News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, El Fin del Mundo, 2012, still from HD film.


Sullivan Galleries
September 21–December 21, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, September 20, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

News from Nowhere is both a stirring exhibition and an open platform for investigation of the world as it is today and as it could be imagined in the future. For this ongoing project Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho assembled a remarkable group of thinkers and practitioners to contribute to their research exploring the meaning, social function, and the role of the arts in contemporary times. Initially presented at Documenta (13) in Kassel, Germany in 2012, News from Nowhere continues to evolve with the Chicago Laboratory as its next, expanded iteration, which is also the first US presentation of this exceptional co-generative work. The exhibition includes two films by Moon and Jeon—El Fin del Mundo and Avyakta—as well as contributions by six of the artists' collaborators: architect Toyo Ito, fashion designers Kuho Jung and Kosuke Tsumura, mime Yu Jin Gyu, and design firms MVRDV and takram design engineering. As a laboratory, the exhibition will become a site of research and creative process, serving as a platform for lectures, workshops, performances, and other public programs that enable discourses to unfold.

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho
Interview with Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho


Learn about the student workshop "Extreme Ordinary: Redesigning and Redefining Vital Commodities"


For more information on this ongoing project from the artists' website, visit: newsfromnowhere.kr. A press release on the exhibition is also available in the SAIC press room.

Moon and Jeon's publication, News from Nowhere: A Platform for the Future and Introspection of the Present (Workroom Press: Seoul, 2012) is available for purchase.

A summary of the exhibition and the installation process was created by takram design engineering.

Exhibition spatial concept and design by takram design engineering, Kaz Yoneda, Architect, with artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho. Generous support for the artists has been provided by Hyundai Motor Company, LB Investment, and Nefs Co. Ltd., along with Asiana Airlines in cooperation with GALLERY HYUNDAI, Seoul. We would also like to thank the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, for their support of the exhibition.

Sponsored by Hyundai, LB Investment, Dream Kitchen Nefs, Asiana Airlines, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


Related programs featuring News from Nowhere collaborators
 

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, Avyakta, 2012, still from HD film. Courtesy of the artists and Gallery Hyundai, Seoul

Visiting Artists Program Lecture:
Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho

Monday, September 16, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

More information

 


Forbidden Planet, © Turner/MGM
Cloud Atlas, © Warner Bros.

Future Imperfect: Utopias on Film
Monday, September 23, October 8, & November 5, 4:15 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

More information

 


Photo: Naohiro Tsukada

SAIC Student Workshop:
"Extreme Ordinary: Redesigning and Redefining Vital Commodities"

September 30–October 1

Led by Tim Parsons (SAIC Designed Objects) and Kotaro Watanabe and Kaz Yoneda (takram design engineering)

SAIC students will design a product to be used by humans in a hundred years’ time, when survivors drift from one piece of land to another on a ship similar to Noah's ark in search of natural resources that could sustain their lives. Each student team will be assigned a specific product (watch, pen, ID card, book, bath, etc.), defining the meaning and purpose of each object, while reframing the values it might offer in the future. Registration for this event is closed.

Photo by Naohiro Tsukada.


Toyo Ito, Minna no Mori Gifu Media Cosmos, courtesy Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects

Public Forum: A Conversation on Beauty
Tuesday, October 15, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave.


Changing the world is about changing perception, creating a new awareness, and cultivating a different state of consciousness. Bringing together major international artists and architects, this forum will address the place of aesthetics in creating a positive, new future, illuminating how these practitioners understand beauty as a tool for designing the new world. The forum will feature: Toyo Ito, 2013 Pritzker Prize–winning architect; Yusaku Imamura, director of Tokyo Wonder Site; SAIC alumnus and artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (MFA 1989); and artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho.


