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panel session J2


Villalobos Panel

SATURDAY MARCH 21, 12:00-1:30PM

Session Chair: Patricia Villalobos Echeverría, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Email: patricia.villalobos@wmich.edu

This panel considers the impact of intersecting with international spheres of exchange and activity in collaborative projects.  Those intersections evidence agglutination of thoughts, ideas, and materials between two or more parties; in equal measure, the distillation and editing that occurs marks these experiences as being in a constant state of layering, revelation and erasure.  Printmedia has been a medium of exchange and collaboration that has led the practice into hybrid modes and cross-pollination: whether these are itinerant studio practices, social research as art or other more ephemeral practices. This panel will present projects, student and artist-based, that impel new models of art making that stem from these intersecting loci of activity and research.  Projects that challenge those involved to re-think their individual artistic practices and to reframe it into a dialogic practice that is in a constant state of dialogue with materials, ideas, and techniques are of particular interest. This panel further seeks to foster a conversation on whether and how systems of exchange can be integrated into institutional practices and curricula. The panel will be structured to foster extensive time for discussion between the panelists and the audience.

Presenter 1: Scott Betz, Winston-Salem State University, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
"Collaboration through Dialogue"

The Center for Design Innovation (CDI) is catalyzing economic transformation of the state's Piedmont area through design-focused activity based on advanced digital technologies that include 3D printing and modeling. Collaborating broadly with various academic, business, and community organizations, CDI deliberately works across disciplines and economic sectors to generate innovative results. This work involves development of techniques in data analysis, modeling, and visualization and often utilizes 3D printing in the process. This presentation will illustrate the pipeline from idea to print and showcase innovative projects coming out of the center. One project is Pop Song- a collaborative 3D print based on music and data that sparked an animation and performance as well as a 3D print.

Presenter 2: Michael W, Schneider, University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria
"I know you from your print!"
Printed Art is often the first, sometimes the only way to get to know an Art work or an Artist. Even though we have other means to publish, the printed work is still of utter importance. Prints covered extreme distances, overcame the iron curtain and allow to communicate in a visual and haptic way. 
Over the last 20 years I have explored the potential of print to communicate and exchange ideas as part of my identity as artist. This experience will be distilled into a few insights and many questions.

Presenter 3: Zuzanna Dyrda, The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wroclaw, Poland
"Culture of Student Exchanges in a European Context
For almost three past decades the Erasmus Programme has been supporting the integration of the European Union countries in the field of higher education through cross-academic exchanges. It is designed to be a powerful force in creating a pan-European identity. The Programme also enhances the opportunities for cooperative projects and mobility within the member countries. In the context of art education, the Erasmus exchange is a unique endeavor promoting synergy and international collaborative art projects. The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław facilitates the exchange of art students and tutors with more than 40 partners within the Erasmus Programme. Using examples based on her own experience, the lecturer, former participant of the Erasmus Programme, will illustrate its impact on learning and teaching processes in printmaking.

Presentation 4: M’Bwende Anderson, Nichole Maury and Patricia Villalobos Echeverría, Western Michigan University. Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
"Trace + Gestures: Kalamazoo <> Granada"

"Trace + Gestures" was a collaborative project between advanced level students of the Frostic School of Art and emerging artists from Central America. Collaborative groups explored notions of location, translation, cultural dialogues, and the traces that these may leave upon an individual, and those that the individual leaves behind. Globally, the use of zines, stencils/street art, social media and other print ephemera has had a rising impact in the current discourse about the free dissemination of ideas. Using those examples and various lectures by visiting artists, intense discourse was generated; those dialogues led the participants to create projects via interventions, installations, actions, video, and other less tangible forms. Two professors from Frostic School of Art and one professor from the institution EspIRA from Nicaragua led and guided the twenty-five young artists collaborating on site in Granada, Nicaragua. This presentation will address the way in which dialogic practice impacted the panelists and other participants.