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Experience It. A conversation between Shahryar Nashat and James Voorhies

Experience It is a conversation series with artists who combine objects, images, texts, sound, video, and performance into complex exhibition scenarios.

In his sculptures, photographs, and films, the work of Shahryar Nashat (b. 1975) often addresses the representation of the body and the conventions of mediation and presentation. Nashat finds great pleasure in details, and his works —with their near-obsessive methods of framing and cropping — draw the viewer into a world of clandestine forms, artful gestures, and posturing.

The Lab
2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Monday, September 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Experience It. A conversation between Simon Fujiwara and James Voorhies

Experience It is a conversation series with artists who combine objects, images, texts, sound, video, and performance into complex exhibition scenarios.

Simon Fujiwara (b. 1980) has shaped a complex and rich practice that interweaves performance, film, sculpture, and text into highly immersive environmental installations exploring the inherent contradictions in meaning and interpretation of image and representation. Often bringing personal experiences (both real and imagined) into contact with broader historical, social, and political topics, his expansive practice examines the influence marketing, advertising, social media, and other communication mechanisms have on the construction of personal identity.

The Lab
2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Monday, October 29, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Experience It. A conversation between Rosa Barba and James Voorhies

Experience It is a conversation series with artists who combine objects, images, texts, sound, video, and performance into complex exhibition scenarios.

Rosa Barba (1972) is an artist with a particular interest in film and the ways it articulates space. Taking a conceptual approach to filmmaking, questions of composition, physicality of form and plasticity play an important role in the perception of her work. She interrogates the industry of cinema with respect to various forms of staging, such as gesture, genre, information and documents, taking them out of the context in which they are normally seen and reshaping and representing them anew.

The Lab
2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Monday, November 19, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

 

Past Programs

 

Kinship, Affinities, Correspondences

A moderated panel discussion among artists participating in the exhibition Kinship: Celebrating 10 Years of Jessica Silverman Gallery, examining the complexities of familial relationships and economies of friendship within the arts community.

Participants: Luke Butler, Heather Rasmussen and Hank Willis Thomas

Jessica Silverman Gallery
488 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Companion Planting: A Manual for the Ecology of a New Art

A three-day series of activities and roundtables at Fritz Haeg’s Salmon Creek Farm with a group of invited practitioners exploring the characteristics of a healthy ecosystem in the arts.

Participants: Michele Carlson, Brian Conley, Matthew Gordon, Agnieszka Gratza, Shannon Jackson, Kim Nguyen, Ryan Peter, Frances Richard, and Calvin Rocchio

Salmon Creek Farm
Albion, CA
Thursday–Sunday, June 7–10, 2018

Experience It: A conversation between Jon Rafman and James Voorhies

Experience It is a conversation series with artists who combine objects, images, texts, sound, video, and performance into complex exhibition scenarios.

Jon Rafman (b. 1981) is a Canadian artist and writer interested in the impact digital technologies have on society. In his films and installations, he explores online subcultures, multiplayer video games, and our increasing obsession with digital life, virtual and real. His immersive works and exhibitions interrogate how our collective human experience and individual desires are shaped and mediated by continually evolving digital and communication platforms.

The Lab
2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Monday, March 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Experience It. A conversation between Sharon Hayes and James Voorhies

Experience It is a conversation series with artists who combine objects, images, texts, sound, video, and performance into complex exhibition scenarios.

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970) is an American artist who inhabits a space between activism and performance, exploring the intersections of politics, history, journalism, and linguistics. She often uses installation and video recordings but also works through public engagement on city streets. Hayes gained notoriety in New York’s East Village scene of the early 1990s for reciting, or “re-speaking,” political speeches of the 1960s and ’70s and continues to explore the political power of language and media in our interpretation of contemporary life.

The Lab
2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Monday, March 5, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Experience It. A conversation between Martine Syms and James Voorhies

Experience It is a conversation series with artists who combine objects, images, texts, sound, video, and performance into complex exhibition scenarios.

Martine Syms (b. 1988) is an American artist who coined the term “conceptual entrepreneur” in 2007 to describe her area of critical inquiry. Working with digital media, film, and installation, Syms examines the construction and performance of black identity as a response to the experience of surveillance and consumer culture, while operating publication platforms such as Dominica Publishing, a press that has published and distributed work by Laurie Anderson, Diamond Stingily, and Hannah Black.

The Lab
2948 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Monday, February 26, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Bridging the Divide

A moderated discussion at 2018 College Art Association conference focused on identifying the shared interests between college administrators and art and design faculty. This panel will be an opportunity to discuss how faculty and administrators can work better collaboratively to address concerns about resource prioritization and allocation and explore different communications and governance practices that support a better environment for all.

Chaired by Hunter O’Hanian, College Art Association; Deborah Obalil, Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design

Panelists: David Bogen, Maryland Institute College of Art; Dewitt Godfrey, Colgate University; Kim Russo, Otis College of Art and Design; James Voorhies, California College of the Arts

College Art Association Annual Conference
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA
Friday, February 23, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

Parking lots, port-o-toilets, and parades: The Bureau for Open Culture years

This brief talk presents a selection of exhibitions and programs produced by James Voorhies and Bureau for Open Culture at Columbus College of Art and Design between 2007 and 2011. The selection focuses on projects and interventions that aggravated and pushed, disturbed the boundaries of an institution’s capacity to hold an exhibition program and the critique ultimately embedded in curatorial strategies such as Bureau for Open Culture. The talk is part of a panel including the current Director of Exhibitions Jo-ey Tang, curator Ian Ruffino, along with the previous director Michael Goodson who together discuss exhibition highlights of the past ten years within the context of what it means to inherit the legacies of former directors and curators at art school exhibition programs.

Beeler Gallery
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH
Friday, February 16, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968

Jessica Silverman Gallery is pleased to host the San Francisco launch of James Voorhies’s Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968 (MIT Press, 2017). The book signing is accompanied by a multi-vocal, audience reading of excerpts from the book, which gives a brief history of the exhibition as a form that invites spectators into temporal and spatial experiences. The reading, like the book, will trace the changing role of the spectator in art and exhibitions from Minimalism to Relational Art, and New Institutionalism to the present.

Following the reading, cultural sociologist Sarah Thornton will moderate questions from the audience.

Jessica Silverman Gallery
488 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 5–6:30 p.m.

Martin Beck: An Organized System of Instructions

On the occasion of the launch of An Organized System of Instructions, architect and writer Keller Easterling talks with the artist Martin Beck curator James Voorhies about Beck’s two-year exhibition titled Program, which occurred from 2014 to 2016 at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and the publication that resulted from the project.

The book analyzes, situates and extends Beck’s work with Program, which manifested through a sequence of interventions, installations, events, and publications drawing on the exhibition histories and academic pursuits of the Carpenter Center and Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard. This sequence—each node of which Beck considers an episode—lent particular attention to the founding program of the Carpenter Center, which sought to cultivate its position as simultaneously an iconic modernist building, school, and exhibition venue.

Edited by James Voorhies with contributions by Martin Beck, Keller Easterling, James Goggin, Alex Kitnick, and Voorhies, An Organized System of Instructions is both a document of Program and an extension of the exhibition.

Artists Space
55 Walker Street, New York, NY
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968

James Voorhies talks with Dan Byers, the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center, on the occasion of the Cambridge launch of Beyond Objecthood.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 6 p.m.

You Just Have to Experience It

In his new book Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968, art historian and curator James Voorhies traces the changing role of the spectator in art and exhibitions from Minimalism to Relational Art, and New Institutionalism to the present. The narrative is bracketed by American artist Robert Smithson’s seminal non-sites that asked spectators to look, walk, view, read, and think about combinations of objects, images, and texts installed in a gallery and the Swedish curator Maria Lind’s groundbreaking renovations of the exhibition form and the museum space into something more active, open, and democratic inviting the public into new and unexpected encounters with works of art and institutions. Voorhies’s lecture titled, You Just Have to Experience It, draws a line through these histories by looking at work by Thomas Hirschhorn, Carsten Höller, Anne Imhof, Maria Lind, Martha Rosler, Hito Steyerl, Apolonija Šušteršič, and Harald Szeemann at venues such as Documenta, Kunstverein München, Skulptur Projekte Münster, the New Museum, and the Venice Biennale to pose questions about the continued potential of the exhibition as a critical form—or medium—in a time when the differences between art and entertainment increasingly blur.

A book signing at the Wexner Center Bookshop immediately follows the talk.

Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University
1871 North High Street, Columbus, OH
Monday, September 18, 2017, 4 p.m.

Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968

James Voorhies talks with the artist Carsten Höller and curating student Piper Ross Ferriter on the occasion of the Stockholm launch of Beyond Objecthood.

Carsten Höller is a German artist based in Stockholm. He is one of the leading artists of the 1990s generation categorized under “relational aesthetics” whose artistic practices posed alternatives to ways in which space, spectator, and institutions intersect.

Piper Ross Ferriter is a student in the graduate program in Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and 2017 intern at Tensta Konsthall.

Tensta Konsthall
Taxingegränd 10
163 04 Spånga
Sweden
Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 7 p.m.

You Just Have to Experience It

You Just Have to Experience It combines citations culled from the book Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968 by James Voorhies to trace a history of the changing role of the spectator in art and exhibitions from Minimalism to Relational Art, and New Institutionalism to the present.

Produced on the occasion of the launch of Beyond Objecthood, this public talk in the shape of a performance reading presents a brief history of the exhibition as a critical form, a form that inherently solicits spectators into temporal and spatial experiences and situations as indispensable components of the work.

The program includes a limited edition Bureau for Open Culture publication titled You Just Have to Experience It.

Motto Berlin
Skalitzer Str. 68, im Hinterhof
10997 Berlin
Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 7 p.m.

Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968

James Voorhies talks with curators Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy and Prem Krishnamurthy on the occasion of the New York launch of Beyond Objecthood.

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy is the curator of contemporary art for Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. She also teaches at the School of the Visual Arts, and is board member of Triple Canopy and Creative Time.

