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Paul Cox “John Cage and the New Bohemians”
Exploring the blurry boundary between art and life, Cox examines the dramatic relationship between Alaskan-born artist Xenia Kashevarof and famed experimental composer John Cage within their bohemian circle of friends in the late-1930s.
Cox is a visiting assistant professor of musical studies at Oberlin College. Formerly the Assistant Curator of Music and co-director of the AKI Festival of New Music at the Cleveland Museum of Art, he graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory in 1992 and earned a PhD (musicology) from Case Western Reserve University in 2011.
Camas Davis Lessons in Transparency
In 2009, Davis, a magazine editor and for writer in Portland, Oregon, lost her job and ran away to Southwest France to study butchery. She had no idea where it would lead her. Upon her return, she founded the Portland Meat Collective, a one-of-a-kind meat school and culinary resource that changed the way citizens of Portland, Oregon think about the meat they eat. But what began as a personal exploration of 'food transparency,' quickly became something much larger and more controversial than Davis could have imagined.
During this talk, Davis draws on her personal and professional experiences in the worlds of food, media, and meat, to explore the true meaning (and unexpected consequences) of transparency.
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Christian Ervin “The Digitally Mediated Body”
The history of technology is a history of augmenting the human body's innate capacity to perceive and act in its environment. Through a series of didactic interfaces, Ervin discusses the latent properties of contemporary interactive systems and their implications for future social and political agency.
Ervin is a Research Associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he recently completed a master's degree in design technologies. He works in the Responsive Environments and Artifacts Lab, serving as project manager for a unique collaboration with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering on intelligent material systems. An architect and interaction designer, Ervin received his B.Arch from Rice University in 2008.
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Ray Friedlander “Community organizing, say whaattt??”
Community organizing as a field and profession has been in the closet for quite some time, but with luminaries such as President Obama having worked as a community organizer back in the day, organizing is seen more than ever as an admirable career. Friedlander’s talk explores the anatomy of organizing and why it is essential that we mobilize our communities together to enact positive change.
Friedlander is an activist and community organizer for the Sitka Conservation Society . She has spent the last six years with people working for positive change within their communities, campuses and our country’s capital. Her background in organizing originated at Santa Fe College in Florida and has evolved over the years through events like Powershift 2007 and 2009, the student protests during the University of California budget cuts and tuition hikes, as well as training programs with the Midwest Academy, Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC) and New Organizing Institute (NOI). "When you have people together who believe in something very strongly - whether it's religion or politics or unions - things happen," said Cesar Chavez. What we need NOW is for you to become an organizer in your community to make positive change happen!
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Steve Grody “Graffiti Beyond the Surface: Twenty Years with the ‘Loks’”
Graffiti is an integral part of our urban landscape, both as blight and colorful expression. Grody’s talk demystifies this elusive art form by offering a deeper perspective of its history and present-day position as one of the most vibrant genres of urban art.
Grody has long been involved in his era's 'pop' graphics and psychedelic art. When he saw spray can murals popping up around Los Angeles, he immediately recognized their creativity and verve. Since 1990, he has been driving across L.A., exploring its back alleys, washes and abandoned lots in search of graffiti. Over the years he has cultivated trust among L.A.'s most prolific, skilled and infamous graffiti 'writers,' allowing him access to obscure locations. Through a series of artist interviews, Grody has clarified their motivations, thoughts on creativity and the troublesome topic of illegality. His obsessive drive to document this distinctive youth underground has resulted in an archive of over 20,000 images. From this he chose the best work to illustrate the range of styles and approaches of this urban phenomenon in his book Graffiti L.A.: Street Styles and Art (Abrams 2007). In 2011 his photographs were included in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s “Art of the Streets” exhibition and catalogue. He was also co-curator of “Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.
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Tommy Joseph “Constructing Tlingit Armor”
Engaged in Northwest Coast carving since the 1980s as an instructor, interpreter, demonstrator and commissioned artist, acclaimed Northwest Coast carver Joseph has created 35-foot tall totem poles, house posts, intricately carved and inlaid ceremonial masks, bentwood containers and Tlingit armor, among other works.
lê thi diem thúy "Origin Song"
Thúy explores how her memories of a Vietnamese lullaby inform her work as a writer and solo performer.
Raised in southern California, thúy often explores in her work the role of the body as the site of memory. Ms. lê is the author of the award-winning novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For. Her prose and poetry have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Harper's Magazine, Muse and The Best American Essays as well as in the anthologies Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible. Her solo performance works Red Fiery Summer, the bodies between us, and Carte Postale have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris and the New WORLD Theater at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, among others.
The New York Times Book Review calls The Gangster We Are All Looking For “A brilliant evocation of human sorrow and desire. ... Heartbreaking and exhilarating ... As vivid as a fairy tale, as allusive as a poem.”
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W.T. McRae “Teaching Kids to Cheat: The Role of the Arts in developing a 21st-Century Skill Set’”
Cheaters never win. Is that true? The world is full of people who have made great successes off of moments of cheating. Even if we ignore traditional instances of cheating, we find a fine line between cheating and innovation! How do we inspire kids to innovate and empower to outwit the systems that exist; and, can we offer them a code of ethics in a changing world. I think the arts are the answer.
Clown, mime, actor and circus educator, McRae is co-founder of Fool’s Academy and a circus and theater educator for the New Victory Theater in New York and Sitka Fine Arts Camp.
Jarrett Moran "How Economic Disparity Has Changed the Art World"
A talk on the history of the art market, focusing on how growing economic disparity in the US has shaped today's contemporary art world.
Jarrett is a New York-based writer and editor. From 2010 to 2013 he was the editor-in-chief of the contemporary art website Artlog, and in the fall he will begin studying nineteenth-century English criticism at Columbia. He graduated from Yale in 2010 with a degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, writing his thesis on contemporary art and U.S. law.
Benjamin Seratan “Laughter of the Clouds: Long Music, Longing and Estactic Joy”
Resonance and repetition, carving out opportunities to listen to something thoroughly, all the way through, until the sound becomes a mirror. Letting language shed its skin. Going beyond the arbitrary limitations of physical media. Human bodies in a room, breathing and hearing.
Ben Seretan plays the electric guitar, sings, and makes long music. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Julie Zhu “The Anonymous Carillonneurs”
Discovering the carillon during her freshman year at Yale, Zhu, with a bit of luck and sight-reading, joined the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs--the only student-run carillon organization in America. She toured Europe with the Yale Guild, gradually falling in love with the sound of the bells. After graduating from Yale in 2012 with a double major in mathematics and art, she embarked on her studies at the Royal Carillon School of Mechelen under the Belgian-American Education Fellowship.
Zhu is known to many Sitkans as a painter and member of the visual arts faculty of the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. As a child, she watched her mother do Chinese calligraphy, but trained as an oil painter in high school. During her senior year of high school, President George W. Bush awarded her a double Presidential Scholar title in arts and academics. In 2010, she was featured in the HBO documentary Masterclass with contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson.
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