Newsletter Fall 2018

Interview with Jason Hoelscher

by Wren Miller, Cohort ’18

Jason Hoelscher, IDSVA cohort ’12, defended his dissertation this past October. He is an Assistant Professor and Gallery Director at Georgia Southern University, and worked with 1st-year students as the IDSVA Writing Fellow at Spannocchia this past June. His fresh perspective was more than welcome for the students, and offered encouragement that indeed this journey we have all embarked on is one of a kind.

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Book Review: Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency by Santiago Zabala

by Silvia Pease, Cohort ’18

Since the time of Plato, philosophers have conceptualized utopian societies based on ideals of justice. Hence, Plato, himself, assigned the philosopher-king this existential responsibility. During the medieval period, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas searched for methods to improve the existence of their societies.

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Encounter with Topologies of Memory

by Jeca Rodríguez-Colón, Cohort ’15

This summer I traveled to Mazatlán, Mexico with Sandra Stephens, a friend and classmate from my IDSVA cohort, to take a break from our surroundings and immerse ourselves in an intensive review in preparation for our oral examinations.

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The Intertextual and Dialogic of Time

by Samuel W. Kochansky, Cohort ’18

At the summer residency in Paris, as we experienced our “Happening” with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, initially, we were caught in a vortex of ontology and existentialism—where are we and what is the state of our being?

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Judy Crook 5: Analysis Through Phenomological Methodology

by Mercedeh Mirshamsi, Cohort ’16

Judy Crook 5, an installation by media artist Jennifer Steinkamp, is a three dimensional digital animation of a generic tree form projected on the flat surface of a wall.  The tree form and its expansive botanical shape is a universal archetype and therefore has a deeply rooted phenomenological significance within the collective consciousness.

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Hermeneutics – The Choosing of the Arrow

by Angela M. Mosley, Cohort ’16

Henry Kirke Brown’s artwork, commissioned in 1848 by the American Art-Union, was completed in 1849 and is recognized as the first bronze sculpture made in America. The nameplate spoke to Brown’s studies in Italy and his desire to create distinctively American sculptures with unique national themes for distribution to a broad middle-class audience.

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