SVA President David Rhodes recently announced the appointment of Mark Tribe as chair of the MFA Fine Arts Department. Tribe is an artist, educator and the founder of Rhizome, an organization that supports the creation, presentation, preservation and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. He has been on the faculty of the MFA Art Practice Department at SVA since 2011 and served as a thesis advisor in the MFA Photography, Video and Related Media Department in 2001 and 2003. Tribe has also taught at Brown University, Columbia University School of the Arts and Williams College. His new appointment at SVA begins July 1.
“Mark has proven himself an innovator in the truest sense of the term,” said President Rhodes. “As an artist, writer and frequent lecturer on art, politics and technology, he has also distinguished himself as an essential guide to our culture. I’m confident he will bring the same passion and critical acumen to his new role at SVA.”
“My main goals as chair of this department will be to foster rigorous critical engagement with contemporary culture and to encourage students to take risks,” Tribe said. “What excites me most about this position is the opportunity to participate in a conversation.”
Tribe’s art explores the aesthetics of political performances such as protest speeches, street protests and militia training exercises. His photographs, installations, videos and performances are exhibited widely, including recent solo projects at Momenta Art, New York; G-MK, Zagreb; LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), the San Diego Museum of Art; and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio. Tribe is the author of two books, The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of New Left Protest Speeches (Charta, 2010) and New Media Art (Taschen, 2006) and numerous articles. His work has been discussed in Artforum, Art in America, Art Papers, Artscope, Bomblog, Brooklyn Rail, Daily Beast, Flash Art Italia, Framework, Frieze, Hyperallergic, Killscreen, Newsweek, New York, October, The New York Times, Village Voice, Wired, X-tra and Zing, among others. He has taught courses on radical media, the art of curating, open-source culture, digital art and techniques of surveillance. Tribe’s Posse Comitatus, a collaboration with Chelsea Knight that employs dance and video to examine the activities of American paramilitary groups, is on view at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, through September 9.