Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Meeting Helsinki, Finland - May 2012
Next meeting during Northern World Mandate conference in Helsinki, Finland.
Time: 24 May 2012
Venue: Aalto University, Arabia Campus, Hämeentie 135c, Helsinki
9.00 - 13.00
Networking and presentations:
- Henna-Riikka Halonen (video artist / PhD candidate, Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki, www.hennariikkahalonen.me.uk):
"New Artistic Agency / Antagonistic Art"
Whose voice is it anyway?
Apparent uncertainty of the documentary practice has fuelled artists to seek modes of ‘fictionalized’ realities that prompt self-awareness and analysis, rather than claim ‘objective’ truth. Many of contemporary artists seek to create scenarios that partly rely on existing social or political realities, or actively enter that reality to generate work. However, the pertinent question, perhaps, is what kind of social, political or personal reality is being proposed? When working with people, are artists in fact inevitably casting them into the role of the other, hence denying them their “original” voice?
Starting with the acknowledgement that there is very often some sort of dramaturgy involved in any encounter, this presentation brings these questions to the fore, dealing with questions such as whose voice is it anyway?
I will show some of my previous works that investigate subjectivity and speaking through the other, exploring fiction, interference, and the notion of disinterested outsider as artistic strategies.
- Ann Albritton (PhD, Art Historian, Ringling College of Art & Design, www.ringling.edu): "Migration/Immigration"
- Akseli Virtanen / FAB (Future Art Base of Aalto University): "Art & Economy -related projects of FAB, including Kafkamachine & Robin Hood Investment Fund"
- Oron Catts (Artist, Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts)
Contact: Prof. Teemu Mäki, Aalto ARTS firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 08 September 2011
Cumulus Working Groups Denver, USA – September 2011
Cumulus Working Groups meet again in Denver. Welcome!
Monday, 27 June 2011
Meeting in Denver, USA September 2011
Time: Thursday Sept 29, 2011
9am - 5pm
Friday, 17 June 2011
Contemporary Art Working Group
The Role of Contemporary Art in Cumulus:
. To foster and further discussions of global, environmental, and complex social issues.
. To provoke and promote dialogues associated with political issues.
. To discuss the issues of ‘the contemporary’ relating contemporary art to design and media.
. To eradicate ignorance in contemporary art as part of a strategy for the cultural/social empowerment of the design and media professionals.
To this end, we propose a reflection on the assertion that historically relevant art is an art in and of its time.
. A discussion on what is artistic research
. An inquiry on the relation between social wealth and contemporary art
. To map the presence of design and media objects in museums and galleries as contemporary art objects
. To underline the erosion of the future both to art as to design (and media)
The contemporary arts
Raise fresh ideas and questions
Invoke inquiry into contemporary issues
Inspire critical and creative thinking
Overlap design and media
Document looking for solutions regarding contemporary life
Express locality on a global level
Prof. Teemu Mäki, Aalto University School of Art and Design, Finland email@example.com
Ann Albritton, Ringling College of Art and Design, USA firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 01 March 2011
Meeting in Paris, France 19 May 2011
Contact person: Ann Albritton, Ringling College of Art and Design, USA email@example.com
The overall goals for the Contemporary Working Group are to define the place of contemporary art within Cumulus; to further a discussion of the role of contemporary art in our global environment and economy, and to promote a dialogue as to the "political" in regards to contemporary art. To this end, during the Paris conference we propose a reflexion on the assertion that historically relevant art is an art in and of its time, and our time is the information age. You are invited to join our discussion on contemporary art and how it addresses and engages with the following concepts: Global warming and climate change Ethnicity and identity Social networking
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Meeting in 7 September 2010, Shanghai China
The contemporary art working group in the Cumulus network is a collaboration tool for those member institutions and people for whom contemporary art - instead of design - is the main focus of interest.
The purpose of the meeting is to get connected and to continue discussion on the topics opened in the previous meeting (Genk 2010) and start some new ones:
1. PROFESSOR AND LECTURER EXHANGE
Organized professor and lecturer exchange (minimum duration of stay 2 weeks, preferably 6-9 week periods.
2. PROPER ART EXHIBITIONS AS A PART OF CUMULUS CONFERENCES
a) "A Day of Fine Arts" in Cumulus conferences (= lectures, meetings etc. focusing on contemporary art)
b) Real exhibitions as a part of Cumulus conferences, exhibitions that stick out and make a difference in the art scene of wherever the conference takes place.
3. JOINT STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY ART ON MA-LEVEL
- For example: A group of MA-students from two or more universities study together for at least a month, spending time in each partner university. The result is an exhibition that tours the universities.
- Possibility of organizing a whole 2-year MA program as a joint effort between 2-3 universities. The teaching would be organized by all the partner universities in turn and the students would spend an equal amount of time in each university.
4. CONTEMPORARY ART SUMMER SCHOOL
in which students of contemporary art, the upcoming artists from several universities can work together in projects. For example a REALITY WORKSHOP, where media/performance/activist art practices which use snippets of "authentic reality" as raw material are studied and used. Examples of this type of art: www.jannikelaker.com, http://www.nakadate.net http://www.teemumaki.com/teemumakiinstallation.html
5. COLLABORATION IN ARTISTIC RESEARCH
on doctoral and post-doc levels; forming more international research groups. For example ART & ECONOMY research group (leader: Teemu Mäki) is looking for suitable doctoral students,post-doc researchers and professors to join its efforts.
Teemu Mäki, Artist, Professor, www.teemumaki.com 11.8.2010
In addition to informal discussion on these and other topics, professor Teemu Mäki will present two samples of the kind of art teaching where the students and the teacher together form a collective and make an artwork together: collective paintings and an multi-media installation about Chechnya.
If you are interested in showing some materials, examples or some semi-prepared plan for a workshop, come with your laptop and be ready to share your ideas.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Meeting in Genk, Belgium 29 May 2010
Saturday 29 May 2010
9.30 - 11.00
We want to start a new working group, CONTEMPORARY ART, in Cumulus.
The goals of this group are:
- BETTER INFORMATION; making Cumulus members more aware of what is happening in artist training, research of art, artistic research etc. in the Cumulus universites.
- COLLABORATION IN ART EDUCATION; starting collaborative projects, in which students of contemporary art, the upcoming artists from several universities can work together in projects.
- COLLABORATION IN ARTISTIC RESEARCH on doctoral and post-doc levels; forming more international research groups.
In the next Cumulus conference we want to start this group, have an open discussion about its purpose and practice and right away launch some collaborative projects, for example:
- COLLECTIVE PAINTING WORKSHOP we've already held a few times in TaiK: .
- REALITY WORKSHOP, where media/performance/activist art practices which use snippets of "authentic reality" as raw material are studied and used. Examples of this type of art: ,
If this sounds like your cup of tea, come to the first meeting and introduce new ideas.
Artist, Professor of Fine Arts (Doctor of Fine Arts)
Vice Director, Department of Art
Aalto University School of Art and Design