Talks | Apr 25 2023 6:30-8:00pm
Agential Landscapes: Touched by Invisible Matter
Tuesday April 25, 2023 | 6:30-8:00pm
Location: Residency Unlimited
360 Court Street (main green church doors), Brooklyn NY 11231 (map)
Loosely borrowing the concept of agential realism by Karen Barrad, the art historian and curator Jovana Stokic will engage in dialogue with the RU artist Ivana Mirchevska on how landscapes are not just backdrop for action, but matter that can not be disentangled from the networks in which they emerge. Landscapes are always in motion, an intra-active becoming, a congealing of agency. The notion of landscape seems to be prevailing throughout Ivana’s practice. Sometimes approached as the vessel for action, other times recognized along its constitutive parts as mediators in creations of the conditions of life, as well as a virtual space of sifting corporealities. Ivana’s work adopts the lens of landscape mutability, vibrant surfaces and diffraction as conceptual frameworks that allow her to address challenges of intercorporeality and care.
Informed by new materialist feminist thinking, phenomenological accounts and media theory, Ivana’s work interrogates how technologies of vision shape the contours of our cultural, political and intimate landscape, thus intervening into the ways we feel, think, move and ultimately act.
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Ivana Mirchevska (b.1992, Skopje) is the recipient of the Denes Award for Young Visual Artists (2022). She is an interdisciplinary artist working across moving images, text, sound, and sculpture. Ivana's research is drawn to topics that emerge from the intersection of technologies of vision, the spatial configuration of the gaze, and the body. In her practice she is exploring image making practices that defy nature culture dominant visual narratives. Her artistic research and practice usually assume the form of elaborate speculative environments and hybrid installations. Click here for her full bio.
Jovana Stokic is a Belgrade-born, New York-based art historian and curator. She is currently on the faculty of the MFA Art Practice, School of Visual Arts, New York, and New York University Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions, and Art History Department, SUNY New Paltz. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Stokic is a former fellow at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; a researcher at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the curator of the Kimmel Center Galleries, New York University; and the performance curator at Location One, New York.
Co-author of The Methuen Drama Companion to Performance Art, which offers a comprehensive guide to the major issues and interdisciplinary debates concerning performance in art contexts that have developed over the last decade; and the essay for 59th Venice Biennale exhibition catalog of Montenegro. She is a member of AICA, Serbia.
This program benefits from the support of The Trust for Mutual Understanding.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.