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In Uncategorized on June 10, 2010 at 1:42 am


Nina Katchadourian workshop at The Millay Colony for the Arts

In Opportunities & Deadlines on June 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

The Millay Colony for the Arts
454 East Hill Road
Austerlitz, NY 12017


June 30th – July 3rd
Family: Artmaking
with Nina Katchadourian

This subject is something that is often (un)comfortably close at hand, rich with potential, and complicated to work with. The workshop aims to take an objective view of the topic on one hand, by looking at the work of artists (Janine Antoni, Patty Chang, Richard Billingham, Sally Mann, Gillian Wearing and Neil Goldberg among others) who have taken it up from a variety of proximities, but also to delve into the deeply subjective. This presents challenges: how do you allow an unknown viewer access to a story you are so close to? How do you prevent the personal from becoming solipsistic and self-indulgent? Working with this subject can obviously be personal, but it can also be a way to explore broader subjects concerning genealogy, history and origin, and the question of what it means to “be related” to someone in the first place.

The workshop is not restricted to any one medium and a cross-disciplinary approach is welcomed. Although not required, participants are encouraged to bring family documents that hold particular allure from them as possible starting points to work from.

Nina Katchadourian works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, video and sound. Several times, she has worked with her family directly in collaboration (such as in “Accent Elimination,” where she and her parents worked with a professional voice coach to acquire each other’s accents) or other times by examining a family document in depth (“The Nightgown Pictures,” based on a photo-document made by her grandmother about Katchadourian’s mother). Other projects, such as “The Genealogy of the Supermarket,” looks at the way family is portrayed through the images of people that appear on common grocery store products. Katchadourian was born in Stanford, California and grew up spending every summer on a small island in the Finnish archipelago, where she still spends part of each year. She is based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally at places such as PS1/MoMA, Artists Space and SculptureCenter in New York, the Serpentine Gallery, London, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. In 2006 the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York exhibited a 10-year survey of her work and published an accompanying monograph entitled All Forms of Attraction. Katchadourian is represented by Sara Meltzer gallery in New York and Catharine Clark gallery in San Francisco. More information on Katchadourian’s work can be found at

The Oracle – Art that uses the airwaves

In Transmission Art News on June 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm

The Oracle – Art that uses the airwaves. By Shana Johnson.

The Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) dedicated Friday night to the opening of its new exhibition “Broadcast” — which employs radio and television for other forms of artistic expression.

The installations of “Broadcast” vary from flat-screen televisions showing documentary videos to nontraditional sculptures. Art and non-art majors alike can meander throughout the gallery and contemplate the exhibition’s meaning.

The multimedia art show surroundings of “Broadcast” promote visitor interaction.

The exhibition includes “WCBS Radio Caroline, The Voice of the New Free State of Caroline.” This work of art is a fully functional, legal pirate radio station — legal since it is located on USF’s property and its reach is limited to the campus.

Gregory Green, a USF art professor and the artist of “WCBS Radio Caroline,” said that his piece “challenges the power of established broadcasting channels by turning over content control to individuals.”

Visitors can become radio DJs on 99.1 FM and broadcast a free range of content.

“Anything goes,” Green said.

Anyone can sign up to broadcast. There is no fee to participate, and the only requirement is the ability to operate the turntable, tape decks and other equipment without damaging it.

Kelsey Smith, a senior majoring in international studies and a student of Green’s, took advantage of the interactive opportunity by hooking up her iPod to the piece of art.

She said playing her hip-hop music over the airwaves was empowering — and not something she would expect to do at an art museum.

Another interactive feature within “Broadcast” is “Guide by Cell,” a phone-activated tour narration voiced by Irene Hofmann, the exhibition’s curator and Baltimore Contemporary Museum’s executive director.

Visitors can call 813-282-1126 to listen to information on featured works and artists — using displays with corresponding prompt numbers.

“You’re able to walk through and listen at your leisure,” USF Institute for Research in Art associate director Alexa Favata said.

CAM has been using “Guide by Cell” for about two years on different exhibitions, and there is no charge aside from using cell phone minutes.

Don Fuller, CAM’s new media curator, said that exhibition pieces are chosen based on their relevance to students and social issues.

“It’s more than pretty pictures on a wall,” Fuller said.

“Broadcast” explores the theme of mass media’s power. Fuller said some of the featured artwork undermines the authority that television and radio have within society.

Nam June Paik, one of the first artists to use video camera material as art, challenges the authority of late-’60s presidential news conferences in “Video Tape Study No. 3.”

Siebren Versteeg’s piece “CC” mocks the self-importance of evening news broadcasts by using Internet chat room dialogue as closed-captioned text beneath a muted Anderson Cooper.

Versteeg and Green were both present at Friday’s opening to talk about their work.

“We embrace the fact that we can have access to living artists,” Favata said. “It is fine to read about art, but the opportunity to question an artist about what he or she does — and find out what motivates them and what issues are important to them — is an invaluable opportunity.”

Favata said that CAM hopes to increase its prominence on campus. She said she wants students other than art majors to be aware of the museum’s exhibitions and events.

“Many students do not even know where CAM is located,” Favata said.

Yet Favata also said that participating in the Week of Welcome, along with using sites like Facebook and Twitter, has proven successful in spreading the word across campus.

“Broadcast” is a traveling collection from Independent Curators International (iCI), who work with practicing artists all around the world.

It will be on display at CAM until Aug. 7, and the museum’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

CAM is located near the Marshall Student Center, between the Fine Arts and Dance buildings.

For more information on the exhibition, call CAM at 813-974-4133 or visit