Living room light exchange bay area
Edward Shanken+ Kathy Zarur + vivian sming
San francisco, Tuesday February 19th 7Pm
Edward Shanken works at the interstices of contemporary art and new media. Following Jack Burnham, he likes to think of art as a “psychic dress rehearsal for the future” and is especially interested in the ways artists create working models that enable us to sample alternative futures in the present. His books include Art and Electronic Media (2010), Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness (2003), Inventar el Futuro (2013), and Systems (2015). Publications include essays on art and shamanism, software art, investigatory art, sound art and ecology, art-science collaboration, and bridging the gap between new media and contemporary art. Dr. Shanken is Associate Professor of Arts and former Director of Digital Arts and New Media at UC Santa Cruz. Prior academic posts include: Associate Professor, Digital + Media MFA program at RISD; Associate Professor, DXARTS Ph.D. program at University of Washington
Vivian Sming uses text, image, and new genres to engage in posthuman discourse. She is committed to fostering arts dialogue through publications, programming, and alternative pedagogical formats. Sming is the Editor in Chief of Art Practical, and co-founded nonsensical, an annual journal of critical and experimental writing by visual artists. Sming produces a wide range of artists’ books through her publishing studio Sming Sming Books. She holds an BA in Art from UCLA, an MFA from CalArts, and was a 2016-17 Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2018, Sming’s publishing studio received the Shannon Michael Cane Memorial Award from Printed Matter.
Kathy Zarur is a collaborative San Francisco-born and based curator, educator and culture worker. Her upcoming projects include an exhibition for the San Francisco Arts Commission, which opens in July and participation in the Wattis Institute’s reading group, “Trinh T. Minh-ha is on our mind.” She has curated exhibitions for the Museum of the African Diaspora, Kearny Street Workshop/Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (hosted by SOMArts), San Francisco State University Fine Arts Gallery and a.Muse Gallery. She has worked internationally as assistant curator of the Sharjah Biennial in 2011 and co-producer of artist Wael Shawky’s musical performance installationDictums 10:120. She was curatorial intern at Al Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem and researcher for a yet-to-be realized cultural center in Techiman, Ghana. Zarur was Artistic Director of “Teaching Art of the Middle East and Islamic World,” an SFSU-led pedagogy conference and workshop hosted by the de Young and co-organized a photography conference and exhibition called “Zones of Representation,” hosted by SF Camerawork in 2016. She has published articles for Art in America and Broadsheet. Zarur serves on the Exhibition Committee at the Arab American National Museum and formerly, Kearny Street Workshop’s Program Advisory Council. She earned her PhD in art history from the University of Michigan, where she also obtained a certificate in Museum Studies. She teaches art history at the California College of the Arts and San Francisco State University.