2016 Cornell Biennial
Why EMPATHY?
Looked at from a wide perspective, ideas and experiences of empathy are expressed in many disciplines and forms, including many that would not immediately or characteristically be understood as empathetic: affordances in architecture and design, artificial intelligence in computation, mirror neurons in developmental psychology, network applications in information studies, responsive environments in media, synthetic biology in science, are but the few that come to mind.

The 2016 Cornell Biennial will address the ways in which feeling is form and explore how the objects, buildings, clothing, machines, languages, and images we construct are shaped by our intentional or implicit emotional, interdependent relationship to others.

Meet the Artists

The 2016 CCA Biennial, focused on the cultural production of empathy, will address the ways in which feeling is form and explore how the objects, buildings, clothing, machines, languages, and images we construct are shaped by our intentional or implicit emotional, interdependent relationship to others. Whether by framing a connection that already exists or by providing the condition for new connections, what we create can either merely extend our own personal desires, goals, and directives, or can alternatively function as a bridge between who I am and who you are so that aesthetic experiences are interdependent, collaboratively generated and inherently reciprocal.

Ideas of interdependent form in art have been addressed recently in theories of relational and participatory practices, but theories of art’s generation out of an intentional acknowledgement of the other—whether viewer, audience, citizenry, crowd, or globe—is often understood as rhetorical anticipation rather than actual co-authorship. It is the structure of inter-subjective experience that we hope to understand through a variety of ways of thinking about form as the political, aesthetic, and societal distinctions between “me” and “we.”

Looked at from a wide perspective, ideas and experiences of empathy are expressed in many disciplines and forms, including many that would not immediately or characteristically be understood as empathetic: affordances in architecture and design, artificial intelligence in computation, mirror neurons in developmental psychology, network applications in information studies, responsive environments in media, synthetic biology in science, are but the few that come to mind.

Read more at The Cornell Chronicle.

Participating artists + groups
Side by Side
Pepón Osorio
Side by Side
Capitoline Wolves
Caroline Woolard
Capitoline Wolves
Revolution
Revolution
Desert in Light
Rebekah Maggor with Rama Haydar
Desert of Light
Urchin
Caroline O'Donnell
Urchin
American Spolia
Aleksandr Mergold
American Spolia: Crossing the Line
Hear Me
Min Keun Park
Hear Me
Queer Rockers
Caroline Woolard
Queer Rockers
Race & Empathy Project
Corinna Loeckenhoff
Race & Empathy Project
LE STORIE DI VITA NEL LEGNO
Ariana Kim
Le storie di vita nel legno (The Stories of Life on Wood)
Traveling Tool Library
Building Community
Traveling Tool Library
Every other year, we celebrate challenging works of contemporary art.


Biennial

Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival



Biennial

Abject/Object Empathies



Biennial

Intimate Cosmologies: The Aesthetics of Scale in an Age of Nanotechnology

Narratives of Memory
Capitoline Wolves
A Needle Woman

2016 Cornell Biennial

Lead Dean Kent Kleinman | Curator/CCA Director Stephanie Owens | Program Coordinator Erin Emerson
Curatorial Assistant Mariko Azis | CCA Interns Prateek Rath & Maggie O’Keefe

Curatorial Committee Andrea Inselmann (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art & Photography, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art) | ED Intemann (Senior Lecturer, PMA)
Kevin Ernste (Associate Professor, Music; Director Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center) | Maria Goula (Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture)
Caroline O’Donnell (Associate Professor, Architecture) | Kathleen Gibson (Associate Professor, Human Ecology)

Frank Parish AAP Facilities Director | Jason Cragle Cornell Facilities Project Manager | Danny Salomon Rand Shop Manager | Sara Garzon | Cameron Neuhoff ’16
Dan Aloi Cornell Chronicle | Jason Koski University Photography | Robert Barker University Photography

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