Program 2017

Schedule
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Week 3
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Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
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Participants

July 3 – August 24, 2017

SOMA Summer 2017 will focus on notions of authority as they pertain to artistic encounters in a world that seems to have an increasingly difficult time embracing difference. In seminars, we will analyze the alterity of the queer body and the new order that it established, the performing strategies of artists through self-authorization and legal fictions, as well as the relevance of the term “authority” in political science. We will look closely at the writing of Theodor W. Adorno and Giorgio Agamben. Seminars and lectures will be led by Eduardo Abaroa, Sam Durant, Anthony Graves, Lauren Haaften-Schick, Carla Herrera-Prats, and Susana Vargas, among other guests.

 

WEEK 01 — July 03 to July 06

Monday July 3
10:00 to 2:00 pm - Stop by at SOMA to make final tuition payment, pick-up your IDs, keys, etc...
2:00 to 4:00 pm - Welcome meal
4:00 to 5:00 pm - Welcome remarks with Carla Herrera-Prats and Barbara Hernandez
5:00 to 9:00 pm - Introduction, part 1: Participants will give 15-minute presentations about their work. Group discussion will address the social, political, and aesthetic implications raised by each piece.

Tuesday July 04
5:00 to 9:00 pm - Introduction, part 2: Participants will give 15-minute presentations about their work. Group discussion will address the social, political, and aesthetic implications raised by each piece. Local curators will be invited to attend these presentations.

Wednesday July 05
8:30 to 10:30 pm - Miércoles de SOMA, Ricardo Dominguez, Amy Sara Carroll, Vicente Razo and others

Thursday July 06
10:00 to 12:00 pm - Visit to the studio of: Yoshua Okón
1:00 to 7:00 pm - Individual critiques with:  Eduardo Abaroa, Ricardo Alzati, Ricardo Dominguez, Nate Harrison, Carla Herrera-Prats, Yoshua Okón, Amy Sarah Carroll, Joaquín Segura, Lorena Wolffer and Esteban King

 

WEEK 02 — July 10 to July 13

Monday July 10
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Sam Durant: Art and Politics
What is the power of art?  What is art for, who is it for, what does it do, is it for one or many?  These are some of the question to which this seminar will be addressed.  It will be a search for possibilities and their contestations in relation to important issues in societies today.  For our purposes art can be thought of broadly, a field that includes performing arts, time based media and literature in addition to visual and spatial art.  We will inform our discussions with writings by artists, poets, designers and academics who elaborate differing theories of art’s social and political dimensions. The seminar will take the format of student presentations each class period followed by group discussion.  Each student will make a short presentation on a topic of interest to them that can in some way be defined as political, it needn’t be connected to art or aesthetics.  From our discussions together we will focus in on our own theories and positions in relation to the questions posed above.  Besides sharing, learning and connecting with one another our goal might be to sharpen and hone each artist’s understanding of what their work means for others.

Tuesday July 11
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Sam Durant

Wednesday July 13
12:00 to 3:00 pm - Group critique
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Sam Durant
8:30 to 10:30 pm - Miércoles de SOMA, lecture by Sam Durant
Scaffold, was an architecturally scaled interactive sculpture comprised of representations of seven different gallows from executions of significance in US history. It was recently exhibited at the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden. The reaction of the local Dakota people confronting this work and the subsequent unraveling of events allowed Durant to realize that "history is not an abstraction and art is not representational or symbolic, it is materially (and spiritually) real and present.” During Miércoles de SOMA, Sam Durant will speak about the origine and destiny of this particular piece.

 

Thursday July 13 
10:00 to 12:00 - Visit to the studio of: Irmgard Emmelhainz
1:00 to 7:00 pm - Individual critiques with: Magalí Arriola, Stamatina Gregory, Irving Domínguez, Sam Durant, Irmgard Emmelhainz, Carla Herrera-Prats, Bárbara Perea and Itala Schmelz 

 

WEEK 03 — July 17 to July 20

Monday July 17
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Richard Lehun
T. W. Adorno’s untimely death left two parts of an intended trilogy unfinished. The Negative Dialectics was published under his own hand in 1966. His Aesthetic Theory was completed from fragments, but his moral theory was never formally started. Elaborating on the work contained in my work on emancipatory justice, I will focus on on the significance of Adorno’s thought towards the evolution of our conception of justice. This offers a deeper understanding of the uncompleted practical philosophical dimension of Adorno’s critical-normative epistemology.

