The starting point for creative independence involves a passionate interest in existence, recognizing the unavoidable discrepancy between appearance and actuality. In this quest, imagination is the psychological vulnerability by which metaphysical reason translates distinct perceptions and impressions into cohesive entities. Physics investigates objective matter, while metaphysics questions existence. Rational thinking considers these fields as coextensive physical entities. However, thoughts themselves function in an entirely different mental realm of non-physical manifestation.Read More
Join our newsletter and stay up to date! In our Fall 2014 newsletter we discuss the following; Return to Where You've Never Even Been: Potsdamer Platz, Interview with Mildred (Milly) Glimcher, IDSVA Board Member, New Residency: Istanbul and much more!
In June of 2014, our Berlin Residency had the pleasure of hosting renowned British philosopher, Howard Caygill, and his son, Piero. We had met Howard the previous June for a truly illuminating series of lectures on Henri Bergson, while cohort ’13 was at Spannocchia in Tuscany. Uncannily, this year’s lectures carried over a theme from the end of Bergson’s life: his resistance to the Nazis as a Jew in occupied Paris. In Berlin, Howard enthralled us with lectures based on his new book, On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance, which is an exploration of how oppression operates, but more importantly how resistance remains possible, even in the face of overwhelming odds.Read More
Mildred (Milly) Glimcher, with her husband, Arne Glimcher, founded the Pace Gallery on Newbury Street in Boston in 1960. They were both still in college. Since then, Ms. Glimcher has curated exhibitions and written books and articles about “Happenings,” Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Lucas Samaras, and art in post-war Paris, among other subjects. Ms. Glimcher has a BA in art history from Wellesley College and an MA/ABD from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, and received an honorary degree from IDSVA in 2013. She was the editor of Adventures in Art: 40 Years at Pace, a monumental work documenting all the exhibitions at the Pace Gallery from 1960 to 2000. Milly is one of IDSVA’s current board members.Read More
The idea of the artist philosopher is not unusual, but rather, has existed throughout the history of art. Artist such as Eduard Manet, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Breton, Joseph Kosuth and many others created works that raised critical questions about aesthetics, morality, social justice, and the role of art in the greater society. Their inter-textual approach to making art allowed them to give visual form to ideas that might otherwise not find representation. They used art to answer philosophical questions.Read More
Does a city actually generate ideas? Or is the melting pot […] just a place where those with ideas congregate? Which is to say, is a city merely a place where ideas come to fruition, brought in by outsiders—nomads—who are looking for a place to express themselves? (Mike Adams, 2nd Year IDSVA student)
This and other questions, in the spirit of IDSVA’s ethos of inquiry, were front and center during our summer residencies, and particularly in Istanbul, introduced for the first time as a residency site in the summer of 2014. The reference to the nomads is not accidental, but stems from the readings students do prior to their arrival in Istanbul, and further solicited by two lectures given by world-renowned philosopher and cultural theorist Sylvère Lotringer, founder of Semiotext(e), under the title “T. E. Lawrence and Nomadology: The War Machine.”Read More
Would you tell us about your current role at the San Francisco Art Institute?
I’ve been at SFAI for 17 years, because it is such a good fit for me professionally and artistically. It’s a unique school, founded in 1871, and has been a magnet for creative thinkers since it was founded. Boundary pushing, experimentation, and conceptual approaches to problem solving, are at the heart of its ethos. Currently I’m the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.Read More
It is said that all roads lead to Rome when it comes to the study of western history. After a rigorous spring semester it was indeed a thrill to arrive in the ancient city to kick off the topological studies component of the European residency. The September-ists from Cohort ’13 and the incoming Cohort ’14 had the pleasure of meeting for the first time with the Roman backdrop as our stunning mise-en-scene. During our brief stay we managed to visit the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Palatino, the Colosseum, the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Church. It was a visual feast at every turn, and spirits remained upbeat as we explored the aged corners of the city together. One of the highlights of our stay was spending time with Tom Huhn, a philosopher, critic, faculty member at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and a contributing scholar to IDSVA.Read More
The second Topological Studies in Paris for Cohort ’13 included a master class with feminist, literature and psychology scholar Dr. Jacqueline Rose, who will be the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Professor of Gender Studies at Cambridge this fall. In an astute and perfectly terse statement, an observation including a culture founded by Catholic kings and subsequently biased by the tyranny of the bourgeois, Rose asserted “Freedom requires the perfect amount of distance, or, total perspective.” In other words, freedom has been and is experienced as ideology—as the ideology of Western patriarchs. It is given to us and most do not interrogate it Socratically.Read More
Beautiful, bucolic Spannocchia—even its spoken tempo has a lyrical quality that inspires wonder. To all of us who have resided there, if only for a brief moment in time, Spannocchia signifies camaraderie, nurture and rigorous academic curiosity ... with, perhaps, a bit of mental stress mixed in for flavor. Add home style Italian cuisine and banquet tables for a secondary layer of meaning and allow it to simmer within memory. Spannocchia is magic.Read More
Florence historically was one of the wealthiest and most powerful cities in Europe. The patronage of the Medici created an ideological society promoting great civic pride in the city. One of the most important pieces of sculpture ever commissioned was Michelangelo’s David. David was and still is an homage to the ethnocentric European male, the dominating factor of the wealthy and the politically empowered myth of the ruling classes.Read More
Brown University in Providence is one of the eight eastern seaboard schools that might be called a “hederi-topia” (an ivy-space), which—please forgive me—I intentionally contrive as a pun on “heterotopia,” a word I first learned reading Foucault’s essay “Of Other Spaces” in our first-year seminar A Quick History of Philosophy. An ivy-league school is, to me, a kind of third space, a non-space, or a place of displacement—a place where I didn’t even dream of ever going to school. But there I was, part of Cohort ’12 starting our third and final year of coursework with IDSVA, at Brown University, an institution a dozen years older than the Declaration of Independence.Read More