March 07: Richard Shusterman

For the next colloquium of the semester, held on March 7, 2019 (Thursday), we are very pleased to welcome American philosopher Richard Shusterman, who will give a talk on the topic Somaesthetics: Philosophical Roots and Performative Practice

The talk will start at 4:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: March 07, 2019 (Thursday)

Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic: Somaesthetics: Philosophical Roots and Performative Practice

Abstract:

After introducing the field of somaesthetics and tracing its philosophical roots and different branches, Richard Shusterman will illustrate its expression in contemporary art and philosophy, focusing ultimately on his own experience of performative practice as documented in his book The Adventures of the Man in Gold (2016).

Biography:

Richard Shusterman is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities. Educated at Jerusalem and Oxford, he was chair of the Temple University Philosophy Department before coming to FAU in 2005. He has held academic appointments in Paris, Berlin, and Hiroshima and was awarded senior research Fulbright and NEH fellowships. His widely translated research covers many topics in the human and social sciences with particular emphasis on questions of philosophy, aesthetics, culture, language, identity, and embodiment.   Authored books include T.S. Eliot and the Philosophy of Criticism (Columbia), Practicing Philosophy (Routledge), Performing Live (Cornell), Surface and Depth (Cornell), Pragmatist Aesthetics (Blackwell, 2nd ed. Rowman & Littlefield, and translated into 12 languages), and most recently Body Consciousness (Cambridge). His non-technical essays have been published in the Nation and the Chronicle of Higher Education and in various art reviews and catalogues, such as artpress and Dokumenta. He directs the FAU Center for Body, Mind, and Culture (www.fau.edu/artsandleetters/bodymindculture).

His FAU webpage is http://www.fau.edu/artsandleetters/humanitieschair/.

March 05: Erin Johnson

For the next colloquium of the semester, held on March 05, 2019 (Tuesday), we are very pleased to welcome American new media artist Erin Johnson, who will give a talk on the topic The Way Things Can Happen

The talk will start at 4:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: March 05, 2019 (Tuesday)

Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic: The Way Things Can Happen

 Abstract:

 Erin Johnson makes interdisciplinary and collaborative single and multi-channel video installations that blend documentary, experimental, and narrative practices.

These research-driven projects explore social, political, and geographical imaginaries through site-specific performances that foreground the ways in which individual lives and socio-political realities merge together.

Biography:

Erin Johnson is a feminist, interdisciplinary artist, and curator who uses video, sound, performance, and social practice to explore the blurred lines between rehearsal and performance; real and imagined landscapes and borders; and perception, memory, and interpretation. Johnson’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries such as Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Vox Populi, HERE Arts Center, New Mexico State University, Pelican Bomb, Southern Exposure, Root Division, 1708 Gallery, Cornell University, ZERO1 Biennial, and the Asheville Art Museum. Johnson has been a visiting fellow or artist-in-residence at institutions such as the The School of Information at University of Texas at Austin.

February 26: Professor Thomas Tsang

For the next colloquium of the semester, held on February 26, 2019 (Tuesday), we are very pleased to welcome Professor and curator Thomas Tsang, who will give a talk on the topic “A room with many houses

The talk will start at 4:00 pm in M6094 Future Cinema Studio.

Date: February 26, 2019 (Tuesday)

Time: 4:00 pm

Venue: M6094 Future Cinema Studio, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Topic: A room with many houses

Abstract:

Can exhibition practice serve as a universal language, where image and text are exchanged and expanded? How does the craft meet through these languages? As an artist, architect, designer, educator, editor, and among the many things, and everything – Tsang will share his experience from his studies at the Cooper Union to his residency at the American Academy in Rome, as the Rome Prize in Architecture fellow, from his one-year stint working as a carpenter at Juilliard School to his recent collaboration with composers to develop his personal endeavor in Sounding Architecture.

The presentation will articulate his cross-border works and the reflection on his curatorial practice in design, visual art, sound art, and other forms practice dealing with the foundation of the social practice that the work itself, to discuss on the more considerable extent how he emerges from science and art in architecture.

Biography:

Born in the Island of Borneo, East Malaysia. Received his professional degree in architecture at the Cooper Union. His work integrates artistic practice with architecture in installations and exhibitions. His curatorial projects includesCloud of Unknowing: A City with Seven Streets(2014) at Taipei Fine Arts Museum (w/ Roan Ching-yueh), Grand Opening Projects(2013–2016) at Miniature Museum in Beijing, ‘10 x 100 Exhibition’ at PMQ (2017), Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Art in Architecture Station for the Hong Kong West Kowloon railway station (2014-2018), and recently, 2018 Hong Kong Exhibition at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

He is a recipient of numerous awards, including the coveted Marion O. and Maximilian E. Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, and Mellon Artist in Residence at the Wellesley College. His work has exhibited at the UABB (Shenzhen), M+ Museum, MNAC Bucharest, 10th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Project and Sandwich Gallery in Bucharest. His current project entitled Sounding Architecturetackles in the area of sound and space exploring the diverse sensibilities in performance genre.

His publications include ‘On the Edge: Ten Architects from China’ (2007) and ‘Open City: Existential Urbanity’ (2015). He is the co-chief editor for The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Journal, Occupyand chief-editor of Sounding Architecture Manifest. Taught at the Cooper Union and China Academy of Art, currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, at The University of Hong Kong.

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