Dates: April 8, 9, and 10 2011, 6-8:30PM
Location: MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology, Building E14-140 (Venus Lab)
Organizer: Tomashi Jackson, SMVisS Graduate Candidate 2012, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsorship: Council for the Arts MIT, MIT Graduate Arts Forum, Society of Creatives (www.socs.mit.edu)
TalkDraw is a speaker series and drawing workshop inviting artists, researchers, cultural producers, and technologists to present their work while the audience participates in an open drawing workshop. Drawing materials will be provided and participants are encouraged to bring their favorite supplies. The TalkDraw at MIT presents guests working in their fields inside and outside of the MIT community in the Venus Lab studio of the MIT Program in Art Culture and Technology in the School of Architecture and Planning. This project is organized by Tomashi Jackson, ACT SMVisS Graduate Candidate 2012, and supported by the Council for the Arts MIT, The MIT Graduate Arts Forum, and the Society of Creatives.
Speakers: William Cordova, William Villalongo, João Ribas, Edwina Portocarrero, David Robert, David Lakatos,Elizabeth Watkins, Awesome New Republic(ANR),Yu-Pu Wang, and Ben Houge.
Friday April 8, 2011
New Work and Post Graduate Creative Survival
William Cordova, born and raised in Lima, Peru. Lives/works Miami/Lima/NY
He earned his MFA from Yale University in 2004 and his BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. William has participated in Artist residencies including The Core program, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Main.
Cordova’s solo exhibitions include; laberintos, Sikkema Jenkins & Co, more than bilingual, Fleming Museum, Burlington, VA (2009 p’alante, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Germany (2006); drylongso (pichqa suyo), P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2006).
Cordova’s work has participated in many group exhibitions including; Greater New York, Ps1/MOMA, NY (2010); San Juan Triennial, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2009); Neo-HooDoo, Menil Collection, Houston, TX; Whitney Biennial, NY: Prague Triennial, Czech Republic (2008) and Utopia Station, 50th Venice Biennale (2003)
Recent individual projects includes yawar malku (royalty, abduction and & exile) at La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Murcia, Spain and buscame en el trobenillo: stand up next to a mountain at John Jay College, New York, NY
João Ribas (b. 1979, Braga, Portugal) is Curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. He was previously Curator at the Drawing Center in New York. His writing has appeared in numerous art and culture publications, and he is a former editor at Art Review and LTB Media
His recent curated exhibitions include Manon de Boer (Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis); Frances Stark (MIT List Visual Arts Center); Ree Morton: At the Still Point of the Turning World (Drawing Center, 2009); and Frederick Kiesler: Co-Realities (The Drawing Center, 2008).
He is the winner of three consecutive AICA Awards for Best Exhibition in a Non-Profit Space (2008-2010) and of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010). He has contributed essays to numerous publications, catalogs and monographs, and has been a visiting lecturer for institutions and organizations such as Secession, Vienna; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; Columbia University; New York University; Cranbrook Academy of Art; Maison de La Culture du Monde, Paris; Boston University; Harvard University; and The Cooper Union. He was previously adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
William Villalongo is a Brooklyn, NY based artist born 1975 in Hollywood, FL and raised in the town of Bridgeton, NJ. He received a BFA in 1999 from Cooper Union and an MFA in painting in 2001 from Tyler School of Art. Mr. Villalongo’s work was first introduced to the public through his residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2004 and PS1Contemporary Art Center’s Greater NY 2005 exhibition. His work has also been exhibited in the Studio Museum In Harlem’s 2005 “Frequency” exhibition and El Museo del Barrio’s fifth biennial: The (S) Files in 2007. He is a recipient of both the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptor’s Grant. His work is included in several notable collections including the Studio Museum In Harlem, El Museo Del Barrio and Princeton University Art Museum. His work has been reviewed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, The New Yorker and the New York Times. Mr. Villalongo was appointed lecturer in painting/printmaking at the Yale University School of Art in 2010.
April 9, 2011
Drawing Publics and Drawing Machines
David is currently pursuing a Master's degree at the MIT Media Laboratory in the Personal Robots Group. His interests include developing the intersection between real-time animation and semi-autonomous robots for early childhood development through physical play.
Edwina Portocarrero is currently pursuing her Master's degree at the Media Lab, MIT at the Object Based Media Group. She is part of the Center for Future Storytelling Consortia, and is actively working in developing new tools for reflective storytelling.
