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Alternative Economies
A Project of Media Lounge and ARTspace
103rd Annual Conference
February 11–14, 2015
New York Hilton Midtown, Gibson Room

During the 2015 Annual Conference, the Media Lounge and ARTspace will host programming with the shared theme of “Alternative Economies.” These programs will consider models of social, cultural, and technological economies that transform the conditions for critical discourse and art making. The following workshops organized by Jenny Marketou and Stacy Miller are part of the event which take place at the Media Lounge; they are free and open to the public.

Imagining an Alternative School of Art
OWS Arts & Labor | Alternative Economies Working Group
Wednesday, February 11
9:00 AM–1:00 PM

The economic and structural realities of art schools as they exist today can often be a source of anxiety and frustration for students, faculty, and staff alike, so what might an alternative school of art look like? In this workshop the participants will familiarize themselves with over thirty alternative economic models that are in practice throughout the world today. After analyzing the current economic and structural issues apparent in our places of work and study, participants will be asked to imagine and consider the implications of using these alternative models to augment, remedy, or perhaps replace the current structure altogether.

About: Arts & Labor’s Alternative Economies Working Group is focused on researching alternative economic models that can be used to create and nurture more equitable and sustainable art worlds. Believing that vibrant creative communities come from the bottom up, they encourage relationships based on mutual aid rather than competition and advocate for cultural institutions rooted in a framework of social, economic, and environmental justice.

Facilitation: Melissa Liu, Daniel Tuss, Antonio Serna, Yana Dimitrova, and James Douglas Whitman.

Beyond Faxes with Clip Art: Connective Technology and Art Making
Saturday, February 14
9:30–11:00 AM

This hands-on workshop will move beyond social media as a simple broadcast media for artists and examine how technologically engaged creation and collaboration can enhance, enable, and disrupt established models for art-making practice and interaction. In this workshop, participants will use open-source and/or free tools to connect with artists and create works; they will also discuss relevant issues in practice and pedagogy.

Facilitation: David Hart (MA, Art and Art Education, Teacher’s College, Columbia University) is a producer, writer, and educator with an emphasis in the museum field. He has taught in afterschool settings, corporate workshops, museum programs (in-person and virtually), and undergraduate and graduate programs. Hart worked in the Department of Education and the Department of Digital Media at the Museum of Modern Art and currently is a producer for Acoustiguide, partnering with such institutions as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the New York Botanical Garden, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

CAA has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support the next installment of ARTspace at the 2015 Annual Conference in New York. Spearheaded by CAA’s Services to Artists Committee, ARTspace is a forum for programming designed by artists for artists that is free and open to the public. Held at each Annual Conference since 2001, ARTspace is intended to reflect the current state of the visual arts and arts education and is among the most vital and exciting aspects of the conference.

Designed to engage CAA’s artist members as well as the general public, ARTspace offers free program sessions and includes diverse activities such as the Annual Distinguished Artists’ Interviews (most recently with Kay Rosen); screenings of film, video, and multimedia works; live performances; and papers and presentations that facilitate a conversational yet professional exchange of ideas and practices.

The grant, which is the NEA’s sixth consecutive award to CAA for ARTspace, will help fund programs such as ARTexchange, the popular open-portfolio exhibition for artists, as well as [Meta] Mentors, a professional-development forum that has addressed such topics as making a living as an artist with and without a dealer, self publishing, social media, and alternative funding. ARTspace programming at the 2014 conference in Chicago included panels that explored the shifting landscape of the field, from the growing role of audience participation and collaboration to new models for artists’ workspaces. You can explore all of the 2014 ARTspace programming at conference.collegeart.org/artspace.

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The artist Kay Rosen was interviewed in ARTspace at the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago (photograph by Bradley Marks).

This year’s Media Lounge at the Annual Conference will present Uncommon/Commons, a hybrid media art and research project conceived by the interdisciplinary artist Jenny Marketou and realized with the assistance of Nathanael Bassett, a media researcher and producer.

The goal of the collective project is to invite artists, researchers, writers, scholars, and activists to unpack ambiguous vocabularies and new forms for representation in contemporary art. The participants will all respond to those forms by using social media, public conversations, workshops, and video screenings and by creating hybrid and real events—with the aim to engage public discourse as a social sculpture—that underline not only points of commonality among disciplines but also differences. The artists and curators hope that Uncommon/Commons will be an opportunity to connect Chicago’s artists, activists, academics, and grassroots groups to engender conversations and connections that are important to our civic landscape.

