Posts Tagged ‘Apartment Talk’

Suzie Silver/Jasdeep Khaira and William E. Jones at Apartment Talks

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Apartment Talk #9: Suzie Silver/Jasdeep Khaira and William E. Jones

I am pleased to report that, with two recent literary events, things are really heating up at the 2013 Carnegie International Apartment Talks.

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Heppenstall is gone (again)

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Just around the corner from the Lawrenceville Apartment where we do talks, beer, and pizza is the Heppenstall industrial building with this beautiful signage on the roof. Well, was. Heppie (as the locals call it) is gone. Again. Founded in 1889 by Sam Heppenstall and established in 1960 as Heppenstall Europe in Switzerland (there it is, that’s why I like this place so much!), the ownership of the Heppenstall Designs and Manufacturing Knowledge was transferred to Heppenstall Europe in 1979. Now they finally took down the sign too, what a shame! I’m pretty sure that these letters will end up in a nice Wall Street bar in boutique New York as real work turns into decoration these days.

Jamie Skye Bianco, Haakon Faste, and Justseeds at Apartment Talks

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Apartment Talk #8: Jamie Skye Bianco and Haakon Faste

On March 13, we hosted two very engaged local academics doing interesting work at the intersection of new media, the humanities, and design. Jamie Skye Bianco is an assistant professor in the Composition, Literacy, Pedagogy, and Rhetoric group at the University of Pittsburgh, where she specializes in digital media, digital composition and rhetoric, media theory, and contemporary narrative. Jamie talked about her work in digital/tactical media and human affect, and screened some of her video work.

Haakon Faste is a visiting assistant professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at CMU, where his research focuses on virtual experience and interaction design. His recent installations incorporate real-time interaction and immersive environments drawing on novel paradigms such as telepresence robotics, stereoscopic projections, and kinesthetic immersion. Haakon discussed ways in which perceptual robotic art might save the human species from extinction. Minds were blown.

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Apartment Talk # 9: Mary Tremonte and Shaun Slifer of Justseeds Artist Cooperative

On April 11, Mary Tremonte and Shaun Slifer of the Justseeds Artist Cooperative (a decentralized group of 24 artists with a distribution center in Pittsburgh) presented the group’s portfolios, prinstallations, and interventions in support of causes like Artists Against the Prison Industrial Complex, the Occupy movement, labor rights, and fracktivism. I’ve included photos from their collaboration with Iraq War Veterans Against the War called Operation Exposure, in which Coop members teamed up with vets to poster Chicago and raise awareness about the traumatic effects of combat. Also included are a couple images of their recent Voices From Outside exhibition, organized in collaboration with Book ‘Em, a local books-to-prisoners program.

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Corin Hewitt at Apartment Talks

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Apartment Talk #7: Corin Hewitt

One of my favorite past curatorial projects was Corin Hewitt’s Seed Stage. As a curator, you move on quickly at the end of projects, on to the next set of problems to be solved. Corin moved to Richmond to teach sculpture to grads at the Virginia Commonwealth University at about the same time I moved to Pittsburgh, but we kept in touch. It was fortuitous that Corin was on his way to town to meet some cool robotics folks at the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon. He flew in a bit early to talk to us about his sculptural practice, his ongoing performative projects, and the burden and blessing of family influence.

Jerstin Crosby and Jasdeep Khaira at Apartment Talks

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Apartment Talk #6: Jerstin Crosby and Jasdeep Khaira / Encyclopedia Destructica

Jerstin Crosby and Jasdeep Khaira co-hosted our latest installment of the Apartment Talks series on Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 at 113 44th Street. Jerstin Crosby, a transplant from Raleigh, North Carolina and a member of Team Lump presented his work to date including a parody of environmentalism in Goth Seinfeld.

Jasdeep Khaira, co-founder of Encyclopedia Destructica gave a preview of the DIY book publisher’s latest project Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities curated by Suzie Silver.

Highlights of the night included a video on alien abduction and a healthy serving of Meat Lover’s pizza.

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