Home-for-All in Rikuzentakata, courtesy Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects. 
Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama

Visiting Artists Program Lecture:
Toyo Ito

Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

More information

 


Workshop and Forum: "Towards Urban Commoning" with Yusaku Imamura
Wednesday, October 16, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

SAIC faculty Drea Howenstein, Departments of Art Education, Architecture, and Sculpture, together with GFRY Publi©ity Studio students, host a forum intended to generate new ideas for urban cultural commons, featuring architect and Tokyo Wonder Site director, Yusaku Imamura. Building upon Imamura's ideas of designing the process of a new society through "true dialogue" and what he calls "soft architecture," this forum investigates how artists and designers can design social structures that further new kinds of wisdom, which will sustain our collective existence. Imamura examines how embodied wisdom is transferred from one generation to the next through traditions such as storytelling, festivals, rituals, celebrations, and the making of beautiful objects. He will present precedents to inspire idea generation for social systems that will serve an evolving global world.

Advance registration is required. RSVP by October 11 to Alyssa Marie Larkin, alarkin@saic.edu

 


hexa by kuho, 2013 Spring/Summer Paris Collection. 
Photo: Shoji Fujii

Visiting Artists Program Lecture:
Kuho Jung

Monday, October 28, 6:00 p.m.
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

More information

 


Moon Kyungwon & Jeon Joonho, still from El Fin del Mundo, 2012. Costume by Kuho Jung.

SAIC Student Workshop:
"If As Now Known: Exploring Mode of Dress of the Future"

Tuesday, October 29

Led by Katrin Schnabl (SAIC Fashion Design) and Kuho Jung

Korean fashion designer Kuho Jung will collaborate with students in SAIC’s Fashion Design Department to embark upon various projects to envision survival and comfort in the places we might occupy in decades to come. Registration for this event is closed.


Think Tank: "Chicago Publi©ity Lab: Exploring Collaborative City Making and Local Policy"
Saturday, November 16, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
SAIC Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

This think-tank is intended to take stock of how Chicagoans are imagining change. Our increasingly interrelational, co-dependent world requires new forms of co-evolution. The thinkers, designers, and makers participating in this session will speculate on the future of this city as they bring forward ideas ranging from infrastructure and architecture to the natural landscape and social institutions. Coordinated by the SAIC GFRY Publi©ity Studio, presenters at the event include local thinkers that frame key issues in ecological and social resilience and capacity building.

Advance registration is required. RSVP by November 9 to Alyssa Marie Larkin, alarkin@saic.edu

 


New Blood VII

Links Hall
Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2013

New Blood is the annual festival of student performance, live art, and time-based work at SAIC.  

In its seventh year, SAIC graduate and undergraduate students host a festival of recent works that engage hybrid dialogues of theater, movement, and the visual arts, and collectively present a vision of the next wave of performance art. Coordinated by SAIC students Amelia Charter (MFA 2014), Kevin Sparrow (MFAW 2014), and alumna Sabri Reed (MFA 2013). Reservations to attend New Blood VII are strongly encouraged. For more information, visit linkshall.org.


Discourse Event on Material and Time

Friday, November 22, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave.

Performance Lectures and Reception featuring Kirsten Leenaars, WEI Hsinyen, Odunlami Abbéy, and Jessica Anne & Brenda Arellano & Kurt Chiang & Lily Mooney of the Neo-Futurists.


Performance Festival

Saturday, November 23, 11:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m
Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave.

All-day Performances and Installations by:
Lindsey Barlag-Thornton and Bow-Ty

Part 1: TASTE—11:30 a.m.
featuring works by Jake Vogds, Keijaun R. Thomas and McKenzie Thompson & Jason Guo

Part 2: HEAR—12:30 p.m.
featuring works by Natalia Nicholson, Murat Adash, Keven Kalay & Troy Schafer, Devin DiSanto and Stephen Kwok

Part 3: SEE—2:30 p.m.
featuring works by Olive Stefanski, Guy Eytan, Caleb Yono & Lindsay Denniberg and Kevinique Montgomery

Part 4: BE—3:45 p.m.
featuring works by Michal Samama, Joshua Hoglund and Fabienne Zuijdwijk

New Blood VII is presented by the SAIC Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies in collaboration with the SAIC Department of Performance and Links Hall.