As part of ARTspace, Uncommon/Commons will take place February 12–15, 2014, in the Hilton Chicago’s Joliet Room during the CAA Annual Conference. This is the first year in which the Media Lounge has its own dedicated space with a full program of events. If you cannot attend the conference, watch the Uncommon/Commons live stream and follow the activities on Twitter.

Uncommon/Commons will be an incubator for sharing skills and knowledge, responding to themes of the commons and “communing.” One highlight of the event will be a series of workshops whose topics include: “Environmental Justice: A Civic Science for the Public Realm,” facilitated by Liz Barry; “Wages for Facebook,” led by Laurel Ptak; “Autonets Convergence Chicago: Hackathon for Technologists and Antiviolence Activists,” organized by Micha Cardenas; and “Public Offering and COMMON CAPTURE: Keyhole Excavations in Media Archeology,” spearheaded by Alexis Bhagat.

Uncommon/Commons will also feature two programs of film and video screenings, titled “We refuse their fabulous lies” and “Invalid data – dreaming through the gaps.” A public discussion between the screenings’ two curators, Jenny Marketou and Abina Manning, director of Video Data Bank at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will take place after the programs, followed by Q&A with the audience. Additional one-time screenings in the Media Lounge will include Oliver Ressler’s Take The Square, Rania and Raed Rafei’s 974, and Marketou’s Looking Out of My Window.

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First: Rosa Barba (Germany/Sweden), Outwardly from Earth’s Center, 2007.

Second: Workshop during the XFR STN project at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York in 2013 (photograph by Tara Hart and provided by the New Museum).

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In academia, it is well known that politics among colleagues, institutions, and committees are rarely, if ever, spoken about publicly. Instead, an artist-educator and/or art historian is left alone to navigate what sometimes may be murky, dangerous waters in order to avoid getting eaten by the lurking academic sharks.

At the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago, ARTspace will host an interactive, American Idol–like event titled “Academic Porn: Revealing the Politics in Academia” on Thursday, February 13, 2:30–5:00 PM. Focusing on difficult and uncomfortable circumstances that commonly arise in institutional environments, the four panelists will address dilemmas in academic politics, acting as “judges” adjudicating—and hopefully resolving—these issues.

In advance of this event, the organizers of “Academic Porn” need your testimonials. Feel free to anonymously (or not!) share situations that you or your colleagues have experienced. The panel’s moderator, Sharon Louden, will be reading these testimonials out loud, with a live Twitter feed and audience participation enthusiastically welcomed. Please send your testimonials directly to her at sharon.louden@gmail.com.

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ARTexchange in Chicago

posted by November 18, 2013

CAA’s Services to Artists Committee invites artist members to participate in ARTexchange, an open forum for sharing work at the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago. Free and open to the public, ARTexchange will be held on Friday, February 14, 5:30–7:30 PM, in a central location at the Hilton Chicago. A cash bar will be available.

ARTexchange is an annual event showcasing the art of CAA members, who can exhibit their paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and digital works using the space on, above, and beneath a six-foot folding table. Artists may also construct temporary mini-installations and conduct performance, sound, and spoken-word pieces in their space. In the past, many ARTexchange participants found the event to be their favorite part of the conference, with the table parameter sparking creative displays.

To be considered for ARTexchange in Chicago, please send your full name, your CAA member number, a brief description of the work you want to exhibit (no more than 150 words), and a link to your website to Lauren Stark, CAA manager of programs. Artists presenting performance or sound art, spoken word, or technology-based work, including laptop presentations, must add a few sentences about their plans. Such performance pieces must significantly limit volume and action so as not to disrupt the other ARTexchange participants. Accepted participants will receive an email confirmation. Because ARTexchange is a popular venue with limited space, early applicants will be given preference. Deadline: December 13, 2013.

Participants are responsible for their work; CAA is not liable for losses or damages. Sale of work is not permitted. Participants may not hang artworks on walls or run power cords from laptops or other electronic devices to outlets—bring fully charged batteries.

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The artists Jeff Schmuki and Wendy DesChene, founders of PlantBot Genetics, demonstrate their products during ARTexchange at the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles (photograph by Bradley Marks).

CAA’s Services to Artists Committee invites artist members to participate in ARTexchange, an open forum for sharing work at the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago. Free and open to the public, ARTexchange will be held on Friday, February 14, 5:30–7:30 PM, in a central location at the Hilton Chicago. A cash bar will be available.

ARTexchange is an annual event showcasing the art of CAA members, who can exhibit their paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and digital works using the space on, above, and beneath a six-foot folding table. Artists may also construct temporary mini-installations and conduct performance, sound, and spoken-word pieces in their space. In the past, many ARTexchange participants found the event to be their favorite part of the conference, with the table parameter sparking creative displays.

