Comprising a series of installations, video art, and interactive performance art, Serap Erincin’s residency, titled Human Rights/Human Rites, highlights legitimized human rights violations in the Western/Civilized/First world. Erincin contemplates ritual as metaphor through a constellation of affective and sensorial pieces, such as LifeWest and WishBoat, which contextualize the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean, and The Time of Your Life, about the death penalty. Additionally, Erincin will host participatory events, including a workshop and a panel, that invite the community to create multimedia art and converse on issues at the intersection of social justice and aesthetics.
Curator's Workshop is a course in hands-on experience in curatorial practices and exhibition design taught by Assistant Professor of Art, Ann Tarantino. Students will research historical and contemporary curatorial practices, gain an understanding of how curators function within institutional and alternative settings, engage in exhibition design and installation, practice curatorial writing, and collaboratively design and implement an exhibition concept in a campus setting. Twice during the course of all semester, students will use Borland Project Space to document their processes and exhibition proposals, culminating in a public presentation of final projects in the space. In September, students will use the project space to craft and present mock exhibition texts and didactic materials. In November, students will act as guest curators for the 2nd-year MFA exhibition taking place in the space. In December, student final projects will be on view in the space and students will give “gallery talks” about their exhibition proposals.
Capsid: A Love Song
Over four weeks in the Borland Project Space, J. Austin Eyer (Assistant Professor of Theatre) will develop a movement-based performance of Capsid, based on the Lambda-nominated long-form lyric essay, Capsid: A Love Song by Joseph Osmundson that examines the intersections of HIV, desire, science, queerness, and love. It includes 8 prose poems that track the interaction between "host" and "virus." After 1996, with the invention of drugs that made the HIV virus manageable, public awareness and discussion about HIV has diminished in popular consciousness and art. Capsid engages with these issues not just as historical topics, but as things that continue to affect our communities. Public events will accompany this new creative work, including panels on the biology of HIV/AIDS and on the historical and contemporary experiences of the LGBTQ community with the virus, a reading and talkback with the poet, as well as a performance of the piece by Eyer and his students.
A People’s Production
Want to make a movie? The Penn State community is invited to contribute to a short film based completely on audience participation. School of Visual Arts Instructor Benjamin Andrew spearheads the project A People’s Production. Every aspect of production—from story development, to acting, to sound effects—will be on full display in the Borland Project Space. Stop by to contribute an idea, record a line of dialogue, or follow the production every step of the way as filmmaking is transformed into a transparent and interactive process. The resulting short film will be screened later in the year, displaying the genre-bending efforts of its participants.
More information: peoplesproduction.co
School of Visual Arts MFA Exhibition
A group exhibition of work by second-year MFA candidates from the School of Visual Arts and several of their recently graduated counterparts. The exhibition is collaboratively curated by students from Art 497: Curator’s Workshop.