Newsletter Fall 2013

Stay up to date with our newsletter! In our Fall 2013 newsletter we discuss the following; Italy Residency 2013 – Spannocchia And Venice, Castle Oh Castle – Spannocchia 2013 and much more!

Istanbul Residency Coming Soon!

Tentatively scheduled to begin summer 2014, the Istanbul residency will be for second-year students, who will travel either from Berlin to Paris to Istanbul, or from Berlin to Venice to Istanbul, depending on the year (Venice Biennale or Paris). Topological studies will be designed in relation to Berlin or Paris, in both cases taking into account Istanbul as an east/west nexus and as a city that cuts across all histories of art and culture, including the vibrant contemporary scene that has come to define today’s Istanbul.

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Italy Residency 2013 – Spannocchia And Venice

By Lorena Morales

As a product of traditional academia, I found the Spannocchia experience not short of revolutionary. I experienced unparalleled and welcome access to world-renowned visiting faculty, as well as the IDSVA faculty and staff. The artist and Renaissance man David Driskell conducted an intensive two-day seminar and dined with us en famille, confirming IDSVA’s commitment to guiding considered scholarship. Dr. Driskell literally illustrated the power of creativity in response to various environments and their specific atmospheres. Spannocchia began to prepare me for scholarship that is beyond responsibility by impelling contributions to the arts, art history, art theory, art criticism, aesthetics and philosophy: scholarship that offers truth as qualitative and not truth as an established, prescriptive, and selective code.

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Whitney Hunter On Being Named The David Driskell Fellow, 2013

How did you find out about the fellowship?

Doing research about the program, I went through each tab on the school website. I saw the David Driskell tab, watched the video of his lecture, and that took me to the tab about scholarship, fellowship, etc.

I was finally offered the fellowship as an incentive to help with the cost of attending the program and as recognition for my dedication and as an example to Dr. Driskell’s mission to “grow the field.” Before formally being offered the fellowship, I attended an artist talk at the Studio Museum in which Dr. Driskell discussed his artistic practice and curatorial work, and I thought, now that’s someone to whom I would like to be affiliated. He was smart, funny, and serious about his work and overall mission.

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2013 Berlin Residency – Walking With Kant And Hegel

Dr. Christopher Lonegan (IDSVA graduate of 2013) began the intensive study of the Kant-Hegel Divide Facilitated Reading course with the following invitation, based on the recollection that the philosopher Immanuel Kant was so regular in his daily walks that the neighbors could set their clocks by him:  Friends, please join me for a walk around the farm, and we will talk about this week’s reading.  Here’s how two students reacted to the new and old in Berlin.

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55th Venice Biennale, Venice Residency 2013

By Deborah Bouchette

Everyone seems to speak of the “Venice Biennale” as if it were located in one space.  I was surprised to find out that in addition to the original site, a second official site is located in the old arsenal complex, and then “collateral” events are staged in all sorts of spaces, even private homes and palaces (or palazzi), all over town.

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2013 Brown University Residency – Elements Of Enlightenment

By Mary Ann Davis

We pulled into Providence about half past 11 in the morning of a very hot Sunday in mid-July. My husband took me to lunch at a local restaurant before leaving me for a ten-day reunion/sojourn with my fellow travelers on the long and dirty road toward enlightenment. The Brown residency was about to begin for cohort ‘11. Sunday afternoon and some of Monday was taken up with settling the dorms at the Vartan Gregorian Quad — spare but roomy. Shopping for necessities and personal comforts (a clamp on lamp, a photograph of Dorothy’s ruby slippers) occupied and re-bonded us before the heavy lifting of Professor Paul Armstrong’s Methods course began.

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Dr. Michael Smith On Publishing His Dissertation

The holy grail of any dissertation writer is eventually transforming all that hard work into a viable book proposal that will convince a publisher that it’s worthy of putting into print. Securing a contract with a publisher is not only a huge boon if you’re in the academic job market, it’s also immensely satisfying on a personal level to have your scholarly work validated.

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Interview With Jason Hoelscher, Second-Year Student

What brought you to wanting to get your Ph.D.?

At a basic level, I was looking for new challenges. I’ve been reading art theory for years as a source of enjoyment and would pass the time reading theory. I worked graveyard shift at a gas station through undergrad and so am likely one of the few people in the art world who taught himself the basics of modernist, postmodernist and poststructuralist theory while sitting around a gas station for hours on end every night for a few years (maybe I can get some scholarship $$$ from Amoco…).

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New Technology Deployed

In July of 2012, a technology consultant created a proposal outlining the possible avenues of improving IDSVA’s technology—the electronic communication and data storage solutions utilized by faculty, staff, and students. The options ranged from making small upgrades to the existing FirstClass system to becoming a world leader in learning technology by developing our own best-in-class solution.

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Update on Accrediation

IDSVA currently stands in Candidacy Status for accreditation. Our most recent NEASC Site Visit, in 2012 during the summer residency at Brown University, went very well.  Our one remaining step for accreditation will be our final Site Visit, scheduled for the Brown Residency in summer 2015.

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