ISCP Talk
August 23, 2011

Salon: Xiaowei Chen and Cecil McDonald, Jr.

Xiaowei Chen attempts, through the use of delicate media and a lengthy work process, to explore the evolution of thought as well as changes in surroundings. For her Salon, Chen will present works in progress (drawings and video) that she has been making since the start of her residency at ISCP. She will perform a live, 30-minute video interaction and will also show a 49 foot drawing drawing entitled Detached Clouds.

Xiaowei Chen was born in China, and currently resides in Boston. She works in various media, including video, oil on canvas, ink on paper, and ink on fabric, and her work has been shown in Beijing, Boston, and New York.

Through photography, video, and text, Cecil McDonald, Jr. explores the intersections of masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic and intellectual pursuits of black culture that emanate from the two. For his Salon, McDonald plans to show photographs and two videos from his “Switzerland project”. In his latest body of work Looking for Baldwin, McDonald investigates ideas of artistic practice and travel coupled with notions of masculinity and race.

McDonald studied fashion, house music and dance club culture (not in any particular order) before receiving a MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor.

Both Chen’s and McDonald’s residencies are sponsored by Artadia.

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ISCP Talk
August 2, 2011

Book Launch: Endless by Valerio Rocco Orlando

Through what kind of relationships can you imagine a better society? Starting from this question, ISCP alum Valerio Rocco Orlando will lead a discussion about relationships, community awareness, and collective and individual identity with the public and current ISCP residents. A selection of writings developed during this discussion will be included in the forthcoming edition of the book Endless.

Endless (Mousse Publishing, 2011) is an open book, a shared portrait that will be composed over time, recounting stories, relationships and visions through the different experiences of Orlando’s life with texts and contributions by Caroline Corbetta, Maria Paola Fimiani, Gilbert & George, Liam Gillick, Corrado Levi, Jean-Luc Nancy, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Mario Perniola, Ugo Rondinone and Luigi Zoja.

Valerio Rocco Orlando lives in Milan and New York. He received a BA in Dramaturgy from Università Cattolica in Milan and an MA in Film Directing from Queen Mary, University of London. Valerio Rocco Orlando won the ISCP New York Prize 2009 promoted by Parc/Seat/Gai and a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts in 2011.

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ISCP Talk
July 26, 2011

Salon: Jau-lan Guo and Kanako Sasaki

Jau-lan Guo will present her Taiwanese Contemporary Art (TCA Project). Guo asserts that If curatorship is kind of exhibition praxis, it could allow direct experimentation with the exhibition. Taiwanese Contemporary Art (TCA Project) invites non-Taiwanese artists Fanny Allie, Adam Dwight, Charles Gallois, Yuhi Hasegawa, Xiaofei Li and Phillip Stearns to exhibit their work under the title “Taiwanese Contemporary Art” with fictional Taiwanese names. TCA Project discusses the borderline of identities and is also an institutional critique on curating. Through experimental and performative curating, TCA Project tries to open up the profession and the discipline of curatorship.

Jau-lan Guo will present her Taiwanese Contemporary Art (TCA Project) as well as recent projects including Paradise: Under RE-constructionPolyphonic Mosaic: CO6 Avant-Grande Documenta, Exercise of 0 and 1, Anti-type: Floating over the Stereotype, Nostalgia for Future, and Somnambulism: Phantasmagoric Fugue. Her recent project Somnambulism: Phantasmagoric Fugue (Taipei, 2010) tries to construct a discourse around Asian image and video art practice.

Jau-lan Guo is an independent curator from Taiwan. Although trained as an art historian, Guo’s research extends to new media art and contemporary art related to visual culture.

For her Salon, Kanako Sasaki will present work in progress (photographs and videos) that she has made during her residency at ISCP. She will also introduce previous projects that are related to her current work and will expand on her practice and explore topics such as history, memory, and displacement based on her own experience. Sasaki’s work deconstructs history and the moment/memories through narrative. She uses images to portray sensitivity buried underneath the surface of time. Her inspiration comes from written texts, oral stories, and fragmented narratives that create new dimensions of meaning.

Kanako Sasaki was born in Sendai, Japan, and lives and works in Sendai. She earned an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and also studied at the Royal College of Art, London, UK.

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