Artistic Research in a World on Fire

Artistic Research in a World on Fire

Artistic Research in a World on Fire
Panel discussion, book launch, and screening with Lucy Cotter, Stephanie Dinkins, Sky Hopinka, Cannupa Hanska Luger

Free admission

June 3, 2024, 7pm
172 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

What are the stakes of artistic research in a world reckoning with social justice, climate change, and the rise of artificial intelligence? What are the unique forms of knowing and unknowing specific to artmaking? How do they relate to academic knowledge? How can they contribute to the decolonization and indigenization of knowledge? Why is there no established discourse around artistic research in the US? Do US arts infrastructures need to shapeshift to support artistic research?

These are some of the questions raised in Reclaiming Artistic Research (expanded second ed., 2024) in which writer, artist, and curator Lucy Cotter engages in in-depth dialogue with 24 leading artists worldwide to address artistic research in practice. For this New York launch of the newly released book, Cotter will reflect on the currency of artistic research in the US and engage in discussion with two of the book’s artist contributors, Stephanie Dinkins, and Cannupa Hanska Luger

The event will include screenings of video work from Luger’s Future Ancestral Technologies project and video documentation of Dinkins’ multi-generational narratives of Black women in Secret Garden. The discussion will be followed by a screening of contributing artist Sky Hopinka’s work Fainting Spells, an experimental filmic meditation invoking the possibility of future mythology.

Please join us at e-flux on Monday, June 3 at 7pm.

Reclaiming Artistic Research is published by Hatje Cantz. This event takes place with the support of Stelo Arts and Culture Foundation, Portland, Oregon, in conjunction with a project residency 2023-24. 

Video screenings

Cannupa Hanska Luger, We Live: Future Ancestral Technologies Entry Log (2019, 3 minutes)
We Live is an entry log from the wider Future Ancestral Technologies project which engages Indigenous futurism, blending media, place, storytelling, and documentation of a living practice. It documents a performative land-based action in which figures in sensory muting regalia use their physical presence to pledge accountability to the land and waters affected by resource extraction and industry.

Stephanie Dinkins, Secret Garden (2021, 3-minute excerpt from documentation video)
Secret Garden is an immersive installation and web experience, illuminating the power and resilience of three generations of Black women. In the work, interactive audio vignettes generate a multi-generational narrative that collapses past, present, and future.

Sky Hopinka, Fainting Spells (2018, 10 minutes)
Told through recollections of youth, learning, lore, and departure, Fainting Spells is an imagined myth for the Xąwįska, or the Indian Pipe Plant, which is used by the Ho-Chunk to revive those who have fainted.

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Indigenous Issues & Indigeneity, Colonialism & Imperialism
Publications, Artistic Research, USA, Knowledge Production

Lucy Cotter’s practice engages with art as a site of knowledge and cultural transformation, often blurring the lines between making, thinking, writing, and curating. With academic credentials including a PhD in Cultural Analysis, she has addressed the cultural agency of curating in a complex world and was Curator of the Dutch Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale, 2017. She developed one of Europe’s first MAs in artistic research at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. A widely published writer and experimental curator, she is a project resident at Stelo Arts and Culture Foundation 2023-24.

Stephanie Dinkins is a transdisciplinary artist, whose practice navigates the intersection of new and emerging technologies with narratives around race, aging, gender, and future histories. She uses innovative storytelling and cutting-edge technology to future-proof the oral archives of marginalized communities. Stephanie is at the forefront of reimagining AI and advocating for a technological future based on care and social equity. She is a Creative Time R&D Fellow, a Schmidt Futures AI2050 Senior Fellow 2023, and the inaugural recipient of the LG-Guggenheim Award 2023.

Cannupa Hanska Luger creates monumental installations, sculpture, and performance to communicate urgent stories about twenty-first-century Indigeneity. His bold visual storytelling presents new ways of seeing our collective humanity while foregrounding an Indigenous worldview. Luger has been awarded Guggenheim, United States Artists, Creative Capital, Smithsonian, and Joan Mitchell Foundation fellowships. His work has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Art, DC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Georgia, the Gardiner Museum, Toronto, the 14th Shanghai Biennale 2024, and the Whitney Biennial, 2024.

Sky Hopinka’s work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, and language designs as containers of culture, often expressed through personal, documentary, and non-fiction forms of media. His video, photo, and text work have been exhibited and screened internationally at festivals, museums, and art centers, including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, the Whitney Biennial, the FRONT Triennial, and the 14th Gwangju Biennial. He was a 2022 MacArther Fellow and winner of the 2023 Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel.

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