Academy of Fine Arts Vienna Thesis Exhibition 15|16

by Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Every year, a growing number of highly-qualified graduates of all the study programs offered at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, leave school ready to embark on their new career paths and lives. This year’s Thesis Exhibition 15|16 offered a representative overview of the artwork of students at the Academy and shows how these works have significantly contributed to the development of arts-based research. In 2016, there have been 144 graduations in the following study programs: Architecture: Bachelor/Master Fine Arts: Studios: Abstract Painting | Expanded Pictorial Space | Figurative Painting | Graphic Arts and Printmaking Techniques | Contextual Painting | [...] read more

School Watch

Structural Integrity: Rooted Idealism at SFAI

by Monica Westin

It’s apropos that the first person I interview for a profile on the San Francisco Art Institute’s MFA program is Jeff Gunderson, who has been the Special Collections librarian and archivist at SFAI since 1981. To get a sense of the MFA’s ethos and history, everyone—from administrators to students and alumni—tells me, start by talking to Jeff. Gunderson describes SFAI by saying that if you come by the library on a Friday afternoon, it’s “kind of crowded.” Students come in not to access required reading, but to use the extensive collection of artists’ books, exhibition catalogues, and art history books [...] read more

Video School

Melanie Gilligan: Popular Unrest & Other Works

This trailer from Spectacle Theater introduces three video series by artist Melanie Gilligan, Crisis in the Credit System (2008), Self-Capital (2009), and Popular Unrest (2010). Gilligan’s episodic dramas, inspired by the genre conventions of contemporary prime time and cable television, shed light on the visceral abstractions that interact to produce the neoliberal subject—abstractions of the physical body, finance, and science, as well as the social abstractions of affect—maintaining it in precarious tension as ostensibly coherent and autonomous yet fractured and infinitely fissionable. The four-episode series Crisis in the Credit System, released just after the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, suggests [...] read more

Michel Foucault: The Culture of the Self, first lecture (part 1 of 5)

In 1983, approximately a year before his death, French philosopher Michel Foucault delivered three lectures in English at the University of California, Berkeley, in which he traced the development of the idea of the self, or the individual subject, in Western culture. In the first of these lectures, “The Culture of the Self” (Reel 61 in the Foucault Archives at Berkeley), Foucault draws on ancient Greco-Roman traditions to consider technologies of the self and how they develop alongside and give rise to particular forms of subjectivity. An excellent question-and-answer session with Foucault, held the day after he delivered this lecture, [...] read more