To be considered for ARTexchange in Chicago, please send your full name, your CAA member number, a brief description of the work you want to exhibit (no more than 150 words), and a link to your website to Lauren Stark, CAA manager of programs. Artists presenting performance or sound art, spoken word, or technology-based work, including laptop presentations, must add a few sentences about their plans. Such performance pieces must significantly limit volume and action so as not to disrupt the other ARTexchange participants. Accepted participants will receive an email confirmation. Because ARTexchange is a popular venue with limited space, early applicants will be given preference. Deadline: December 13, 2013.

Participants are responsible for their work; CAA is not liable for losses or damages. Sale of work is not permitted. Participants may not hang artworks on walls or run power cords from laptops or other electronic devices to outlets—bring fully charged batteries.

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The artists Jeff Schmuki and Wendy DesChene, founders of PlantBot Genetics, demonstrate their products during ARTexchange at the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles (photograph by Bradley Marks).

Jacki Apple and Mat Rappaport, the producers of a 2014 ARTspace session, seek your participation for “Designing a Better Future: A Participatory Platform for Exchange,” taking place at the 102nd CAA Annual Conference in Chicago on Saturday, February 15, 10:00 AM–2:00 PM. Deadline for proposals: June 1, 2013; notification of selection: June 20, 2013.

Designing a Better Future: A Participatory Platform for Exchange

Artists and designers operating as thinkers and communicators, visualizers and producers, can be leaders in changing how we think, live, and act in order to make a better world. Are we ready to discuss cultural production and the arts as viable and meaningful practices beyond the established system of commodity trading? What potential models of an effective creative practice can we envision and develop?

Artists, designers, media producers, photographers, filmmakers, architects, writers, theorists, educators, and cultural historians are invited to submit proposals for presentation and discussion that will inspire others to join them in imagining, inventing, and actualizing a more sustainable and enlightened possible future, whether it be local or global.

What would you do to effect change? What would that look like? Do aesthetics matter?

We seek provocative and challenging theoretical concepts and/or models for practical application. Encouraged are visionary, daring, and unconventional ideas and collaborations across fields in the arts, sciences, and humanities that conceive different ways to address social, economic, and environmental realities.

General topics and themes to consider may include:

  1. Climate change, the environment, and sustainable living: consumption, energy, waste, food, water, air, and economic and social consequences
  2. The culture of violence: all its social, political, cultural, and economic manifestations
  3. Technology and human rights: biological, political, intellectual, and spiritual

Presentation Format

The format for presentation will be an interactive forum of exchange between speakers and audience. There will be no podium. Speakers will be placed within the audience. Presentations may include visuals such as images, texts, charts, etc.

Each speaker will be given seven minutes to present his or her proposal. The audience will then have equal time—seven minutes—to respond and discuss. Time may be slightly less or more depending on the number of outstanding proposals selected.

Submission Instructions

Please send a description of your topic and the theoretical concepts and/or model that you intend to propose in approximately three hundred words, plus a brief biography or CV of no more than two pages. The written proposal must include a title, name(s) of author(s), address, email, and phone number. Please submit all proposal files as PDF documents to studio@meme01.com. Deadline for proposals: June 1, 2013; notification of selection: June 20, 2013.

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ARTexchange Seeks Participants

posted by December 03, 2012

CAA’s Services to Artists Committee invites artist members to participate in ARTexchange, an open forum for sharing work at the 2013 Annual Conference. Free and open to the public, ARTexchange will be held on Friday, February 15, 5:30–7:30 PM, in a central location at the Hilton New York. A cash bar will be available.

ARTexchange is an annual event showcasing the art of CAA members, who can exhibit their paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and digital works using the space on, above, and beneath a six-foot folding table. Artists may also construct temporary mini-installations and conduct performance, sound, and spoken-word pieces in their space. In the past, many ARTexchange participants found the event to be their favorite part of the conference, with the table parameter sparking creative displays.

To be considered for ARTexchange in New York, please send your full name, your CAA member number, a brief description of the work you want to exhibit (no more than 150 words), and a link to your website to Lauren Stark, CAA manager of programs. Artists presenting performance or sound art, spoken word, or technology-based work, including laptop presentations, must add a few sentences about their plans. Accepted participants will receive an email confirmation. Because ARTexchange is a popular venue with limited space, early applicants will be given preference. Deadline: December 14, 2012.

Participants are responsible for their work; CAA is not liable for losses or damages. Sale of work is not permitted. Participants may not hang artworks on walls or run power cords from laptops or other electronic devices to outlets—bring fully charged batteries.

Image: the artists Jeff Schmuki and Wendy DesChene, founders of PlantBot Genetics, demonstrate their products during ARTexchange at the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles (photograph by Bradley Marks)

The painter and writer Mira Schor and the sculptor and multimedia artist Janine Antoni will participate in the Annual Artists’ Interviews, taking place in ARTspace during the 2013 Annual Conference in New York. This session will be the thirteenth installment of the popular series, which features two major practicing artists in back-to-back interviews. The talks will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013, from 2:30 to 5:00 PM at the Hilton in New York. Stuart Horodner, artistic director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in Georgia, will interview Schor. Klaus Ottmann, director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and curator at large at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, will interview Antoni.

Mira Schor is a painter, writer, and educator who was born in 1950 into a family of artists in Manhattan. Entering her fifth decade as an artist, she has used the medium of painting to address a wide range of issues: language, corporal materiality, feminist politics, art history, and critical theory. She has also worked in artist’s books and sculpture and has a longstanding engagement with works on paper.

As an art writer and editor, Schor works in the belletristic tradition of John Berger and Virginia Woolf, with her essays combining the candor of a village storyteller with the rigor of a critical approach and maverick fearlessness. Her latest book is A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life (2009), and she writes regularly about the intersection of art and life for her blog A Year of Positive Thinking.

Schor is based in New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Read CAA’s full profile of the artist, which includes more images of her work.

Janine Antoni’s work is an amalgam of shamanistic ritual, quotidian task, and daredevil action. Her performances include using her dye-soaked hair to mop a gallery floor; sleeping in a bed set up in a gallery and then weaving a blanket based on the pattern of her rapid eye movements; and walking across a tightrope of hand-plied hemp that she made herself, suspended eight feet above the ground. The arduous process of the performance is often combined into installations with sculpture, photography, and video. It is Antoni’s desire that her artwork be understood as a felt experience, one that combines emotional content and intellectual engagement. In each piece, no matter the medium or image, a conveyed physicality speaks directly to the viewer’s body.

In a conversation published in 2011 in the Brooklyn Rail, she elaborates on the importance of this imagined relationship with her work’s audience: “When I’m making work I spend a lot of time fantasizing about what the viewer will do and think; I enter their body, and imagine them walking up to my sculpture. My work is a way for me to feel connected and to feel present in the world. I try to make work that elicits empathy. I’ve been known for chewing 600 pounds of chocolate, being dumped in tubs of lard, and mopping the floor with my hair. I do these extreme acts because I feel like it puts the viewer in a very emphatic relationship to my sculpture.”

Antoni lives and works in New York. She participated in the 2011 Annual Conference, speaking on the popular Centennial session “Parallel Practices: When the Mind Isn’t Focused on Art.” Read CAA’s full profile of the artist, with several photographs of her work.

Images

Top: Mira Schor, The Dreams of All of Us, 2012, ink, rabbit skin glue, oil, and gesso on linen, 24 x 28 in. (artwork © Mira Schor; photograph provided by the artist)

Bottom: Janine Antoni, Lick and Lather, 1993, two self-portrait busts: one chocolate and one soap, 24 x 16 x 13 in. (artwork © Janine Antoni; photograph provided by the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York)

CAA’s Services to Artists Committee invites artist members to participate in ARTexchange, an open forum for sharing work at the 2013 Annual Conference. Free and open to the public, ARTexchange will be held on Friday, February 15, 5:30–7:30 PM, in a central location at the Hilton New York. A cash bar will be available.

ARTexchange is an annual event showcasing the art of CAA members, who can exhibit their paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and digital works using the space on, above, and beneath a six-foot folding table. Artists may also construct temporary mini-installations and conduct performance, sound, and spoken-word pieces in their space. In the past, many ARTexchange participants found the event to be their favorite part of the conference, with the table parameter sparking creative displays.

To be considered for ARTexchange in New York, please send your full name, your CAA member number, a brief description of the work you want to exhibit (no more than 150 words), and a link to your website to Lauren Stark, CAA manager of programs. Artists presenting performance or sound art, spoken word, or technology-based work, including laptop presentations, must add a few sentences about their plans. Accepted participants will receive an email confirmation. Because ARTexchange is a popular venue with limited space, early applicants will be given preference. Deadline: December 14, 2012.

Participants are responsible for their work; CAA is not liable for losses or damages. Sale of work is not permitted. Participants may not hang artworks on walls or run power cords from laptops or other electronic devices to outlets—bring fully charged batteries.

Image: the artists Jeff Schmuki and Wendy DesChene, founders of PlantBot Genetics, demonstrate their products during ARTexchange at the 2012 Annual Conference in Los Angeles (photograph by Bradley Marks)