About Virtual Visual Arts Program
Together Artists and SRISA Professors, Andrew Smaldone and Justin Randolph Thompson, have built a program for Junior and Senior Studio Arts majors who wish to connect to a global community through Virtual mentorship and studio development. These courses are designed to be taken together or independently and will engage students in an international Virtual dialog about art, culture and studio practice.
Given the practical limitations of travel during the current global crisis, these courses open up the opportunity for young artists and students to enter into a global art dialog. We will utilize this intense moment for as an opportunity for critical discourse around art in an international community.
International artists, curators and writers will contribute through guest lectures, Virtual studio visits and collaborative projects and dialogs working with students towards a exhibition/ art event to be hosted in Florence and virtually at the termination of the program.
Virtual Mentorships in Art and Culture: The Archive as Source and Subject
Incorporating memory and history into the studio
This course posits the students as archivists of their own lives and histories while guiding them in strategies for archival research and the translation of this material through creative practice and exhibition design. Strategies including video, photo transfer techniques and documentation are elaborated upon as potential frameworks for the collecting and incorporating of archive based images and documents into art works. Interface with artists whose work is rooted in archival material expand the dialogue and network while guiding students through the conceptual and technical elaboration of their own studio practices as channeled through these principles. The role of history and intergenerational dialogue in steering contemporary art innovation and hybridity are some of the through lines of this studio art course grounded in archival research.
Alessandra Ferrini: a London-based artist, researcher and educator Bradly Dever Treadaway: a Brooklyn based artist and teacher