posted by Christopher Howard — Feb 10, 2012
In honor of CAA’s Centennial, the artist Sheryl Oring will ask 2012 Annual Conference attendees a single question: What is the role of the artist? Over the course of a two-day performance in Los Angeles, Oring will pose the question to her visitors and transcribe their answers verbatim onto note cards using a manual typewriter, with a goal of collecting one hundred answers. Hence the title of her work, 100 Possibilities. Collectively, these answers will paint a portrait of academic views about the role of the artist as CAA enters its second century as a professional organization. After the performance, Oring will collect and organize the cards into an archive that may be used to create an artist’s book and an exhibition. In addition, digital scans of the cards may eventually be published on the CAA website.
Oring’s performance will take place 1:00–5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 22, and Thursday, February 23, 2012—or until she receives her one hundred answers. CAA will set up a table for the artist in the registration area, located in Concourse Foyer, Level 1, Los Angeles Convention Center.
Oring is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores technology and its role in society through projects that incorporate both old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion, and foster open exchange. She received a CAA Professional-Development Fellowship in the Visual Arts in 2010–11 as she completed her MFA at the University of California, San Diego.