July 1, 2020

Classroom series from Studium Generale Rietveld Academie and Project Anywhere

Art & Education

Mikk Jõgi, Zuzana Kostelanská, Laslo Strong, Hold Me Now — Feel and Touch in an Unreal World, 2018. For Studium Generale Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.

Carolyn Lazard, Crip Time. From "Hold Me Now — Feel and Touch in an Unreal World."

Erin Manning, The Politics of Touch. From "Hold Me Now — Feel and Touch in an Unreal World."

Paul B. Preciado, Every Life Matters: The Work of Lorenza Böttner. From "Hold Me Now — Feel and Touch in an Unreal World."

Mark Dorf, In Wake I, 2014. From Maxim Holland and Susie Quillinan, HAWAPI. Photo: Maxim Holland. For "Art Anywhere?" Symposium 2020 from Project Anywhere.

Seol Park, American Landscapes(s) AR. From "Art Anywhere?" Symposium 2020.

Siri Lee, ZÀO: A History of Chinese Dishcourse through Famine and Revolution. From "Art Anywhere? Symposium 2020."

David Cross, Eclipse. From "Art Anywhere?" Symposium 2020.

We are excited to present two new Classroom programs from Studium Generale Rietveld Academie and Project Anywhere.

Classroom is a series of video programs curated by educators, artists, and writers. Each program assembles films, interviews, lectures, panel discussions, and documentaries from a variety of sources to engage with themes relevant to contemporary art and cultural production.

Art & Education has broadened Classroom’s scope to include workshops, symposia, and lecture and film series organized by schools and art institutions. Complementing the curated videos in the Classroom archive, these series respond to the ongoing expansion of online programming and digital initiatives while offering a new platform for discourses on education and contemporary art.

"Hold Me Now — Feel and Touch in an Unreal World"
from Studium Generale Rietveld Academie
In 2018, Studium Generale Rietveld Academie embarked on “Hold Me Now — Feel and Touch in an Unreal World,” an extensive artistic research trajectory to conceive how the haptic is thought of and experienced in life and art. Following a preliminary program of audio-visual, participatory, performative, theatrical, and theoretical contributions at the Rietveld Academie, a four-day conference-festival guest curated by Karen Archey, Mark Paterson, Rizvana Bradley, and Jack Halberstam at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam further traced ways in which touch informs and reforms the body.

In the chapter “Fantasy in the Hold” from The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study, Stefano Harney and Fred Moten write on hapticality as “the capacity to feel through others, for others to feel through you, for you to feel them feeling you.” Since the outbreak of Covid-19 we keep physical distance to save lives. We may not be together in one place, but together we search for post-physical connections to live life. We hope that some of the video documentation in this series and a rereading of the lexicon composed by Charlotte Rooijackers may stimulate notions of hapticality and non/physical touch—a way of being held, a way of holding on! [read more]

"Art Anywhere?" Symposium 2020
from Project Anywhere
Today, much artistic activity takes place outside traditional exhibition circuits and is variously characterized by where and when it is situated. Many of these artistic activities are more concerned with events, actions, sites, relations, and processes than with the display of discretely exhibited objects. Artists and audiences alike face significant challenges presenting, disseminating, and evaluating contemporary artistic projects that manifest as radically spatially diffused distributions of elements.

The “Art Anywhere?” 2020 online symposium explored various ways in which these projects are represented and interpreted. Comprised of a series of presentations, performances, and discussions featuring the work of artists, curators, and other creative practitioners working beyond established exhibition formats, this event examined art at the outermost limits of location-specificity.

“Art Anywhere?” was curated by Simone Douglas (Parsons School of Design at The New School) and Sean Lowry (Faculty of Fine Art and Music at the University of Melbourne) as part of an ongoing partnership between the Centre of Visual Art at the University of Melbourne and the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons. Douglas and Lowry have collaborated since 2014 across a series of international conferences, symposia, and publications dedicated to publicly connecting diverse artistic activities that exist outside conventional exhibition contexts and programming schedules. [read more]

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