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MARK HOSLER : ADVENTURES IN ILLEGAL ART: Creative Media Resistance and Negativland

Lecture / Performance by Mark Hosler
February 4th, 2010
McCormick Screening Room
Humanities Gateway Building, Room 1070
Reception:  6:00PM
Performance:  7:30PM
Admission is free and open to the public.

In this 90-minute presentation (followed by Q&A) Mark Hosler presents a video and story-telling performance about the work of Negativland, made in collaboration with a number of experimental filmmakers. Hosler, a founding member of the group, illustrates the many creative projects, hoaxes, pranks. and "culture jamming" characteristic of Negativland's work. The presentation covers issues of media-literacy, creative and humorous anti-corporate art/activism, the role of advertising and corporate power in our lives, intellectual property issues, and the evolution of art, law and resistance in a media saturated multi-national world. None of the short films shown will ever be seen on TV and much of it is visually in the same

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Penelope Umbrico | Pushing the Lens | Visiting Artist Lecture

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Art Studio, Building 722
Room 165

Pushing the Lens: Conceptual Practices in Photography

Penelope Umbrico's work is as much a study of photography as it is photography. She looks for images in the public realm that depict ideas of beauty, status, intimacy and love - specifically those images that elicit desire. The focus is on publicly accessible often corporate, or corporate-sponsored "private" spaces promoting idealized life-styles. Through re-photographing, scan, and screen-capture, Umbrico selects details in the images that point to a deflation or rupture in the idealized fictions. Collecting, compiling, de-contextualizing and re-contextualizing this material, makes Umbrico a 21st Century archivist, and through her re-appropriation of the imagery the viewer is confronted with a new perceived value, meaning and function. She has had solo and

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VIDEO DADA | An exhibition and project by Martha Gever

January 7- February 6, 2010
Opening Reception
Thursday, January 7, 6-9 pm
University Art Gallery

VIDEO DADA: No repeat of history, not neo-Dada, but still wreaking havoc with conventional parameters of art.  Nowadays inventive, intelligent, and aesthetically sophisticated videos can be seen far afield, outside traditional art venues like museums and galleries.  And artists circulate their videos on a much wider scale than that achieved by any television network.  VIDEO DADA asks how these changes complicate the conceptual and aesthetic contours of art. The exhibition features 300 plus videos -- playing on eight screens -- by individual artists and art collectives that circulate in the hurly-burly multiverse of the internet.  Some serious, some humorous, and some both at once, these works exercise manifold strategies: absurd drama, wry animation, politically astute collage, wild performance, and uncategorizable others.  Some play with music; some

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A solo project by Constanze Ruhm
Opening Reception Thursday, January 7, 6-9 pm | ROOM GALLERY
January 7- February 6, 2010

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The UAG / Room Gallery proudly launches its Critical Aesthetics Line, an exhibition series showcasing internationally renowned art works by mid career artists.  This year's selection is Constanze Ruhm's X Love Scenes / Pearls without a String, which will be shown in Room Gallery.  Constanze Ruhm lives and works in Vienna.

What would it mean to stage a love scene in film that would extend to a love scene in life?  It's a question of image before experience or, more precisely, a question of experience inextricably bound up with image.  This is what X Love Scenes, a multi-channel video installation, explores.  Edison's famous May Irwin Kiss from 1896, a quintessential trope of cinema


Thursday, November 12th, 5:00PM at the UAG Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein Lecture

University Art Gallery / Department of Studio Art presents:

Dr. Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein

Presentation and Conversation around her recent inquiry:

The Body and its Double:
Artaud's "Horizontal Body"
as an ambivalent anticipation
of an idealized sketch of the body
in post-feminist performance art

Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein is a Professor of Fine Arts at the
Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.  Felicitas participates in the
journal ART & RESEARCH: A Journal of Ideas, Contexts and Methods,
and recently edited the publications From a Cartographic Glance
to Synchronistic Experience, Vienna September 2009 and
Synchronicity,  Cologne 2009.

In addition to her appointment as Commissioner of the Austrian
contribution to the 11th Cairo Biennale, she has lectured
and curated numerous programs and exhibitions internationally.