Prem Krishnamurthy is a designer, curator, educator, and writer. Prem is the founder and curator of P! and the founding principal of Project Projects.

P!
334 Broome St., New York, NY
April 30, 2017, 4 p.m.

Summer Summits with artist Lucy Kim and curator Lynette Roth

Summer Summits is a series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by engaging voices in modern and contemporary art in the Boston-area. Taking the form of a personal travelogue, two presenters each week will individually share inspiring moments and sites–about art or not–experienced during travel near and far. Summer Summits is an occasion to enjoy drinks, desserts, conversation and music among friends, colleagues and our community under starlight on the stunning terrace of Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center.

Evenings begin at 7:30 p.m. on the dates indicated below with slideshows starting promptly at 8 p.m., each lasting about 20 minutes. While limited refreshments and desserts are provided, guests may also bring their own wine and beer. Free and open to the public.

Terrace, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
August 2, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Summer Summits with curators Haden Guest and Henriette Huldisch

Summer Summits is a series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by engaging voices in modern and contemporary art in the Boston-area. Taking the form of a personal travelogue, two presenters each week will individually share inspiring moments and sites–about art or not–experienced during travel near and far. Summer Summits is an occasion to enjoy drinks, desserts, conversation and music among friends, colleagues and our community under starlight on the stunning terrace of Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center.

Evenings begin at 7:30 p.m. on the dates indicated below with slideshows starting promptly at 8 p.m., each lasting about 20 minutes. While limited refreshments and desserts are provided, guests may also bring their own wine and beer. Free and open to the public.

Terrace, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
July 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Blueprint for Counter Education

The book Blueprint for Counter Education by Maurice Stein and Larry Miller appeared in 1970 as a boxed set with three large graphic posters and a bibliography and checklist that map patterns and relationships between radical thought and artistic practices⎯from the modernist avant-gardes to postmodernism⎯with the philosopher Herbert Marcuse and media theorist Marshall McLuhan serving as intellectual points of anchorage. The book could be assembled into a portable, do-it-yourself learning environment with the posters and an accompanying “shooting script” functioning as a basis for a critically informed, activist and learner-driven model of education. Blueprint for Counter Education became one of the most defining works of radical pedagogy of the Vietnam War era and eventually integrated into the Critical Studies curriculum at California Institute of the Arts.

On the occasion of the release of an expanded edition of Blueprint for Counter Education designed by Project Projects and published by Inventory Press, the Consumer Research Center/bookshop at the Carpenter Center hosts a two-day exhibition, roundtable discussion and book presentation. Organized by Jeffrey Schnapp, the event brings together original authors Maurice Stein and Larry Miller Blueprint for Counter Education in conversation with Schnapp and Project Projects principal Adam Michaels.

CRC/bookshop, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
May 10, 2016, 5–8 p.m.

Don’t Erase Till Monday

Don’t Erase Till Monday is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

CRC/bookshop, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
May 8, 2016, 6 p.m.

Open Seminar: Phil Collins in Context (Part 2)

Open Seminar: Phil Collins in Context is second in a series of open forums organized with students enrolled in the Harvard University course Falling from the Grip of Grace: Critical Readings on Contemporary Art and Exhibitions. Taught by CCVA director James Voorhies, the course undertakes a study of contemporary art and curatorial practice with a focused look at the work Phil Collins.

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Site, a constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
April 21, 2016, 6–7:30 p.m.

Open Seminar: Phil Collins is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

How to Rule Others: Phil Collins & Siniša Mitrović Select at Harvard Film Archive

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Site, a constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
April 8, 2016, 9 p.m.

How to Rule Others: Phil Collins & Siniša Mitrović Select at Harvard Film Archive

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Site, a constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
April 8, 2016, 7 p.m.

Phil Collins: Tomorrow Is Always Too Long

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Site, a constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
April 7, 2016, 6 p.m.

Phil Collins: This Unfortunate Thing Between Us

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Site, a constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
March 31, 2016, 6 p.m.

Open Seminar: Phil Collins in Context (Part 1)

Open Seminar: Phil Collins in Context is organized with students enrolled in the Harvard University course Falling from the Grip of Grace: Critical Readings on Contemporary Art and Exhibitions. Taught by CCVA director James Voorhies, the course undertakes a study of contemporary art and curatorial practice with a focused look at the work Phil Collins.

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Site, a constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
March 24, 2016, 7–8:30 p.m.

Open Seminar: Phil Collins is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Phil Collins: the world won’t listen

Organized as part of Phil Collins: A Learning Site, a constellation of curatorial and academic activities dedicated to experiencing and studying the work of one of contemporary art’s most engaging voices

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
March 24, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: Consumer Research Center/bookshop

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
February 26, 2016, 7–9 p.m.

Silvia Benedito + C. Alexander Häusler: Pneuma(tic) Bodies with Jill Johnson and Hans Tutschku

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Levels 1 + 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
February 3, 2016, 6 p.m.

Lorraine O’Grady

Lorraine O’Grady (b. 1934) is an artist and critic whose installations, performances, and texts address issues of diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity. Born in Boston to West Indian parents, O’Grady came to art late, not making her first works until 1980. After majoring in economics and literature, she’d had several careers: as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government, a successful literary and commercial translator, even a rock critic. The New York Times has subsequently called her “one of the most interesting American conceptual artists around.” And her landmark performance, Mlle Bourgeoise Noire, was made one of the entry points to WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (2007), the first-ever museum exhibit of this major art movement. On the occasion of her solo exhibition Lorraine O’Grady: Where Margins Become Centers at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, the artist discusses her rich and critically engaged practice.

Menschel Hall, Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
November 17, 2015, 6–7:30 p.m.

Natalie Czech: Open Seminar

Natalie Czech’s photographic works examine the relationship between text and image, looking at how words evoke and interpret images, while also investigating questions of authorship, subjectivity, documentation, and contextualization. Along these lines, some of Czech’s projects stage interactions with writers past and present, while others contemplate forms of the digital and mass-produced fashion in a photographic register. Czech’s hybrid text-and-image works, in her own words, “propose different spaces and different entry levels, and allow various forms of perception and interaction.”  Suspended between the visual and the literary, this material renders the poetic, journalistic, and epistolary through pictures, thus rethinking both reading and viewing.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
November 10, 2015, 6 p.m.

Natalie Czech: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Jean-Pascal Flavien: Open Seminar

Jean-Pascal Flavien works in media as diverse as architecture, performance, drawing, and the printed word. Much of his practice destabilizes the space of exhibition. One recent project incorporated profoundly domestic objects—a functioning sink and faucet, an active light switch—into a conventional gallery. In another cycle of works, Flavien installed (or, sometimes, proposed) conceptually complex, mechanically mutable, and typically cuboid “houses” in sites around the world. He is also the co-founder of Devonian Press which publishes artist project periodicals. Flavien has referred to himself as a “grammarian of objects” and, indeed, his varied and poetic output interrogates how inhabited space and domestic forms order meaning.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
November 9, 2015, 6 p.m.

Natalie Czech: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Futurefarmers: A Farm Sailed Away and Came Back a Garden

Futurefarmers is a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an interest in making work that is relevant to the time and place surrounding them. Participatory in nature, their work manifests as temporary public art, museum exhibitions, publications, bus tours, public programs and most recently permanent public art. A consistent line through their work reveals sustained questioning about how “nature” and “culture” are perceived. They use various tactics to uncover histories and currents related to this divide by challenging systems of exchange and tools used to “hunt” and “gather.”

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
November 5, 2015, 6 p.m.

Lorraine O’Grady: Where Margins Become Centers and Shahryar Nashat: Skins and Stand-ins

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Levels 1 + 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
October 29, 2015, 5:30–7 p.m.

Josiah McElheny: Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center

Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center features two five-foot-high sculptures made of cedar and glass mirror sited individually on separate pedestals. Each sculpture is made of two parallel rectilinear panels with full-length mirrors in which viewers catch their reflections. Both sculptures periodically become part of performances when performers—in fact, Harvard University dance students—inhabit the sculptures on a published schedule, transforming the objects into a kind of fashion accessory.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
October 20–24, 2015, 6 p.m. daily

Keith Fullerton Whitman: Ezra Pound Redactions

Electronic musician and composer Keith Fullerton Whitman performs Ezra Pound Redactions, as part of Damon Krukowski: NOT TO BE PLAYED. The exhibition includes enlarged digital scans from the delaminated master disc of Pound’s 1939 readings. Fullerton processes data from the scans through his analog-modular system to create complex sounds and real-time sonorizations.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
October 23, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Keith Fullerton Whitman: Ezra Pound Redactions is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Damon Krukowski: NOT TO BE PLAYED

Damon Krukowski in conversation with Christina Davis, Curator of the Woodberry Poetry Room and Matthew Battles, Associate Director of metaLAB, both at Harvard University.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
October 8, 2015, 6 p.m.

Damon Krukowski: NOT TO BE PLAYED is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Performance and Reception: Kerry Tribe: Critical Mass

Kerry Tribe’s time based works explore memory and representation through film, video, performance and installation. For Critical Mass (2010–), she restages Hollis Frampton’s 1971 groundbreaking experimental film of the same name. In Frampton’s classic structural work, he captures a young couple arguing on film then meticulously edits the single take into a series of repetitive, staccato snippets, unhinging the continuity of the dialogue. In Tribe’s project, actors Nick Huff and Emelie O’Hara perform Frampton’s film from memory, shot for shot, retaining all the original repetitions and stutters of the original work.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
October 3, 2015, 5 p.m.

Performance and Reception: Josiah McElheny: Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center

Two Walking Mirrors for the Carpenter Center features two five-foot-high sculptures made of cedar and glass mirror sited individually on separate pedestals. Each sculpture is made of two parallel rectilinear panels with full-length mirrors in which viewers catch their reflections. Both sculptures periodically become part of performances when performers—in fact, Harvard University dance students—inhabit the sculptures on a published schedule, transforming the objects into a kind of fashion accessory.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
October 1, 2015, 5 p.m.

