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With his chaotic kinetic installations, Jon Kessler critiques our image-obsessed, surveillance-dominated world. His machines are at once complex and lumbering, combining mechanical know-how with kitschy materials and images. Structurally complex and narratively engaging, Jon Kessler’s multimedia sculptures often deliver an emotional punch beyond their humble means.
Join us for a free virtual lecture with the Oakland-based artist Sadie Barnette, whose drawings, photography, and large-scale installations speak to the intersection of familial, cultural, and political history. This lecture is a part of an ongoing series of programs related to the Zimmerli Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition Angela Davis — Seize the Time, opening in September 2021. Q+A with the artist to follow.
Shannon Mattern is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The New School in New York. For 14.5 years, she served as a faculty member in The New School’s School of Media Studies. Her writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces; media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and exhibition.
Cindy Ji Hye Kim utilizes a rich grayscale vocabulary in iconic representations of the body under duress. Synthesizing influences as disparate as early animation, construction scaffolding, pests and flora, medieval torture devices, and Korean folk arts, Kim’s depictions of the contorted human form speak to the limits not only of the body but also of the sayable.
Haruna Lee (they/them) is a Taiwanese/Japanese/American theater maker, educator and community steward whose work is rooted in a liberation-based healing practice. They are committed to promoting arts activism and emergent strategies for the theater through ethical and process-based collaborations that challenge systems and legacies of power, while inviting the fullness of marginalized bodies and the complexity of lived experience to their practice
MFA dance students Kimberlee Gerstheimer and Amber Hongsermeier present the culmination of their studies at Mason Gross for a special performance. Kimberlee Gerstheimer presents “The Silence Before the Sound,” which explores the connection between somatic…
Dr. Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an artist and biohacker who is interested in art as research and technological critique. Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places.
Virtual presentation of dance films featuring original choreography by award-winning guest and faculty artists: Guest artist Abby Zbikowski, in collaboration with filmmaker Charles Haine Guest artist Ananya Chatterjea, in collaboration with filmmaker Darren Johnson Guest…