ISCP TalkMay 6, 2014
Panel Discussion: Minding the Law: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Art
With Elaine Byrne and Soda_Jerk, moderated by Alex Villar.
Artists Elaine Byrne and Soda_Jerk, are participating concurrently in ISCP and the Art & Law Program and for Minding the Law: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Art, they will speak about how their work engages the doctrines and structures of law on both practical and symbolic registers.
The Art & Law Program is a semester-long seminar series with a theoretical and philosophical focus on the effects of law and jurisprudence on cultural production and reception. An examination of how artistic practices challenge, rupture, and change the apparatus of law completes The Program.
Elaine Byrne’s work questions how we should live, which has led to socio-historical, site-related projects made over several years. Her methodology is grounded in research and conversations as a mode to action, demanding a building of trust. Elaine Byrne graduated from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin in 2010. Recent solo exhibitions include Raum, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin; Feralis, The Belltable, Limerick; Irish King of Mexico, Atrio Cultural Space, Mexico City; Message to Salinas, Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin and They Have Eyes, Leinster Gallery, Dublin.
Soda_Jerk is a two-person art collective that works with sampled material to trouble formulations of cultural history. Taking the form of video installations, cut-up texts and live video essays, their archival image practice is situated at the interzone of research, documentary and speculative fiction. Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk relocated to Berlin in 2010 to participate in the International Studio Program at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. More recently they have been based in the US, undertaking residencies at Flux Factory in New York, and LoBot in West Oakland.
Alex Villar was born in Brazil, and is based in New York. He holds an MFA from Hunter College, and was a Whitney Independent Study Program fellow. His work draws from interdisciplinary theoretical sources (Foucault, de Certeau, etc) and employs video-based, performative actions, installation and photography. His practice concentrates on matters of social space and consists in engaging situations where the codes that regulate everyday activity can be made explicit. Selected exhibitions include the New Museum, Mass MoCA, Drawing Center, The Menil Collection, Art in General, Apexart in the U.S.; and many others abroad.