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Nation: Interview with Experimental Geography
Curator Nato Thompson
21: "International Geographic"
Christian Science Monitor: "Experimental
geography as art: Traditional geography meets politics – plus multimedia
and performance art."
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A Continental Reception for
Experimental Geography @ Miller
Oct. 22, Thurs. 7:30-9pm:
Lenka Clayton ("A Piece of the Moon"),
Eric Singer (from LEMUR)
Upstairs, 4104 Penn Ave.
The Body Double Explorers Club, organized by Dawn
Weleski + Jon Rubin
@ The Waffle
Shop, 124 S. Highland Ave.
Nov. 17, Tues. 5-6:30pm:
of Art Lecture Series: Claire Bishop
@ McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
Jan. 28-30, 2010 Thurs.-Sat.:
Contestational Cartographies Symposium
Mellon University + Brillobox
Upstairs, organized by the STUDIO
for Creative Inquiry + Miller
Jan. 28, 2010 Thurs. 5pm:
of Art Lecture Series: Trevor Paglen @ McConomy
Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University Center, 5000 Forbes Ave.
THE MILLER GALLERY AT CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
supports the creation, understanding and growth of contemporary
art through exhibitions, projects, lectures, events and publications.
The gallery aspires to engage diverse audiences and to create and
strengthen communities through art and ideas. The Miller Gallery
was founded in 2000 by Regina Gouger Miller, artist,
educator, businesswoman, arts patron and alumna of Carnegie Mellon's
School of Art. A unit of the College of Fine Arts, the three-story,
9,000 square foot space is free and open to the public and located
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Cargo Chain (detail), The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), 2008; Experimental Geography poster; Cul-de-sac
Commune, Stephanie Smith, 2008-09; Keep It Slick at
Art & Design Academy, Liverpool John Moores University; Miller Gallery Store
THIS FRIDAY 6-8pm
CONTINENTAL RECEPTION for
curated by Nato Thompson
Organized by iCI (Independent Curators International)
Francis Alÿs, AREA
Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI), The
Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), e-Xplo,
Ilana Halperin, kanarinka
(Catherine D'lgnazio), Julia
Meltzer and David Thorne, Lize
Media Collective, Ellen
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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Experimental Geography is an exhibition that explores
the distinctions between geographical study and artistic experience
of the earth, as well as the juncture where the two realms collide
(and possibly make a new field altogether). The exhibition
presents a panoptic view of this new practice through a wide range
of mediums including sound and video installations, photography,
sculpture, and experimental cartography created by 19 artists or
artist teams from six countries.
Geography benefits from the study of specific histories, sites,
and memories. Every estuary, landfill, and cul-de-sac has a story
to tell. The task of the geographer is to alert us to what is directly
in front of us, while the task of the experimental geographer—an
amalgam of scientist, artist, and explorer—is to do so in
a manner that deploys aesthetics, ambiguity, poetry, and a dash
The manifestations of “experimental geography”
run the gamut of contemporary art practice today: sewn cloth cities
that spill out of suitcases, bus tours through water treatment centers,
performers climbing up the sides of buildings, and sound works capturing
the buzz of electric waves on the power grid. In the hands of contemporary
artists, the study of humanity’s engagement with the earth’s
surface becomes a riddle best solved in experimental fashion. The
approaches used by the artists featured in Experimental Geography
range from a poetic conflation of humanity and the earth to more
empirical studies of our planet.
NATO THOMPSON is a curator at Creative Time, New York, as well as
a writer and activist. Among his public projects for Creative Time
are Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, a project by Paul
Chan in collaboration with The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and
Democracy in America: The National Campaign. Thompson was
formerly a curator at MASS MoCA, where his exhibitions included
The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere and Ahistoric
Occasion: Artists Making History.
Experimental Geography is a traveling exhibition organized
and circulated by iCI (Independent Curators International), New
York. The exhibition, tour, and catalogue are made possible, in
part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the iCI Advocates,
the iCI Partners, Gerrit L. and Sydie Lansing, and Barbara and John
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ALSO ON VIEW
CHAINS TO THE MOON:
Artists' Schemes for a Fantastic Future
Guest curated by Andrea
Through Dec. 6, 2009
IN THE READING ROOM:
Buckminster Fuller Institute, Lowry
Space University, The
"I was not interested
in doing an exhibit on sustainable design or self-sufficiency, which
is abundantly covered in the media, film, and in other exhibitions,"
Andrea Grover says. "I wanted to examine bigger, more radical
approaches to 'making the world work for everyone,' as Buckminster
Fuller was known to say. Like the Millennium Development Goals of
the U.N., I was looking for cooperative solutions to the distribution
of food, shelter, transportation and energy to a global population
of 9 billion people by 2050... I truly believe, like Fuller, that
the first step to progress is letting go of assumptions and preconceptions
about the world, and becoming open to discovery in the same manner
that a child might investigate something it encounters for the first
Gallery's 'Moon' exhibit opens minds"
A6 Podcast with Curator Andrea Grover
Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men
Curated by Astria Suparak
Organized by Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University + Feldman
Gallery at Pacific Northwest College of Art
Through Oct. 25, 2009
Normal Devices, organized by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative
Technology) at the new Art & Design Academy, Liverpool John
Moores University, UK
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