Tuesday July 18
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Richard Lehun
T. W. Adorno’s untimely death left two parts of an intended trilogy unfinished. The Negative Dialectics was published under his own hand in 1966. His Aesthetic Theory was completed from fragments, but his moral theory was never formally started. Elaborating on the work contained in my work on emancipatory justice, I will focus on on the significance of Adorno’s thought towards the evolution of our conception of justice. This offers a deeper understanding of the uncompleted practical philosophical dimension of Adorno’s critical-normative epistemology

Wednesday July 19
12:00 to 3:00 pm - Group critique
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Richard Lehun
T. W. Adorno’s untimely death left two parts of an intended trilogy unfinished. The Negative Dialectics was published under his own hand in 1966. His Aesthetic Theory was completed from fragments, but his moral theory was never formally started. Elaborating on the work contained in my work on emancipatory justice, I will focus on on the significance of Adorno’s thought towards the evolution of our conception of justice. This offers a deeper understanding of the uncompleted practical philosophical dimension of Adorno’s critical-normative epistemology

8:30 to 10:30 pm- Miércoles de SOMA, Lecture by Richard Lehun

Thursday July 20
10:00 to 12:00 - Visit to the studio of: Enrique Jezik
1:00 to 7:00 pm - Individual critiques with: Mónica Amieva, Stamatina Gregory, Carla Herrera-Prats, Fabiola Iza, Enrique Jezik, Richard Lehun, María Elena Ortíz and Pablo Vargas-Lugo 

 

WEEK 04 — July 24 to July 27

Monday July 24
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Susana Vargas

Tuesday July 25
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Susana Vargas

Wednesday July 26
12:00 to 3:00 pm - Special Session with Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Susana Vargas
8:30 to 10:30 pm- Miércoles de SOMA, Lecture by Sara Nadal-Melsio

Thursday July 27
10:00 to 12:00 - Visit to the studio of: Joaquín Segura
1:00 to 7:00 pm - Individual critiques with: Tatiana Cuevas, Mariana David, Carla Herrera-Prats, Patrick Killoran, Alejandra Labastida, Sara Nadal-Melsio, Angel Nevarez, Valerie Tevere and Susana Vargas 

 

WEEK 05 — July 31 to August 04

Monday August 31
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Site-specific workshop with Eduardo Abaroa at Museo Nacional de Antropología e Historia
Off site will take place in non-academic locations around Mexico City. By getting to know our surroundings and their histori, we will reflect and discuss concepts related to site-specificity and the possibilities of art to comment on culutral, political, social and geographical situations.

Tuesday August 1st
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Site-specific workshop with Eduardo Abaroa at Tlatelolco

Wednesday August 02
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Site-specific workshop with Eduardo abaro at Archivo General de la Nación
8:30 - 10:30 pm - Miércoles de SOMA, lecture by Kymberly Pinder

Thursday August 03
1:00 to 7:00 pm - Individual critiques with: Ricardo Alzati, Daniel Garza Usabiaga, Carla Herrera-Prats, Mauricio Marcín and Kimberly Pinder

WEEK 06 — August 07 to August 10

Monday August 07
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Anthony Graves and Lauren Haaften-Schick

Tuesday August 08
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Anthony Graves and Lauren Haaften-Schick

Wednesday August 09
12:00 to 3:00 pm - Group critique  
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Anthony Graves and Lauren Haaften-Schick
8:30 to 10:30 pm- Miércoles de SOMA, Lecture by Lauren Haaften-Schick

Thursday August 10
10:00 to 12:00 - Visit to the studio of Camel Collective
1:00 to 7:00 pm - Individual critiques with: Eduardo Abaroa, Minerva Cuevas, Anthony Graves, Lauren Haaften-Schick, Nate Harrison, Carla Herrera-Prats, Víctor Palacios, Paola Santoscoy and Joaquín Segura

WEEK 07 — August 14 to August 17

Monday August 14
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Stefan Glander

Tuesday August 15
1:00 to 3:00 pm - Special session with Dorothée Dupuis
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Stefan Glander
 

Wednesday August 16
12:00 to 3:00 pm - Group critique  
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Stefan Glander
8:30 to 10:30 pm- Miércoles de SOMA, Lecture by Stefan Glander

Thursday August 17
10:00 to 12:00 - Visit to the studio of Tania Candiani
1:00 to 7:00 pm - Individual critiques with: Tania Candiani, Helena Chávez, Magnolia de la Garza, Dorothée Dupuis, Carla Herrera-Prats, Faye Hirsch, Graciela Kasep, Chip Lord, Pedro Ortíz Antoranz, Víctor Palacios and Mono Schwarz-Kogelnik

WEEK 08 — August 21 to August 24

Monday August 21
Preparation for closing session
Special session with Mono Schwarz-Kogelnik

Tuesday August 22
Preparation for closing session

Wednesday August 23
8:30 to 10:30 pm - Miércoles de SOMA, closing session 

Thursday August 24
12:00 to 3:00 pm - Reconsideration (final crit) with: with: Ricardo Alzati, Eduardo Abaroa, Nate Harrison, Carla Herrera-Prats, Yoshua Okón, Joaquín Segura and Lorena Wolffer

 

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