6th Annual Visual Arts Department Graduate Conference

The Nature of Space

Saturday, 9 March 2013, 9AM-3PM

Structural & Materials Engineering Building (SME) Visual Arts Presentation Space, Ground Floor
UC San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093

The Visual Arts Department at the University of California San Diego will host its annual conference entitled "The Nature of Space." This conference aims to investigate issues related to space and place within the visual arts and also across a multitude of disciplines.

As the discipline of geography has slowly withdrawn from academia as a discrete departmental entity, investigations into issues of space have been integrated into other fields of study. Given this phenomenon, the exploration and utilization of spatial theory and issues of site by visual artists has become more prominent. Site-specificity has expanded beyond the public art commissions and earthworks from which the term originated in the 1970s to entail broader issues of imagined geographies and the socio-political landscape. These complexities have been imagined and addressed by artists, curators, and scholars utilizing the tools and vocabulary of architecture, urban planning, and political science, as well as that of the visual arts. However, the visual arts have also been afforded a unique and critical position of agency with regard to the production of space and place by virtue of the arts' ability to work outside imposed structures such as traditional disciplinary confines or even the realm of logical reality. In many ways, this position transcends the metaphorical and figurative understandings of space, effectually altering the ways in which space and site are apprehended. Moreover, the changing nature of negotiations between the visual arts and spatial production since mid-century has reached a moment of critical complexity in the wake of both Modernism's formal concerns with space and the resonant impact of institutional critique on conventionalized ideas of space and site. In a broader sense, the seeming ubiquity of technology, speed of communications, and proliferation of travel have also considerably altered conceptions of the spatial environment.



The Nature of Space


 Elizabeth Miller at Symposium 2013


9 - 9:45 am: Presenter check-in [SME*]

9:45 - 10 am: Opening remarks by PhD Student Elizabeth Miller.  [SME*]

10 - 11:30 am:

Spaces of Conflict / Transition


 Heidi Effenberger at Symposium 2013

Heidi Effenberger

Boston University
M.A. student, History of Art and Architecture
“Water Configures Space in the Art of María Magdalena Campos-Pons”


 Sara Solaimani at Symposium 2013


Sara Solaimani

University of California, San Diego
Ph.D. student, Art History, Theory, and Criticism
“Meanings of Collaborative Practice in the Tijuana-San Diego Borderlands Region”


 Talia Shabtay at Symposium 2013

Talia Shabtay

University of Connecticut
M.A. student, Art History
“Bringing Neoliberalism Down to Earth: Allan Sekula’s and Noël Burch’s
The Forgotten Space”


 Morning Panel at Symposium 2013

Morning Panel Respondent:
Mariana R. Wardwell, Assistant Professor
UC San Diego Visual Arts Department

11:30 - 12:30 pm: Lunch


12:30 - 2 pm:

Spaces of Imagination / Projection


 Christina M Spiker at Symposium 2013

Christina M. Spiker

University of California, Irvine
Ph.D. student, Visual Studies
“Discovering Hokkaido: Postcards, Train Travel, and the Mapping of Tourist Space”


 Sean De Louche at Symposium 2013

Sean De Louche

Ohio State University
Ph.D. candidate, History of Art
“Facing Celebrity: Portraiture and Identity Construction in the Social Space of 1830s Paris”


 Laura Richard at Symposium 2013

Laura Richard

University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. Candidate, Art History
“In Situ and On Location: The Early Works of Maria Nordman”



 Afternoon Panel with Norman Bryson at Symposium 2013

Afternoon Panel Respondent:
Norman Bryson, Professor
UC San Diego Visual Arts Department


2 - 3 pm:Keynote Speech [SME*]

Dr. Mark Linder

Associate Professor and Chancellor's Fellow in the Humanities
Syracuse School of Architecture

 Dr Mark Linder at Symposium 2013



3 - 3:30 pm: Closing reception [SME*]

We would like to give special thanks to the UC San Diego Visual Arts Department for their generous support of our event, and to faculty members Norman Bryson and Mariana Wardwell for their time and efforts as panel respondents.


UC San Diego
Visual Arts Department



 Symposium 2013 Coffee Break Photo

 Symposium 2013 Coffee Break Photo

 Symposium 2013 Coffee Break Photo

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