October 30, 2014

“Art & Research at the Outermost Limits of Location Specificity”

Project Anywhere
Hans Kalliwoda, The Polliniferous Project, 2010. Diverse materials, 17 x 10 x 10 metres. Photo: Michi Meier/Blindpainters Foundation.

This conference will explore the challenge of producing and disseminating art and research outside traditional circuits. How should art and research that takes place outside traditional contexts and timeframes in the fields of the visual arts, design and performance be validated, experienced and disseminated? What alternatives exist to the traditional role of the curator? How should art and research be validated within institutional contexts that typically champion the traditional journal-based paradigm for evaluating research outcomes? How do we negotiate the relative values of direct sense experience and exegetical and paratextual elements? Is documentation necessarily a “second best” experience? What kinds of evaluative criteria should we apply to interdisciplinary projects that straddle aesthetic and other realms? What are the outermost limits of location specificity?

This two-day conference is provided free of charge by Project Anywhere and Parsons Fine Arts, School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons The New School for Design.


Presentations by:
Daniel G. Baird, Bruce Barber, Erin Bosenberg, Ella Condon, Irina Danilovah, DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL FLOW (Sean Smith and Barbara Fornssler), NY Howie Chen presenting on behalf of DISPATCH NY (Howie Chen and Gabrielle Giattino), Steve Dutton, EIDIA House (Paul Lamarre & Melissa P. Wolf), Ronit Eisenbach, Andrea Geyer, Les Joynes, H. Lan Thao Lam presenting on behalf of Lin + Lam (Lan Lin and H. Lan Thao Lam), Hans Kalliwoda, Marcus Kreiss, LIMINAL DOME (Anna Romanenko, Björn Kühn and Gabriel Hensche), John R. Neeson, Arthur Ou, Jeanine Oleson, NUCLEI (Fernando do Campo, Laura Hindmarsh, Claire Krouzecky and Alex Nielsen), Carrie Paterson, Kamau Patton, Gary Pearson, THE PLIMSOLL INQUIRY (Maria Kunda and Fiona Lee), Honi Ryan, John Ryan, Jeff Stark, Ian Strange, Andy Weir, Leanne Zacharis


Hosted by Parsons Fine Arts, School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design, Division of The New School, New York.

Conference organizers:  Sean Lowry (Project Anywhere and The University of Newcastle) and Simone Douglas (Parsons Fine Arts, School of Art, Media and Technology, Parsons The New School for Design)

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Project Anywhere is an expanded international project space for art at the outermost limits of location specificity. The role of curator is replaced with the type of peer-review model typically endorsed by a refereed journal. This conference features presentations from international artists that have successfully navigated blind peer evaluation at the proposal stage within Project Anywhere’s 2013 and 2014 programs, together with a series of invited speakers and panel discussions featuring established artists, scholars, graduate students and arts professionals. This two-day event will bring a discursive world of new ideas from art at the outermost limits of location specificity into critical focus. It marks a call to arms in the ongoing process of finding appropriate new models for the recognition, evaluation and dissemination of expanded art practices.

Parsons The New School for Design is one of the world’s leading centers for teaching and research in the fields of art, design and new media. At Parsons, we believe that artists perform an essential role in our society; to that end, Parsons provides a challenging and diverse learning environment for developing studio-based research and critical scholarship. We embrace interdisciplinary approaches to making and thinking about visual culture and promote global understanding of the arts.

The School of Creative Arts–University of Newcastle, Australia has earned a reputation for delivering quality programs in fine art, music and the creative and performing arts. It offers an interdisciplinary environment where social innovation and collaborative engagement sit comfortably alongside work and research integrated learning.


Project Anywhere and Parsons hosts a conference in New York: "Art & Research at the Outermost Limits of Location Specificity"

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