Experimental Engagements Exhibit at the Viewpoint Gallery in the Student Center

Posted on November 15, 2019

Experimental Engagements Exhibit at the Viewpoint Gallery in the Student Center
Viewpoint Gallery exhibit

Experimental Engagements exhibit at the Viewpoint Gallery in the Student Center

The Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA) is partnering with UCI Illuminations for its 33rd annual meeting and event: Experimental Engagements. Focusing on engagement with a “world out of balance,” the three-day conference will offer over 100 panels, workshops, and other events that push the boundaries of art, science, and literature.

From November 7 to November 9, the Student Center hosted a variety of keynote speakers and artists in the Student Center whose talks were free and open to the public:

Laura Kurgan: Keynote Address
Thursday, November 7, 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Pacific Ballroom CD

Laura Kurgan is a Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. There she directs the Center for Spatial Research and the Visual Studies curriculum. She is the author of various works such as Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics and co-editor of Ways of Knowing Cities. Her works have been showcased internationally, most recently at the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2019). Through the art, science, and visualization of big and small data Kurgan explores the ethics and politics of digital mapping and its technologies.

Sara Diamond: Keynote Address
Thursday, November 7, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Pacific Ballroom CD

Sara Diamond is the president of OCAD University, the largest art, design, and media university in Canada. Through her strength in art and design, Diamond has pushed the university into becoming a top leader in digital media, inclusive design, and sustainable technology. During her address, Diamond will speak on OCAD U’s work to bring a diversity of voices together. She desires to position human and environmental agencies at the forefront of discussion in a time of algorithmic technologies.

In Conversation with Lauren Woods
Friday, November 8, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Pacific Ballroom CD

Lauren Woods is a conceptual artist who specializes in hybrid media projects—film, video sound installations, public interventions, and site-specific work—to engage the socio-politics of the present using history as a lens. Her presentation will be about her artwork American Monument, a viewer-activated monument addressing police brutality and the killing of African Americans. Through her art, she explores the invisible dynamics of society that exist in living memory.

Andrea Polli: Keynote Address
Saturday, November 9, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Pacific Ballroom CD

Andrea Polli is an environmentalist artist working at the crossroads of art, science, and technology. She works to create artwork designed to raise awareness of environmental issues via sound art, vehicle-based works, public-light works, mobile media experience, and bio-art and design. She hopes to accentuate the relationship between energy and environmental stability to inspire people to change the world for the better.

In addition to the Student Center events, there were also free special events associated with the SLSA throughout the weekend. These events consisted of a variety of creative performances, art exhibitions, and a closing party. For information, please check the conference website.

The Viewpoint Gallery itself, located in the Student Center near the Crystal Cove Auditorium, features a variety of photographs and art pieces that show the various works of a “world out of balance.” So while you’re trying to find that balance between studying for your midterms or napping in Langson Library, stop by and take a relaxing walk around the art gallery. The exhibit will be viewable until Sunday, November 17.