On Saturday, April 28, Tom McDonough, Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton, will join Joshua Chambers-Letson of Northwestern and Patricia Falguières of the French EHESS in providing readings of Danh Vo’s multivalent artistic practice, currently the subject of a major retrospective at the Guggenheim museum. For more information, visit https://www.guggenheim.org/event/danh-vo-symposium-take-my-breath-away?utm_source=eflux&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=spring18programs.
The following Binghamton students and alumni are presenting at CAA 2018 in Los Angeles. View the full program here: http://conference.collegeart.org/schedule/
“MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES IN THE CULTURAL SPHERE”
Time: 02/21/2018: 8:30AM–10:00AM
Location: Room 409B
“Architecting Water in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul: Art and Knowledge in Circulation”
Deniz Karakaş, Middlebury College
“RECONSIDERING PACIFIC STANDARD TIME: LA/LA”
Time: 02/21/2018: 2:00PM–3:30PM
Location: Room 403B
Josh Franco, Smithsonian Archives of American Art
“LEARNING FROM ELSEWHERE: CRITICAL ARTS PEDAGOGIES IN THE UNIVERSITY”
Time: 02/22/2018: 8:30AM–10:00AM
Location: Room 406A
Chair: Trista E. Mallory, The New School; Angelique Szymanek, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
“Feminist Histories and/as Critical Pedagogy”
Jen Kennedy, Queen’s University
“METHODOLOGIES FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ART OF GLOBAL ASIAS “
Time: 02/23/2018: 10:30AM–12:00PM
Location: Room 501C
““Chinese Symbol” to “Chinese Problem Situation”: Wang Nanming and the Theory of Critical Art”
Meiqin Wang, California State University Northridge
“ALTERNATIVE BEGINNINGS: TOWARDS AN-OTHER HISTORY OF IMMERSIVE ARTS AND TECHNOLOGIES” (NEW MEDIA CAUCUS)
Time: 02/22/2018: 2:00PM–3:30PM
Location: Room 406B
“Brazilian Avant-Garde’s Legacy of Exploring the Virtual”
Debora Faccion, Binghamton University
“A SECOND TALENT: ART HISTORIANS MAKING ART, PART II”
Time: 02/24/2018: 4:00PM–5:30PM
Location: Room 410
“Hecho a mano: Art History is Made by Hand”
Josh T. Franco, Smithsonian Institution
From Mountain to Mountain: Exchange between Yemen and Ethiopia, Medieval to Modern
Edited by Anne Regourd (University of Copenhagen) & Nancy Um (Binghamton University)
Recently, scholars have been committed to studying exchanges, particularly commercial ones, across and around the rims of the Red Sea. While these connections have involved Yemen and the Horn of Africa centrally, they have rarely penetrated beyond the scope of the coasts. In this special volume, scholars consider the long history of interfaces between Yemen and Ethiopia, thus moving into the landed interior. These papers explore linguistic, diplomatic, commercial, and technological exchanges and provide evidence, albeit sometimes scanty, for movements and associations that extend from mountain to mountain, rather than simply from coast to coast. The authors rely upon an array of diverse sources, including historical chronicles and glossaries, firsthand interviews, newspapers, letters from private archives, and material culture. This special issue will be published in three installments.
Nancy Um is chairing a research panel at the conference “Art and Architecture in the Long Eighteenth Century: HECAA at 25,” November 1-4, 2018, held at Southern Methodist University, and currently accepting proposals for presentations. See the panel abstract and submission details below.
This Saturday, October 27, Jeffrey West Kirkwood will participate in the symposium The Quality of Quantity: The German Critical Tradition in the Age of Datafication at New York University. His paper is titled “An Alternative History of Facts: From Ernst Mach to Kellyanne Conway”:
During a January 22, 2017 interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Kellyanne Conway, senior advisor to President Donald Trump, introduced a phrase that would gain almost instant notoriety: “alternative facts.” Conway was responding to the heavy criticisms of White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer’s claims that the crowd in attendance for Trump’s inauguration “was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period.” On the one hand, Chuck Todd claimed that for Spicer aerial photographs “tell the story,” implying that they documented a reality that was self-evident. On the other, Spicer and Conway also contended that satellite and overhead images were rigged by mass media outlets to indicate a lackluster turnout when compared to previous inaugurations. The images were thus seen simultaneously as proof per se of what they depicted and likewise treated as highly manipulable instruments of deception whose truth was tied to protocols of fact production.
What the dust-up recalls is an overlooked artifact of earlier discourses about the possibilities for multiple, legitimate, counterfactual states tied to mechanical image-making technologies. Namely, it calls to mind the matter of what are called “counterfactuals.” As the paper contends, counterfactuals, and specifically counterfactual thought experiments, were a centerpiece of epistemologies rooted in optical technologies that reached their apex at the beginning of the twentieth century. From Galileo to Ernst Mach (who coined the term “thought experiment”), optical technologies did not merely provide positive evidence for real states, but also introduced methods for dealing with states that did not or could not exist.