September 2007 on -empyre- soft-skinned space: “Critical Spatial Practice” :: Moderated by Renate Ferro (US) and Tim Murray (US) with Millie Chen (Canada/US), James Way (Japan/US), Catherine Ingraham (US), Kevin Hamilton (US), Alice Micelli (Brazil/Germany), Maurice Benayoun (France), Teddy Cruz (US), and Markus Miessen (UK/Germany).
Critical Spatial Practice entails the claiming of social responsibility at the intersections of art, geography, architecture, and activism. How might critical approaches to space and place empower creativity, enhance artistic activism, and encourage artistic practice and collaboration? The alignment of criticality with cyber configurations of space permits especially creative skins of networks, resources, and discussions whose resulting configurations range from texts and performances to buildings and installations.
Moderated by Renate Ferro (US) media artist, Dept. of Art, Cornell University, and Tim Murray (US), Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell University; with special guests:
Maurice Benayoun (France) is a transmedia artist who explores the potentiality of various media from video, to virtual reality, Web and wireless art, public space large scale art installations and interactive exhibitions. He has designed interactive scenography for large scale architectural and exhibition projects. He teaches video and new media at University of Paris 1 (Panthion-Sorbonne).
Millie Chen (Canada/US) is an artist, writer, and curator who teaches art at the University of Buffalo. Her studio practice in Toronto, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, includes a project of sonic-video installation based on river journeys down the Yangtze in China and the Niagara in Canada/USA.
Teddy Cruz (USA) is a Guatemalan-born architect whose work dwells at the border between San Diego, California, and Tijuana, Mexico, where he has been developing a practice and pedagogy that emerge out of the particularities of this bicultural territory.
Kevin Hamilton coordinates the New Media BFA and MFA programs at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research and writing involves the creation of interactive artworks, methodologies of interdisciplinary collaboration, and manifestations of absence in contemporary and historical telecommunication technologies.
Catherine Ingraham (US) is Professor of Architecture in the Graduate Architecture department at Pratt Institute in New York City, a program for which she was Chair from 1998-2005. Her numerous publications on the theory and history of architecture include her books, Architecture, Animal, Human: The Asymmetrical Condition and Architecture and the Burdens of Linearity.
Alice Micelli (Brazil/Germany) has been developing a body of work focused on creating unexpected visualizations of extreme political issues. From Cambodia to Chernobyl, her conceptual videos and installations provide meanings of their own to narratives from places that are difficult to reach.
Markus Miessen (UK/Germany) is an architect and writer who leads Studio Miessen, a collaborative agency for spatial strategy and cultural analysis. He is the co-author of Spaces of Uncertainty (with Kenny Cupers, M|ller+Busmann), editor with Shumon Basar of Did Someone Say Participate: An Atlas of Spatial Practice, and co-editor with Basar and Antonia Carver of With/Without - Spatial Products, Practices and Politics in the Middle East.
James Way (Japan/US) is an architect, writer, and designer working in Tokyo. He often collaborates on interactive installations that explore space and movement.
Image: from Nicholas Senn’s blog, Critical Spatial Practice.