CCA Biennial 2018: Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival

When 11 Aug 2018 - 23 Dec 2018
Where Cornell University
Cornell Council for the Arts B1-E Sibley Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850
United States
Enquiry 607.255.7274

Opening conference: September 28–29

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) announces the theme and participants for the 3rd CCA Biennial, 2018, Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival. Curated by CCA Director, Timothy Murray, the 2018 CCA Biennial features Carrie Mae Weems and Xu Bing along with 18 installations and performances across the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York.

The aim of Duration: Passage, Persistence, Survival is to stage artistic environments that might provoke 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. Projects might ponder variations of the temporality of indigenous culture, the morphing of bio and animal, the “long durée” of gradual historical alterations, transitions of global cyber culture, slowness of painting and reading, contemplations of the built environment, the “deep time” of ecology and the volatile encroachment of global warming, or the historical resonance of “passage” with contemporary imperatives of persistence and survival under threatening cultural conditions.

Image courtesy of the organizer.

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