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CEE #38

Untitled Fans (2022) by Vy Trinh

 

ISSUE CONTENTS

LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR     THIRD THURSDAY    |   CLAIMING BLACKNESS   |   FIELD NOTES FROM THE EMPATHIC UNIVERSE   |   MEET MARGIT EDWARDS   | "ONE TAKE/TAKE ONE" EXHIBIT   |   CONVERSATIONS     GATHERINGS   |  
APPLY TO SSMF  | SPRING COURSE LISTINGS


 

The leaves have finally begun turning, and if you’re in Philadelphia right now you’re excited about the sports teams (go Phillies!!).  Living on Broad Street in South Philadelphia means we always get a front seat to the various forms of celebration that happen after big wins, which is a lot of fun (but I will truly never understand what compels people to climb light poles!).  

 

In Jamaica this past weekend – I was there to screen our film, “Four Days in May,” as part of the Kingston Biennial – a friend who had gone to both documenta 15 and Venice remarked that this was the year of upending art “as we know it.”  This led me to wonder about how we “know” art, which is of course part of the point of drawing attention to – and dismantling – the hierarchies of value that have shaped our experiences of creative practice.  It also led me to think about the ways creative practice can be a form of care.  Deborah Anzinger, artist and director of NLS Kingston collaborated with a class Grace Sanders Johnson, Krystal Strong, and I taught last spring called “Sighting Black Girlhood.”  Deborah hosted us for two weeks this past summer as we worked toward an exhibit of portraiture inspired by The Colored Girls Museum’s “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” project.  Four artists were commissioned to choose a “muse,” and to work with their muses toward creating portraits (you can see them below).  When we debriefed after the exhibit opened, Deborah mentioned that one of the unexpected outcomes of the project was that it created a portal for “intergenerational care.”  I thought this was a lovely way to conceptualize what should happen in our classrooms, and in our engagements with each other.  How are we holding our students and colleagues as we work toward the new knowledges on the horizon?  We’ll look forward to seeing you at the very beginning of next month at our CEE Fellows’ events!


 
Deborah A. Thomas 

R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology
Director, Center for Experimental Ethnography

Special Events  
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH AT 1:30 PM
Ken Lum + Krzysztof Wodiczko for Third Thursday
 
Join us November 17th ***AT 1:30 PM***  to hear Ken Lum in conversation with artist and professor Krzysztof Wodiczko. Wodiczko will discuss his large-scale, community-engaged visual art projections including " The Tijuana Projection" and "LORO". **Note that this will begin at 1:30 PM instead of the usual time.** REGISTER HERE
FALL FELLOWS FINAL EVENTS:
 Save the Date

THURSDAY, DEC 1ST AT 4:30 PM

"Claiming Blackness" with Damani Partridge, the filmmakers, and Ahmed Shah

Save the date for a special free, public and IN-PERSON book launch and screening with Fall 2022 CEE Fellow and Anthropologist Damani Partridge, which will take place at Slought. We will be celebrating the release of his newest book "Blackness as a Universal Claim" and screenings films from his "Filming the Future of Philadelphia" CEE Course. Filmmakers and special visitors will engage in discussion after the film.   >>KEEP READING<<

FRIDAY, DEC 2ND AT 4:30 PM

Saya Woolfalk and "Field Notes from the Empathic Universe"

Save the date for a special free, public and IN-PERSON presentation and gathering with Fall 2022 CEE Fellow and Multimedia Artist Saya Woolfalk, when we will be celebrating the release of her new catalog with the Newark Museum of Art.   >>KEEP READING<<
Conversations
NEW AFFILIATED FACULTY
Margit Edwards & Africana Theatre

A warm welcome to our new Affiliated Faculty Member Margit Edwards. Margit Edwards is a Lecturer in Theatre Arts, and a Doctoral candidate in Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research interests include 20th & 21st century Africana theatre and performance, theories of coloniality/modernity, and transcultural African dance dramaturgy.   >>KEEP READING<<
 
ART EXHIBIT & ETHNOGRAPHIC ENGAGEMENT
One Take/Take One

In Summer 2022, Vy Trinh (Sculpture Artist & MFA Candidate at Penn Design) exhibited One Take/Take One in the Thủ Thiêm peninsula, a new construction zone across the Saigon River from the center of the city. The sculptures were built from materials Mr. Linh and other metal scrapworkers in the peninsula collected, and draw attention to the traffic of materiality (metal scraps) and the flow of labor in the city.
 >>KEEP READING<<
FILM SCREENING SUCCESS
A Bloody Path to Survive: Ending the Stigma Behind Menstruation

Congratulations to Shelby Davies and her teen collaborators on their film screening at IFAP this last week.  As part of a CHOP research study on inequities in adolescent menstrual health, adolescents shared their experiences with menstruation  >>WATCH IT HERE<<
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
CAMRA SSMF 2023
This years CAMRA Screening Scholarship Media Festival theme is "works in progress" . Learn more about the festival and submitting your work  >>HERE>>
Gatherings
NEW AT CEE
Working Groups

This Fall semester, CEE is supporting the Anti-colonial Poetry and Philosophy, Black Reproductive, and Disability and Debility groups. CEE continues to be interested in generating productive conversations, if this is something you are interested in joining please reach out to us! 

