Program 2019

Schedule
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Collaborators

JULY 1ST TO AUGUST 23TH

SOMA Summer in 2019 will center on the scaffolding in order to study visible and invisible supporting structures (such as language and form), and as a means to better understand the role of power, hierarchy, and surface in artistic practice. The transformative possibilities implicit in the use of scaffolding (in construction, for instance) will lead participants to consider notions of decay, conservation, and gentrification.

Week 1 – Introduction

Monday July 1st
Administration appointments
Welcome meal and opening remarks
Introduction, part 1: Participants will give 10-minute presentations of their work

Tuesday July 2nd
Introduction, part 2: Participants will give 10-minute presentations of their work

Wednesday July 3rd
Miércoles de SOMA: Glenn Ligon 
Welcome party

Thursday July 4th
Introduction, part 3: Participants will give 10-minute presentations of their work

Friday July 5th
Visit to Casa del Hijo del Ahuizote with Diego Flores Magón and Giacomo Castagnola
Dinner at Obrera Centro with Marcos Castro and Mauro Giaconi

 

Week 2

Monday July 8th
“Scaffolding” with Sara Nadal-Melsió and Anthony Graves
These sessions are devoted to closely revisiting suggested readings and materials related to this summer topic “Scaffolding.”

Tuesday July 9th
Seminar with Amy Sara Carroll
In these sessions, Amy Sara Carroll will be teaching by the book, which is to say, she’ll be reMexing REMEX: Toward an Art History of the NAFTA Era (2017), splicing and adding to its arguments to accommodate a change of name (NAFTA-->USMCA) and other current events in an interactive lecture or two. No need to read ahead. Some attention to post-1968 Greater Mexican cinema and literature will also introduce participants to my current writing projects and facilitate this seminar's formal doubling as a workshop.

Wednesday July 10th
Seminar with Amy Sara Carroll
Miércoles de SOMA: TBD

Thursday July 11th
Studio visit with Panik
Individual critiques with Amy Sara Carroll, Marcos Castro, Ricardo Dominguez, Mauro Giaconi, Anthony Graves, Carla Herrera-Prats, Sara Nadal-Melsió, and mentors (Ricardo Alzati, Virginia Colwell, Fabiola Iza, Patrick Killoran, Joaquín Segura and Felipe Zúñiga)

Friday July 12th
Visit to Biquini Wax ESP with Cristóbal Gracias and Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba
Visit to Secretaría de Educación Pública’s murals with Luis Vargas

Week 3

Monday July 15th
Seminar “Speculative Topologies” with Sara Nadal-Melsió
As Jacques Lacan put it in his 1972 text L’Étourdit: “Topology is not ‘designed to guide us’ in structure. It is this structure.” This seminar will explore how topology and morphism, with their play on continuity and convergence of surface and structure, can be used speculatively as a way to wrest the impossible from the actual through architecture understood as a conceptual and political trope.

Tuesday July 16th
Seminar “Speculative Topologies” with Sara Nadal-Melsió
As Jacques Lacan put it in his 1972 text L’Étourdit: “Topology is not ‘designed to guide us’ in structure. It is this structure.” This seminar will explore how topology and morphism, with their play on continuity and convergence of surface and structure, can be used speculatively as a way to wrest the impossible from the actual through architecture understood as a conceptual and political trope.

Wednesday July 17th
Miércoles de SOMA: Robby Herbst 

Thursday July 18th
Studio visit with Camel Collective
Individual Critiques with Giacomo Castagnola, Diego Flores Magón, Anthony Graves, Carla Herrera-Prats, Sara Nadal-Melsió, Itala Schmelz, Luis Vargas and Robby Herbst 

Friday July 19th
Visit to Proyector with Tania Tovar Torres
Visit to Laboratorio de Arte Alameda with Emilio Chapela

 

Week 4 

Monday July 22th 
“Scaffolding” with Sara Nadal-Melsió and Anthony Graves
These sessions are devoted to closely revisiting suggested readings and materials related to this summer topic “Scaffolding.”

Tuesday July 23th
Seminar with TBD 

Wednesday July 24th
Seminar with TBD 
Special session with Ben Tiven
Miércoles de SOMA: Sarah Workneh                                                     

Thursday July 25th
Studio visit with Yoshua Okón
Individual Critiques with Emilio Chapela, Julio García-Murillo, Anthony Graves, Carla Herrera-Prats, Graciela Kasep, Josefa Ortega, Yoshua Okón and Sara Nadal-Melsió 

Friday July 26th
Special session with Fabiola Iza
An underground walk through Modernist Mexico City. The “Pasaje Pino Suárez – Zócalo” is a passageway that connects two of the busiest subway stations in the city: Pino Suárez and Zócalo. Located within the heart and entrails of the city's historical center, at street level it is one of the noisiest, busiest, most crowded parts of the city, but underground it is refreshingly cool, tranquil, and quiet. The passageway houses some 40 bookshops, each of them a stall, and its design reflects the modernization ideals of the 1970s, yet at the same time reveals an inclusive cultural project — it even features a film lounge and offers the metronautas (subway users) an area to sit, eat their lunch, relax, and read. The passageway is the perfect setting to talk about Mexico's complicated relation to modernity and modernization as well as the perfect escape from a touristic approach. Back on the surface, we will have lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Special session with Virginia Colwell
A visit to Los Pinos
Virginia Colwell is interested in urban spaces that function as both sites of national history and symbols of power.  During Soma Summer she's interested in exploring a new 'public space' in Mexico City: the presidential residence Los Pinos.  Mexico's current president, Lopez Obrador rejected living in Los Pinos during his presidency and instead has opened the house and the grounds to the public as part tour-mansion part cultural center.  

