[-empyre-] Week 2. Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival

Timothy Conway Murray tcm1 at cornell.edu
Tue Nov 13 12:57:11 AEDT 2018

We follow this past week's broad reflections on art and duration by introducing a wide-ranging group of featured guests who will address during Week 2.

For this week, I am joined a number of curators and artists whose international exhibitionds and interventions probe the extent of duration across the broadest spectrum of the arts: performance, poetry, installation, architecture, painting, and new media.   Following up last week's reflections on indigeneity, we will feature Jolene Rickard of the Tuscarora Nation, along with voices from China and Germany and the US.  So welcome to our discussion, featured guests, Renate Ferro (US), Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora Nation), Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora Nation), Lyrae van Clief-Stefanon (US), Hongbin Wu (China), and Sasa Zivkovic (US/Germany).

Renate Ferro (US), 
Renate Ferro is a conceptual artist working in emerging technology and culture. Most recently her work has been featured at The Freud Museum (London), The Dorksy Gallery (NY), The Hemispheric Institute and FOMMA (Mexico), and The Janus Pannonius Muzeum (Hungary). Her work has been published in such journals as Diacritics, Theatre Journal, and Epoch. She is a managing moderator for the online new media list serve -empyre-soft-skinned space. Ferro is a Visiting Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Art at Cornell University teaching digital media and theory. She also directs the Tinker Factory, a creative research lab for Interdisciplinary Research.

Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora Nation)
As the Director of the American Indian Program and Associate Professor in the History of Art and Art Departments at Cornell University, Jolene Rickard is primarily interested in issues of indigeneity within a global context. She is currently engaged in a documentation project of Seneca Culture for the 2018 Cornell Council for the Arts Biennial that will result in the installation of a sculpture by a Seneca artist.  Her recent projects include serving as the advisor for Sakahàn: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada in 2013, conducting research through a Ford Foundation Research Grant in 2008–11, participating in New Zealand’s Te Tihi Scholar/Artist Gathering in 2010, and co-curating the inaugural exhibition for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC in 2004. She is from the Tuscarora Nation (Haudenosaunee). Her book, Visualizing Sovereignty, is forthcoming. 

Lyrae van Clief-Stefanon (US)
Associate Professor of Creative Writing and English at Cornell University, Lyrae van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval, a 2009 National Book Award finalist, and Black Swan winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, as well as Poems in Conversation and a Conversation, a chapbook collaboration with Elizabeth Alexander. She is currently at work on The Coal Tar Colors, her third poetry collection, and Purchase, a collection of essays. She was one of ten celebrated poets commissioned to write poems inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series in conjunction with the 2015 exhibit One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Works for MoMA. For the 2018 Cornell Biennial, she collaborated with Emilie Stark-Menneg on Measured/The Clover Project which springs from tensions of an urgent present moment marked by breakdowns and failures between women living on the edge of violence.

Hongbin Wu (China)
Hongbin Wu is a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University and Associate Professor of Art History at Renmin University in Beijing, China.  He is a prolific curator of contemporary Chinese art with recent exhibitions in Bonn, Germany, Toronto, Canada, and Beijing China.  He recently curated a Chinese exhibition around the theme of Duration in Contemporary Chinese Art.

Sasa Zivkovic (US/Germany)
An Assistant Professor of Architeture at Cornell University, Sasa Zivkovic is a principal of Hannah, an architecture practice based in the United States and Germany. Hannah's research focuses on advancing traditional building construction techniques by implementing new technologies and processes of making, addressing subjects of rapid urbanization and mass customized housing design.. At Cornell, he directs the Robotic Construction Laboratory (RCL), an interdisciplinary research group investigating advanced materials and novel construction technology, and teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios and seminars with a focus on digital fabrication, computation, and representation.  He oversaw Robotic Construction Laboratory's 2018 Cornell Biennial project, Log Knot, which developed a large scale outdoor sculpture through the recycling of large pieces of logs cut to fit by RCL's large robotic saw.

Timothy Murray
Director, Cornell Council for the Arts and Curator, CCA Biennial
Curator, Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art 
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