April 4 MFA Boston Colloquium: From Appropriation to Infiltration…

From Appropriation to Infiltration: Accessing Public through Tactical Media

You are cordially invited to attend the upcoming MFA Graduate Program Colloquium for spring 2011.

WHEN: Monday April 4th, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

WHERE: The Remis Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts located at 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.

TOPIC: This colloquium intends to facilitate a rigorous conversation at the point where performance and appropriation tactics intersect our technologically mediated public sphere. With interest in eliciting a healthy range of perspectives, faculty member Nate Harrison and MFA graduate student Jordan Tynes have invited a group of artists and activists to present their projects and working methods. Each representing a model for critical cultural practice today, all share in common an interest in the infiltration of the apparatuses of mass media and its construction of a public towards renewed senses of autonomy and agency.

SPEAKERS:

Bill Drummond is a Scottish musician, media personality, record producer, writer and artist. He is best known as co-founder of late 1980s avant-garde “pop group” The KLF and its 1990s “avant-art” media-manipulating successor, the K Foundation. He has also written several books, produced a variety of different conceptual art projects, and helped to set-up The Foundry, an arts centre in Shoreditch, London. Drummond’s current project is a choir called The17.

Steve Lambert made international news just after the 2008 US election with The New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica of the grey lady announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. He is the founder of the Anti-Advertising Agency, lead developer of Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with art) and has collaborated with numerous artists including the Graffiti Research Lab and the Yes Men.

Eva and Franco Mattes are the Brooklyn-based artist-provocateurs behind the infamous website 0100101110101101.org. Pioneers of the Net Art movement, they are renowned for masterful subversions of public media, such as their notorious (and unauthorized) Nike advertising campaign.

Superflex (Rasmus Nielsen) is a Danish artists’ group founded and directed by Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen. It has been working since 1993 on a series of projects related to economic forces, democratic production conditions and self-organization.

Marisa Olson‘s work combines performance, video, drawing & installation to address the cultural history of technology, the politics of participation in pop culture and the aesthetics of failure.