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Encoding/Decoding: Thinking Through Art and Design Practices

Graduate Student Symposium

May 17-18, 2013

University of Alberta

Every decoding is a new encoding.” -Hal Foster

The Art and Design Graduate Students Association (ADGSA) at the University of Alberta currently seeks proposals for a joint graduate student symposium and exhibition on the topic of encoding/decoding in art and design.

Studio practices have become more complex than ever before, more deeply embedded in layers of conceptualization and signification. As a result, the task of interpretation is now highly specialized, and the public display of work is often a rarefied, rather than quotidian, experience. How do we reconcile the multiple discourses of art – studio process, theory, review, criticism, curatorship, and academic research – with public engagement? How do we measure the success of a work? From these larger questions, three areas of focus become apparent: pedagogy and art historiography; spectatorship and the social conditioning of visual culture; and the process and production of visual material in relation to artistic intent.

Possible topics could include but are not limited to the following:

Critical theory in studio practice

Museums and galleries as interpreters/facilitators

The role of the artist in the reception of art

Re-visioning of Art History: the impact of interdisciplinary studies

Research methodology for design professionals

Curatorial Studies, PhD in Fine Arts and the rise of new pedagogy

Media and New Technologies in Art Practice

We welcome submissions from current or recent Graduate students on any topic relating to visual or material culture which addresses the theme of Encoding/Decoding. Papers are not to exceed a 20 minute presentation followed by a question and answer period. A 300 word abstract and CV must be submitted by January 31, 2013.

Send inquiries and submissions to:

Karl Davis