November 13, 2016 - Nasher Sculpture Center - Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium call for submissions
November 13, 2016

Nasher Sculpture Center

Pierre Huyghe, Untilled, 2011-12. Living entities and inanimate things, made or not made.

Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium call for submissions

Nasher Sculpture Center
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The Nasher Sculpture Center announces an open call for graduate papers addressing themes within the work of the 2017 Nasher Prize Laureate, Pierre Huyghe, for the inaugural Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium. Known for his multifarious practice encompassing a variety of materials and disciplines, bringing music, cinema, dance, and theater into contact with biology and philosophy, and incorporating time-based elements that vary in intensity—as diverse as fog, ice, rituals, automata, computer programs, video games, animals, and microorganisms—Huyghe has consistently sought new ways to bring together unconventional and heterogeneous materials into a practice exceeding the sum of its many parts. The aim of the symposium is to expand scholarship on the field of contemporary sculpture.

The 2017 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium keynote speaker will be Nicolas Bourriaud, renowned art critic, curator, and Director of La Panacée art center, Montpellier, France. Bourriaud is perhaps most well-known for coining the term relational aesthetics which is used to describe artistic practice which is interactive, performative, or related to a social context rather than a private space. The work of Pierre Huyghe, because it so often involves the participation of the viewer or living systems, often falls within this rubric.  The symposium will be moderated by Pavel Pyś, Visual Art Curator of the Walker Art Center.

The annual Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium offers students from any academic discipline a chance to present their scholarly work on the host of questions and topics related to each year’s new laureate, addressing a broad audience of art historians and museum professionals, and to receive feedback from fellow presenters, the keynote speaker, and audience members. Students selected to present papers will also have their work published in the annual Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium compendium, together with the paper delivered by the keynote speaker, Nicolas Bourriaud. 

Suggested topics for the 2017 Nasher Prize Graduate Symposium on Pierre Huyghe 
–Time and temporality within sculptural practice 
–Post-Structuralist theory and its application to/influence on contemporary art (e.g., Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Félix Guattari) 
–Video, performativity, and sculpture  
–Subjectivity and memory within a work of sculpture
–Relational Aesthetics: interactive and participatory art  
–Collaboration, authorship, and artistic “genius” 

Submissions may include, but are not limited to: 
–Excerpt of an MA/MFA paper or thesis 
–Excerpt of a seminar paper 
–Excerpt from a dissertation 

All proposals must include the following
–A complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, field, and university affiliation of participant 
–An abstract of no more than 200 words that includes 3 to 5 keywords for the proposed presentation  

Submissions should be sent to symposium [​at​] 
With proof of need, eligible candidates may be considered for scholarship funding to offset travel costs.

Additional information is available here.  

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the presenting sponsor of the Nasher Prize. The Nasher Prize presenting sponsor is JPMorgan Chase & Co. Founding Partners of the Nasher Prize are The Eugene McDermott Foundation and Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger. 

The Dallas Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of Nasher Prize Celebration Month, with additional support generously provided by The Donna Wilhelm Family Fund. The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation is the Arts Youth Education Sponsor of Celebration Month. 

Aston Martin is the official car of the Nasher Sculpture Center.

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