All are invited to participate in an international collaborative project taking place during the 2003 SGC conference in Boston, April 2-5 (PRINTMAKERS CONFERENCE BOSTON 2003 <www.sgcprintconference2003.org>). You would be able to contribute from your office, home, or at the conference. Details are included here pasted below . Some of you have been contacted previously and will be receiving an update soon, along with those of you who respond to this email. Please reply as soon as possible if interested, and you will be included on the list of participants.
All the best,
February 1, 2003
We are writing to invite your participation in an event held in conjunction with the Boston 2003 Southern Graphics Council Conference. Our accepted Proposal to the Conference Hosts (posted below) outlines an international e-collaboration to take place over a 24-hour period, 5:00 PM EST Tursday April 3 through 5:00 PM Friday April 4, 2003. All that is needed to participate is access to the internet, email, and/or a fax machine for a few hours. If other modes of electronic replication and communication (a scanner, digital camera e.g.) are available, they are welcome. The proposal involves the use of remote hubs around the world with individuals transferring information among this hub network using the available technology. We will staff a 24-hour hub in Boston using incoming text and imagery in a conglomorate fashion to make silkscreen prints, transfers, etc. which will then be scanned or digitally photographed and sent back out through the network. We hope to raise thoughts on the decentrilization of information, democracy, entitlement, empowerment through communication, and the distribution of authorship. If you have ideas on hub participants (hubbers? hubbies? huboteurs?) in your homeland/hometown/home or far from home, please let us know. Students, staff, administrators, friends, family and strangers are all invited, and if you would like to participate as a solo hub member by faxing/emailing information during the conference dates, that would be very welcome as well.
Please see the proposed themes*** mentioned in the Call for Proposals below. These would be the suggested themes for our hub-station participants around the world, and may be interpreted loosely. In most cases, the word "print" may be omitted from these proposed themes to expand on their meanings and to encourage your participation. I know your input would add greatly to this project, and whether it be a few minutes to send an email or several longer periods throughout the 24 hours, any participation at all is more than welcome. Please feel free to publicly post this information, and contact Bill Fisher with any questions at email@example.com. Anyone interested will receive specific details on the project and periodic updates.
Thank you for your time, all the best to you,
The Arts Faculty of Georgia College & State University Department of Art Georgia College & State University CBX 094 Milledgeville, GA 31061 Phone: (478) 445-4572 Fax: (478) 445-6088 email: firstname.lastname@example.org email: email@example.com
Call for Proposals from the conference hosts (Boston University)
To All SGC Members: CALL FOR PROPOSALS Southern Graphics Council Annual Conference
MAKING HISTORIES: REVOLUTION & REPRESENTATION BOSTON, APRIL 2--5, 2003
Next year's conference theme is inspired by Boston's history. Boston is known worldwide as the seat of the American Revolution and the struggle for freedom and representation in the American States. The theme of revolution suggests new models for the future and sociopolitical change. Representation involves communication, empowerment, and the transfer of information. The scope of these concepts now extends beyond the US to the international community. We invite you to present proposals treating the themes of Revolution and Representation broadly. Some considerations:
>* the ongoing involvement of the print in issues of social justice worldwide
>* contemporary use of the print as political expression
>* revolution in the print idiom caused by new technologies
>* the representation of remote constituencies
>* how electronic representation conditions the making or communication of images
>* sociological or structural changes in the print community resulting from electronic representation
>* ways in which new or expanded histories are created, and the alteration of historical perception
>* questions of geopolitical division and production in the laser-print era
>* the new history of multi-media and installation ...the changing functions of space and image issues of representation in education We welcome proposals for panels, presentations, exchange portfolios, interactive studio collaborations including cross- media and exhibitions that address or present an aspect of revolution or representation. Proposals should be at least one page in length.
Proposal to the Conference Hosts
Deborah Cornell Printmaking Department/School of Visual Art College of Fine Arts, Boston University 855 Commonwealth Avenue Boston MA 02215
Dear Deborah Cornell,
The Arts Faculty of Georgia College & State University would like to submit the following proposal for the 2003 Southern Graphics Council Conference:
Re-Present: An international interactive studio collaboration
„Communicative action can be understood as a circular process in which the actor is two things in one: an initiator, who masters situations through actions for which he is accountable, and a product of the transitions surrounding him, of groups whose cohesion is based on solidarity to which he belongs, and of processes of socialization in which he is reared.‰-- Jurgen Habermas
„Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral." -- Paulo Freire
"There is no mystery to making history.
