Spring 2018 Topics 4D: The Future? -The Speculative Impulse in Time Based Art – Alexandro Segade

The Future? — The Speculative Impulse in Time Based Art

Alexandro Segade

Fridays 12:10 PM

PUFA 3240A

Evangelion 2.0: You Can (Not) Advance, directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki and Masayuki, 2009 (still)

In this 4D class, students will make time-based art exploring the future, a speculative time we can only experience through imagination.  Artists have the power to shape perceptions of things to come, creating dystopias, utopias, and heterotopias as potential models reflecting and distorting the present and the past. The course familiarizes students with both fine art and pop culture examples of art that depicts futuristic societies and new ways of living, from performance and video art to science fiction films and literature to video games, anime and comics.  Encouraging students to interrogate the limits of – and intersections between – performance, video, installation and other art media (such as drawing and writing) class time will be dedicated to critique of student work, discussion of pertinent artists and ideas, and looking at contemporary and historical sources of the students own design. Projects will be developed though the completion of a series of interdisciplinary workshops: students will present pieces that use research to develop their own archives as a foundation for speculative artworks that ask how, and if, humanity will survive.  

Alexandro Segade is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York. His multimedia science fiction performances exploring queer futurity have been presented at the Broad Museum, REDCAT, LAXART, LA; Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco; Time-Based Arts Festival, Portland, Oregon; Movement Research/Judson Church, and Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, NY.  Since 2001, Segade has worked in the collective My Barbarian on projects at venues including the New Museum, MoMA, The Kitchen, Participant Inc., NY; Museo El Eco, Mexico City; the Hammer Museum, LACMA, MoCA, Susanne Vielmetter Gallery, LA; the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Performa 05 and 07.   Segade has also presented collaborative projects at Artists’s Space, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA PS1, Performa 13, NY, ; the Armory, Pasadena; and the Rogaland Kunstcenter, Norway.  Segade’s recent writing has been published in Yale’s Theater Journal, artforum.com, and I want a president: transcript of a rally, organized by Zoe Leonard. Segade is co-chair of the Film/Video department at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts.