NOVEMBER 6-8, 2008
Award-winning Architect Philip Beesley presents "Endothelium" an Installation workshop as the kick-off to a multidisciplinary symposium featuring workshops, presentations, installations, exhibitions, curated talks, films and discussions on the theme of Body Art Disease.
"Body Art Disease" is a unique three-day multidisciplinary symposium featuring international scholars/artists whose work challenges traditional aesthetics exploring unique artistic perspectives on the theme of disease, body and temporality of the human condition. Organized by Stefanie Adcock of the UCLA Art|Sci Center + Lab in collaboration with the California NanoSystems Institute and the Department of Design | Media Arts, the event features workshops, presentations, exhibitions, installations, short film screening series, social gatherings and a special collections tour from the vaults of the Louise Darling BioMed Library.
As an opening to the Symposium, The featured artist, Philip Beesley who practices digital media art and experimental architecture in Toronto will be premiering his latest work, ENDOTHELIUM, a hybrid lattice topography composed of a lightweight sculptural field housing arrays of organic batteries, acting as a primitive 'geotextile' that might reinforce new growth. This system will support a dense series of very thin whiskers and low-power miniature lights, pulsing and vibrating in slight increments. Weak electrical charges are generated by copper and aluminum electrodes immersed in vinegar within latex bladders, working in concert with miniature microprocessors.
As part of the symposium, Beesley along with associate Hayley Isaacs will be offering two free participatory workshops open to the public, to assemble and install the work on site at the California NanoSystems Institute. The 'life' of the organic system will shift and erode during the symposium event, offering a poetic time marker to the beginning and end of this three-day event. Participatory workshop A: Prefabrication with Hayley Isaacs, will begin Wednesday, November 5, 12pm-10pm, Room 5324. The Final Participatory installation B with Philip Beesley begins Thursday, November 6, 9am-12pm, Room 5324.
In addition to ENDOTHELIEUM, there are two exhibitions, Rebeca Mendez (UCLA, Design Media |Arts) will be exhibiting GESTATION, Installation photographs in the Bermant Gallery inside the EDA of the Broad Art Center. Silvia Rigon (UCLA, Design Media | Arts) will be exhibiting her latest work, NEOPLASTIC KNITTING, in the Art | Sci lab in CNSI, in addition to a few pieces presented in the Bermant Gallery. Nov. 6-Dec.8, CNSI and Bermant Gallery in the EDA at the Broad Art Center.
ENDOTHELIEUM Opening + Reception will be held from 12:30-2:30, Thursday, Nov. 6, CNSI Presentation Space, Hosted and conjoined with the CNSI, Nanoparticle Group, a group of Scientists and researchers who gather together for a noon research seminar and lunch once a month for the past six years, and will be devoting this seminar session to Philip Beesley and discussions related to intersections between interactive materials
Interdisciplinary artist Phillip Warnell (Warwick University, UK), will be presenting his film, "The Girl with X-ray Eyes" (23 min), followed by a presentation entitled "Intimate Distances: Mutuality, contestation and exchange between bodies," followed by International artist and scholar, Lisa Cartwright, (UCSD, Communication and Science Studies) presenting "Compulsive Animation: On Rotoscoping and the Neurologic Body," followed by a short discussion and reception with both Phillip Warnell and Lisa Cartwright, Thursday, Nov.6, 4-7pm, UCLA Broad Art Center, EDA.
Included in the programming is a short film screening series, featuring "Electric Retina" (15 min) by Jill Scott (Institute of Cultural Studies, University of the Arts, Zurich) a documentary completed while a resident artist at The Neurobiology Lab at the Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich. Other works featured include "Evolution" by Rachel Mayeri (Media Studies, Havey Mudd College), "Movement" by Alex O'Flinn and Mikiko Sasaki (UCLA, MFA studnet), "Symphony" by Erick Oh (UCLA, MFA animation student) and "How To Become a Pretty Girl" by Kimberly Townes (UCLA, MFA film student), Thursday, Nov. 6, 7:30-9:30pm, UCLA Broad Art Center, EDA.
Friday's events will begin with Susan Kozel (SMART Lab, University of East London) who works across dance and philosophy in the context of digital technologies. She collaborates with digital artists, software engineers, architects, and composers to create performances and installations. She will be presenting "Effervescence and Fatigue -Reflections on Wearable computing and the Ethics of Difference", Friday Nov. 7, 12:00-1:45pm, UCLA Broad Art Center, EDA.
Following will be a special film screening of "Bread and Death" a short film by Barbara Drucker (UCLA, Art) whose work explores the rites and rituals continually weaving through Greek village life, specifically focusing on rituals and processes dealing with food preparation and death. Patrick Polk (UCLA, Department of World Arts and Cultures) will be leading a post discussion with Barbara Drucker Friday, Nov. 7, 2:00-3:00pm, UCLA Broad Art Center, EDA.