Alexander Wolff: Open Seminar

Alexander Wolff is interested in the materiality of works of art and their relationship to the space of exhibition. Primarily working in painting, he draws on the appearance of historical abstraction as a point of reference to interrupt—or disturb—its connection to the contemporary moment, emphasizing instead rough materiality, imprecision, and the handmade.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
September 22, 2015, 6 p.m.

Alexander Wolff: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

River Voyage: Mare Liberum

Mystic and Chelsea Rivers
September 12, 2015, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

Talk and Closing Reception: Mare Liberum and Max Liboiron

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 1, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
September 11, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

Martin Beck: Reality Is Invisible

In 1971 the experimental filmmaker Robert Fulton made the 16mm film Reality’s Invisible while teaching in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Through candid interviews with VES students, impromptu recordings of faculty lectures, and lingering shots on concrete surfaces and spaces around Le Corbusier’s architecture, Reality’s Invisible is a frenetic and visually lush, almost visceral, portrayal of academic life at the Carpenter Center.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
September 10, 2015, 7 p.m.

On Water: Lunchtime Talks with Pierre Bélanger as part of Maren Liberum: or, The Other Island

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
September 10, 2015, 12 p.m.

James Voorhies: Director’s Preview

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts is pleased to announce its fall programming with an exciting number of new commissions, performances, lectures, and solo exhibitions. Intersecting with the Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Dance Program, Woodberry Poetry Room and the Graduate School of Design, as well as beyond the university with Boston-area environmental water agencies, collaboration surfaces as a prevalent theme. Thoughtful and intentional connections with new collaborators are part of a vision to build community around and for the programing, engaging with some of the most invigorating and critical perspectives in contemporary art, design and education today.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
September 9, 2015, 4 p.m.

Karel Martins: Open Seminar

Martens will discuss the graphic form, construction of typographic meaning, and his printing processes that he has developed since the late 1950’s. This seminar is in conjunction with the Karel Martens: Monoprints exhibition in Display Case at the Carpenter Center.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
September 8, 2015, 4–5:30 p.m.

Karel Martins: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

On Water: Lunchtime Talks with Silvia Benedito as part of Maren Liberum: or, The Other Island

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
September 8, 2015, 12 p.m.
Workshop: Public Boatbuilding Workshop as part of Maren Liberum: or, The Other Island

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
September 3–10, 2015, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily

Summer Summits: Notes from further afield with Alise Upitis, Assistant Curator, MIT List Visual Arts Center and Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense, Peabody Essex Museum

A series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by some of the most engaging voices in contemporary art at Boston-area art institutions.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
August 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Summer Summits: Notes from further afield with Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Pieranna Cavalchini, Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

A series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by some of the most engaging voices in contemporary art at Boston-area art institutions.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
August 4, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Summer Summits: Notes from further afield with Dan Byers, Senior Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art and Paul Ha, Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center

A series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by some of the most engaging voices in contemporary art at Boston-area art institutions.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
July 29, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Summer Summits: Notes from further afield with James Voorhies, John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts and Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, The Institute of Contemporary Art

A series of weekly outdoor gatherings on the terrace at the Carpenter Center organized around informal slideshow presentations by some of the most engaging voices in contemporary art at Boston-area art institutions.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
July 22, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

A Conversation with Gloria Sutton

A conversation between Gloria Sutton and Carrie Lambert-Beatty on the occasion of the release of Sutton’s book, The Experience Machine: Stan VanDerBeek’s Movie-Drome and Expanded Cinema, published by MIT Press. The evening will include a screening of the newly restored HD version of VanDerBeek’s computer animated Poemfield No. 2 (1966–71, 16 mm, color, sound. 5:40 min., Courtesy of the Stan VanDerBeek Estate) and a discussion about durational media and contemporary art with Carrie Lambert-Beatty.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
May 12, 2015, 6–7 p.m.

This talk and screening is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Laylah Ali: John Brown Song!

As the final event in the Black History/Art History Lecture and Performance Series, the artist Laylah Ali will discuss John Brown Song! (2013), an online project commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
May 6, 2015, 5 p.m.

Laylah Ali: John Brown Song! is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Jacques the fatalist and his master

In this vibrant adaptation of Denis Diderot’s classic story about storytelling, the first piece of its kind to be mounted in Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, a determined Director struggles to tell the Audience the story of Jacques and his master—an unlikely and inseparable duo swapping stories of love, lust, and rivalry on their madcap journey through the French countryside.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
April 24–26, 2015, daily at 4 p.m.

Jacques the fatalist and his master is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Krzysztof Wodiczko

In association with John Harvard Projection Krzysztof Wodiczko will discuss his work followed by a conversation with James Voorhies and Silvia Benedito, Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
April 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Liz Lerman and Martin Beck

A conversation between Martin Beck and Liz Lerman moderated by James Voorhies will look closely at these artists’ work and experience with the Carpenter Center, discussed within the context of how the arts function and the role it plays in exhibition and educational capacities at Harvard University.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
April 14, 2015, 6 p.m.

Dance Dialogues: A Post-Performance Conversation

In conjunction with the spring performance series DUETTI, Harvard University’s Dance Director Jill Johnson and James Voorhies discuss many facets related to the making and presentation of new and repertory duets performed by Harvard student dancers and choreographed by luminaries Brian Brooks, Michelle Dorrance, William Forsythe, Francesca Harper, Jill Johnson, Crystal Pite, and Melinda Sullivan.

Harvard Dance Center
60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
April 12, 2015, 4:15 p.m.

Dance Dialogues: A Post-Performance Conversation is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Robert Gerard Pietrusko: Six Microphones

Six Microphones is a piece composed entirely of audio feedback that explores the mutually-constitutive relationship between sound, space, and the body.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 1, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
April 11, 2015, 4–5 p.m.

Staging Ground for the Visual Arts

A conversation between Martin Beck and Liz Lerman moderated by James Voorhies will look closely at these artists’ work and experience with the Carpenter Center, discussed within the context of how the arts function and the role it plays in exhibition and educational capacities at Harvard University.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
April 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

Simon Dybbroe Møller: Open Seminar

Simon Dybbroe Møller’s work deals with the weighty architecture of the pre-digital. Withstanding the present leap towards dematerialization and the progress narrative of technology, Møller tackles the very physical connections between our bodies and what we used to call nature.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
April 7, 2015, 1 p.m.

Simon Dybbroe Møller: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Nina Beier: Open Seminar

Nina Beier’s practice charts lines of flight through the social and political problematics of representation and exchange, uncovering and re-shrouding phenomena so as to identify moments of conflict and correlation.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
April 6, 2015, 4 p.m.

Nina Beier: Open Seminar is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Opening reception: The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 1, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
February 5, 2015, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

Screening and Panel Discussion: Nat. Brut Issue Five Release
The launch event of Nat. Brut’s first print issue will begin with a screening of Christina Kolozsvary’s short film The Astronaut and the Star, a fantasy psycho-drama set in the 1940s where a young man roams the hallways of a home in which he is imprisoned, while pining over his mysterious female captor. Following the screening, Nat. Brut editor Kayla E. will moderate an all-female panel of Issue Five contributors, during which participants will discuss gender disparities in their respective artistic fields. Panelists include humorist Alexis Wilkinson, writer Koa Beck, writer and comic Phoebe Robinson, and artist and writer Robyn O’Neil.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
March 28, 2015, 6 p.m.

This screening and discussion is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Talk and Tour: James Voorhies

CCVA’s director James Voorhies leads a talk and tour of the exhibition The Way We Live Now, Modernist Ideologies at Work. The talk will look closely at works by 13 artists presented in the exhibition and the installation’s overall connection to Le Corbusier’s architecture at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University. 

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 1, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
March 27, 2015, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Ubu Roi redux

Ubu Roi redux is a one-day intervention of installation, sound, video, a reception and performance organized by participants of the 2014–15 Sert Practitioner seminar with the artist Ulla von Brandenburg.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 1, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
March 26, 2015, 6 p.m.

Ubu Roi redux is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Nandipha Mntambo: The Flight

As part of Harvard University’s Black History/Art History lecture and performance series, South African artist Nandipha Mntambo debuts The Flight, an original performance in which the artist assumes the identity of a bull before and during a bullfight. Inspired by Miguel Torga’s book Miura (2013), the work explores concepts of empathy, violence, and spectatorship while challenging the binary between human and animal.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
February 26, 2015, 4 p.m.

This performance and talk is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Screening and Reception: Luther Price: Light Windows

As a filmmaker, Luther Price salvages film footage from discarded prints of old documentaries, Hollywood classics, home movies, how-to reels, and pornography to cut, alter, and reassemble into handmade films. His process often involves physically and chemically manipulating the filmstrip surface by painting, burying, applying ink, or effacing it with scratches and scrapes. The resulting films are completely unique objects, and when combined with light the projections become highly charged visual imagery, transforming 8 mm, 16 mm, and 35 mm found film into unforgettable cinematic experiences.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
January 31, 2015, 7 p.m.

Ulla von Brandenburg

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 3, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
November 13, 2014, 4 p.m.

Talk and Reception: Simon Fujiwara: Three Easy Pieces

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Lecture Hall, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
October 23, 2014, 6 p.m.

Art and Technology: New Perspectives on African Art examines innovative uses of technology in art historical research and exhibition installation.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 0, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
October 2, 2014, 12 p.m.

This presentation and discussion is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.

Fortune

A 30-minute silent film directed by musician Naomi Yang (formerly of Galaxie 500), with original soundtrack performed by her band Damon & Naomi.

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University
Level 1, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
October 2, 2014, 7 p.m.

Last Year at Marienbad (1961) by Alain Resnais

This screening at Film Forum of the 1961 film by Alain Resnais conveniently coincides with Bureau for Open Culture’s exhibition Last Year at Marienbad redux.

Film Forum
209 West Houston St, New York, NY
October 22, 2013, 8:20 p.m.

The Marienbad Sessions: Jens Hoffmann

Curator and writer Jens Hoffmann talks about the influence of 1950s and 60s French Cinema and the work of directors such as Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Melville, Agnes Varda, and Eric Rohmer on the practice of exhibition making. He investigates in particular how the theory of the director as author, as developed by François Truffaut in his seminal essay “A Certain Tendency in French Cinema,” published in Cahiers du Cinema in 1954 and a manifesto of the Nouvelle Vague, translates to the idea of the exhibition author and creative curator.

