ARS Research Colloquia Series. Border Territories: Experimental Curating and the In-Between

ARS Research Colloquia Series of the UT Dallas ATEC/EMAC Programs
Art Rendevous Science

Border Territories: Experimental Curating and the In-Between

Rob La Frenais
Curator – The Arts Catalyst
Kerry Doyle
Director – Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts
The University of Texas at El Paso

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Noon
ATEC Conference Room, ATC 1.606

Rob La Frenais and Kerry Doyle are collaborating with UT Dallas faculty member Roger Malina on “Territory of the Imagination: Art and Space in the Americas”, an international partnership that will team scientists, artists, graduate and undergraduate students on a large scale artistic, scientific, and educational project about art and space research and exploration in the Americas. This multi-year effort will prioritize the participation of US Latino and Latin American artists and researchers. In this colloquium, La Frenais and Doyle will present their previous experience and approaches to curating work that crosses borders of art, science and culture.

Dr. Rob La Frenais has been a contemporary art curator for 25 years. He believes in being directly engaged with the artist’s working process as far as possible, while actively widening the context within which the artist can work. For the last 15 years he has been based at The Arts Catalyst, a nationally funded organization in London, UK, where, along with director Nicola Triscott he has developed an influential international programme of collaborations based on interactions between art and science. His most recent exhibition with the Arts Catalyst, Republic of the Moon opened this year in Liverpool and is now touring internationally. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate, Dartington College of Art in 2005 and in 2006 completed a Ph.D. from Brunel University based on his practice as a curator. He was also the first curator ever to experience zero gravity, with a group of artists, at Star City in Moscow in 1999 and went on, with the Arts Catalyst to enable around 50 artists (and scientists) to work in an environment previously only experienced by astronauts and space scientists.

Kerry Doyle is the Director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso. The mission of the Rubin Center is to curate and commission works of contemporary art that encourage adventuresome thinking and dialogue. Located on the US/Mexico border and at the epicenter of the Americas, the Rubin serves as a laboratory for emerging artists and innovative practitioners from across the globe. Doyle specializes in projects that are interdisciplinary, participatory and performative, with a special focus on the border as subject and site.

Note: A limited number of box lunches will be available.

The ATEC/EMAC Colloquium Committee welcomes suggestions for speakers visiting the metroplex or from the metroplex. Please send your suggestions to one of the Colloquium Committee Members: Professors Roger Malina and Mihai Nadin; co-chairs: Andrew Famiglietti, Paul Fishwick, Mona Kasra and Bonnie Pitman.

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