For questions, please contact New Blood Graduate Coordinators Amelia Charter, achart@saic.edu, or Kevin Sparrow, ksparr@saic.edu

 


Fall 2013 Undergraduate Exhibition

Sullivan Galleries
November 2–16, 2013
Reception: Friday, November 1, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

More than 90 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees this fall exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition.

 


Future Imperfect: Utopias on Film

Forbidden Planet, © Turner/MGM
Cloud Atlas, © Warner Bros.

Sullivan Galleries
September 23, October 8, & November 5, 2013, 4:15 p.m.

This series of film screenings and discussions explores the portrayal of utopias in narrative cinema. From Forbidden Planet to Metropolis and Cloud Atlas, the program will consider the relationship between emergent technologies and human creativity, seeking to stimulate inquiry into the role of art and the artist in utopian dreaming. Curated by SAIC faculty Pamela Barrie, Department of Liberal Arts, and Soojin Lee, Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Presented with the support of the Department of Liberal Arts.

Screening schedule:

Forbidden Planet
Monday, September 23, 4:15–7:30 p.m.
Introduced by Jim Trainor, Film, Video and New Media

Metropolis
Tuesday, October 8, 4:15–7:30 p.m.
Introduced by James Hugunin, Art History, Theory and Criticism

Cloud Atlas,
Tuesday, November 5, 4:15–7:30 p.m.
Introduced by Sarita Heer, Art History, Theory and Criticism

 


Rooting: Regional Networks, Global Concerns

Photo: Kevin Kaempf

Sullivan Galleries
August 13–October 12, 2013
Closing reception: Friday, October 11, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Creative responses to the extreme environmental, social, and economic changes facing our communities are urgently needed today. The artists in Rooting take up this challenge, addressing issues of soil health, water conservation, food production and distribution, and building sustainable communities.

The works in the exhibition include projects that attempt to untangle the complexity of the food industry and government policy. Others employ material explorations of charged environmental sites and eco-systems, and present documentation of metaphoric and symbolic actions that reimagine our future. Collectively, the projects included in Rooting present a bounty of responses to current pressing environmental and social challenges.

This exhibition features work by: Compass, Francesca Dana, Marianne Fairbanks, Amber Ginsburg, Ryan Griffis, Fritz Haeg, Megan Isaacs, Nance Klehm, Liana Li, Kerry James Marshall, Bill McGuinness, Claire Pentecost, Sarah Ross, Akshay Raj Singh Rathore, The Small Science Collective, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Fereshteh Toosi, and Andrew Yang. Curated by SAIC Faculty Kevin Kaempf, Department of Sculpture, and Deborah Boardman, Departments of Arts Administration and Painting and Drawing with Graduate Curatorial Assistant Catalina Acosta-Carrizosa (Dual MA 2015).

The exhibition is held in tandem with the greater Rooting initiative, which fosters ties between New Delhi and Chicago and the cities' mutual desire to grow, distribute, and eat sustainably. A symposium focusing on emerging programs and projects by artists, cultural workers, radical chefs, and rural and urban farmers will be held October 11–13 at multiple city venues including the Chicago Cultural Center. For more information, visit rootingchicago.org and the SAIC student blog rootingourfood.wordpress.com.


Exhibition tours

Reserve your spot for a tour of the Rooting exhibition led by the curators and SAIC students! Classes are encouraged to attend.

Available dates and times:

Please contact Kevin Kaempf at kkaemp@saic.edu at least one week prior to secure your reservation.


Heritage Seeds and City Farming:
Linking the Rural and the Urban in India, an Artist's Perspective

Keynote presentation by Akshay Raj Singh Rathore

Friday, October 11, 4:15 p.m.
The Leroy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., first floor

This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Rooting closing reception.

