December 1, 2012
Presenters 2014

Presenters are listed under their respective sessions / panels.

SESSION 1: ALTERED PERCEPTIONS
Respondents: Ann Collins and Isabelle Gillet

Madeline Schwartzman is a New York City writer, filmmaker and architect, and a professor at Barnard College and at Parsons: the New School for Design. Her work explores human narratives and the human sensorium though social art, book writing, curating, and experimental film and video making. She is the author of See Yourself Sensing: Redefining Human Perception (Black Dog Publishing, London 2011), a collection of futuristic proposals for the body and the senses. Her forthcoming book See Yourself X: Expanding What it Means to be Human (Black Dog Publishing, 2015) is a cross-disciplinary look at the future of the human head. Schwartzman recently guest curated the exhibition Objects of Wonder at the Beall Center for Art + Technology in Irvine, CA (10/15-1/16). That exhibition, along with See Yourself Sensing curated at San Jose State University (2013) were both offspring of Schwartzman’s book of the same name.

Since May of 2013 Schwartzman has been the curator of subway riders words. Every time she rides the subway she asks a stranger to write a poem. That project—365 Day Subway: Poems by New Yorkers— was recently featured on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, the PBS Weekend News Hour, and in the Greater New York section of the Wall Street Journal. She posts the poems on www.poemsbynewyorkers.com. Schwartzman’s films and videos have screened at festivals in the United States and abroad, most recently at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and at the Walker Art Center.

Clement Valla is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work focuses on computer-based picture-producing apparatuses, and how they transform representation and ways of seeing. This focus stems from the realization that more images are being produced and parsed by computers today than are being made and seen by humans. His work includes photography, sculpture, and software. His recent show Surface Proxy at XPO Gallery played two-dimensional reproductions against three-dimensional ones by wrapping sculptures in their own images. His show Surface Survey at Transfer Gallery in New York was an Artforum Critic’s Pick. His work has also been exhibited at The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis; Museum of the Moving Image, New York; Thommassen Galleri, Gothenburg; Bitforms Gallery, New York; Mulherin + Pollard Projects, New York; DAAP Galleries, University of Cincinnati; 319 Scholes, New York; and the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Milwaukee. His work has been cited in The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, El Pais, Huffington Post, Rhizome, Domus, Wired, The Brooklyn Rail, Liberation, and on BBC television. Valla received a BA in Architecture from Columbia University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Digital+Media. He is currently an assistant professor of Graphic Design at RISD.

Suzanne Anker is a visual artist and theorist working at the intersection of art and the biological sciences. She works in a variety of mediums ranging from digital sculpture and installation to large-scale photography to plants grown by LED lights. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally in museums and galleries including the Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian Institute, the Phillips Collection, P.S.1 Museum, the JP Getty Museum, the Medizinhistorisches Museum der Charite in Berlin, the Center for Cultural Inquiry in Berlin, the Pera Museum in Istanbul, the Museum of Modern Art in Japan, and the International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Her books includeThe Molecular Gaze: Art in the Genetic Age, co-authored with the late sociologist Dorothy Nelkin, published in 2004 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Visual Culture and Bioscience, co-published by University of Maryland and the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. Her writings have appeared in Art and America, Seed Magazine, Nature Reviews Genetics, Art Journal, Tema Celeste and M/E/A/N/I/N/G. Her work has been the subject of reviews and articles in the New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, and Nature. She has hosted twenty episodes of the Bio Blurb show, an Internet radio program originally on WPS1 Art Radio, in collaboration with MoMA in NYC, now archived on Alana Heiss’ Art On Air. She has been a speaker at Harvard University, the Royal Society in London, Cambridge University, Yale University, the London School of Economics, the Max-Planck Institute, Universitiy of Leiden, the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum in Berlin, the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, Banff Art Center any many others. Chairing SVA’s Fine Arts Department in NYC since 2005, Ms. Anker continues to interweave traditional and experimental media in her department’s new digital initiative and the SVA Bio Art Lab.

