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TESLA: LIGHT, SOUND, COLOR, a multi-media performance exploring the life and work of the elusive physicist and inventor, Nikola Tesla. The show will include live performances by members of the Delgani String Quartet and Eugene Ballet Company.
This project is made possible by a Creative Heights Award from the Oregon Community Foundation with additional facilities support by the Department of Dance in the UO School of Music and Dance and the Art & Technology program in the UO College of Design.
Jenni Sorkin- "California Soul: The Vessel Tradition in the Work of Peter Voulkos and June Schwarcz"
Jenni Sorkin is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History at University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University. Sorkin writes on the intersection between gender, material culture, and contemporary art. Her book, Live Form: Women, Ceramics and Community was published by University of Chicago Press in 2016. She has also published widely as an art critic, and her writing has appeared in Artforum, Art Journal, Art Monthly, NU: The Nordic Art Review, Frieze, The Journal of Modern Craft, Modern Painters, and Third Text. She has written numerous in-depth catalog essays on feminist art and material culture topics, and lectures nationally and internationally.
Special thanks to the Department of the History of Art and Architecture for their support.
Bioinspired design is the investigation of principles found in biological systems and applications that can be found and applied to innovation in the design world. This is a cross-disciplinary study that can help us develop a mechanistic understanding of the natural world that can lead to exciting new technologies.
The goal of this symposium is to bring faculty together to share research and discuss the possibility of collaborations and new research directions.
Sabrina Ratté: “Machine for Living”
“The lecture will focus on my most recent video work contextualized within the evolution of my process over the years. I will present an overview of different inspirations, discuss my approach with analog and digital video, reflect on the potential extension of video in the context of presentation, and I will talk about the different themes contained into my work such as architecture, utopia and dystopia, the real and the virtual.” - Sabrina Ratté
Sabrina Ratté is a video artist based in between Montreal and Paris. Her practice investigates virtual environments generated by analog technologies. Electricity, as raw material, is sculpted, transformed and altered digitally to be reborn as luminous and vibrating architectures. Her videos exist between abstraction and figuration, utopia and dystopia, architecture and landscape.
Her works include installations, prints, sculptures and live performances. Previous exhibitions: Dolby Gallery (San Francisco), Young Project Gallery (Los Angeles), Whitney Museum of Art (NYC), Paddles On! 1st Digital Art Auction at Phillips (New York), HEK (Basel), EMPAC (Troy), Museum of the Moving Image (New York), International Digital Arts Biennal - Bian (Montreal), PHI Center (Montreal), Arsenal (Mtl), the Lampo series (Chicago), Atonal Festival (Berlin), Elektra, MUTEK (Mtl, Mexico, Barcelona). She is represented by the Laffy Maffei Gallery in Paris.
Special thanks to the Department of Cinema Studies for their support.
Wendy Red Star: “A Selection of Works”
Artist Wendy Red Star will present a chronological look at major past works starting in 2006 to 2017. Red Star works across disciplines to explore the intersections of Native American ideologies and colonialist structures, both historically and in contemporary society. Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Red Star’s work is informed both by her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narratives, Red Star seeks to incorporate and recast her research, offering new and unexpected perspectives in work that is at once inquisitive, witty and unsettling. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral to her practice, along with creating a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art.
Red Star has exhibited in the United States and abroad at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fondation Cartier pour l’ Art Contemporain, Domaine de Kerguéhennec, Portland Art Museum, Hood Art Museum, St. Louis Art Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. She served a visiting lecturer at institutions including Yale University, the Figge Art Museum, the Banff Centre, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Dartmouth College, CalArts, Flagler College, Fairhaven College, and I.D.E.A. Space in Colorado Springs. In 2015, Red Star was awarded an Emerging Artist Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. In 2016, she participated in Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy at the Portland Art Museum, and recently mounted a solo exhibition as part of the museum’s APEX series. Red Star holds a BFA from Montana State University, Bozeman, and an MFA in sculpture from University of California, Los Angeles. She lives and works in Portland, OR.
This lecture is made possible in part by the Gordon W. Gilkey Endowed Fund, the Department of Art, the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.