 


Alive! Commodity, Zombie, Avatar, Fetish

Ginger Krebs, Untitled, 2013, screen print on paper

Sullivan Galleries
August 13–October 12, 2013
Closing reception: Friday, October 11, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

How are bodies made to perform in economic, social, ritual, and theatrical contexts? This exhibition considers our tendency to both ascribe consciousness to objects and to treat living beings as things. The works are inspired by phenomena as varied and interrelated as the displacement of social relations onto commodities, the incarnation of avatars, and the excessive life force that animates the undead. How might these practices of enchantment and objectification affect our sense of personal power and implicate us in larger political, economic, and ideological interests? Curated by SAIC Adjunct Assistant Professor Ginger Krebs, this exhibition will evolve over the course of seven weeks with new installations, actions and reactions, culminating in an evening of performances on Friday, October 11.

 


Culture in Action: Public Art in Chicago Twenty Years Later
A Public Symposium

Never the Same archives

University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 1:00–4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Culture in Action, the seminal public art exhibition curated by Mary Jane Jacob as part of Sculpture Chicago in 1993, this symposium brings together past participants and artists working today to discuss its impact on the current field of community-based public art, particularly in Chicago. Culture in Action facilitated challenging frameworks for artists working within communities to create public art, while today's artists face similar issues in a radically changed political, social, and economic climate. Together participants and attendees will discuss what we have learned and what we have yet to learn.

1:00–2:30 p.m.: A conversation on "Twenty years later" between artist Daniel Joseph Martinez and arts writer Michael Brenson
3:00–4:30 p.m.: "Where to Now?" with Chicago artists and organizers Sarah Ross, Nicole Marroquin, Andres Hernandez, and Carla Mayer moderated by Abigail Satinsky, Associate Director, three walls.

The event will close with thoughts by artist A. Laurie Palmer, followed by a reception from 5:00–7:00 p.m. at the Never the Same exhibition in The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at Midway Studios 929 E. 60th St.

This event is organized by threewalls and co-sponsored by Never the Same, Afterall, Open Practice Committee, Smart Museum of Art, Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, and SAIC's Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.

For more information on the symposium, visit threewalls: Culture in Action.

For more information on the Never the Same exhibition, visit never-the-same.org/exhibitions.

 


Post-Baccalaureate Studio Exhibition

Sullivan Galleries
June 8–July 5, 2013
Reception: Monday, June 10, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Celebrating the work of 15 artists completing the Post-Baccalaureate Studio Certificate at SAIC, this exhibition highlights the myriad forms and experimentation of the SAIC student body.

 


SET OFF: 2013 Graduate Design Exhibition

Sullivan Galleries
June 8–July 5, 2013
Panel Discussion: Monday, June 10, 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Reception: Monday, June 10, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

The result of an in-depth development process that began in April, SET OFF features the work of emerging designers from four graduate design programs at SAIC. Curated and designed by SAIC faculty member and architect Odile Compagnon and independent designer and SAIC alumna Lynn Lim (MDes 2010), the exhibition explores design off the beaten path, including projects that measure overlooked or assumed practices, urban spaces, and morphologies. Participating artists are students recently completing Master of Design in Designed Objects; Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment; Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture; and Master of Architecture.

Learn more

 


Graduate and Undergraduate Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival

Gene Siskel Film Center
May 8–10, 2013, 4:30–10:00 p.m.

Encounter the next generation of film, video, and new media artists as SAIC students present their thesis projects in this festival of innovative live-action shorts, animation, feature-length narrative and nonfiction works, and experimental digital and audio pieces. 

FVNMA Festival Program 2013 [PDF]

 


IMPACT Graduate Performance Festival

Test Site by Autumn Hays. Photo: M. Ryan Noble

Performance Space, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
April 27–28, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Graduate students completing their degrees in Performance at SAIC present their thesis works, which cross the borders of theater, movement, and the visual arts and collectively present a vision of the next wave of performance art.

