December 29, 8:30am - 10:00am EST. Hosted at Fine Arts Theatre
part of a series on Context
About the speaker
Curt Cloninger is an artist, writer, and Associate Professor of New Media at the University of North Carolina Asheville. His art uses an array of media combinations to undermine language as a system of meaning in order to reveal it as an embodied force in the world. His art work has been featured in the New York Times and at festivals and galleries from Korea to Brazil. Exhibition venues include Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Granoff Center for The Creative Arts (Brown University), Digital Art Museum DAM, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (Chicago), Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (Asheville), and the internet.
He has been published on a wide range of topics, including new media and internet art, installation and performance art, experimental graphic design, popular music, and network culture. He is currently writing his fifth book, entitled _Some Ways of Making Nothing: Apophatic Apparatuses in Contemporary Art. Curt maintains lab404.com, playdamage.org, and deepyoung.org in hopes of facilitating a more lively remote dialogue with the Sundry Contagions of Wonder.
As the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering students an intellectually rigorous education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime. Small class size, award-winning faculty and a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program foster innovation as well as recognition.
Echoview is an innovative fiber processing and manufacturing hub that’s a catalyst for connecting community with commerce. We deliver products and services that fuel the American spirit of hard work and self-expression.
Echoview honors America’s pioneering past but always has an eye on the future. We are innovators, believers and dreamers. We’re also doers. We intend to bring pride to the label “Made in America.” America has always celebrated the individual. But at the same time, we know we’re stronger together. Our country is a lot like a patchwork quilt. Each square is important on its own, but each one also enhances the beauty of the entire creation.
East Fork Collection is simple and fundamental. Unadorned, the work is distilled to its essential elements: form and function. It is durable and timeless, resistant to fashion and trends. The pots do not designate a specific maker but are stamped, simply, EAST FORK. They are made by all the members of our workshop.
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design advances the understanding of craft by encouraging and supporting research, critical dialogue, and professional development in the United States.
The Center administers three national award programs: the Craft Research Fund Program for independent and graduate scholars, the Windgate Fellowship Award Program for emerging craft artists graduating from universities, and the Windgate Museum Internship Program for craft-focused curatorial internships within museums. Additionally, the Center convenes national meetings, curates exhibitions, programs lectures and workshops, and sponsors international residencies.
Well Played is North Carolina’s first board game café, and we have one goal – to make sure you have fun.
Well Played is a special gathering space for friends and family to come together to connect through play and friendly competition. We have hundreds of board games, a delicious menu of drinks and snacks, and expert Gamemasters on hand to guide you through a one-of-a-kind experience.
Come visit us at 58 Wall St. and see what all the fun is about!
Located in the heart of downtown Asheville, 67 Biltmore Downtown Eatery + Catering specializes in and serves delicious and fresh salads, sandwiches, soups, baked goods, hearty meats, casseroles, and other comfort foods alongside house made iced teas and lemonades.
Counter Culture Coffee is dedicated to finding and bringing to market the most exciting and delicious coffees in the world. We approach our work with a passion for the ideal of coffee perfection, a dedication to real sustainability, and a commitment to cutting-edge education throughout the coffee chain.
Buchi is a community centered, women founded and 15% worker-owned business continuing the ancient folk tradition of brewing kombucha, a living, probiotic rich, all-natural beverage.
lululemon makes technical athletic clothes for yoga, running, working out, and most other sweaty pursuits.
Foothills is a meat company specializing in local and pasture-raised meats for retail and wholesale markets. The core of our business is our food-service arm, which consists of Foothills Food Truck, open daily at Hi-Wire Brewing’s Big Top, and our Catering Division, which offers a wide range of menu options for small business meetings to weddings and events of 150 people or more. Foothills also offers custom butchery, fabrication, sausages and primal cuts for wholesale buyers and home-use. Foothills does not currently have a retail store but our products can be had weekly through our CSA Meat Share program.
BLUE SPIRAL 1 presents work by exceptional artists and object makers in a light-filled, 15,000 square-foot gallery spans three floors connected by an open stairway in the heart of downtown Asheville. This spacious setting allows Blue Spiral 1 to offer considerable diversity, affording accessibility to various tastes and aesthetics.
The context surrounding a piece of work necessarily influences the nature of the work itself. Context is often something inherited and unquestioned, as if it were a given force of nature. But contexts themselves can be purposefully redesigned and modulated, telescoping outward to increasingly broader contexts. We’ll look at some key examples of artists and designers who have successfully designed their own contexts; and Curt will talk about his own endurance performance art, and the broadening contexts into which it is leading him.