[-empyre-] Week 2: Intersubjects

Ileana Selejan ileanasel at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 03:05:21 AEST 2015

Dear all,

many thanks for your thoughtful responses thus far! We're excited to see
all this activity despite the temptations of summer. -->

While Calin is busy tinkering with his time machine - more on that later -
I (Ileana) am contemplating the possibilities that the "intersubject" may
give rise to, especially if defined as a separate(d) concept / entity, as
George Sabau writes. What a beautiful paradox ... to feel alone in one's
togetherness, or to experience alone-ness as part of one's sense of

For this weeks discussion, I am pleased to introduce Sarah Montross (US) &
Wes Watters (US), both of whom are dear friends and former / current
colleagues with whom I've had the privilege to collaborate with on a range
of past, present and future projects -- all "past futures" to quote the
title of Sarah's last exhibition. Extended bios follow.


Sarah Montross is Associate Curator at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
in Lincoln, MA. From 2012-2015, she was the Andrew W. Mellon Post-doctoral
Curatorial Fellow at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art where she organized
numerous exhibitions including Past Futures: Science Fiction, Space Travel,
and Postwar Art of the Americas (exh. cat. MIT Press, 2015) and
Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists (2013). She earned
her Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University with a
dissertation on the work of Chilean Juan Downey and Argentine Jaime
Davidovich, two new media and performance artists from Latin America who
lived and worked in NYC from the 1960s onward.

Wes Watters teaches astronomy and planetary science at Wellesley College.
He was a member of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover science team for eight
years. His research focuses on impacts: the most ubiquitous and fundamental
geophysical process in the universe. He uses a wide range of tools, models,
and data to study the effect of impacts on the evolution of planet surfaces
and interiors. Outside his formal academic work, he has a long-standing
interest in the science of sleep, sleep disorders, and dreams. Occasionally
and informally, he collaborates with curators and artists as a scientific
advisor, and works on his own projects in computational art and music.
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