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Week 2: Exhibitions and Performance Art

Resources
Art Activism Resource

Exhibitions
Design for the Other 90% Exhibit (Video)
Design for the Other 90% Website

Performance Art and Body Art
History of Performance Art

Bill Shannon -Performance Artist
(Video) PopTech 2007 Alternate Video
3rdi Online Exhibit

(Related: Artist Forced to Remove Headcam)

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Guest Speaker: Marsha De Salvatore (Feb. 17, 2015) 12:30PM Auriana Auditorium

711679_10151412310326210_1471165067_n Marsha is from Ohio. If you don’t where that is, don’t worry, you are not alone. To make things even more interesting, her parents are both from Calabria. This combination has led to her zaniness. She came to Italy in 2000 to find herself and somehow is still searching. In the meantime, while she has been paying off her fashion debt as an English teacher, she stumbled into acting. She has worked the stage in Italian and for the past 6 years she has been a part of Gaby Ford’s English Theater of Rome. She finally got it together and brought her crazy life experiences to the stage. As a wise friend once told her (Matthew Reynolds), if you want to perform it, then create it! Thus, Rome’s Comedy Club was born!
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The Lorax (Caely Rose Hibbits)

Lorax_teaser_posterThe Lorax, written by Dr. Seuss, was published in 1971.  In 2012, Universal Studios and Illumination Entertainment released a movie/musical based on the book.  Both the book and the movie are about a boy living Thneedville, where everything is manufactured.  Even air is sold. Things that seem unimaginable to people are reality.  Paying for air or never having seen a tree that is real, has become the truth.  Just as years ago people thought paying for water in a plastic bottle was absurd, it is now a fact of life.  This movie show the effects that being greedy can have on nature.  Both through the current example of a man selling air and an example from the past about a man cutting down all of the trees.

This fictional tale uses a sarcastic tone to get the point across.  It also uses hyperbole and personification.  I thought that the colors and animation was done wonderfully in the film and that the images appeal to a younger audience. Hopefully this format will get the message across and teach them to love their surroundings, that nature isn’t something that doesn’t need to be cared for, and that money isn’t everything.

Most films that are socially conscious, are not well funded because they can easily cause controversy.  This film on the other hand, was funded by Universal Studios and was pretty much a shoe-in for a large audience.  The film brought in over 346 million dollars just from the box office, even though critics claim that much of the meaning was lost in the “Hollywood feature style,” which I agree with.  But, if this is what it takes for millions of people to watch a movie about playing ones part in saving the environment, I’m all for it.

While some of the original message may be lost, I think that kids will respond to The Lorax, if only for a short amount of time.  Whether it be planting a tree, or a garden, or even being nice to animals or other classmates something will happen. As for the older audience that saw the movie I think the last line will really effect them  “unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not!”

The movie was available in theaters, digital purchase, dvd or bluray, as well a video game for iOS or Android Devices.  For more information one can look at the Lorax’s website: http://www.theloraxmovie.com/index.php

 

The Couple in the Cage: A Guatinaui Odyssey-Performance

In the early 90’s a Latino performance artist and a Latina video maker grouped together to create a satirical performance of culture stereotypes. The performance involved Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gómez -Peña dressing up as Amerindians and being caged for display in various places such as Plazas and museums.

 
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Guest Speaker: Eduardo Navas -Artist, Curator, Editor

Eduardo Navas researches the crossover of art, culture, and media. His production includes art & media projects, critical texts, and curatorial projects. He has presented and lectured about his work and research in various places throughout the Americas and Europe.

Navas collaborates with artists and institutions in various countries to organize events and develop new forms of publication. He has been a juror for Turbulence.org (Boston) in 2004, Rhizome.org (NYC) in 2006-07, as well as Creative Capital (NYC) in 2008. He is founder and was contributing editor of Net Art Review (2003-05), and is co-founder of newmediaFIX (2005 to present). Navas was gallery Coordinator at CALIT2, UC San Diego in 2008.

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