" -- Linton Kwesi Johnson
Since 9/11 there has been a pall in regards to creating a critical dialogue engaging free speech vs. homeland security. The media has assumed the role of public relations officer simply reflecting and reiterating our national foreign policy instead of fostering discourse. Any hint of criticism is nearly considered sedition. This proposal is meant to illustrate a process of redefining and a potential shifting of "
" avenues of information. We propose to use readily available technology to re-channel the direction of information from mega-corporate centralized mediated information capitols to a decentralized community-based series of networks. Our goals are to process and reprocess information as individuals that are members of separate communities and yet bound by technology, to democratize and amplify individual voices cross-culturally and globally. We have invited various artists to open their homes, studios, and/or institutions to the communities to which they respectively (and respectfully) belong, allowing members of the community access to technology. They will be assisted in articulating their own story through the digital media, while we at the Boston point of the network will be using both the digital and traditional printmaking process to foster our end of the dialogue. During a 24-hour period between April 2 and April 5, 2003, an international network will be created for the electronic exchange of text and imagery. Through the use of email, fax or other communicative devices, this free transmission and reception of information will be put in motion by groups or individuals operating as hubs located around the planet. One such station will be in place in Boston at the 2003 Southern Graphics Council Conference. There we will receive, manipulate, combine, process and reproduce through traditional print media any incoming data. These serigraphs, monoprints, linocuts, transfers etc. will be digitized and transmitted back through the network for further manipulations and exchanges among hub members and their communities.
In order to address the issues of entitlement, empowerment, privilege and the elitism of our tradition, all hub participants are asked to enlist members of their local community to participate in this exchange. Most welcome is the inclusion of those silenced or marginalized by lack of access to technology, individuals not considered to be artists (or to be„creative‰) by others or themselves, and those who may not have realized their ability to effect cultural change or augmentation. In collaboration with GC&SU faculty and students, the Boston hub will involve random conference attendees in the development and creation of the hand-pulled prints, of which they may then take physical ownership.
Through this project we deny geopolitical divisions and promote a decentrilized and democratic experience in which leadership and responsibility rest with each participant, all freely sharing in the control, outcome and ownership of the media. Presently we have received enthusiastic responses for participation from Indonesia, China, Canada, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Australia, Mexico, Japan, Brazil and several US locations. We will continue to solicit involvement especially from countries typically seen or portrayed as „unfriendly‰ with regard to US interests, Cuba and North Korea e.g.
To encourage involvement from the widest possible community base, participants will be asked to consider, but are not limited to the conference host‚s list of proposed themes when choosing data for transmission. We believe the very act of participating in such a project is a political act, and we hope through the nature of this proposed „communicative action‰ to be exemplary of many of the conference themes, including:
The contemporary use of the print as political expression.
Revolution in the print idiom caused by new technologies.
The representation of remote constituencies.
How electronic representation conditions the making or communication of images.
The new history of multi-media and installation; the changing functions of space and image.
Facilities needed at the conference site for 24 continuous hours:
* Internet/email access * Fax machine(s) * Print studio access
Respectfully submitted by William Fisher, Richard Lou, and members of the GC&SU Fine Arts Faculty.
William Fisher (BA --The College of William and Mary, MFA -- Ohio University) is a working artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Georgia College & State University, where he teaches printmaking and drawing. He has presented visiting artist lectures at various schools including the University of Northern Iowa, Agnes Scott College, the University of West Florida and the Asahi Culture Center, Tokyo. Fisher is a recipient of the University of Windsor VITA Award, and his work has recently been published in "
Stone Lithography" by Paul Croft, A & C Black pub.
Richard Alexander Lou (B.A. -- California State University, M.F.A. -- Clemson University) continues to produce and exhibit art while teaching and chairing the Art Department at Georgia College & State University. Richard grew up in a biracial family which was spiritually and intellectually guided by an anti-colonialist Chinese father and a culturally affirming Mexicana mother. As a Chicano Artist the reverberating themes he has explored are the subjugation of his community by the Dominant Culture and White Privilege. He has exhibited extensively in venues that would include:
Centro Cultural De La Raza, San Diego; List Gallery at MIT in Boston; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Nexus Art Center in Atlanta; and with his frequent collaborator and friend, Robert J. Sanchez, the Grey Gallery at NYU, the Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin; Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach; Cornerhouse Art Gallery, Manchester, England; Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, Istanbul Turkey, and as a member of the BAW/TAF, Artistspace, NY,NY, Aperto Section, Venice Bienali, Venice, Italy. His art work has been documented and published in various newspapers, magazines, catalogs and books that would include: AMERICAN VISIONS/VISIONES DE LAS AMERICAS: ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL IDENTITY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE, co-edited by Mary Jane Jacob and Ivo Mesquita; MAPPING THE TERRAIN: NEW GENRE PUBLIC ART, edited by Suzanne Lacy; ENGLISH IS BROKEN HERE: NOTES OF CULTURAL FUSION IN THE AMERICA'S by Coco Fusco.