Open enrollment: Art + Research Center spring semester 2018

Open enrollment: Art + Research Center spring semester 2018

Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)

View of Melanie Gilligan, The Common Sense - Incorporated!, Les Ateliers de Rennes, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Max Mayer. Photo: Simon Vogel.

February 9, 2018
Open enrollment: Art + Research Center spring semester 2018
March 5–28, 2018
Application deadline: February 27
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami)
61 NE 41st Street
Miami, Florida 33137
United States
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–7pm
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Germane Barnes: March 5–7 
Melanie Gilligan: March 12–14 
Suely Rolnik: March 19–21 
Antonia Majaca: March 26–28 

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) continues the second annual program for its flagship application-based research and education initiative, the Art + Research Center (A+RC).  Building on the research initiative of its first year in which participants probed the nature of emergent social abstractions, the 2018 spring semester of the program, Relay Subjectivities, considers how emergent abstractions find concrete form in our everyday lives. Seminars led by visiting faculty run March 5 through 28. Each seminar culminates in a free public lecture led by the visiting faculty.

Applications are available now at The deadline to apply is February 27, 2018. Admission is free for those accepted into the program. ICA members, college students, and national and international artists and cultural producers are encouraged to apply, however space is limited.

Visiting Faculty

Germane Barnes’s (b. Chicago, IL) research and design practice investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Learning from historical data and perspectives from within architecture as well as cultural and ethnic studies, he examines how the built environment influences the social and cultural experience. His research and design contributions have been published and exhibited in several international publications and institutions. Most notably, DesignMiami/ and, where he was named a member of the 2015 Class of Young Guns, under-the-radar professionals who are busy challenging the status quo in the design industry.

Melanie Gilligan (b. 1979, Toronto, Canada) works in a variety of media including video, performance, installation and music. She completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in London, and was a Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2004–05. Gilligan regularly contributes to publications including Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, Mute and Grey Room, and sees critical writing as an essential part of her artistic practice. For her large-scale video works, the artist filmmaker develops her academic investigation of sociopolitical issues, especially of systemic relationships between labor, economy and politics, as well as the individual’s role within this network of relationships. Mostly produced as serialized dramas using fictional future worlds, her works explore the shifting experience of everyday life in today’s economies by analyzing logical structures of contemporary capitalism.

Suely Rolnik is a Brazilian psychoanalyst, writer and curator. She is a professor at the Catholic University of São Paulo, where she founded the Subjectivity Studies Centre at the Ph.D Program on Clinical Psychology, and was guest professor at the Program of Independent Studies of the Museo d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MacBa) from its foundation in 2008 until its closure in 2015. Rolnik’s research focuses on the politics of subjectivation in different contexts (micropolitics) from a transdisciplinary theoretical perspective, indissociable from clinical-political pragmatics. She is one of the founders of the South Conceptualisms Network, currently comprising more than 60 Latin American researchers focused on the continent’s conceptual artistic practices during the 1960s and 1970s. She was an invited researcher of  the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, París, 2007. She is currently a member of the Advisory Board of th 31th São Paulo Biennial, 2014; the juries of the Casa de las Americas Prize, Cuba, 2014; and of the Prince Claus Award for culture and development, Holland, 2015–16.

Antonia Majaca is an art historian, researcher and curator based in Berlin where she is currently acting as one of the curators on the long-term project Kanon Fragen, initiated by Anselm Franke at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin. She is the research leader at the IZK Institute for Contemporary Art at the Graz University of Technology where her forthcoming artistic research project, The Incomputable, will explore the intertwined histories of psychoanalysis, neurosciences and cybernetics. Feminist Takes, the ongoing collaborative investigation Majaca instigated in 2016, considers the relation between the non-Western avant-garde cinema, psychoanalysis and feminist theory. Her earlier work includes numerous publications and exhibitions co-curated with Ivana Bago through Delve – Institute for Duration, Location and Variables, an organization they co-founded in 2009.

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