While the world increasingly functions at levels of extreme complexity and at scales that are often difficult to conceptualize, domination and resistance begin in everyday life. Building on the research initiative of its first year in which participants probed the nature of emergent social abstractions, the Art + Research Center’s second year will consider how abstractions actually find concrete form in the world. The 2017–2018 cycle of seminars and lectures will explore the impact that constantly having to relay between scales—from the globally expansive and to the everyday—has on our subjective configurations.
Beginning October 10 through 25, Fall Semester 2017 will encompass three series of seminars led by field-advancing artists and theorists, including Sam Lewitt, Brian Kuan Wood, and Filipa Cesar. Seminars are free to attend; however, enrollment requires an application for admission.
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami’s Art + Research Center (A+RC) is the museum’s research department and graduate-level initiative dedicated to fostering a more robust and critical dialogue in the South Florida region and beyond. Three times per year as part of the A+RC initiative, ICA Miami develops thematic series of seminars and lectures, and commissions related texts that are made available as free online publications. Symposia and other programs, opening to the public, are also organized as part of the initiative, helping to further reinvigorate the public sphere in Miami and develop new generations of socially-minded cultural producers.
A+RC is funded through a generous grant from the Wege Foundation, directly supporting the department’s faculty and staff. Launched in 2016, the Art + Research Center is made possible through vision and the philanthropic leadership of the museum’s Board of Trustees and Founders Circle.