 16mm, 8 min.)

4:15-5:00 PANEL: Touching / Seeing: Documenting the Invisible

David Gatten and Shambhavi Kaul, film-makers whose work will be shown in the second program, will take part in this closing informal panel. Maria Pramaggiore and Tom Wallis, professors from NCSU, will join in the discussion.

A reception and exhibit will follow at the Smith Warehouse. Video works by Fatimah Tuggar, Josh Gibson and a sound installation by the Peter Cusack/Durham Soundscape Think Tank.


Still from Gunvor  Nelson's film "My Name is Oona" (1969).

FWD/090406/Cheech Marin's Three Jobs: Comedian donates art to Duke to raise profile of Chicano artists

posted Apr 7, 2009, 8:10 AM by Pedro Lasch   [ updated Apr 7, 2009, 8:20 AM ]

FWD from:

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Jenny Snead Williams
Executive Director 
Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South
Duke University



Cheech Marin’s gift of Chicano art to the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South at Duke University is highlighted on the Duke Today website:  http://www.duke.edu/today/.  Check out the full story online ….

 

Cheech Marin's Three Jobs

Comedian donates art to Duke to raise profile of Chicano artists

By Camille Jackson

Monday, April 6, 2009




DURHAMNC
 -- 
Duke faculty member Pedro Lasch was excited to talk with Cheech Marin backstage at the Durham Performing Arts Center Friday night. While most know Marin for his hippie humor and counter-culture satire, Lasch and others in the art world recognize him as a serious collector of Chicano art.

Backstage, Lasch told Marin that he admires him for his role as an actor/comedian, an art collector and a public intellectual influencing Latino, Hispanic and immigrant culture.

Marin responded: “Well, you know, if you’re Chicano, you have to have three jobs.”

After watching Marin perform with partner Tommy Chong in the “Cheech & Chong Light Up America and Canada” show, Lasch joined George McClendon, dean of faculty for arts and sciences; Sally Deutsch, dean of social sciences; and Jenny Snead Williams, executive director of Latino/a Studies backstage to thank Marin for donating a portfolio of Chicano art from his personal collectionto Duke’s Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South.

Marin talked with the faculty members about the region’s growing Latino population.  He said…   (see rest of story and images athttp://www.duke.edu/today/)

FWD/090408/NYC Artist James De La Vega at UNC-Chapel Hill

posted Apr 7, 2009, 8:05 AM by Pedro Lasch   [ updated Apr 7, 2009, 8:08 AM ]

FWD from
Leila Elmergawi
Program Assistant
Institute for the Study of the Americas
UNC-Chapel Hill


Are you inspired by creativity?

This Wednesday (April 8th) at UNC Chapel Hill, come experience the inspiration that is James De La Vega! A visiting artist  from New York City, De La Vega is known for leaving chalk drawings and messages on the streets, sidewalks, and walls of his home city, earning him the title of "sidewalk philosopher". He also is well-known for his paintings and murals; all of his art showcases a wry sense of humor, sharp social commentary, and the desire to provide art in people's everyday lives.

Events will be taking place all day:
11 AM: Come watch the artist at work as De La Vega paints in Polk Place.

3 PM: De La Vega will lead a short chalk graffiti workshop in the Pit-- then it's your turn to make chalk art of your own on the bricks!

7 PM: Conversation and Inspiration with De La Vega in the Union Cabaret: a lecture, slideshow, and Q&A.

Don't miss this chance to meet a unique, inspiring, and unusual artist-- not to mention create some inspiring art of your own!

Visit his website for examples of his artwork and philosophy: www.delavegainternational.com
Sponsored by CUAB: www.unc.edu/cuab
Email Gabriella Miyares, gmiyares@email.unc.edu, for more information.

EXHIBITIONS/090409/Games & Social Structures/Student Works from Intro Visual Practice (ARTSVIS 54)

posted Apr 7, 2009, 12:10 AM by Pedro Lasch   [ updated Apr 21, 2009, 8:45 AM ]

GAMES & SOCIAL STRUCTURES: CREATING A SOCIAL OBJECT
A Selection of Works by Students from:
Intro to Visual Practice (Fick/Lasch, Spring 09)
Smith Arts Warehouse, Duke University, Durham, NC
Directions to the Arts Warehouse:

This exhibition will run from April 9 to April 20

Opening Night is Thursday April 9 from 6pm to 8pm

Gallery Hours:  9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday




To see more images of the exhibition go to:

http://sites.google.com/site/vpexhibitionsevents/exhibitions-090424-introvisualpractice-extra-images-1 


To see the works individually in full scale, go to IVP#2s on our Intro to Visual Practice blog at:

http://visualpractice54.blogspot.com/ 


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