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Lacan In The Americas: A Roundtable

Roberto Jacoby is an Argentine artist whose artwork in the 1960s defined a branch of "new media" conceptual art, one informed by the writings of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, a full decade before such aesthetic experiments were made in the Northern Hemisphere.  During Jacoby's hiatus from the art world in the 1980s, he was the lyricist for the Argentine new wave band "Virus."  In 1968: el culo te abrocho Jacoby superimposes those lyrics upon digital reprints of archival documents related to his activities at the Instituto Di Tella.  Taken together, the political posters and lyrical texts provoke us to reflect upon the utopian, poetic hopes that characterized the global cultural revolution of the 1960s and to ask what that legacy might mean to us now.

Featured speakers are:
Catherine Benamou (Director, Film and Video Center)
Julia Bryan-Wilson (Director, Ph.D. Program in Visual Studies)
Juli Carson (Director, University Art Gallery)

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Ken Gonzales-Day | Pushing the Lens | Visiting Artist Lecture

Thursday, November 19, 2009
Studio Four, Building 725
Room 101

Pushing the Lens: Conceptual Practices in Photography

Ken Gonzales-Day is known for his acclaimed series of photographs, Hang
Trees and Erased Lynching, both of which address historical erasure and its
relationship to photography.  In both sets of photographs the body is
implied through its absence. Gonzales-Day's work additionally demonstrates a
continued interest in the nature of western landscape photography.

Fellowships include the Whitney Museum of American Art, ISP and the Getty
Research Institute in Los Angeles.  He has had solo exhibitions at Palais de
Tokyo, Paris and LAXART, Los Angeles and has participated in group
exhibitions at LACMA, the Generali Foundation in Vienna and FotoLatina,
Museo de las Artes, in Mexico City;

Ken Gonzales-Day received his MFA from

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Cindy Bernard | Pushing the Lens | Visiting Artist Lecture

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sculpture Studio, Building 720
2nd Floor, Nixon Theater

Pushing the Lens: Conceptual Practices in Photography

Cindy Bernard is known for photographs and projections that explore the relationship between cinema, memory, and landscape including the widely exhibited series Ask the Dust. In addition to her visual practice, Bernard is creator of the experimental music series sound. as well as the founder of The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS). Taking an active interest in instigating social exchange, Bernard founded SASSAS out of the need for a small sustainable organization dedicated to experimental music in Los Angeles. As director of SASSAS, Bernard has produced concerts and sound events at the historic Schindler House in West Hollywood as well as at REDCAT and the Ford Amphitheatre working with artists such as Glenn Branca, Harold Budd

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David Thorne | Visiting Artist Lecture

Thursday, May 14, 2009
Art Studio, Room 160

Julia Meltzer and David Thorne produce videos, photographs, installations, and published texts. From 1999 to 2003, their projects centered on secrecy, history, and memory. Current works focus on the ways in which visions of the future are imagined, claimed, and realized or relinquished, specifically in relation to faith and global politics.

Recent projects have been exhibited at the Walraff-Richartz Museum (Köln), Argos Center for Art and Media (Brussels), the Wexner Center (Columbus, Ohio), the 2008 Whitney Biennial, the 2006 California Biennial, Akbank Sanat Gallery (Istanbul), Apex Art (New York), and as part of the Hayward Gallery's (London) travelling exhibition program. Video work has been screened at Homeworks IV (Beirut), the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The New York Video Festival, the Margaret Mead Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival, among many

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Set Pieces | 2009 MFA Thesis Show

Set Pieces
2009 MFA Thesis Show, Part 2
Studio Art
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine

May 14-29

Opening Reception
Thursday, May 14, 6-9PM

Performance by Marcus Civin
May 14, 7 & 8PM
May 21, 12:00PM

Admission is Free

Featuring the MFA Thesis Candidates:
Marcus Civin
Laurel Frank
Jen Smith
Sean Sullivan
Grant Vetter
Maya Weimer

University Art Gallery + Room Gallery
Blg. 712

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