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Visiting Curator: Victoria Brooks

Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 5pm
130 Smith Hall

Victoria Brooks is curator of time-based visual art at Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (EMPAC), and is currently producing new EMPAC commissions with Lucy Raven, Charles Atlas, Germaine Kruip, Tarek Atoui and Isabelle Pauwels. Recent projects include Peradam, Robert AA Lowe + Sabrina Ratte; The Artists Theater Program, Erika Vogt; The Jaffe Colloquia, a new series of interdisciplinary seminars centered around the conditions of, and perspectives on, time-based arts, and Frieze Film 2013 - Erika Vogt, Patricia Lennox-Boyd, Peter Gidal, Oraib Toukan and Petra Cortright, five artists' videos for Channel 4 television.

Prior to EMPAC, Brooks was a London-based independent curator, co-founding the itinerant curatorial platform The Island, co-curating Serpentine Gallery's monthly artist-cinema program (2009-13), and producing Canary Wharf Screen (2011-13) for Art on the Underground. She was also adjunct curator for New York radio station (2010-13), and in 2011 initiated a yearly series of performance, film, and music events for Calder Foundation, New York.

Visiting Artist: Gail Wight

Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 5pm
130 Smith Hall

In attempts to understand thinking, I have: made maps of various nervous systems, practiced art while under hypnosis, designed an artificial intelligence to read my tarot, read for hours to fish, conducted biochemical experiments on myself and others, executed medical illustrations in black velvet, worked on cognitive research projects, documented dissections of humans, dissected machines and failed to put most of them back together, freely made up vocabulary as needed, removed my teeth to model information systems, self-induced phobias concerning consciousness in the plant kingdom, donated my body to science and then requested it be returned, observed nerve development in vivo, choreographed synaptic responses, translated EEGs into music, conducted a cartesian exorcism on myself, and attempted to create cognitive models of my own confused state.