Convener: Jorge Hernández Esguep Cerezo


"Visual Arts Clinic: 'Modes of Making / Direct-Action-Art'" aims to bring together visual artists from the hemisphere to participate in creative and transdisciplinary interactive work, focusing on Montreal's urban space. This work group hopes to develop, reflect upon, analyze, project, and share individual and collective works as strategies within the visual arts field (photography, painting, video, installation, sculpture, new media, and net art, among others). Our goal will be to create work that deals with the visible and the invisible by means of an interdisciplinary effort aiming to stage, on the streets of Montreal, the collective ephemeral work that will result from the work group. To be successful, we will develop and build a series of devices that create visuals, both at the procedural as well as at the tridimensional level. These devices will be (dis)placed on the urban space, paying attention to the social, political, and cultural context of the city.


The clinic will be expository, featuring structured classes based on the analysis of visual works and texts included in the basic literature course and solved through the appreciation and appropriation of poetic images or objects. These items will help create a group dynamic and an ongoing dialogue, fragments or records of Symbolic Assets in the production of the visual arts field (through a data show or conceptual manipulation of objects and images).

The workshop will provide its participants with the multidisciplinary tools that will enable them to present projects with transdisciplinary devices in the visual arts field (Modes of Making/Art-Action-Direct). Each participant will make a presentation about the process of building their visual works (maximum of 20 minutes) establishing critical readings that will serve as a transversal element and that will allow alternative viewpoints. This should also provide a comprehensive view of the work when projected onto the metropolitan area. Participants must not only contextualize the content of the work, but also present a reading of their work on the textual level—that is, "from what place is the work built." It is important to have as much audiovisual material support (as necessary) so that participants can handle the technical concepts of the field, as these serve as the basis for the discussion.


Each participant must present a portfolio of work (an audiovisual record) or a proposal for a collective or individual work. The presentation of the works will be the starting point and the beginning of a collective collaboration that will manifest the interest in the creation of transdisciplinary works that brings us together as a group. For the previous objective to be successful, thoughtful dialogues will be developed for the projection of a critical work. As a result of this dynamic "know-how,” final projects will emerge and constitute the body of work that will be manifested in the city of Montreal, Canada as the support of the collective work. Materials should be uploaded via the online application form before October 9th, 2013.

The number of participants for this work group will be limited to 20 people.

Convener Biographies:

Jorge Hernández Esguep is Director of the School of Visual Arts at the Universidad Austral de Chile. A visual artist and scholar, he holds a Ph.D. in Humanities with a concentration in Art and Aesthetics from the Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, and an MA in Visual Arts from the Universidad de Chile. He is also a professor of Visual Arts at the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educación de Chile. His research focuses on performance, fluxus, art / urban action, and intervention. He received a grant from the Ministry of Education of Chile for studies on "Development in Arts Education" at University College St Mark & St John, Devon, England. He is a member of the board of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University. Since the eighties Jorge Hernandez Cerezo has developed a large production of urban interventions and individual and group exhibitions in the field of visual arts; his most recent works include the urban intervention Tragedy or Farce (2006), the exhibition Bastards, Galería Ojo de Buey, Santiago de Chile (2006), and the exhibition Two Bits, Centro Cultural Matucana 100 (2005).

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