Philip Beesley, (University of Waterloo, Architecture) will be offering a presentation and discussion regarding his installation "ENDOTHELIUM" and artistic work and in the Auditorium of CNSI, 4:00-5:30pm. We will then walk over to the History and Special Collections For the Sciences on the fourth floor of the Louise M. Darling BioMed Library for a reception of wine and appetizers before Cherry Dunham Williams, leads a curator's talk and exhibition entitled "Renderings of the Body Through Text and Time." Finally we will exit the library on a short walk to the Nest, located in the Mathias Botanical Gardens to view AJ Willcocks "Precocious Puberty_Guerilla Sidewalk Projections_Radio Transmissions." 4:00-8:30. Friday, Nov. 7, CNSI Auditorium; BioMed Library; Mathias Botanical Gardens.
The final day, Saturday, Nov. 8, will begin with a film lecture and discussion led by Belinda Starkie (UCLA, Film, Television and Digital Media) entitled "Cinematic Explorations of Death, Decay and Transformation." CNSI will be hosting a lunch for symposium participants in the CNSI lobby from 12-1. Afterwards Los Angles based artist, Rose-Lynn Fisher will present "Body of Work" 1:30-2:30, with a closing statement and symposium discussion "On a Life of Greater Conduct" culminating in a last tour of the ENDOTHELIUM Installation and open discussion with Silvia Rigon, Belinda Starkie, Rose-Lynn Fisher, Stefanie Adcock and other symposium participants.
WHEN: November 6 - 8, 2008
DETAILS: for schedule, directions and full list of events and speakers, please see the following link: http://artsci.ucla.edu/08sym/ or call 310-794-2118.
COST: All events are free and open to the public.
PARKING: Campus parking is available for $9 on campus
All events located in the EDA will be web-streamed live, please visit our website above for details.
This event was made possible by the generous support of the California NanoSystems Institute, and Department of Design | Media Arts.
The UCLA Art | Sci center + lab works to blur the dividing line of the "Two Cultures" and help usher in a new culture that is overdue - a culture of creative thinkers from the arts and sciences who join together to combine their knowledge and skills to come up with innovations, collaborations and most of all, new ways to help heal this planet. We have two locations, the center at the 5th floor of the Broad Art building and the Lab on the 5th floor of the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). http://artsci.ucla.edu/
The California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) is an integrated research center - operating jointly at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara - whose mission is to foster interdisciplinary collaborations for discoveries in nanosystems and nanotechnology; train the next generation of scientists, educators and technology leaders; and facilitate partnerships with industry, fueling the economic development and the social well-being of California, the United States and the world. At the institute, scientists in the areas of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, computational science and engineering are measuring, modifying and manipulating the building blocks of our world - atoms and molecules. These scientists benefit from an integrated laboratory culture enabling them to conduct dynamic research at the nanoscale, leading to significant breakthroughs in the areas of health, energy, environment and information technology. The CNSI's new building on the campus of UCLA is home to eight core facilities which will serve both academic and industry collaborations. http://www.cnsi.ucla.edu/
Philip Beesley practices digital media art and experimental architecture in Toronto. His work in the last two decades has focused on field-oriented distributed sculpture and landscape installations. In parallel with his sculpture practice he teaches architecture at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge, Ontario and is co-director of Waterloo's Integrated Centre for Manufacturing, Visualization and Design, a facility combining high-performance computing, advanced visualization and digital fabrication.
2008-9 installations are slated for Montreal's Champ Libre, Pratt/Brooklyn, Linz Austria, CITA/Royal Academy Denmark and Surrey Gallery of Art, BC. His publications include North House (CDRN 2008), Maison Solaire (CDRN 2008), Mobile Nation (OCAD, 2007), Hylozoic Soil (Riverside, 2007), Ourtopias: Cities and the Role of Design (Riverside, 2007), Future Wood (CDRN, 2006), Responsive Architectures (Riverside, 2005), a chapter of Extreme Textiles (Smithsonian/Cooper Hewitt, 2005) and the cover feature AD Magazine Design through Making. (Wiley Academy 2005). Sculpture in upcoming publications include Interactive Art (Silver ed., Princeton, 2008), Digital Practice Now (Spiller, Wiley, 2008), Installations by Architects (Bonnemaison, Princeton, 2008), Persistent Modeling (Ayres, Architectural Design, Wiley, 2009). Beesley co-chaired the conferences Expanding Bodies: Art, Cities, Environment (ACADIA Halifax 2007), Responsive Architectures: Subtle Technologies (Toronto, 2006); Fabrication: Examining the Digital Practice of Architecture (Waterloo and Toronto, 2004), On Growth and Form: The Engineering of Nature (Cambridge, 2002). Distinctions for his work include the Prix de Rome in Architecture (Canada).
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