 


ARTBASH 2013: Contemporary Practices Exhibition

The LeRoy Neiman Center
April 13–26, 2013
Reception: Friday, April 12, 4:00–7:00 p.m. with performances from 6:00–7:00 p.m.

In this end-of-year exhibition, first-year students from the Department of Contemporary Practices have the opportunity to propose and create site-specific work to be presented in and around SAIC's LeRoy Neiman Center.

 


Undergraduate Performance Festival

Performance Space, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Undergraduate students completing their degrees in Performance at SAIC present their thesis work in these not-to-be-missed programs that blur the boundaries between theater, movement, and the visual arts.

 


Graduate Exhibition

Sullivan Galleries
April 12–May 17, 2013
Reception: Friday, April 12, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

A must-see presentation of the next generation of artists and designers, this exhibition features work by more than 130 students completing their MFA degrees at SAIC. With the help of SAIC’s graduate curatorial fellows, guest curators Lisa Dorin, Duncan MacKenzie, and Encarnación M. Teruel transform the galleries into a series of visual encounters and unconventional experiences.

 


Undergraduate Exhibition

Sullivan Galleries
March 2–20, 2013
Reception: Friday, March 1, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

More than 280 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees this spring exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging received assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition.

 


ArtWork6

Sullivan Galleries
January 19–February 1, 2013
Opening reception: Friday, January 18, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

This exhibition showcases the talent and promotes the creativity of all S/AIC staff and faculty members.

 


Frozen IN>TENSITIES

Vlatka Horvat, Ground Coil

Sullivan Galleries
January 14–February 1, 2013

During this winter residency at the Sullivan Galleries, several international guest artists create collaborative performance projects with current SAIC students. Through museological explorations, temporary installations, live negotiations, prompts and experiments in body movement, Frozen IN>TENSITIES explores public presence and the role of the performative archive.


Special guest performances, free and open to the SAIC community:

Kira O'Reilly (United Kingdom)
Saturday, January 12, 2 pm
SAIC Performance Space, room 012
280 S. Columbus Drive

Kira O'Reilly is a UK based artist; her practice, both wilfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, stems from a visual art background; it employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around The Body.

Moderated by Robin Deacon


Vlatka Horvat (Croatia / United States)

Saturday, January 19, 2 pm
Sullivan Galleries
33 S. State Street, 7th floor

Vlatka Horvat, born in Cakovec, Croatia, is an artist working across sculpture, performance, drawing, and photography. Recent solo exhibitions include Boston University Art Gallery, Rachel Uffner Gallery (New York), Zak|Branicka Gallery (Berlin), Bergen Kunsthall, annex14 (Bern) and the Kitchen (New York).

Moderated by Lisa Vinebaum

 

Artist Talk: Vlatka Horvat

Vlatka Horvat

Flex Space, Sullivan Galleries
Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 4:30–5:30p.m.

Vlatka Horvat (born in ?akovec, Croatia;) is an artist working across sculpture, performance, drawing, and photography. Recent solo exhibitions include Boston University Art Gallery, Rachel Uffner Gallery (New York), Zak|Branicka Gallery (Berlin), Bergen Kunsthall, annex14 (Bern) and the Kitchen (New York). Recent commissioned projects include the 53rd October Salon (Belgrade), Stroom (the Hague), artissima 18 (Torino), "Greater New York" at MoMA PS1 (New York), Aichi Triennale (Nagoya, a collaboration with Tim Etchells), Galerija Skuc (Ljubljana) and  the 11th Istanbul Biennale. Vlatka is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation visual art award (New York, 2010). Her work is represented by Zak| Branicka Gallery (Berlin), Rachel Uffner Gallery (New York), and annex14 (Bern). She lives in London and New York.

Co-Sponsored by Departments of Performance, Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies, Art History, Sculpture, Arts Administration and Policy, Fiber and Material Studies

Vlatka Horvat is participating in the  IN>TIME performance art festival. For more info go to in-time-performance.org.