Welcome to the Department of Art Theory & Practice (AT&P) at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University. The department has both an undergraduate program, offering a baccalaureate degree, and a graduate program, offering a Masters of Fine Arts degree.
Visiting Artist Lecture Series - Chris Sullivan
Friday, May 22nd at 7pm at the Block Museum
Chris Sullivan is an animator, performance artist, and filmmaker. He will be screening his film, Consuming Spirits, a hand-made independent feature animation shot frame-by-frame on 16mm using paper cut outs, models, and tracing paper cell animation. It chronicles the lives of three characters who live in a rust belt town called Magguson, and work at its local newspaper The Daily Suggester. As the film unfolds, we find they have a long diabolical history, revolving around social service intervention, foster care, romance and hatred. Each character has family secrets to hide, and family secrets to discover. An auto accident one dark and inebriated night causes a crack in the memory vault of these intimate strangers. By film’s end all parties walk from the woods, both healed and wounded. This screening is made possible by support from The Myers Foundations.
at the Department of Art Theory and Practice
We are looking for a place that resembles the bar at
the beginning of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker. Murky, anonymous, illicit; a
place where strangers conspire to trespass in pursuit of higher
rewards. Locations like these are central to certain online practices
including hacking and trolling, motivations for which span from ‘doing
it for the lulz’ to radical polemic disruption. How can these strategies
of ad-hoc organization and intervention be leveraged by practitioners
in different fields? Bringing together figures from cultural criticism,
media theory and contemporary art, this symposium will propose methods
by which the urge to disrupt corporate, governmental and media
narratives might be channeled into productive (or unproductive) forms of arbitration.
Rob Horning is an editor of the New Inquiry, an online journal of ideas.
Devin Kenny is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, musician, and independent curator. Hailing from the south side of Chicago, he relocated to New York to begin his studies at Cooper Union. He has since continued his practice through the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Skowhegan artist residency, SOMA Mexico City, and collaborations with DADDY, Studio Workout, Comotroovay-sa, Adult Contemporary and various art and music venues in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and elsewhere including: Recess, Roode Bioscoop Amsterdam, OCCII, Artspace Auckland, Freak City, and Santos Party House. He received his MFA in 2013 from the New Genres department at UCLA and is a recent alum of the Whitney ISP.
Erkki Huhtamo is an internationally renowned media historian and theorist, and a specialist in the history and aesthetics of media arts. He is one of the founders of an emerging approach to media studies known as media archaeology. Huhtamo's most recent books are Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications, and Implications (ed. with Dr. Jussi Parikka, University of California Press, 2011) and the large monograph Illusions in Motion. Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles (The MIT Press, 2013). He is currently working on a number of new books: a media archaeology of interactive media (The MIT Press, under contract), a history of mechanical theaters and a theoretical volume tentative titled “Media Archaeology as Topos Study.” He works as a professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Departments of Design Media Arts, and Film, Television, and Digital Media. He received his Ph.D. in cultural history from the University of Turku, Finland.
Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann have been active as a collaborative
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