SESSION 2: BOOK AS OBJECT
Respondents: José Peña and Zalfa Halabi

Andrew Roth specializes in selling rare photographic and artist’s books from the 20th century, while also publishing limited edition books under his imprint PPP Editions. He maintains a project space in New York, primarily exhibiting the work of photographic artists from the 1960s and ‘70s, as well as contemporary art and rare books. Over the past 15 years he has presented exhibitions by key Japanese artists: Makoto Aida, Nobuyoshi Araki, Ishiuchi Miyako, Daido Moriyama, Shomei Tomatsu, Tadanori Yokoo, and Keizo Kitajima; along with exhibitions on the work of Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Robert Heinecken, Ed Ruscha, Collier Schorr and David Wojnarowicz. In 1999 he presented Provoke, the first exhibition in the U.S. to outline a critical history of rare Japanese photographic books. In 2001 he published The Book of 101 Books, a primer on the history of the photographic book, which went on to help define the rare photographic book market. Recent publications include: Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbook; In Numbers: Serial Publications by Artists Since 1955; Ari Marcopoulos’ Out to Lunch; William E. Jones’ Killed; Ishiuchi Miyako’s Sweet Home Yokosuka and Here and Now; Larry Clark’s Punk Picasso; Leigh Ledare’s Pretend You’re Actually Alive; Male: From the Collection of Vince Aletti and most recently Untitled Anonymous. Book related exhibitions include: 70s Photographic Bookworks (2001), Copy (2002), The Complete Run (2002), Promo (2004), Iliazd to Andre (2005), Associations (2006), So Be It (2010), In Numbers (2010), Paperwork (2013) and Marcel Broodthears: Artist’s Books 1964-75 (2015).

Shannon Michael Cane is a writer, curator, collector and publisher from Melbourne, Australia. After publishing and editing the seminal queer art journal They Shoot Homo’s Don’t They? for five years, he moved to NYC in 2008 to work at the world’s largest non-profit specializing in artists’ books; Printed Matter, Inc. Currently working as the curator of fairs and editions he is responsible for staging the NY and LA Art Book Fairs.

Matvei Yankelevich is the author of the poetry collection Alpha Donut (United Artists, 2012), and a novella in fragments, Boris by the Sea (Octopus, 2009). A long poem, Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt, from Black Square Editions, will be released in November 2015. He is the translator of Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms, and co-translator of the National Translation Award-winning An Invitation for Me to Think by Alexander Vvedensky. He has contributed translations to several anthologies and many magazines (including Harper’s, The New Yorker, Poetry, New American Writing, and Circumference). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He edits the Eastern European Poets Series for Ugly Duckling Presse, and teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, the Queens College MFA in Creative Writing and Literary Translation, and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

SESSION 3: READING IMAGES
Respondents: Blessy Augustine and Will Fenstermaker

Christian Patterson was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and lives in New York, New York. Photographs are the heart of his work and are sometimes accompanied by drawings, paintings, objects or sound. His work Redheaded Peckerwood won the 2012 Recontres d’Arles Author Book Award. In 2015 he published his latest work Bottom of the Lake. He is a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow and in 2015 he won the Vevey International Photography Award. Patterson is represented by Rose Gallery in Santa Monica and Robert Morat in Berlin.

Joel Smith is the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum, New York. From 1999 to 2005 he curated at the Frances Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, and from 2005 to 2012, at Princeton University Art Museum. His books include The Life and Death of Buildings: On Photography and Time (2011), Saul Steinberg: Illuminations (2006), Steinberg at The New Yorker (2005), and Edward Steichen: The Early Years (1999).

Nicholas Muellner is an artist who operates at the intersection of photography and writing. Through books, exhibitions and slide lectures, his projects investigate the limits of photography as a documentary pursuit and as an interface to literary, political and personal narratives. His textual and visual books include The Photograph Commands Indifference (A-Jump Books, 2009), and The Amnesia Pavilions (A-Jump Books, 2011), which was selected as a top photo book of 2011 by Time Magazine. He has given readings at numerous venues in the U.S. and Europe, including MoMA P.S.1, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Photography. In addition to solo exhibitions in the U.S., the U.K. and Russia, Muellner’s writings on photography have been published by MACK, Aperture, Afterimage, Triple Canopy and Routledge, and he edits the Self Publish, Be Happy Pamphlet Series. His work has been supported by MacDowell and Yaddo Colony Fellowships, as well as grants from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and CEC Artslink. He is an Associate Professor of Photography and Co-Director of the Image Text MFA at Ithaca College.

Marisol Limon Martinez is a visual artist, musician and writer based in New York City. She is the author of Via Dissimulata (Octopus Books), First Space, Then Structures (Nothing Moments Publishing), and After You, Dearest Language (Ugly Duckling Presse) and was co-founder/editor of the newspaper New York Nights. Her nonfiction essay Honorary Men was recently released as a chapbook by Guillotine. Marisol has been a recipient of a Pollock Krasner grant, a National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) grant for an artist’s residency at Women’s Studio Workshop, and a Ford Foundation grant in performing arts. She received her BA in Art History from Barnard College, and studied classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music. After recording and touring internationally with Scott Matthew, she wrote and recorded her first solo album Autoportrait under the name Marisol Limon. She is part-time faculty in the Department of Visual Arts at the Trinity School. Marisol has been a visiting artist at The New School, Brown University, Columbia University, and Queens College.

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