>>KEEP READING<<
CAMRA GRADUATE GROUP
Multimodal Workshops

Join CAMRA workshop your multimodal projects, ideas, or concepts! Starting October 2022, CAMRA will be hosting a monthly workshop space on second Thursdays for people to bring in, share, and work through their multimodal projects with a community of people interested in and/ or are engaged in multimodal work. Expect visits from CAMRA mentors, faculty, members and alumni through the semester. We will be at the Center for Experimental Ethnography and will have access to video and audio technology for those who might need it. 
WEDNESDAYS AT 10AM
Experimental Writing Group

Join CEE for Experimental Writing 
Wednesday's, where we are hoping to create space and collective energy for our individual writing projects. This group especially welcomes colleagues who are incorporating extra-textual materials like photography, film, and art, in their writing, or using experimental textual forms, though all kinds and levels of writing are welcome! We commence with a brief discussion of our projects and writing goals for the session, and then write together till 12:00 or 12:30.  >>KEEP READING<<
Spring 2023 Courses

Jeanne Lieberman and Shari Hersh.
Building Environmental Justice in Philadelphia: Participatory Action Research Seminar with Mural Arts

Using art as a point of entry into environmental justice, students in this seminar will contribute to a citywide (Philadelphia) campaign to end short-dumping, the illegal dumping of waste. This campaign is being launched by Mural Arts’ Environmental Justice Department together with environmental justice partner organizations across Philadelphia...


  
Jennifer Joan Thompson

On the Stage and in the Streets: An Introduction to Performance Studies

What do Hamilton, RuPaul’s Drag Race, political protest, TikTok Ratatouille, and Queen Elizabeth’s funeral have in common? They all compose repertoires of performance. From artistic performances in theatres, galleries, and concert halls to an individual’s comportment in everyday life, to sporting events, celebrations, courtroom proceedings, performance studies explores what happens when...

 

Regina Austin, Alissa M. Jordan , and Juan Castrillón 
Critical Qualitative Research and the Intentional Torts (Proseminar)

This course is designed to introduce professional school students to critical multimodal qualitative research in two ways. First, the course will consider the value of qualitative research to the analysis of contemporary social justice controversies that are the subject of actual intentional torts cases.


Francesca Ammon

Topics in Historic Preservation: Photography and the City

This seminar concentrates on a selected topic in the social and cultural history of the built environment. Past themes have included photography and the American city and the relationship between cities and sound.


Peter Decherney
Virtual Reality Lab

In this collaboration between Penn and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), students will work with with curators to create virtual reality projects connected to the museum's collections. This course mixes virtual reality theory, history, and practice.


Margit Edwards

The Black Arts Movement: Theatre and Performance

This course examines the Theatre and Performance practices of the Black Arts Movement from the mid-1960s to mid-1970s.The Black Arts Movement (BAM) emerges in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Philadelphia among other locations, as a cultural component of the Black Power Movement, and its legacy continues to this day.
 

Toorjo Ghose Aaron Levy
Art and Social Work: Art and the Ecology of Justice

How can the arts help us build a more just society? How can the arts transform social structures and systems? Public health crises involving clean water (Flint), police violence (Baltimore), and a lack of economic and educational opportunity following reentry (Philadelphia) make legible the need for a new visual language that critiques these conditions and challenges entrenched structural inequalities. 
 


Grace Sanders Johnson and Deborah Thomas 
Sighting Black Girlhood

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the deep inequities of our social systems, and protests against police killings drew broader attention to anti-Black state violence worldwide, yet the gendered dimensions of these problems are not always fully understood. While many in the public have..
 

Kristina Lyons and Marilyn Howarth
Transdisciplinary Environmental Humanities

Emergent transdisciplinary fields, such as the environmental and medical humanities, reflect a growing awareness that responses to contemporary environmental dilemmas require the collaborative work of not only diverse scientists, medical practitioners, and engineers, but also more expansive publics, including artists, urban and rural communities, social scientists, and legal fields. This course is inspired by the need to attend to….
 

Jairo Moreno 
Audiovisual Climate Research
In this course, you will collaborate with your peers to create a public-facing, digital exhibit that communicates research about a local problem posed by the climate crisis. First you will encounter theories for communicating climate research in sounds, images, and embodied practices.
 

Brooke O’Harra and Heather Love 
Queer Archives, Aesthetics, and Performance

This course focuses on questions of how to represent the queer past, which it approaches from several angles: through training in archival methods and in scholarly debates about historiographical ethics (or, in the words of David Halperin, "how to do the history of homosexuality"); through engagement with the work of artists...
 

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