Four SVA department chairs have been busy with international travel—from lectures to visiting professorships to meeting with alumni, these leaders have been taking SVA abroad.
BFA Visual & Critical Studies Chair Tom Huhn was a visiting professor at the University of Graz, Austria, this November, offering a one-week intensive seminar in German and English on “Aesthetic Theory and its Relation to Culture” for graduate and doctoral students of the Art History Institute at the University. BFA Fine Arts faculty member Sabine Flach is the Director of the Institute and has also taught Art History courses at SVA.
MA Curatorial Practice Chair Steven Madoff spent the latter part of November on a lecture tour of China and South Korea. Stops included the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, the Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai, and the Seoul Museum of Art, among others.
BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Chair John McIntosh was also in Seoul this November, where he welcomed over 25 parents of BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects students for a special reception. “I made a presentation to the parents that explained what their students are studying, the challenges they face as artists and offered a comparison of international economic trends and how this impacts global employment opportunities,” said McIntosh. Recent alumnus Saerom Seong (BFA 2014 Computer Art) also attended as host for the parent’s reception at Hotel Shilla in Seoul. The trip was complimented by visits to studios such as NCSOFT, an online, mobile game and video development company; Roi Visual, makers of Woobi Boy, Inner Ranger and Robocar; Solid VFX Lab, which specializes in commercial work; and AutoDesk, where McIntosh caught up with alumnus Joon Park (BFA 2006 Computer Art).
Following November lectures at CalArts and MoCA in Los Angeles, and a panel discussion at Columbia University, MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism chair Alice Twemlow presented “Writers, Politics, Power, Class and Cash: The Social Dynamics of Design Criticism” at the “Giving Form to History” symposium at the Centre Pompidou in Paris on November 28. Twemlow made the case for design criticism as a valid and necessary topic of historical design inquiry. In particular, it considers the object nature, or materiality, of criticism and the social networks within which it operates.
Images from top down: John McIntosh in Seoul; Alice Twemlow in Paris, photo by Didier Plowy.