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On view March 18 - May 20, 2016
Meet Abdullah Qamer, The Sculpture Center's Creative Fusion foreign artist-in-residence
Information about Abdullah Qamer Creative Fusion Spring 2016
Abdullah Qamer Bio:
I believe in art activism as well, in the positive impact of using visual art for community intervention. Apart from my studio practice I am a founding member of the Dhaaba Art Movement in Pakistan; we are a group of young artists using art as a medium of social awareness and therapy. We initiated street exhibitions and theatre activities in politically volatile areas of the city in periods when the security issues made our efforts risky. The intention was to create an alternative narrative from the violence and the hatred that was predominant. Under the banner of the Dhaaba Art Movement I have initiated art therapy workshops for street kids, street literary society, street discussion groups etc. I remain as the President of the organization"
Abdullah Qamer is The Sculpture Center's hosted foreign artist-in-residence, participating with five other artists in the spring 2016 Creative Fusion program, generously sponsored by the Cleveland Foundation. Abdullah is with us from March 1 - May 31, 2016. Please contact The Sculpture Center if you would like to invite Abdullah for a studio visit or to talk about his social practice with the very successful Dhaaba Art Movement, of which he is the founder and current president. Read an excellent article about the Dhaaba Art Movement here.
Read more about all the spring 2016 Creative Fusion artists in the CAN Journal Spring 2016 issue here.
OPENING FRIDAY JANUARY 15 @ 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Opening November 13 @ 6-9 pm
SculptureX Symposium 2015: Value Added, Friday October 9-Saturday, October 10 at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Sheila Pepe is this year's keynote speaker. Pepe is best known for her large-scale, ephemeral installations and sculpture made from domestic and industrial materials. She has exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad in solo and group exhibitions as well as collaborative projects. Pepe is also know as an educator who likes to trespass the boundaries of fixed disciplines in art and design. She has taught since 1995-for many years as adjunct faculty in a variety of programs and schools including Brandeis University, Bard College, RISD, VCU, and Williams College-until 2005 when she took a full-time position at Pratt Institutes as the assistant chair of fine arts. Her own artistic development was a mix of academic training and non-degree granting residencies: BFA, Massachusetts College of Art, 1983; Haystack School, 1984; Skowhegan School, 1994; MFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1995; and Radcliffe Institute, 1998-99. Pepe was a resident faculty member at Skowhegan School, 2013. She is now on the faculties of Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design.
May 13 - 17 Frieze Art Fair New York
Emotions Control Unit
The project is the latest continuation of the Control Units series of works. It is trying to negotiate nostalgia for the simple machine designed to resemble early radio receivers with typically human emotions. Based on the custom built wooden enclosure, equipped with distance and touch sensors and the microphone it uses, an especially created program reacts to behavior of the viewers in the gallery, showing its emotions on sets of meters. Viewers can switch on and off sets of sensors responsible for three dimensional seeing, touch, and hearing, changing the machine's behavior and fine tuning the particular "emotions".
The project is a simulation of the basic emotion model. This model holds that words such as "anger", "sadness", "fear" etc. describe a unique mechanism, which is triggered by discrete mental states, leading to unique, measurable outcomes. In this view exists a limited number of biologically determined basic emotional processes, which considering specific form, function and a cause, are different from mental processes like cognition or perception.
What is interesting is that, despite its superficial simplicity, the work causes extremely emotional reactions, it's treated as if it would have free will and subjectively experience emotions itself or as if it would act intentionally. The viewers accept with no hesitation the reality of electronically created emotions. Most of the viewers are convinced that the object presents specific reactions to each of them. Using technology while simulating phenomena remaining beyond our current technical possibilities was sufficient to present one of the most basic contemporary paradoxes - treating creations of human technology in a personalized way.
Le Guern Gallery
Frieze Art Fair New York
May 14-17, 2015
Sat May 16 @ 11 AM - 4 PM in the Sculpture Center's Euclid Avenue Gallery
Tuesday, May 19 @ 7:30 to 10 PM, ArtCraft Building, 2550 Superior Avenue Building
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