Special session with Felipe Zúñiga

Week 5 

Monday July 29th
Workshop with Ester Partegás 
The seminar will explore the role that clothing plays as a temporary external cover, and as a supporting structure in the everyday construction of the self. Clothing is also representative of deeper cultural values, and thus becomes part of the social and specifically, urban fabric. Using materials provided by SOMA, the 2-day workshop encourages intuitive, resourceful, and collaborative thinking through hands-on making.

Tuesday July 30th
Special session with Stephan Pascher

Wednesday July 31th
Workshop with Ester Partegás    
The seminar will explore the role that clothing plays as a temporary external cover, and as a supporting structure in the everyday construction of the self. Clothing is also representative of deeper cultural values, and thus becomes part of the social and specifically, urban fabric. Using materials provided by SOMA, the 2-day workshop encourages intuitive, resourceful, and collaborative thinking through hands-on making.
Miércoles de SOMA: Ester Partegás 

Thursday August 1st
Studio visit with Marianna Dellekamp
Individual critiques with Tatiana Cuevas, Helena Chávez, Marianna Dellekamp, Irving Domínguez, Edgar Hernández, Carla Herrera-Prats, Barbara Perea, Ester Pertegás and Stephan Pasher

Friday August 2nd
Visit to Cráter Invertido with Jazael Olguín Zapata

Week 6

Monday August 5th
Group critique with Bjarki Bragason
This week will be spent in group and private critique sessions. The group will engage in critique where each artist will present their work, and through discussion the group will investigate the artist’s intent and offer feedback and critique. Afterwards, Bjarki will meet with each artist individually to further deepen the discussion of the work in a one-to-one studio visit, a platform on which we will attempt to consider the debate from the group session.

Tuesday August 6th
Group critique with Bjarki Bragason
This week will be spent in group and private critique sessions. The group will engage in critique where each artist will present their work, and through discussion the group will investigate the artist’s intent and offer feedback and critique. Afterwards, Bjarki will meet with each artist individually to further deepen the discussion of the work in a one-to-one studio visit, a platform on which we will attempt to consider the debate from the group session.

Wednesday August 7th
Group critique with Bjarki Bragason
This week will be spent in group and private critique sessions. The group will engage in critique where each artist will present their work, and through discussion the group will investigate the artist’s intent and offer feedback and critique. Afterwards, Bjarki will meet with each artist individually to further deepen the discussion of the work in a one-to-one studio visit, a platform on which we will attempt to consider the debate from the group session.
Miércoles de SOMA: Bjarki Bragason

Thursday August 8th
Studio visit with Jorge Méndez Blake
Individual Critiques with Bjarki Bragason, Tania Candiani, Mariana David, Magnolia de la Garza, Carla Herrera-Prats, Catalina Lozano and Jorge Méndez Blake

Friday August 9th
Special session with Ricardo Alzati, Sow iron rods, harvest rubble​
Special session with Joaquín Segura
Special session with Patrick Killoran

 

Week 7 

Monday August 12th
“Scaffolding” with Sara Nadal-Melsió and Anthony Graves
These sessions are devoted to closely revisiting suggested readings and materials related to this summer topic “Scaffolding.”

Tuesday August 13th
Visit to Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia with Eulogio Guzmán

Wednesday August 14th
Visit to Archivo General de la Nación with Eulogio Guzmán
Miércoles de SOMA: Eulogio Guzmán

Thursday August 15th
Studio visit TBD
Individual Critique with Esteban King Álvarez, Alejandra Labastida, Daniel Garza, Carla Herrera-Prats, Eulogio Guzmán, Stephan Pasher and Virginia Roy

Friday August 16th
Visit to Obra en Obra with Fernando Tapia

Week 8

Monday August 19th
“Scaffolding” with Sara Nadal-Melsió and Anthony Graves
These sessions are devoted to closely revisiting suggested readings and materials related to this summer topic “Scaffolding.”

Tuesday August 20th
Special session with Valerie Tevere and Angel Nevarez, Walking, Talking, Listening: A ramble through Mexico City ​
Individual critiques with Carla Herrera-Prats, Angel Nevarez, Valerie Tevere and mentors (Ricardo Alzati, Virginia Colwell, Nate Harrison, Fabiola Iza, Patrick Killoran, and Joaquín Segura)

Wednesday August 21st
Miércoles de SOMA: Final publication presentation

Thursday August 22th
Final remarks, feedback and last meal with Anthony Graves, Carla Herrera-Prats, and Sara Nadal-Melsió
 

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