Program 2017

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Week 7
Week 8
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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
5:00 to 7:00 pm: Screening of El General by Natalia Almada
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, Esteban King, Amy Sara Carroll, Joaquín Segura, Lorena Wolffer and Felipe Zúñiga

 

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 with Carla Herrera Prats and Nina Höchtl
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 - Seminar with: Sam Durant
1:00 to 7:00 pm - Individual critiques with: Magalí Arriola, Irving Domínguez, Sam Durant, Carla Herrera-Prats, Nina Höchtl, Packard Jennings, 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
Emancipatory Justice and Adorno: 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
Emancipatory Justice and Adorno: 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 - Special Session with Patrick Killoran
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Richard Lehun
Emancipatory Justice and Adorno: 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: Joaquín Segura
1:00 to 7:00 pm - Individual critiques with: Mónica Amieva, Stamatina Gregory, Carla Herrera-Prats, Fabiola Iza, Enrique Jezik, Richard Lehun and Pablo Vargas-Lugo 

 

WEEK 04 — July 24 to July 27

Monday July 24
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Susana Vargas
The queer body in contemporary art: Queer as a performative speech act within the Anglo-Saxon academy and activism, has been transnationalized to a Latin American context occupying important spaces within contemporary art, activism and academia. On the other hand, the body was absent as a reference of European discourses and American modernism before social and identity movements. This seminar proposes a key review of the queer/cuir body and peripheral sexualities in contemporary art from the 1960s in both cultural contexts, Latin America and Anglo-America (as long as theories and artists allow it).
 

Tuesday July 25
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Susana Vargas
The queer body in contemporary art: Queer as a performative speech act within the Anglo-Saxon academy and activism, has been transnationalized to a Latin American context occupying important spaces within contemporary art, activism and academia. On the other hand, the body was absent as a reference of European discourses and American modernism before social and identity movements. This seminar proposes a key review of the queer/cuir body and peripheral sexualities in contemporary art from the 1960s in both cultural contexts, Latin America and Anglo-America (as long as theories and artists allow it).

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
The queer body in contemporary art: Queer as a performative speech act within the Anglo-Saxon academy and activism, has been transnationalized to a Latin American context occupying important spaces within contemporary art, activism and academia. On the other hand, the body was absent as a reference of European discourses and American modernism before social and identity movements. This seminar proposes a key review of the queer/cuir body and peripheral sexualities in contemporary art from the 1960s in both cultural contexts, Latin America and Anglo-America (as long as theories and artists allow it).
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: Enrique Jezik 
1:00 to 7:00 pm - Individual critiques with: Eduardo Abaroa, Tatiana Cuevas, Mariana David, Nate Harrison, Carla Herrera-Prats, Edgar Hernández, Patrick Killoran, Alejandra Labastida, Sara Nadal-Melsio, Angel Nevarez, Valerie Tevere, Joaquín Segura, Susana Vargas, Lorena Wolffer and Felipe Zúñiga

 

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, Mauricio Marcín, Yoshua Okón 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
Authority: In his infamous inquiry into “What is an author?” (1969) Michel Foucault defined the “author function” as linked to the “juridical and institutional system that encompasses, determines, and articulates the universe of discourses.” In this conception, the author’s name and signature circulates not with the purpose of promoting the free spread of ideas and texts, but rather, is symptomatic of a total system of assignation, which is capable of rendering the author visible within (and therefore vulnerable to) a juridical and institutional system. In this notion, the historical and cultural construction of the “author” operates to engender that subject’s subsumption under a system of power relations; a system self-validated or upheld by the specter of legal and institutional authority.   But might the tools and techniques of the juridical and the institutional be re-scripted towards unanticipated, even emancipatory ends, thereby performing a reversal of the “author function” and the systems of control it enacts? This seminar will consider the foundations of authority in its material supports—exemplified in the language of the document—and the artistic re-authoring of legal and institutional forms. We will proceed from Foucault’s critical framing of the author function, J.L. Austin's speech-act theory, and criticisms by Derrida, and will expand to artists’ writings and “documents” in order to consider just how and where sites and positions of authority may (or may not) be claimed.

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: Minerva Cuevas, Anthony Graves, Lauren Haaften-Schick, Carla Herrera-Prats, Víctor Palacios and Paola Santoscoy 

WEEK 07 — August 14 to August 17

Monday August 14
4:00 to 7:00 pm - Seminar with Stefan Glander
Walter Benjamin's critique of cultural conservatism in the political left: Starting from Walter Benjamin's critique of the simple faith in “progress” —which comes from the bourgeois revoluctions, but was copied ingenously by most anticapitalist philosophers and politicians— we will direct our atention to Benjamin's most missunderstood text on the artwork in times of its mechanical reproduction. Instead of beiing a critique of the destruction of the artwork's aura, of the masification of art and the dissapearing of the genius, as often said in secondary literature, Benjamin's contribution functions as a critique of that critique. As Marx tries to understand the dialicts of the mechanical production in general, Benjamin wants to analyse the dialectics of the mechanical reproduction of the artwork, as being destructive and at the same time the base of an aesthetic liberation.
 

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, Edgar Hernández, 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, Lorena Wolffer and Felipe Zúñiga 

 

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