Jens Hoffmann is currently Deputy Director of The Jewish Museum, New York, where he oversees exhibitions, public programs and collections. He has curated over 50 exhibitions internationally and written over 200 texts on art and exhibition making. He is the founding editor of The Exhibitionist: Journal for Exhibition Making. His most recent book 10 Fundamental Questions of Curating was published by Mousse Publications in 2013. His exhibition More American Photographs is on view at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside till January 11th and The Past is Present will run till January 5th at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

The Marienbad Sessions is an integrated public program that seeks to transform the exhibition site of Last Year at Marienbad redux into a learning site where real-time engagement with the public intersects visually and conceptually among works of art on exhibit.

Bureau for Open Culture @ EFA Project Space
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street, New York, NY
October 21, 2013, 7–8:30 p.m.
Free

You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet (2012) by Alain Resnais

Anthology Film Archives presents the most recent film by French filmmaker Alain Resnais. This presentation runs concurrent with a screening of Resnais’s acclaimed film Last Year at Marienbad (1961) on October 22 at Film Forum and our exhibition Last Year at Marienbad redux.

Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue, New York, NY
October 18–24, 2013, daily

The Marienbad Sessions: Jessamyn Fiore

Blast from the Past: a staged reading of a theatrical work by Jessamyn Fiore

Conceived and produced in response to the exhibition Last Year at Marienbad redux, the performance reading Blast from the Past theatricalizes found texts about the work of Gordon Matta-Clark and Robert Smithson, combining their words with contemporaneous interviews and articles to propose the genesis of two artworks Blast from the Past (1972–73) and Reality Properties: Fakes Estates (1974) by Matta-Clark featured in the exhibition.

In this one evening performance Fiore hauls the past to a present moment, time travelling through art and writing, to explore broader notions of place, memory and time, topics important for both Matta-Clark and Smithson, giving their words embodied voice, action and immediate presence.

Drinks and refreshments provided.

Made possible with the participation of Frank Castanien, Angela Conant, Dylan Gauthier, Maedhbh McCullagh, Kendra Sullivan and James Voorhies

The Marienbad Sessions is an integrated public program that seeks to transform the exhibition site of Last Year at Marienbad redux into a learning site where real-time engagement with the public intersects visually and conceptually among works of art on exhibit.

Bureau for Open Culture @ EFA Project Space
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street, New York, NY
October 17, 2013, 7–8:30 p.m.
Free

The Marienbad Sessions: Dan Fox

Last Year at Marienbad Listening Session
The listening session was developed by Dan Fox in collaboration with Junior Aspirin Records and Dexter Sinister / The Serving Library in 2011. Designed to encourage thinking away from the printed word, each hour-long session, conducted in a darkened room, is comprised of commentary woven into a playlist of songs. For Last Year at Marienbad redux the commentary creates two parallel narratives, sometimes intertwining, and sometimes contradicting.

Dan Fox is a writer, musician, and co-editor of frieze, who lives in New York City. His writing has appeared in numerous exhibition catalogues and publications. He has co-run the music label Junior Aspirin Records, with Nathaniel Mellors and Andy Cooke, since 2002.

The Marienbad Sessions is an integrated public program that seeks to transform the exhibition site of Last Year at Marienbad redux into a learning site where real-time engagement with the public intersects visually and conceptually among works of art on exhibit.

Miss the performance? You can listen to a post-recorded version of it on Junior Aspirin Podcast.

Bureau for Open Culture @ EFA Project Space
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street, New York, NY
October 10, 2013, 7–8:30 p.m.
Free

Friendly Fire section of The Schoolyard

Printed Matter NY Art Book Fair
PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

September 19–22, 2013

The Marienbad Sessions: Maya Schweizer

Lieux de mémoire, desire and film

This evening includes a screening of short films by Berlin-based artist Maya Schweizer and conversation with curator James Voorhies about her interest in the role of memorials and monuments as embodiments of historical events and biography. Schweizer’s recent film A Memorial, a Synagogue, a Bridge and a Church (2012), included in the exhibition Last Year at Marienbad redux, isdiscussed within the context of films by figures such as Alexander Kluge and Harun Farocki.

The Marienbad Sessions is an integrated public program that seeks to transform the exhibition site of Last Year at Marienbad redux into a learning site where real-time engagement with the public intersects visually and conceptually among works of art on exhibit.

Artist travel generously supported by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

Bureau for Open Culture @ EFA Project Space
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street, New York, NY
September 16, 2013, 7–8:30 p.m.
Free

Opening reception: Last Year at Marienbad redux

Bureau for Open Culture @ EFA Project Space
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY
September 12, 2013, 6–8 p.m.

Vernissage: L’ECLISSE redux

Bureau for Open Culture, Via del Poggio 2, Siena, Italy 53100
November 22, 2012, 19:45—21:15

ARCHITECTURE

James S. Williams, “The Rhythms of Life: An Appreciation of Michelangelo Antonioni, Extreme Aesthete of the Real,” 2008

The public is invited to participate in seminars with students of the Siena Art Institute and Bureau for Open Culture. Discussions are based on readings, urban explorations and research on topics such as alienation, urbanization, love, economy and architecture as they relate to the exhibition L’ECLISSE redux and the city of Siena.

Seminars are in English. Advance PDFs of readings downloadable at link above.

Bureau for Open Culture, Via del Poggio 2, Siena, Italy 53100
November 22, 2012, 16:45—19:45

ECONOMY

Paolo Scrivano, “Signs of Americanization in Italian Domestic Life: Italy’s Postwar Conversion to Consumerism,”2005

The public is invited to participate in seminars with students of the Siena Art Institute and Bureau for Open Culture. Discussions are based on readings, urban explorations and research on topics such as alienation, urbanization, love, economy and architecture as they relate to the exhibition L’ECLISSE redux and the city of Siena.

Seminars are in English. Advance PDFs of readings downloadable at link above.

Bureau for Open Culture, Via del Poggio 2, Siena, Italy 53100
November 15, 2012, 16:45—19:45

L'eclisse

Siena Art Institute and Bureau for Open Culture host a screening of the 1962 film L’eclisse by Michelangelo Antonioni. Free and open to the public.

The screening is part of the research exhibition L’ECLISSE redux which uses Antonioni’s film to examine postwar urban develop.m.ent and contemporary social life in Siena.

Siena Art Institute, Via Tommaso Pendola 37, 1st floor, Siena, Italy, 53100
November 14, 2012, 20:00—22:00

LOVE

Gilberto Perez, “The Point of View of a Stranger: An Essay on Antonioni’s Eclipse,” 1991

The public is invited to participate in seminars with students of the Siena Art Institute and Bureau for Open Culture. Discussions are based on readings, urban explorations and research on topics such as alienation, urbanization, love, economy and architecture as they relate to the exhibition L’ECLISSE redux and the city of Siena.

Seminars are in English. Advance PDFs of readings downloadable at link above.

Bureau for Open Culture, Via del Poggio 2, Siena, Italy 53100
November 8, 2012, 16:45—19:45

URBANIZATION

Norman N. Holland, “Not Having Antonioni,” 1963

The public is invited to participate in seminars with students of the Siena Art Institute and Bureau for Open Culture. Discussions are based on readings, urban explorations and research on topics such as alienation, urbanization, love, economy and architecture as they relate to the exhibition L’ECLISSE redux and the city of Siena.

Seminars are in English. Advance PDFs of readings downloadable at link above.

Bureau for Open Culture, Via del Poggio 2, Siena, Italy 53100
November 6, 2012, 13:00—16:00

ALIENATION

Reading: Kevin Z. Moore, “Eclipsing the Commonplace: The Logic of Alienation in Antonioni’s Cinema,” 1995

The public is invited to participate in seminars with students of the Siena Art Institute and Bureau for Open Culture. Discussions are based on readings, urban explorations and research on topics such as alienation, urbanization, love, economy and architecture as they relate to the exhibition L’ECLISSE redux and the city of Siena.

Seminars are in English. Advance PDFs of readings downloadable at link above.

Bureau for Open Culture, Via del Poggio 2, Siena, Italy 53100
October 23, 2012, 13:00—16:00

James Voorhies speaks about the work of Bureau for Open Culture and introduces the exhibition L’ECLISSE redux.

Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy
October 16, 2012, 18:00 p.m.

a kind of forever present

The performance a kind of forever present followed by conversation between James Voorhies and Bernard Cella of Salon für Kunstbuch about  role of writing and printed matter for Bureau for Open Culture.
Salon für Kunstbuch 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria
October 10, 2012, 19:00 p.m.

Critical Maintenance: What Ever Happened to New Institutionalism and Relational Aesthetics? 

James Voorhies presents the talk Critical Maintenance: What Ever Happened to New Institutionalism and Relational Aesthetics? and participates on the panel “Theoretical Underpinnings: Challenging the Legacies of Institutional Critique” as part of the Giant Step symposium organized by vessel in Bari; Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven,  MOSTYN in Wales and Galeria Labirynt in Krakow

Bari, Italy
June 10, 2012, 10:00 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

James Voorhies participates on the panel Off the Clock: Working with Flexible Labor, Social Networks and Everyday Life, moderated by Liam Gillick and presented by Silvershed.

Art in General, 79 Walker Street, New York, NY
October 11, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Friendly Fire

NY Art Book Fair
September 29–October 2, 2011, PS1/MoMA, Long Island City, NY

James Voorhies: THE FUTURE IS NOW (brief notes on the instrumentalization of art)

A lecture
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Critical Dialogues series
September 21, 2011, 6:00 p.m.

Dylan Gauthier and Kendra Sullivan

All Hands On Deck! is a collaborative exercise in building a functional watercraft out of salvaged and foraged materials.
Bureau for Open Culture @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
September 9, 2011, 11 a.m.—5 p.m

Red76: Bartleby’s Pen

Dylan Gauthier and Kendra Sullivan
Bureau for Open Culture >Beer Garden @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
September 9, 2011, 8:30 p.m.

