December 1, 2012
Schedule 2012



All panels meet at MFA Art Criticism & Writing
132 West 21st Street, 6th Floor

All events are free and open to the public

SESSION 1: 10:00 A.M. TO 11:30 A.M.

The Writing On The Wall: Street Art, Hacktivism and Subversive Inspiration
Respondent: David Willis (Student) and Robert Bowen (SVA Faculty)

Sometimes the most effective political art is not explicitly political in its content, but rather in its resistance to traditional signifiers and frameworks. This panel will consider certain aesthetic movements, including street art, hacktevism, and underground comics, and the ways in which they generate discourses of resistance to hierarchical moral and aesthetic norms.

  • Vyshali Manivannan, We Do it for the Lulz: Graffiti as a Metaphor for Digital Defacement  (Rutgers University School of Communication & Information, PhD Candidate)
  • Andrea Steedman, Art for the People, Art by the People (California State University, Fullerton, Art History, MA)
  • Michael Stuttman, An Analysis of the Censor’s Role as a Catalyst for Repression, Subversive Inspiration and Recognition in Art (School of Visual Arts, Computer Art, MFA)

Algorithmic Thought and Memory
Respondent: Russet Lederman (SVA Faculty) and Kurt Ralske (SVA Faculty)

We live in a world where algorithms now influence our purchases, create our artworks, manage our memories and craft our histories. The papers and projects presented on the Algorithmic Thought and Memory panel explore and redefine preconceived roles of algorithms, pushing them beyond simple technological definitions and reframing them within a larger cultural dialogue.

  • Kareem Estefan, I, Refresh: Counter-Algorithmic Situations in Ryan Trecartin’s Any Ever (School of Visual Arts, Art Criticism & Writing, MFA)
  • Fabiola Hanna, An Intelligent Undocumentary: A Case Study of We Are History (University of California at Santa Cruz, Film and Digital Media, PhD Candidate)
  • Bryce Hantla, “If You Notice It as Advertising, It Hasn’t Worked:” Peripheral Persuasion and Neuromarketing as Behaviorism (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, School of Education, PhD Candidate)
  • Salvador Orara, ARL: Affection Research Lab (Art Center College of Design, Media Design, MFA)

SESSION 2: 11:45 A.M. TO 1:15 P.M.

Revolution 101 / 2012
Respondent: Naomi Lev (Student) and Alan Gilbert (SVA Faculty)

What are the roles of artists and writers in raising political awareness? What are the means used by revolutionaries to produce change in the past and what do we utilize in the present? While in the past the use of images and texts mostly manifested in newspapers and magazines, today artists, writers, and the general public become active participants using online interactions. In this panel we will explore these roles and the vehicles–their significance and potential.

  • Heba Amin, Voices from the Revolution: A Speak2Tweet Project (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin, DAAD Fellow)
  • Itai Elizur, We News: The Effects and Power of UGC on Israeli Online News (The New School For Social Research, Media Studies, MA Candidate)
  • Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa, Implicated Spaces (California College of the Arts, Visual and Critical Studies, MA)
  • Joan Robledo-Palop, Artists and Writers against War: Perceptions of Political Violence in the International Associations of the 1930’s (Yale University, History Department)

Still, Mediated and Moving — The Image Today and its Effects on Time and Space
Respondent: Sam Swasey (Student) and Nancy Princenthal (SVA Faculty)

Are there technologies that better evoke an experience of time and place apart from or in conjunction with photography and film? Is there something that can be found in our past that might indicate how our relationship with images will change or how we might change it in the future? Has our ability to describe this relationship become outdated? Must we develop a new vocabulary to assess how we affect and are affected by images before any potential understanding is forgotten or lost forever? We make images and are in a sense made by them (photographic, film or other). This panel will discuss, not only how this relationship might change in the future, but perhaps the more urgent issue: how it exists right now.

  • Whitney Conti, Representing the Experience of Touristic Spaces: Engaging Phenomenological Theory Through Image & Sound (University Of Oxford, Visual Anthropology, MSc Candidate)
  • Sean Justice, New Turnings of a Networked Age: Reconsidering Photographic Actions (Teachers College, Columbia University, Program in Art and Art Education, EdDCT Candidate)
  • SeungJung Kim, Paper or Pixel? The Question of Materiality in Digital Filmmaking (Columbia University, Dept. of Art History and Archaeology, PhD Candidate)

SESSION 3: 2:00 P.M. TO 3:30 P.M.

Handmade in an Information Age
Respondent: Carina Badalamenti (Student) and Susan Bee (SVA Faculty)

The ability to connect in a media-based, networked age gives artists new reasons to blur, accentuate or erase the line between the actual and the virtual. Choosing one method over another becomes an aesthetic choice with political implications. Using art historical examples to provide context, this conversation will reconsider the often polarizing discourses routinely associated with handmade materials in an Information Age.

  • Andrew Buck, The Culture of Art and the Nature of Craft (Teachers College, Columbia University, Program in Art and Art Education, Ed.D. Candidate)
  • Pamela L. Campanaro, Labors of Language: Crafting the Revival of Medium in Contemporary Art (The San Francisco Art Institute, Exhibition & Museum Studies, MA)
  • Michele Krugh, Pleasure in Labor: The Human and Economic Aspects of Craft (George Mason University, Cultural Studies, PhD Candidate)
  • Petya I. Trapcheva-Kwan, The Symbiosis of Traditional and Digital Techniques (School of Visual Arts, Computer Art, MFA)

Animism Anew: New Media & The Speaking Object
Respondent: Tara Stickley (Student) and Michael Connor (SVA Faculty)

Our interactions with images and new media affect our perceptions of the natural world, ourselves, and concepts once thought fixed, such as notions of truth. This panel will discuss the ways in which these shifts in meaning are mapped out or tested in the aesthetic arena.

  • Liat Berdugo, A New Interiority: Yielding Intimacy in an Age of New Media (Rhode Island School of Design, Digital & Media, MFA Candidate)
  • Chloé Roubert and Lesley Braun, Accumulation (Roubert: University College London, Anthropology Department, MA; Braun: Université de Montréal, Anthropology Department, PhD Candidate)
  • Seth Watter, Torture Porn & Classical Aesthetics (Brown University, Department of Modern Culture & Media, PhD Candidate)

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: 4:00 – 5:30pm

Claire Bishop
Associate Professor, Art History, CUNY Graduate Center, New York


Her publications include “Installation Art: A Critical History” (Tate/Routledge, 2005) and “Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship” (Verso, 2012), and the edited anthology “Participation” (2006). Her curatorial projects include the performance exhibition “Double Agent” at the ICA, London (2008) and the PRELUDE.11 performance festival at CUNY Graduate Center (2011). She is a regular contributor to Artforum.

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