Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies




2013 CT+CR Fall Colloquium and Artist Residency @ Caldera

With major support from Paul Livadary and the Marshall and Margherite McComb Foundation and with special thanks to Peets Coffee
dates: Tuesday, September 24-Friday, September 27, 2013
theme: “Imbue: Mapping the Transformative Qualities of Material, Power, and the Body”
special guests: Tom Leeser, Media Artist, Director of the Center for Integrated Media and the Art and Technology Program at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts); Alison Saar, Artist; Betye Saar, Artist
CT+CR faculty: Anne-Marie Oliver, Barry Sanders, Marie-Pierre Hasne, Joan Handwerg
program coordinator: Nicole Smith
chefs: Cathy Cleaver and Linden How
artists and scholars in residence Alexandra Curth, Teresa Fredericks, Joshua Hammerling, Aimee Jungmann, Amanda Kearns, Marius Moldvaer, Kathryn Osgood, Alison Pezanoski-Browne, Caitlin Popp, Jessica Sage, Eileen Skyers, Jeremy Smania, Kyle Leeser, Tony Wename, Iris Williamson


Tuesday, September 24
9:00 am: depart Portland for Caldera
2:00-4:00 pm: settling in (snacks available in the Hearth Room)
4:00-6:00 pm: opening session on the theme “Imbue,” followed by a workshop, “Play::Active”
6:00-7:30 pm: free time
7:30-9:00 pm: dinner
10:00 pm: presentation of video, images, and sound in the Library (new work by Tom Leeser)

Wednesday, September 25
8:30-9:30 am: breakfast
10:00 am-12:00 pm: presentation by Tom Leeser (“Locating the Contingent Body: A Fiction That Nevertheless Maps”)
12:30-1:30 pm: lunch
1:30-3:00 pm: free time
3:00-5:30 pm: presentation by Alison Saar and Tom Leeser
5:30-7:00 pm: free time
7:00-8:30 pm: welcome dinner for Tom Leeser, Alison Saar, and Betye Saar
10:00 pm: film(s) in the Library: The Golem (1915, silent)

Thursday, September 26
8:30-9:30 am: breakfast
10:00 am-12:30 pm: individual meetings with Alison Saar and Tom Leeser
12:30-1:30 pm: lunch
2:00-4:30 pm: presentation by Alison Saar and Betye Saar
4:30-7:00: free time
7:00-9:00 pm: dinner
10:00 pm: film(s) in the Library

Friday, September 27
8:30-9:30 am: breakfast
10:00 am-12:00 pm: roundtable discussion with Betye Saar, Alison Saar, and Tom Leeser
12:30-1:30 pm: lunch
1:30-4:00 pm: group clean-up
4:00 pm: return to Portland

About Tom Leeser
Tom Leeser is a media artist, educator, curator, and writer. He is Program Director of the Art and Technology Program and Director of the Center for Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). He received his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). His film, video, online work, interactive installations, and public performances have been exhibited at Eyebeam, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Machine Project, the Mount Wilson Observatory, MassMoca, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Fowler Museum, Redcat Theater, The Kitchen, The Millennium, Siggraph, and film and video festivals worldwide, with support from Art Matters, Creative Time, and the Daniel Langlois Foundation. Recent projects include The Futures Project at the Centre for Living Arts, Radical Cosmologies at ISEA2012, Indirect Intention—A Home and Garden Intervention at the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Center for Land Use Interpretation, Future Imaginary at the Ben Maltz Gallery of the Otis College of Art and Design, The Lament Project—An Evening at the Manual Archives, Underground Cinemamachine at Machine Project and Object Lessons for Gigantic Artspace in New York. He is an editor and producer for the web-based journal and curatorial project viralnet.net.

About Alison Saar
Alison Saar studied art and art history at Scripps College and received an MFA from the Otis Art Institute. She has been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and two National Endowment Fellowships. Her art is represented in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Informed by artistic traditions from the Americas to Africa and beyond, and by her mixed racial upbringing, Saar fuses paradoxical responses to the black-and-white delineations of political and social forces into a powerful, visual, and kinesthetic tension. She uses the everyday experience, history, and associations of her materials, African art and ritual, Greek mythology, and the stark sculptural tradition of German Expressionism to infuse her work with a primal intensity that challenges cultural and historic references and stereotypes.
See http://www.lalouver.com/html/saar_bio.html.

About Betye Saar
Betye Saar has received numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1974, 1984) and the Getty Foundation (1990). In 1994, she and Outterbridge represented the United States at the 22nd São Paulo Biennial. Her work is represented in numerous museum collections including the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Saar voices her political, racial, religious, and gender concerns in her art so that she may “reach across the barriers of art and life, to bridge cultural diversities, and forge new understandings.” Other works have sought to reveal marginalized and hidden histories, ones both personal and public. She has examined Asian and African diasporic religions in relation to personal spirituality, the construction of racial hierarchies based on skin tone within black communities, and the ways in which objects retain the memories and histories of their owners. Her most recent series, centered on the theme of mental, physical, and cultural imprisonment, was shown in the 2010 exhibition Betye Saar: CAGE at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. She is featured in several of the shows comprising Pacific Standard Time, a suite of twenty-six exhibitions funded by the Getty Foundation and taking place at multiple California museums. See http://www.michaelrosenfeldart.com/artists/betye-saar-b1926 and Time Magazine’s Legends at Work at http://lightbox.time.com/2013/09/12/when-age-produces-beauty-photographs-of-legends-at-work/#10.

A few possible films
Sophie Fiennes, Over Your Cities Grass will Grow (France, 2010), 105 minutes; Chris Marker, La Jetée (France, 1962), 28 minutes; Bill Morrison, Decasia (USA, 2002), 67 minutes; Jan Švankmajer, Alice (Něco z Alenky) (Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, UK, Germany, 1988), 84 minutes; Lucy Walker, Waste Land (Brazil, UK, 2010), 100 minutes; Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen, The Monster of Fate (Der Golem) (Germany, 1915), 60 minutes

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