SHUT UP AND DANCE danceparty

Forget the lecture, this special edition of Bartleby’s Pen takes the form of a dance party in collaboration with Bang on a Can!
Bureau for Open Culture @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
July 29, 2011, 10:00 p.m.–2 a.m.

Bureau for Open Culture >On Symptoms of Cultural Industry

There Is Only Light (We Do Not Know What To Do With Other Worlds) by Cassandra Troyan combines documentation of labor histories, interviews with former employees of Sprague Electric and lived experience.
Bureau for Open Culture @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
July 17, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Red76: Bartleby’s Pen

Lecture by Matthew Stadler
Bureau for Open Culture >Beer Garden @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
July 1, 2011, 7 p.m.

Solid Sound 11 Festival

Bureau for Open Culture partners with Printed Matter, Inc. to operate a pop-up book shop and The Wassaic Project to present artist Breanne Trammell’s Let’s Fly A Kite and Jen-N-Outlaw’s Fish Fry Truck and Crawfish Boils, a New York City-based food truck run by Paul Outlaw and Jennifer Catron that serves up fresh seafood in an authentically Southern style.
Bureau for Open Culture @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
June 24–26, 2011, Friday, Saturday and Sunday during festival hours

Red76: Bartleby’s Pen

Lecture by Sam Gould and Rebecca Gates
Bureau for Open Culture >Beer Garden @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
June 17, 2011, 8:30 p.m.

Sarah Cowles: Elegantly Wasted: Let’s Enjoy Our River

Stop by Miner/Mohawk Lemonade Stand at corner of Miner Street and The Mohawk Trail in North Adams. Buy some fresh squeezed lemonade and learn about Bureau for Open Culture’s programming including Sarah Cowles’s work with the Hoosic River.
June 15, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

Sarah Cowles: Elegantly Wasted

Ditch-In Theater Projected out-of-doors near the Hoosic River on MASS MoCA’s campus, this evening showcases a selection of films by Deborah Stratman, Cynthia Hooper and Ursula Biemann.
Bureau for Open Culture @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
June 15, 2011, 9 p.m.

Sarah Cowles: Elegantly Wasted

Monuments of Hoosic Tour Inspired by Robert Smithson’s Monuments of Passaic, Cowles will lead a tour of the river to search out and draw attention to the overlooked and under-valued qualities of the Hoosic River.
Meet at Bureau for Open Culture @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
June 8, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

Temporary Services: Art Work

Bureau for Open Culture will host an informal public conversation between the writer and critic Julia Bryan-Wilson and the audience to examine ideas related to Art Work: A National Conversation About Art, Labor, and EconomicsArt Work is a 40-page newsprint publication by Temporary Services.
Bureau for Open Culture @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
June 5, 2011, 2 p.m.

Dawn School

Dawn School is a participatory field trip that invites museum staff and members of the public to leave the grounds of the museum in order to explore changing patterns of labor. This edition of Dawn School includes a tour of Specialty Minerals, Inc. in Adams, MA.
Meet in front of MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
June 3, 2011, 8:30–11 a.m.

Opening reception: I Am Searching for Field Character

MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
May 28, 2011, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Opening night! >Beer Garden

MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA
May 26, 2011, 5–7 p.m.

Bureau for Open Culture in conversation with artist and writer Nick Bastis

On Symptoms of Cultural Industry for Open Engagement
Field Work, 1101 SW Jefferson St., Portland, OR
May 14, 2011, 7 p.m.

Performance by Cassandra Troyan

On Symptoms of Cultural Industry for Open Engagement
Field Work, 1101 SW Jefferson St. Portland, OR
May 11, 2011, 8 p.m.

Opening Reception: Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven

Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, One College Drive, Bennington, VT
April 5, 2011, 6:30–8 p.m.

Bureau for Open Culture: Making New Learning Sites, a talk by James Voorhies

Sponsored by Artists in Context, UMass, Amherst and C3
Room 24, Studio Arts Building, University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass, Amherst, MA
March 21, 2011, 7 p.m.

Denouement, discussion of findings with psychic Larry Copeland

Presented as part of Calling Occupants, a paranormal concert series by Ben Kinsley for Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
Canzani Center Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH
March 11, 2011, 7 p.m.

Performance by Kianna Alarid, ancient mantras and intuitive, resonant vocalizations

Presented as part of Calling Occupants, a paranormal concert series by Ben Kinsley for Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
Canzani Center Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH
March 4, 2011, 7 p.m.

Performance by Barry Chern & Friends, American roots music

Presented as part of Calling Occupants, a paranormal concert series by Ben Kinsley for Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
Canzani Center Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH
February 25, 2011, 7 p.m.

Performance by Shawn Campbell, free-form, solo percussion

Presented as part of Calling Occupants, a paranormal concert series by Ben Kinsley for Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
Canzani Center Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH
February 18, 2011, 7 p.m.

Performance by Ryan Jewell, an hour-long, continuous, acoustic drone

Presented as part of Calling Occupants, a paranormal concert series by Ben Kinsley for Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
Canzani Center Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH
February 11, 2011, 7 p.m.

Performance by John Also Bennett

Presented as part of Calling Occupants, a paranormal concert series by Ben Kinsley for Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven
Canzani Center Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH
February 4, 2011, 7 p.m.

Lecture by Michael Mercil

Presented as part of The New Administration of a Fine Arts Education
CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 390 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH
February 2, 2011, 7 p.m.

Lecture by J. Morgan Puett

Presented as part of The New Administration of a Fine Arts Education
CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 390 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH
January 31, 2011, 7 p.m.

Opening reception: Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven

Canzani Center Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH
January 27, 2011, 6–8 p.m.

Artist Ben Kinsley and psychic Larry Copeland lead a participatory event of paranormal proportions to initiate Kinsley’s ongoing exhibition work exploring the sonic means of transdimensional influence.
All are welcome and encouraged to take part!
Canzani Center Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH
8 p.m.

After Party: Seven Dreams

Dance your way through a fog of new wave, industrial, pop, screwed jams and a laser light show. Live performances by Anna Ranger, DJ Scott Neimet and DJ Seabat. Some refreshments provided but BYOB encouraged.
Skylab Gallery, 57 East Gay St., 5th Floor, Columbus, OH
9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Lecture by Matthew Higgs

Presented as part of The New Administration of a Fine Arts Education
CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 390 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH
November 17, 2010, 7 p.m.

Lecture by Jon Rubin Presented as part of The New Administration of a Fine Arts Education

CCAD Design Studios on Broad, 390 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH
October 14, 2010, 7 p.m.

Coming Soon

CCAD Junior Seminar in collaboration with the Learning Site Audible Dwelling

Coming Soon is a collaboration between Junior Seminar students at Columbus College of Art & Design and the Learning Site Audible DwellingComing Soon brings together personal reflections of Columbus residents and civic leaders on the ecological possibilities for their city. In response to a series of questions about what it means to build, maintain and live an environmentally conscious urban life, residents voice their opinions about the increasingly uneasy relationship between city and nature. Interweaved throughout these questions and answers are samples of sounds of Ohio’s greener pastures, aural meditations on the long history of agriculture in this state and the noises that once filled the very parking lot site where Audible Dwelling sits today.

Conceived, researched and recorded by students, Coming Soon is in conversation with Audible Dwelling about visions for a sustainable future.

CCAD Professor Tim Rietenbach with students Ken Aschliman, Jeremiah Caudill, Silver Corbin, Josh Culberson, Annica Damico, Quinn Kellogg, Lisa Kozlosky, Taylor Leaman, Bailey Ruhlen, Michelle Ross, Amanda Scharf, Mike Smith, Carli Sombat, Tosha Stimage, Ryan Walters and Joe Wyman

Audible Dwelling in the parking lot on CCAD campus at corner of N. Washington and E. Long Streets Map
May 14, 2010, 11 a.m.

Chine-collé

Ross Caliendo, Todd Pleasants, Alex Ross, Brian Sharrock

Immediately following the Emergency Alert Siren, the sound performance Chine-collé will layer consistent tones with the aim to extend the spectacle of the siren. The EAS is a symbol of imminent threat and represents a culture and economy of fear that emerged in the 1950s and continues today. When sounded the siren raises the public’s awareness to the exact time and “it was only a test” regiment. The area will be blanketed with a drone that recalls the effect of the nearly 120 decibel test alarm blast. By matching the intensity of the siren, people in hearing distance to Audible Dwelling will re-experience the redundancy of the weekly siren as a new drone continues for 2 hours 40 minutes, the total number of minutes the siren blasts in one full year (the EAS sounds for 3 minutes every week).

Numerous EAS sirens are located around Columbus. The mechanical horn and distress signal have become ubiquitous in our environment. By utilizing the location of Audible Dwelling in downtown Columbus, listeners enter into dialogue with an infrastructure of defense and distress and the impact it has on public consciousness. Chine-collé explores the relevance of city ordinance and alters the audible layers that comprise the sound-scape of Columbus.

Audible Dwelling in the parking lot on CCAD campus at corner of N. Washington and E. Long Streets Map
May 5, 2010, 12 p.m.

Aluminum Foil Mountain and Worm Man

Aimee Sones and Ryan Agnew in collaboration with the Learning Site Audible Dwelling

Made of an everyday household material, Aimee Sones’s Aluminum Foil Mountain is a sculpture and day-long action that questions notions of planned obsolescence, consumption of natural resources and conflicted intersections of mining and agriculture. Sones collaborates with the physical qualities of the Learning Site Audible Dwelling to create a large, temporary sculpture of aluminum foil over one speaker house. Ryan Agnew’s Worm Man consists of sound recordings of the usually unheard and out-of-sight labors of worms churning and fortifying the earth. The sounds are amplified from both speaker houses. Agnew’s evening performance across the asphalt parking lot draws on concepts of displacement and habitation in Audible Dwelling.

Audible Dwelling in the parking lot on CCAD campus at corner of N. Washington and E. Long Streets Map
April 23, 2010, dawn to dusk

Globalization = Americanization?

