December 3, 2008

Nameless Science, Apexart and The Cooper Union, New York

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Nameless Science

December 12

The Cooper Union
(Wollman Auditorium),
51 Astor Place, New York NY

curated by Henk Slager

Exhibition: Nameless Science
The debate on artistic research emerging worldwide in the field of visual art for some five years focuses on what artistic research could be or should be. The exhibition Nameless Science aims to expand this debate by showing the outcome of artistic research in seven examples of best practices from artistic PhD projects. A striking similar methodology in the practice of artistic research is the problemization of specific situation-based artistic processes interconnecting with various knowledge systems and disciplines. At the same time, these PhD projects deal with an artistic reinterpretation of both representation (al) models and academic classification systems. Consequently, the projects do not only produce fluent forms of interconnectivity and methodology through different forms of knowledge production, but lead to novel artistic strategies and intensities of perception.

Do artistic research projects demand an idiosyncratic form of presentation? Using an inventive form of display, the curator will investigate this question and exchange thoughts and ideas with the participating artists through a presentation system balancing between an exhibition and an info-lab.

Nameless Science: Research projects by Ricardo Basbaum (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro), Jan Kaila (Finnish Academy of Art), Irene Kopelman (MaHKU, Utrecht), Matts Leiderstam (Malmo School of Art), Ronan McCrea (University of Ulster), Sarah Pierce (Goldsmiths’ College, London), and Morten Torgersrud (Bergen School of Art).

apexart, 291 Churchstreet, New York, NY 10013, USA.
December 10 – January 31. Opening reception: December 10, 6-8pm

Symposium: Nameless Science
The symposium involves a presentation of the Nameless Science research projects by the artists, followed by a discussion with critical referents from EARN (European Artistic Research Network: Dublin, Helsinki, Malmo, Vienna), The Cooper Union, Columbia University, University of California and Idsva (Portland).

Symposium Location: The Cooper Union (Wollman Auditorium), 51 Astor Place, New York NY 10003. December 12: 10 am to 5pm. Information and reservation: [email protected]

Symposium Program
10.00-10.15. Opening Saskia Bos (Dean School of Art, The Cooper Union), Henk Slager (curator Nameless Science).
10.15-10.45. Keynote presentation: Sarat Maharaj (Malmo School of Art).
10.45-11.20. Presentation: Jan Kaila (Helsinki School of Art). Referent: George Smith (Idsva, Portland).
11.20-11.55. Presentation: Morten Torsgerud (Bergen School of Art). Referent: Tamar Zinguer (The Cooper Union, School of Architecture).
11.55-12.30. Presentation: Ricardo Basbaum (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro). Referent: Gertrud Sandqvist (Malmo School of Art).
12.30-13.30. Break.
13.30-14.30. Doctoral Studies in the US. Presentation: George Smith (Idsva, Portland). Presentation: Grant Kester (San Diego, University of California). Referent: Mick Wilson (Gradcam, Dublin).
14.30-15.05. Presentation: Irene Kopelman (MaHKU, Utrecht). Referent: Grant Kester (San Diego, University of California).
15.05-15.30. Break.
15.30-16.05. Presentation: Ronan McCrea (University of Ulster). Referent: Felicitas Thun (Vienna School of Art).
16.05-16.45. Presentation: Matts Leiderstam (Malmo School of Art). Referent/Closing Remarks: John Rajchman (Columbia University).

Reports on the project Nameless Science will be published by (Volume 2, No. 2, Winter 2009) and by MaHKUzine, Journal of Artistic Research, Volume 7, Spring 2009,

The project Nameless Science is supported in part by Bergen Academy of Art; FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange; Mondriaan Foundation, Amsterdam; The Research Institute Art and Design, University of Ulster, UK; The Cooper Union, New York; Idsva, Portland; EARN (European Artistic Research Network);’ Malmo School of Art; Vienna School of Art; Gradcam Dublin and MaHKU/Utrecht Consortium.

Image above:
Matts Leiderstam
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