Renée Green – Continuing Paradoxes Experienced by Artist-Thinkers

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September 25, 2013
Time: 5:00pm

Feminist Media Studio
CJ Building, Room 2.130
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke W Montreal (Qc)

In 2010, artist, filmmaker and writer Renée Green committed to paper her thoughts on the topic of ‘artistic research’, a category of praxis which had occupied Green herself in practice throughout her career before it had begun to accrue a name, and through this, a nomenclature. The paper was an attempt to think both the work performed “before the term was designated as such,” and the shape of artistic-thinking in the framework of various supporting institutions. This seminar takes as its point of departure Green’s thoughts about the paradoxes experienced by artist-thinkers and extends these thoughts through a consideration of her own creative and critical practice, as well as her shifting institutional locations. After Green’s presentation, a discussion will follow among participants about the polysemous quality of practices without a name, the paradoxes of interdisciplinarity and the enabling and constraining frameworks of institutions.

Renée Green is an artist, filmmaker and writer. Via films, essays and writings, installations, digital media, architecture, sound-related works, film series and events her work engages with investigations into circuits of relation and exchange over time, the gaps and shifts in what survives in public and private memories as well as what has been imagined and invented. She also focuses on the effects of a changing transcultural sphere on what can now be made and thought. Her exhibitions, videos and films have been seen throughout the world in museums, biennales and festivals. Green is currently a Professor and Director of the MIT Program of Art, Culture, and Technology.