CCAD Honors Seminar in collaboration with the Learning Site Audible Dwelling

Globalization = Americanization? is a collaboration between honor students at Columbus College of Art & Design and the Learning Site Audible Dwelling. It unfolds in the form a public debate with two opposing arguments about whether or not globalization is quite simply the Americanization of the world. Addressing issues related to mainstream media, national identities, new kinds of locality, public and private space and technologies, each speaker house of Audible Dwelling vocalizes a pro or con opinion about prescient topics related to America’s role in world affairs. Globalization = Americanization? is researched, written and recorded by students.

CCAD Professor Mariana Smith with students Yezen Abusharkh, Jennifer Chema, Austin McClellan, Lian Dziura, Jamie Hartman, Isuri Merenchi Hewage, Ian Horn, Todd Pleasants, Pallavi Sen and Ryan Walters

Audible Dwelling in the parking lot on CCAD campus at corner of N. Washington and E. Long Streets Map
April 12, 2010, 4:30 p.m.

Closing performance of Chord of Columbus

Audible Dwelling in the parking lot on CCAD campus at corner of N. Washington and E. Long Streets Map
March 6, 2010, 7 p.m.

Bicycling tour of recording sites of Chord of Columbus.

Join John Also Bennett and Sarah Cowles in a tour of the sites from where the sounds of urban infrastructure where recorded and learn why these sites are significant to the work.

Meet at Audible Dwelling in the parking lot on CCAD campus at corner of N. Washington and E. Long Streets Map
March 3, 2010, 5 p.m.

Opening performance of Chord of Columbus, a collaboration of John Also Bennett and Sarah Cowles with the Learning Site Audible Dwelling.

Audible Dwelling in the parking lot on CCAD campus at corner of N. Washington and E. Long Streets Map
February 26, 2010, 7 p.m.

Exhibition walkthrough with curator James Voorhies and conversation with artist Elizabeth Gerdeman

Canzani Center Gallery, CCAD campus
February 23, 2010, 6 p.m.

Opening reception for Calling Beauty

Canzani Center Gallery, CCAD campus
February 17, 2010, 5–7 p.m.

Opening celebration of Audible Dwelling by Learning Site.

parking lot on CCAD campus at corner of N. Washington and E. Long Streets Map
November 24, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Organized by Sarah Weinstock and Anthony Peluso, today is the second in a two-part series of marathon screenings of 26 episodes of the Japanese anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, or NGE, (October 1995–March 1996) directed by Hideaki Anno as well as the film The End of Evangelion (1997).

This screening includes the remainder of the episodes and the film The End Evangelion.
Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
November 14, 2009, 3 p.m. (approx. 6 hours screening)

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Organized by Sarah Weinstock and Anthony Peluso, today is the first in a two-part series of marathon screenings of 26 episodes of the Japanese anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, or NGE, (October 1995–March 1996) directed by Hideaki Anno as well as the film The End of Evangelion (1997).

Visually, conceptually and psychologically dense, Hideaki Anno’s work addresses a cadre of existentialist themes related to religion, identity, nationalism and independence.

On November 14, part II of this series will screen the remainder of the episodes and the feature film The End of Evangelion.
Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
November 7, 2009, 3 p.m. (approx. 6 hours screening)

playing practice

Organized by Sönke Hallmann, Magda Tyzlik-Carver and Paul Gangloff, playing practice is part of the ongoing collaborative practice-led research project Virtual Networks Social Fabrics. In irregular intervals the Department of Reading invites its participating readers to discuss and comment through a chat on Skype given texts, which are displayed on a Wikipage. As a continuation of the series playing practice the session on November 1 departs from seven textual fragments, assembled on the Wiki of the Department of Reading in numbered sections. By means of simple commands placed in the chat on Skype, they can be quoted, edited, moved, exchanged, reworked, replaced and rewritten. This session invites a discussion on playing that like the tangram allows for different figures to appear through entering into new combinations.

via Skype at Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
November 1, 2009, 12–4 p.m.

Claire Fontaine

Paris-based collective Claire Fontaine gives a public talk on subjects related to the Women’s Movement of 1977 in Italy, Autonomia, the war economy, and libidinal economy. The discussion will also address a new neon work entitled WARM WAR outside, situated in a public space of the city.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
October 28, 2009, 6 p.m.

Filmmaker and photographer Bill Daniel visits Columbus!

Join us for Sunset Scavenger, a dual screening of a documentary essay on “low-down survival strategies in a world of ecologic and economic collapse.” It includes an outdoor video projection on sails atop a van and a one night installation of photographs. In case of rain, screening will take place inside the gallery.

CCAD Campus, on the quad at 60 Cleveland Ave. at E. Gay St.
October 24, 2009, 7 p.m.

Ryan Griffis

Ryan Griffis of The Temporary Travel Office visits Columbus to screen the short film Parking Public: A Tour in the Storage of Utopia and discuss Parking Public, an initiative that documents histories of public parking and with regard to specific contexts and develop.m.ents of surface parking in the United States. The Temporary Travel Office has conducted tours of parking in Brooklyn, Champaign, IL, Hollywood, CA, and downtown Los Angeles. Ryan’s visit is in conjunction with Learning Site’s residency because their Audible Dwelling is located in and responds in part to parking lots in Columbus.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
October 23, 2009, 6 p.m.

VITALforms: Line of Flight: A Conversation on Love

Join us, as we follow with the collective VITALforms comprised of Cassandra Troyan and Nicole Langille to an undisclosed field on the outskirts of the city. Come experience their performance as they drift away in a hot-air, speaking to viewers below as they race to follow VITALforms impeded naturally by geographical barriers.
Meet at the quad on CCAD’s campus, corner of Cleveland Ave. and E. Gay St.
October 21, 2009, 6:30 a.m.

Claire Fontaine

In anticipation of Claire Fontaine’s public discussion related to the Women’s Movement of 1977 in Italy, Autonomia, and Libidinal Economy by Jean-François Lyotard. This weekly reading group will talk about Lyotard’s work and lots more.
Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
October 19, 2009, 5:30–7 p.m.

REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT

Today! The Readymade Revolution occurs. Organized by Henrik Mayer and Martin Keil of RG, this peaceful demonstration originates at CCAD campus and concludes on the State House lawn. Join us in this procession that considers the demonstration in East Germany in 1989 as a revolutionary technique today.
meet at the Quad at Columbus College of Art & Design, corner of Cleveland Ave. and E. Gay St.
October 17, 2009, 2 p.m.

Ben Kinsley

READING—PRESENTATION—PERFORMANCE
Tonight visiting artist Ben Kinsley READS from “A Year with Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno’s Diary,” a text about play, improvisation and collaboration. Ben also PRESENTS and discusses some of his past projects. Then he PERFORMS a work inspired by recent life in Iceland. This performance will include a distribution of song books, a banjo recital, and a sing-along.

We are pretty darn excited Ben will contribute to actions at the Office of Collective and invite everyone to join us tonight.
Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
October 16, 2009, 6:30 p.m.

REINIGUNGSGESELLSCHAFT

In preparation for The Readymade Revolution on Saturday, October 17, Henrik Mayer and Martin Keil of RG hold a workshop tonight that includes making banners and flags of the East German revolution of 1989. This evening’s informal public discussion and workshop considers the demonstration model as a revolutionary technique in relation to contemporary capitalist economies.
Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
October 13, 2009, 5:30 p.m.

Claire Fontaine

In anticipation of Claire Fontaine’s public discussion related to the Women’s Movement of 1977 in Italy, Autonomia, and Libidinal Economy by Jean-François Lyotard. This weekly reading group will talk about Lyotard’s work and lots more.
Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
October 12, 2009, 5:30–7 p.m.

Red76: Dedication of Anywhere/Anyplace Academy (A/AA)

Join us for this lunchtime dedication and recognition of all the collaboration and hard work on A/AA.
A/AA parking lot site on CCAD campus
October 6, 2009, 12–1:30 p.m.

Red76: Open House and final day of residence

Join us for music and drinks at the Office of Collective Play on this final evening of Red76’s residence. Come check out the sites of Pop-Up Book Academy, TMF Co., and YouTube School for Social Politics and learn how to continue the work.
Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
October 6, 2009, 8–10 p.m.

Claire Fontaine

In anticipation of Claire Fontaine’s public discussion related to the Women’s Movement of 1977 in Italy, Autonomia, and Libidinal Economy by Jean-François Lyotard. This weekly reading group will talk about Lyotard’s work and lots more.
Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
October 5, 2009, 5:30–7 p.m.

Red76: Pop-Up Book Academy

Dylan Gauthier discusses cooperative boat building.
Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
October 5, 2009, 7 p.m.

Red76: TMF Co. Skill Share Afternoon

In this first of two TMF Co. sessions Dylan Gauthier of Brooklyn, New York boat fanatics Free Seas leads a cooperative boat building project out of surplus materials alongside A/AA to be followed by TMF Co. part two on Monday night.
A/AA site in parking lot on CCAD campus
October 4, 2009, 12 p.m.

Red76: YouTube School for Social Politics

Focusing on the 1981 Provos (Irish Hunger Stikes) Ola Stahl’s YouTube School for Social Politics essay utilizes simultaneous direct narratives of both IRA and Loyalist prisoners to detail the Irish prison system under British rule in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s.

Mining YouTube for source material YouTube School for Social Politics utilizes videos to assemble discussion regarding sociopolitical topics.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
October 2, 2009, 7 p.m.

Red76: Pop-Up Book Academy

Second of artist and editor Ola Stahl’s two P.B.A. sessions which work their way through the journal entries of his Great Uncle; a journeyman laborer who moved to the United States and stayed for well over a quarter-century prior to World War II. The texts intimately document the personal history of an itinerant worker at the beginning of the twentieth century and the personal and collective hardships of the time.

Pop-Up Book Academy is a school that materializes behind the mask of a temporary used bookstore, utilizing the printed form as a means of investigating social politics and its histories past and present.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 30, 2009, 7 p.m.

