Discursive & Curatorial Productions Initiative Presents

A talk by

Gareth James

Conflict of the Faculties:
Tensions in the field of Art and Education

Friday, 31 May 2013, 3:30-5pm

UC San Diego, Structural and Materials Engineering (SME) Building, Room# 149,
9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093

Gareth James works at the intersection of theory and practice in the form of objects, images, writing, and pedagogy. His work often reacts to ideas of economy and production, while also displaying humor and inventiveness in outcomes that deal with the objective nature of art. Gareth is a co-founder of the Scorched Earth publication and was one of the founding members of the cooperatively organized Orchard Gallery. He currently teaches at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

James’s work is constituted through his abiding interest in histories of iconoclasm in which the social divisions and inequities that mark and delimit artistic practice are registered most emphatically. In James’ practice as an artist and as a writer, conventional aesthetic discourse is lost and rediscovered in neighboring fields such as topology or psychoanalysis; capitalist property relations are seen to exert as much determinative force on the visual field as phenomenological bodies; and theoretical materials are indistinct from physical ones in an incipient philosophy of materials. In his teaching, James incorporates a wide base of theoretical paradigms and experimental methodologies in order to examine the fullest extension of the field of art.

Suggested Readings: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7W1Xn3o1n_zNC1DZW1xcGcta0k&usp=...

Paolo Virno, “Jokes and Innovative Action: For a Logic of Change,” in Multitude Between Innovation and Negation (Los Angeles: Semiotext(e), 2008).

Gareth James, “Please Kill Me: ‘Children of the Projects’ Merlin Carpenter at American Fine Arts, Co., New York,” Texte zur Kunst 51 (September 2003).

Bruno Bosteels, “Introduction,” in Wittgenstein’s Philosophy (London; New York: Verso, 2009).

David Muenzer and Gareth James, “A Real Problem of Materials: Gareth James in Conversation,” Art Log, 24 October 2011.


The Discursive and Curatorial Productions Initiative is a Visual Arts Department space designed for critical dialogue and experimentation in curatorial and discursive practices, with workshops for research into art practice, the aesthetics of materialization, and the cognitive and pedagogical potential of aesthetics.

Participating Artists:
Catherine Czacki
Kristin Gallerneaux
Jaekyung Jung
Alex Kershaw
Katrin Pesch
Tim Ridlen

Organized by Lara Bullock, Sascha Crasnow, and Elizabeth Miller
 

Image courtesy of Gareth James