deFine Art | SCAD Museum Of Art | “We are the result of the stimulus we receive.” – Alfredo Jaarkicked off the week as the keynote speaker honoree at this year’s deFINE ART presented by SCAD. Stimulating! In order to “define art”” Jaar deferred to Chinua Achebe‘s quote:
“Art is man’s constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him.”
Michelle’s reflection on Alfredo’s keynote address: Alfredo Jaar is an absolute genius. We had the pleasure of filming an interview, class visit and master class with him at deFINE ART. He is an architect, film maker and artist who focuses on socio-political issues to educate and instill curiosity in people. I was reminded last night, be curious and always question. “To be young and not a revolutionary is a biological contradiction.” -Salvador Allende
Trevor’s reflection on the Alfredo sessions: As an artist and as a man, I got the immediate impression that Alfredo loves people. His work deals with human rights. There were so many concepts and ideas that Alfredo spoke about in the interviews and discussions on our shoots. It was a lot to digest in a brief time. Here are a few of the many things that sparked my imagination:
1) He spoke about popular culture manifesting reality, using the example of an African American President in the United States becoming reality. Suggesting the notion took root in the minds of people years ago, then was expressed by the rappers and musicians, and in characters on Film and Television, and finally pop culture became reality with President Obama.
2) His statement “For something to become art it must be made public.” How true. A work with no audience serves no one.
3) At his keynote he addressed many social issues in our world. I found the “Passion For Education” protests and the moxie of the Chilean student protestors so inspiring. Especially those without financing that won seats in the Chilean government through social media.
4) Things come back around. As a kid growing up in Canada in the 80’s, I would listen relentlessly to music. One of my favorite albums of all time is U2 – The Joshua Tree. The last track on the album (which I would listen to repeatedly) is a powerful, moving tribute to the Madres de Plaza de Mayo, a group of women whose children had been “disappeared” by the Argentineand Chilean dictatorships in the 70’s. The song contains stunning beauty and sadness. I vaguely remember the news of the Detenidos Desaparecidos joining U2 on stage during a performance in Santiago, Chile on the PopMart Tour in 1998.It was fascinating to see this man, on stage, in Savannah, 2014, speaking about the South American regime that seized power during that coup d’états on September 11th, 1973. He spoke of how that pivotal moment had inspired and shaped his life. An estimate gives 22,000 killed or “disappeared” between 1975 and mid-1978 in and around Santiago by the hands of the Chilean secret police. The violence, destruction, followed by the rebirth and renewal of modern day Santiago. Followed by the uprising of today’s disenfranchised youth struggling for a better tomorrow. He echoed this worldwide life cycle of struggle and rebirth throughout his works.
5) Thank you for introducing us to the beautiful Iranian song “Between the Heavens and Me” by Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard.
In the few hours we spent with him; we learned a lot. Alfredo reminded us to wake up and pay attention to the world. Thank you Mr. Jaar.
“Art is all about life or the life experience” – Tallur L. N.’s exhibit, Balancing Act is on exhibit at the SCAD Museum of Art for the next few months. In this, his first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Tallur brings us interactive works that leave us thinking of the dichotomies between the tangible and ethereal, figurative and abstract, and the decorative and conceptual.
The Rebel (and other myths), choreographed by the dynamic Jonah Bakaer was created in response to the SCAD Museum of Art’s unique architecture.
On Tuesday, we created a time lapse video to capture the amazing visual artist, performer and choreographer Tony Orrico as he presented “Penwald: 8, 12 by 12 on Knees.” During a five hour process Orrico used his body as a compass to merge drawing with movement and create the distinctive visual composition made entirely of circles: a penwald drawing. Presented as part of deFINE ART 2014.
“I think art is the driving desire to make.” – Whitney Stansell, SCAD alumn. Truly inspiring interview shoot with Whitney & Micah Stansell, who made no pretenses that you have to love what you do and be the ‘hardest working person you know’ in order to succeed in your discipline. Their ‘Scarlet Air’ sound and video installation was designed specifically for deFINE ART.
The week was filled with stunning artists, exhibits and insights. Special thank you to Producer Jason Piccolo and the SCAD Visual Media team. Check out the exhibits ongoing this spring at www.scad.edu/defineart2014
Client :: Savannah College of Art & Design
98 Productions Videography Team :: Trevor Jenkins + Michelle Kanke + Jeannette Bansbach + Brian Taylor + John Haverland