Claire Fontaine

In anticipation of Claire Fontaine’s public discussion related to the Women’s Movement of 1977 in Italy, Autonomia, and Libidinal Economy by Jean-François Lyotard. This weekly reading group will talk about Lyotard’s work and lots more.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 28, 2009, 5:30–7 p.m.

Red76: Pop-Up Book Academy

First of artist and editor Ola Stahl’s two P.B.A. sessions which work their way through the journal entries of his Great Uncle; a journeyman laborer who moved to the United States and stayed for well over a quarter-century prior to World War II. The texts intimately document the personal history of an itinerant worker at the beginning of the twentieth century and the personal and collective hardships of the time.

Pop-Up Book Academy is a school that materializes behind the mask of a temporary used bookstore, utilizing the printed form as a means of investigating social politics and its histories past and present.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 28, 2009, 7 p.m.

Red76: TMF Co. Skill Share Night

Teach-a-Man-to-Fish Company Skill Sharing sessions wherein members of Red76 and the community will share a skill of their own so that others can then go and make with their new knowledge.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 27, 2009, 7 p.m.

Red76: YouTube School for Social Politics

Tonight is a double feature!

First, Robby Herbst of the L.A. based Journal of Aesthetics and Protest presents his essay “Mediation, Self-Marginalization and Post-politics in Protest Media,” a look at the movement away from protest in the public sphere and into a strangely hermetic form of communication and resistance.

Second, Red 76’s Gabriel Saloman presents his essay on “Mystery Ecology.” It is both an examination of an oft ignored, or downplayed, component of the global environmental movement which seeks to preserve natural space due to its “sacred value,” as well as an inquiry into the imaginal and spiritual loss that is endured by the destruction and invasion of wilderness.

Mining YouTube for source material YouTube School for Social Politics utilizes videos to assemble discussion regarding sociopolitical topics.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 25, 2009, 7 p.m.

Red76: Pop-Up Book Academy

Mary Jo Bole presents bookworks focusing on her ongoing relationship with the Dutch publisher and arts center Extrapool and Knust in Nijmegen. She discusses the nature of her work, how it relates to the unique method of printing offered at Knust, and the experience of international production and collaboration.

Pop-Up Book Academy is a school that materializes behind the mask of a temporary used bookstore, utilizing the printed form as a means of investigating social politics and its histories past and present.
Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 23, 2009, 7 p.m.

Andrew Culp and Gabriel Saloman host G20 and Resistance Teach-in

Students and all interested parties are invited to discuss issues surrounding the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh September 24-25. This teach-in intends to initiate a network and dialogue among the arts, student, and activist communities in Columbus about creative forms of solidarity that could potentially take place here. It also intends to generate discussion with participants who aren’t going to go to Pittsburgh about topics to be addressed at the G20 Summit.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 22, 2009, 2 p.m.

Claire Fontaine

In anticipation of Claire Fontaine’s public discussion related to the Women’s Movement of 1977 in Italy, Autonomia, and Libidinal Economy by Jean-François Lyotard. This weekly reading group will talk about Lyotard’s work and lots more.
Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 21, 2009, 5:30–7 p.m.

Red76: Pop-Up Book Academy

Gabriel Saloman discusses his 2003 essay “1999: A Year of Virtual Reality, Mind Control and the Rise of Male Paranoia.” Saloman talks about his use of Google as a means of developing the essay, exploring issues of historical truth and epistemology, as well as challenge of using emerging technologies for documenting and researching our cultural heritage.

Pop-Up Book Academy is a school that materializes behind the mask of a temporary used bookstore, utilizing the printed form as a means of investigating social politics and its histories past and present.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 21, 2009, 7 p.m.

Red76: TMF Co. Skill Share Night

Kevin VanScoder hosts TMF Co. He demonstrates basic quilting techniques and leads a discussion about various uses for sewing projects–blankets, beer-cozies, messenger bag padding and more! The discussion also addresses the increasing number of male quilters today. Bring your own quilting and sewing projects to share!

Teach-a-Man-to-Fish Company Skill Share sessions wherein members of Red76 and the community share a skill of their own so others can go and produce with their newly acquired knowledge.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 20, 2009, 7 p.m.

Red76: YouTube School for Social Politics

A Hooters Universe: An Essay by Dan S. Wang
For his YouTube School for Social Politics essay, Dan S. Wang sifts through countless videos to create a multifaceted sociological in portrait for the “restaurant” chain Hooters. Looking at kids birthday parties, image obsession, legal issues, and more Wang delves deep into one of America’s most popular, and most absurd “family dining establishments.”

Mining YouTube for source material YouTube School for Social Politics utilizes videos to assemble discussion regarding sociopolitical topics.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 18, 2009, 7 p.m.

Red76: Pop-Up Book Academy

Home, Washington, one of the earliest anarchist, free love communities of the Pacific Northwest (est. 1886) was also a thriving radical publishing hub in its time. Red76 members Sam Gould and Gabriel Mindel Saloman will lay out a brief history of Home, Washington and discuss some of the publications which came out of the small wooded Pacific NW colony.

Pop-Up Book Academy is a school that materializes behind the mask of a temporary used bookstore, utilizing the printed form as a means of investigating social politics and its histories past and present.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 16, 2009, 7 p.m.

Claire Fontaine

In anticipation of Claire Fontaine’s public discussion related to the Women’s Movement of 1977 in Italy, Autonomia, and Libidinal Economy by Jean-François Lyotard. This weekly reading group will talk about Lyotard’s work and lots more.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 14, 2009, 5:30–7 p.m.

Red76: Pop-Up Book Academy

Mike Wolf leads a session of Pop-Up Book Academy discussing his research and travels throughout the mid-west and the notions of the Mid-West Radical Cultural Corridor (MRCC).

Pop-Up Book Academy is a school that materializes behind the mask of a temporary used bookstore, utilizing the printed form as a means of investigating social politics and its histories past and present.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 14, 2009, 7 p.m.

Red76: TMF Co. Skill Share Night

Teach-a-Man-to-Fish Company Skill Share sessions wherein members of Red76 and the community share a skill of their own so others can go and produce with their newly acquired knowledge. Gabriel Mindel Saloman leads this session of TMF Co. Sunday Skill Share night discussing his use of found tapes in his music.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 13, 2009, 7 p.m.

Red76: YouTube School for Social Politics

Mining YouTube for source material YouTube School for Social Politics utilizes videos to assemble discussion regarding sociopolitical topics. Mike Wolf screens video essay.

Office of Collective Play, 155 N. 5th St. Map
September 11, 2009, 7 p.m.

Red76: Surplus Seminar Opening Kickoff Event

Red76 will spend a month in Columbus discussing and activating situations that engage notions of learning and educational frameworks as a means for active living and critical perception. To jump-start these ideas ex-Yellow Swan and Red76 cohort Gabriel Mindel Saloman helps kick it off with Sade/Sade, his new solo project. Utilizing found cassette tapes, Sade/Sade will deliver noise, transcendence, and more noise. Books from the Pop-Up Book Academy book store and TMF Co. products will all be available, plus barbecue, drinks, etc.

Red76’s A/AA site at CCAD parking lot and Canzani Center Gallery, 60 Cleveland Ave. at E. Gay St.
September 10, 2009, 7 p.m.

A Conversation with Learning Site

Learning Site has formed collaborations and made projects in New Delhi, Copenhagen, Singapore, Chicago, Moriya, and Monterrey, among other sites. They will produce a work in the urban context of Columbus as part of the fall exhibition Descent to Revolution.

Learning Site is now in Columbus to research for what will be made this fall. They will talk about the progress of their research and the possibilities.

13 East Tulane Road, Columbus, Ohio
June 16, 2009, 8 p.m.

To Whom Do You Beautifully Belong?

Celebrate Earth Day weekend with us! We’ll be sowing seeds and planting seedlings.

926-8 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio Map
April 25, 2009, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

To Whom Do You Beautifully Belong?

Join us to do some dirt work and prepare beds for planting.

926-8 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio Map
April 11, 2009, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Mon Oncle (1958), 117 minutes

Director: Jacques Tati
Mon Oncle centers on the dimwitted yet lovable character of Monsieur Hulot (played by the director) and his quixotic struggle with postwar France’s infatuation with modern architecture, mechanical efficiency and American-style consumerism.

Produced for the exhibition Of Other Spaces, the installation PLAYTIME by Christian Tomaszewski gathers the filmic sounds and spaces of Tati’s Mon Oncle and Play Time into a single physical site. It is an inquiry of representation and an observation on the widespread impact cinema make on routine perceptions.

Canzani Center Auditorium, CCAD campus
March 18, 2009, 7 p.m.

She Might Belong to You

As part of the exhibition Of Other Spaces, Bureau for Open Culture and Wexner Center for the Arts present She Might Belong to You(2007) by Eva Meyer and Eran Schaerf, MetropolisReport from China (2006) by Maya Schweizer and Clemens von Wedemeyer, and Will there be a sea battle tomorrow? (2008) by Laurent Montaron.

film/video theater at Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St., Columbus, OH
March 11, 2009, 7 p.m.

Artists conversation: Mary Jo Bole, Laura Lisbon and Suzanne Silver

An informal talk in the gallery about work in the exhibition Of Other Spaces.

Canzani Center Gallery, CCAD campus
March 5, 2009, 6–7 p.m.

Opening reception for Of Other Spaces and The New Normal.

Canzani Center Gallery, CCAD campus
February 25, 2009, 5–7 p.m.

Dewey Decimal Days: Shush! It’s a Dance Party

Dance the night away as we celebrate the last hours of Dewey Decimal Days!

Skylab, 57 E. Gay St., 5th floor
October 18, 2008, 9 p.m.–3 a.m.

Dewey Decimal Days: Zine Summit Workshop

It features readings, a trade, and a workshop throughout the open-house evening in which visitors are encouraged to bring material to make their own works. Papers, pens, staples, glue and a photocopier available to use for free!

Sporeprint Infoshop, 172 E. 5th Ave.
October 17, 2008, 7–11 p.m.

