2018 BIENNIAL: Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival
The 2018 CCA Biennial focus is on Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival. The aim is to stage artistic environments that provoke University-wide conversation about the persistence of passage, from environments to communities, while emphasizing the challenge of survival in hostile socio-ecological climates.
Duration lies at the core of conceptual, architectural, and media art, whether through the experience of the ephemeral media of installation, performance, screen, sound, and time-based art or through the representation of the passage of time via creation, migration, memory, and motion. The idea of duration thus foregrounds the artistic horizons of both temporality and corporeity, indicating the persistence and continued presence of the material world through which the historical and virtual are experienced in their potentiality.
Duration can be “short” in its transience, ephemerality, volatility, and perishability. And it can be “long” in its durability, endurance, steadfastness, longevity, and survival. Biennial projects ponder institutional and racial violence, the temporality of indigenous culture, the “long durée” of gradual historical alterations, trans gender and sexualities, slowness of painting and reading, contemplations of the built environment, “deep time” of ecology and volatile encroachments of global warming, passage of sound, and historical imperatives of persistence and survival under threatening cultural conditions.
2018 FEATURED CCA BIENNIAL ARTIST: CARRIE MAE WEEMS
Housed in specially designed structures on the Art Quad, the two-part installation, “Heave,” incorporates photography, video, text, spoken word, music, projection along with various design & architectural strategies to probe the devastating effects of violence in our life and time. Her work’s sustained investigations of social conflict explores the spectacle of violence in our contemporary lives.
The Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Artists, Hans Baumann (Switzerland/US) and Karen Pinkus (US) create a film and installation in the Engineering Quad rock garden, “Crystalline Basement,” to reflect on the deep history of geology and the multiple durations of its contemporary transformations.
THE CHARACTER OF CHARACTERS
To celebrate his inaugural campus residency as an A. D. White Professor-at-Large, Xu Bing screens his animination, “The Character of Characters,” in the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Accompanied by Johnson artworks by Xu Bing, the video dwells on the history of Chinese drawing and technology through the passage of time and environments.
NARRATIVES OF MEMORY: A CONVERSATION WITH TIME
Serving as FSAD Critic-in-Residence for Fall 2018, Ruby Chishti’s one-person show of fabric and sound art, “Narratives of memory: A conversation with time,” will be exhibitied in the Jill Stuart Gallery from October 22-November 4.
Shown in Documenta III, “Painting Relief,” 1964, is displayed in the Johnson Museum through partnership with Cornell alumnus, Shin-Yi Yang (Ph.D., Art History, 2006).
A MEDITATION ON TONGUES
A gender non-conforming interdisciplinary artist, performer, writer and the founder/artistic director of The NWA Project, Ni'Ja Whitson will stage their multimedia choreography, “A Meditation on Tongues,” in the Schwartz Center, a live-dance adaptation of filmmaker and activist Marlon T. Riggs’ 1989 film Tongues Untied, a groundbreaking portrait of Black, gay identity.
LOG KNOT - ON PERPETUAL WOOD CYCLES AND FOREST PROCESSES
Sasa Zivkovic capitalizes on his Department of Architecture lab’s large robotic saw to construct an elegant rounded sculpture of log parts recycled from Cornell’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest in an exciting display of the interfaces of design, ecology, art, and architecture. This installation brings together the promise of futuristic, robotic design with the prolongation of natural duration.
THE EMPEROR'S CANARY
This elegant outdoor sculptural sound art installation, located on two proximate symbolic sites, seeks to invite participants to join in the duration of sound. This past year, the artists, Joanna Malinowska and C.T. Jasper, featured a different variant of this piece on the High Line in Manhattan; their work also is featured in the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum’s “The Message: New Media Works.”
WOMEN EMPOWERED: FASHIONS FROM THE FRONT LINE
Denise Green's groundbreaking exhibition, to follow Ruby Chishti's show on Level T of the Human Ecology Building, will feature garments worn by prominent politicians, artists, activists, athletes, and educators, including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former Attorney General Janet Reno, Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Johnston, Haute Hijab's creative director Gizelle Begler, among others.
NEW INSTRUMENTS OF THE FUTURE PAST
Cornell Avant-Garde Ensemble (CAGE), an improvisation ensemble founded by Kevin Ernste, with guest Luciano Chessa, performs with intonarumori orchestra, featuring experimental musical instruments.
CCA 2018 Biennial
Lead Dean, CCA Kent Kleinman | Curator/CCA Director Timothy Murray | Program Coordinator Erin Emerson
Curatorial Committee Tao DuFour (Architecture) | Renate Ferro (Art) | Kathy Gleason (Landscape Architecture) |
Denise Green (Fiber Science & Apparel Design) | Salah Hassan (History of Art/Africana Studies/ICM) |
Soo Yon Lee (Graduate Student Respresentative) | Karen Pinkus (Romance Studies/Comparative Literature) |
Steve Pond (Music) | Amy Villarejo (Performing & Media Arts) | Ellen Avril (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art)