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Special Effects: Art, Belief and Audiences with Faculty Jeanine Oleson and Margot Bouman

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Panel Discussion
Tuesday, March 29, 20166.30PM-8.30PM

The New School, The Orozco Room

66 West 12th Street, 7th floor
Free Admission. Registration requested; please RSVP to


In early 20th century Russia, circus performers were referred to as “eccentrics,” a term picked up by the St. Petersburg-based avant-garde group of artists, writers, and filmmakers who comprised the “Factory for the Eccentric Actor” or FEKS. For them, using stunts, gags, and tricks became ways to address the changing pace of life with new developments in technology and media culture. The circus emerged as a touchstone because it was a place where the impossible happened, and social orders and scientific laws were stretched to challenge the conventions of the reality outside of the tent.

This panel discussion extends from these ideas, which inform the concurrent exhibition The Eccentrics at SculptureCenter, and features two of the exhibiting artists, Sanya Kantarovsky and Jeanine Oleson, as well as exhibition curator Ruba Katrib and New School faculty member Margot Bouman. The role of special effects in contemporary art and performance is key to their discussion as well as strategies of belief and suspense of belief that are used by artists and performers to elicit particular emotional and cognitive responses from their audiences.

Sanya Kantarovsky, artist
Ruba Katrib, exhibition curator
Jeanine Oleson, artist and Assistant Professor of Photography, Parsons
Margot Bouman, Assistant Professor of Visual Culture, Parsons


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