David Lakatos is from Budapest, Hungary. He has lived in Toronto, Delft and now in Cambridge, MA, where he is a Graduate student at the MIT Media Lab in Prof. Hiroshi Ishii‘s Tangible Media Group. Lakatos is currently interested in Interface design, especially interfaces that will enable him to custom arrange nanoparticles so he can build custom cool stuff. He likes urban guerilla acts…a lot.
“I love the paintings on old abandoned industrial buildings. You can almost tell the boundaries of the canvas – the silhouettes of the graffiti artists, leaning out of windows in the most ridiculous postures to reach further out to cover more area with their art. Penditti covers where even the bravest artists couldn’t reach.”
Elizabeth Anne Watkins works with issues of cognition, pain, memory, and national identity in public space in an attempt to understand both how they coalesce and disintegrate around each other. She employs a wide variety of tools across disciplines to further her research, including video installation, performance, drawing, writing and curating. She pursues studies of ontology, architecture theory and criticism, narrativity, film and literature. She has published art and film criticism both in print and online, staged public performances in Los Angeles, Shanghai and Cairo, and has guest lectured at the Carnegie Museum of Art and in the Critical Studies department at the California Institute for the Arts. She also founded the cross-disciplinary art gallery Informatics Projects at the School for Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine. She never knows what form her inquiries will take, only that the understanding she seeks is just beginning to reveal itself. She will discuss her work with the L.A. based After School Art Program and their Re-Vision L.A. public drawing projects.
Sunday April 10, 2011
Sound, Video, and Spatial Transformation
Awesome New Republic is a two-piece indie band from Miami, Florida consisting of Michael John Hancock and Brian Robertson. Awesome New Republic was founded by Michael John Hancock and Brian Robertson at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in 2004. Their debut album, ANR So Far, was released with critical acclaim from online magazines such as Stereogum, and received play on the BBC and KCRW.
ANR So Far was featured on Pitchfork Media and received 7.9/10. ANR has shared bills with a variety of acts, including The New Deal, Girl Talk, Animal Collective, Mike Gordon and the Benevento Russo Duo. Awesome New Republic played the 2008 Langerado Festival, and have twice played both the Pop Montreal and CMJ music festivals.
In 2008, they were featured as a centerpiece in a New York Times article about the budding Miami music scene which hailed them as "one of the newest exponents of this growing tropical bohemia." Awesome New Republic uses Twitter actively.
The release of "Rational Geographic Volume 1" coincided with a sponsorship campaign of isoHunt by Honor Roll Music. This is first time a record label has actively advertised a band directly to BitTorrent users
Ben Houge is an artist working at the nexus of sound installation, algorithmic video, performance, music composition, and videogames. After being based in Shanghai for the past six years, Ben relocated to Somerville in November 2010 and has already become actively engaged in the local arts
community, with performances at Opensound, Outpost, and Whitehaus Family Record, and a video piece in the most recent exhibition at the Axiom Center for New and Experimental Media. Ben has performed extensively in a wide range of contexts, sharing the bill with artists including Elliott Sharp,
Safety Scissors, Torturing Nurse, Nosaj Thing, Yan Jun, and Owl City. Long active in new music circles in China and the US, Ben has been increasingly visible in galleries in recent years, with work exhibited in various galleries and museums in Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou, Boston, and (shortly) Seattle. Since 1996, Ben has amassed extensive experience developing audio for videogames, most recently serving as audio director of Tom Clancy's EndWar (Xbox 360/PS3) at Ubisoft Shanghai, and issues of real-time,
non-linear structure remain central to his work. Much more information about Ben is on his website: http://www.benhouge.com.
yu-pu wang yu-pu (officially not capitalized), a one-man band. Not necessarily a cappella, he's got some other plans too. He is a second year graduate student in the MIT Department of Chemistry.
yu-pu has got backup dancers to record music videos for each song he does, instead of the old-school five-box-type one-man a cappella videos commonly seen on YouTube.
yu-pu has got probably the largest number of tracks of all one-man a cappella you can get on YouTube, which is still growing in size (it is 29 now, and soon will exceed 30) in order to give the audience an overall high quality smooth professional choir-like music recordings.
yu-pu is a baritone, tenor, and countertenor (up to mezzo-soprano range), and yu-pu's vocal range is roughly D2-C#6, with modal D2-E5, falsetto A3-A5, and whistle up to C#6.
yu-pu is known to hit the G5 note accurately, articulately and "without effort" in karaoke.
yu-pu does musics and music videos to tell all his fans that he is still alive.
yu-pu does not use autotune.
One of his newest music videos can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTWTvmFmYmw
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