Dewey Decimal Days: Book Arts Today II

The Ohio State University professor of art Suzanne Silver and director of Logan Elm Press Bob Tauber have a conference call with Brooklyn Museum chief librarian Deirdre Lawrence. They discuss experiences supporting, making, exhibiting and printing books arts. The recording and transcription of the call will be uploaded to the bureau’s website.
October 17, 2008

Dewey Decimal Days: Audio-Visual Materials

This evening includes a viewing of a short film by Tongsue Ly produced especially for Dewey Decimal Days. It is followed by screenings ofToute la Mémoire du Monde (1956) by Alain Resnais and the cult librarian classic Party Girl (1995) starring Parker Posey, selected collectively by librarians.

Following event, Tongsue’s film will be available for viewing on the website of Bureau for Open Culture.
Studio 35 Cinema, 3055 Indianola Ave.
October 16, 2008, 6 p.m.

Dewey Decimal Days: Book Arts Today I

A chat via SKYPE between The Ohio State University professor of art Mary Jo Bole and Joyce Guley of Knust Press at Extrapool in Nljmegen, Netherlands. They talk about Bole’s experience working with the press. 
October 15, 2008

Dewey Decimal Days: Recall Notices

This evening features conversations with librarians and library staff about the changing role of libraries in our society. If you work in a library (or not) and have a something to say or just want to come listen, join us for this informal gathering with ice cream!

Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.
October 14, 2008, 6 p.m.

Making Ideas, Events and Exhibitions at the Bureau for Open Culture

James Voorhies, Director of Exhibitions, speaks about curatorial practice in relation to current, past and future projects organized by the Bureau for Open Culture.

Canzani Center Auditorium, CCAD campus
September 29, 2008, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

To Whom Do You Beautifully Belong?

Join us on the plot of land tonight for another evening of viewing a film outside under the stars!
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), 103 minutes
Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Peter Sellers

926-8 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio Map
July 26, 2008, 9 p.m.

To Whom Do You Beautifully Belong?

Bring a Plant, Adopt a Plant
Missing something to love in your life? Everyone is invited to bring a plant that you’d like to see in our garden, and take one that you’d like in yours! Come learn more about the project, help work in the garden, or just hang out.
926-8 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio Map
July 19, 2008, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

To Whom Do You Beautifully Belong?

Join us on the plot of land tonight for a film outside under the stars!
Duck Soup (1933), 68 minutes Rained Out
Starring: the Marx Brothers
926-8 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio Map
July 12, 2008, 9 p.m.

To Whom Do You Beautifully Belong?

A day of tending to the garden. Come and get your hands dirty!

926-8 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio Map
June 28, 2008, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

To Whom Do You Beautifully Belong? opening activities

What are you doing this Saturday? Join us for the beginning of this year-long project with a plot of land. Bring your gardening tools, seeds, strong backs and green thumbs to help move dirt, plant gardens, meet Tongsue and Matt and talk about—among other things—how to create a water collecting system and how to build a horseshoe pit! Food and refreshments will be provided.

926-8 E. Gay St., Columbus, Ohio Map
May 4, 2008, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Van Gallery

Organized by Mark VanFleet in conjunction with the VDC, The Van Gallery exhibits Free Art History fliers by Mark, Ryan Agnew, and Patrick Weber, as well as distributes a new issue of Red76’s Journal of Radical Shimming (Issue 4, Volume 1) published in conjunction with Franklin’s VDC Copy Center.

Short North Arts District
April 5, 2008, 7 p.m.

Make Art Accessible: Cellular Theatre

Screening of video submissions shot only using cellular phone
Curated by Anthony Castronovo
1124 N. High St.
April 5, 2008, 7 p.m.

Umbrella Men

Danny and David Tuss of Umbrella Men perform outside in front of the VDC
1124 N. High St.
April 5, 2008, 7 p.m.

[OPEN EIGHT TRACK] Session II

This second installment of [OPEN EIGHT TRACK] transforms the VDC into an open recording forum and studio. Everyone is invited to come and record their voices, stories, sounds and, if compelled, bring a keyboard and guitar. Microphones and a digital 8 track are provided. Organized by Katy Castronovo and Danny Tuss
Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76
1124 N. High St.
April 5, 2008, 7 p.m.

IMA Gallery opening reception

Artist Dina Sherman’s IMA Gallery presents work by Jamie Boyle. Artist Andy King makes fresh bread LIVE.
Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76
1124 N. High St.
March 28, 2008, 6:30 p.m.

Tour de Dance!

Organized by Sporeprint Infoshop this dance party follows Columbus’ Critical Mass.

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76, 1124 N. High St.
March 28, 2008, 9:30 p.m.

SKYPE meeting with Sam Gould of Red76 in Portland, Oregon

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76
1124 N. High St.
March 27, 2008, 2 p.m.

SKYPE meeting with C.CRED/Collective CREative Dissent, Malmö, Sweden

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76
1124 N. High St.
March 26, 2008, 2:30 p.m.

Discussion between James Voorhies and F.R.E.S.H. Air Gallery artists

Organized by Kim Glover
Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76
1124 N. High St.
March 25, 2008, 5:30 p.m.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston (2005), 110 minutes

Director: Jeff Feuerzeig
Organized by Sarah Weinstock
Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76, 1124 N. High St.
March 14, 2008, 9:30 p.m.

SKYPE meeting with Sam Gould of Red76 in Portland, Oregon

Jason Wilson, recovering know-it-all and aspiring senior citizen, discusses religious experimentalism with Sam. Wilson is a founder of the experimental SkatePunk Art & Housing Space Martial Art; the group 0009; and the co-founder-along with Diane Eisnor of the social mapping network Platial.

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76
1124 N. High St.
March 13, 2008, 2 p.m.

Artists: Karl Baumann and Pelham Johnston

Film/video installations: Newclear (2007) and The Children of Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turner (2008)

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76, 1124 N. High St.
March 13, 2008, 3:30 p.m.

Gallery conversation between James Voorhies and the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Columbus, Ohio

Canzani Center Gallery, CCAD campus
March 12, 2008, 9:30 a.m.

Gallery conversation between James Voorhies and Resource Interactive, Columbus, Ohio

Canzani Center Gallery, CCAD campus
March 12, 2008, 2 p.m.

SKYPE meeting with C.CRED/Collective CREative Dissent, Malmö, Sweden

Ola Stahl talks about his recent reworking of a small section of piano music by French composer Pierre Boulez. Following the presentation is a performance of the audio piece by Ola and Carl Lindh.
Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76
1124 N. High St.
March 12, 2008, 2 p.m.

Gallery conversation with James Voorhies

Canzani Center Gallery, CCAD campus
March 11, 2008, 3:30 p.m.

SKYPE meeting with Sam Gould of Red76 in Portland, Oregon

Ralph Youtz and Sam talk about the relationship between math, art, and music, Pythagoras’ underground history, and the meaning of life.

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76
1124 N. High St.
March 6, 2008, 2 p.m.

SKYPE meeting with C.CRED/Collective CREative Dissent, Malmö, Sweden

Peder Olsson talks about his new book, which is not just non-linear, but multi-dimensional, allowing the reader to navigate through unique paths and to experience the work in many different ways.

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76
1124 N. High St.
March 5, 2008, 2:30 p.m.

[Open Eight Track]

An open recording forum and studio in which everybody is invited to come record their voice, stories, songs, and sounds. Microphones and a digital 8 track are provided.
Organized by Katy Castronovo and Danny Tuss

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76, 1124 N. High St.
March 1, 2008, 6 p.m.

SKYPE meeting with Sam Gould of Red76 in Portland, Oregon

A discussion with J.P. Jenkins and Gabriel Mindel-Salomon on their interest in the book Art and Fear (2001) by David Bayles and Ted Orland and its relationship to artists and non-artists.

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76, 1124 N. High St.
February 28, 2008, 2 p.m.

Intercontinental Medical Aid as Revolutionary Art

Emmanuel Monhammed, director of the Children’s Medical Missions located in Accra, Ghana, talks about his work securing free medical care for Ghanaian children with medical needs.

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76, 1124 N. High St.
February 24, 2008, 4 p.m.

Gallery conservation with James Voorhies

Canzani Center Gallery, CCAD campus
February 21, 2008, 3:30 p.m.

Doing Time, Doing Vipassana (1997), 52 minutes

Directors: Eilona Ariel and Ayelet Menahemi
Organized by Mike Wolf

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76
1124 N. High St.
February 19, 2008, 7 p.m.

Artist conversation: Mike Wolf

In Domestic Struggle Part Two, Free Travel Talk Wolf discusses travels in the Midwest and life experience as artistic practice.

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76, 1124 N. High St.
February 18, 2008, 7 p.m.

Artist conversation: Dan S. Wang

Wang presents his latest thoughts on the relationship between critical art practice and Beijing’s 1989 Socialist movement.
Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76, 1124 N. High St.
February 16, 2008, 7 p.m.

Conversations and workshops with members of Irag Veterans Against the War

Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76, 1124 N. High St.
February 14–15, 2008, 12 p.m.

Artist conversation: Jonathan Calm

Kinney Hall, CCAD campus
February 14, 2008, 3:30 p.m.

Selections

Artist, organizer, and Red76 collaborator Dan S. Wang has over the past five years been inviting people to play a set of recorded music for small audiences in various spaces. He invited people to share their music at the opening of Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76.
Franklin’s VDC Copy Center by Red76, 1124 N. High St.
February 13, 2008, 8 p.m.

Artist conversation: Eric Araujo

Loann Crane Center for Design, CCAD campus
February 6, 2008, 3:30 p.m.

Artist in residence: Eric Araujo

Araujo is in residence collaborating with CCAD sculpture class to make The House Project (2008) as part of the exhibition Taking Shelter.
February 1–14, 2008

Artist conversation: Scott Massey

Canzani Center Gallery, CCAD campus
November 27, 2007, 3:30 p.m.

Artist conversation: Amy Chan

Canzani Center Gallery, CCAD campus
September 12, 2007, 3:30 p.m.

Artist conversation: Vitaly Komar

Canzani Center Auditorium, CCAD campus
March 12, 2007, 6:30 p.m.