ISCP Talk
December 12, 2017, 6:30–8pm

Ethics, Documentary, and the Internet: Paolo Cirio in conversation with Julia Powles

This conversation between Paolo Cirio and Julia Powles for the exhibition Concrete Truth: Art and the Documentary will explore how free speech can be reconciled with the right to a dignified image of vulnerable individuals, both on the internet and in the field of art. Cirio’s project Obscurity, featured in Concrete Truth, will act as a case study to discuss what the artist calls “the ethics of representation as well as the aesthetics of ethics.” Obscurity obfuscates over ten million internet mugshots and criminal records for the “Right to Be Forgotten Law” being proposed in the United States.

Paolo Cirio engages with legal, economic, and semiotic systems of the information society. His works investigate social fields impacted by the internet, such as privacy, copyright, democracy, and finance. In 2017, Cirio’s artworks have been presented and exhibited in art institutions including MIT Museum, Boston; Tate Modern, London; C/O Berlin; Museum für Fotografie, Berlin; Münchner Stadtmuseum; Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art of Luxembourg; and Haifa Museum of Art. He has won a number of awards, including the Golden Nica first prize at Ars Electronica in Linz and the Transmediale second prize in Berlin.

Dr. Julia Powles is a research fellow at New York University School of Law and Cornell Tech, where she works on the law and politics of technology. Prior to coming to New York, Powles was a postdoctoral fellow in law and computer science at the University of Cambridge, a policy fellow and contributing editor at The Guardian newspaper, and speechwriter for the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization. She has worked as a lawyer, scientific researcher, and clerked in the Federal Court of Australia and Commonwealth Administrative Appeal Tribunal, working on technology, intellectual property, and national security cases.

This program is supported, in part, by Greenwich Collection, Ltd., National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Council District 34; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

6:30–8pm

Participating Residents

ISCP Talk
December 9, 2017, 1–7pm

Beyond Binaries: Towards New Constructs of Personhood and Gender

The Beyond Binaries symposium approaches the challenge of deconstructing two central binaries of Western culture: binary gender and the human-animal divide. How are the cultural constructs of gender and humanity/animality manifested and reified in science and law? How are these constructs intertwined with struggles to dismantle current day racism and cisheterosexism—bias that reinforces gender-normativity—and how can we form new ways of understanding? These questions are addressed from the vantage points of visual art, theory, and activism, by four speakers.

The first session of the symposium’s three-hour seminar will focus on politics of gender through the practices of new media artist Ryan Hammond and political theorist Heath Fogg Davis. The second session will address the notion of humanity and animality through presentations by artist Terike Haapoja and researcher and author Syl Ko.

The seminar will be followed by a workshop led by Ryan Hammond, in which participants will perform genetic modification of plants to introduce genes for human steroid hormone production as part of their ongoing project, Open Source Gendercodes. The workshop will be accompanied by music, drinks and snacks. It is free and open to the public.

This event is organized by Terike Haapoja and Ryan Hammond and co-produced by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and ISCP.

Speaker’s biographies

Ryan Hammond is a new media artist living and working in Baltimore. Their work explores the myth of scientific objectivity by focusing on the often-unseen interplay between scientific advancement and cultural production, technological progress and desire. They will present research into the historical development of hormone production technologies, and their entanglements with efforts to eliminate queer, gender non-conforming, non-reproductive behaviors—as well as increase heterosexual prowess and enable lifelong performance of sanctioned masculinities and femininities.

Heath Fogg Davis is the author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter (NYU Press, 2017), a book that offers practical guidance to individuals and organizations on how to develop trans-inclusive policies that are institutionally smart. He is a professor at Temple University, where he teaches and conducts research on antidiscrimination law and policy. He also consults with businesses, schools, healthcare providers, and non-profits on trans-inclusion.

Syl Ko is an independent researcher based in Portland, Maine and is one-half of the vegan activist duo Aphro-ism. Along with her sister Aph Ko she co-authored Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism and Black Veganism. Ko studied philosophy at San Francisco State University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her work focuses on the co-presence of marginalized human populations, nonhuman animals and sentient landscapes in racial oppression.

Terike Haapoja is a visual artist based in New York. Haapoja’s large-scale installation work, writing and political projects investigate the mechanics of othering with a specific focus on issues arising from the anthropocentric world view of western modernism. The Museum of Nonhumanity, a recent ongoing project in collaboration with Laura Gustafsson examines the way the human / animal boundary and dehumanization has been used to justify abuse.

The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York operates in the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture, creating dialogue between Finnish and American professionals and audiences. FCINY and ISCP have an ongoing partnership with the Alfred Kordelin Foundation that enables residencies at ISCP for Finnish or Finland-based artists.

This program is supported, in part, by Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, The Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, New York City Council District 34, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

1–7pm

Participating Residents

Exhibition
December 5, 2017–February 16, 2018

Re-Re-positioning the Present

Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 5, 6–8pm

Re-Re-positioning the Present is an exhibition curated by ISCP alumna Hsiang-Ning Huang in ISCP’s Project Space, featuring work by the contemporary Taiwanese artist known as “Shake.” The exhibition aims to address the complex political reality of Taiwan, historically located on the boundaries of different empires.

During a half century of Japanese colonization from 1895-1945, Taiwan served as a base for Japan, and place to maneuver to the south. After the end of World War II, the exiled government from China took over Taiwan. During the Cold War, Taiwan became part of the frontier for the US to fend off Communist powers. As neoliberalism has arisen, the empire assumes yet another new face.

Shake’s work draws from a variety of sources such as historical archives, poetry and personal memoirs, and tries to reach identity, territorial, cultural and institutional issues. Re-Re-positioning the Present features a series of video installations collected under the title The Subduction Zone, where Shake employs unique Taiwanese topography as a metaphor to represent the island’s geopolitical history and present condition, using a mesmerizing depiction of tectonic plates, as well as archives, poems, and military songs sung in schools. In An Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier, the main materials will be archives and personal writings from the post-WWII period to the Cold War period. The project aims to represent the conflicts and ruptures that occurred during the process of redefining the imperial boundaries. In addition to presenting a comprehensive picture of the historical and legal context with the archives, it also examines life experiences on the island of Taiwan through personal writings as well as how these experiences have formed and changed being contained and excluded by the Empire.

Cinematic writing (écriture cinématographique), is the initial creative approach that inspired Shake’s work. Her creation tries to address mythic, identity, territorial, cultural and institutional issues. Therefore, in her work, she often mixes heterogeneous elements, or adopts a kind of translated context, and responds to or reroutes the rigid system or the value and cognition of cultural symbols which have been shaped by history, society, mass media and individuals. Meanwhile, so as to resist rigid film language, in addition to filming as the only manner, she also tries to work with other mediums and expressive formats to expand beyond institutional film methods of representation.

Hsiang-Ning Huang (born 1982, Taipei) is a curator and a member of tamtamART Taipei, and currently works at MoCA Taipei. Her recent curatorial projects include Rosa’s Wound, MoCA Taipei, 2017; The Moment that Comes is about to Go, MoCA Taipei, 2016; Invading Heterotopia, a two-night projection in a historical area facing the crisis of urban renovation; and It’s not a REAL film, 2014. Huang’s work focuses on the intersection of aesthetics and politics in contemporary art; in other words, the engagement of art in the political realm, providing a critical perspective on social realities and proposing an imagination towards a better future. Huang was a resident at ISCP in 2016.

This program is supported, in part, by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan); and Taipei Cultural Center in New York.

Participating Residents