"Practicing in Public: Artistic Agency Within Global Collaborative Contexts" with Professor Stephanie Syjuco

Join the Creative Economy & the Arts and the Filipino & Philippine Studies Townsend Center Working Groups for a presentation by UC Berkeley Asst. Prof. of Art Practice, Stephanie Syjuco.

Professor Syjuco will share her experience collaborating with Manila-based artist Mark Salvatus at 98B Collaboratory Art Space on a series of public workshops responding to the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that hit the Philippines in 2013. These workshops, which brought together students, young designers, and emerging artists, challenged participants to consider alternative modes of response to disaster through the production of objects made from found materials and attention to vernacular inventions in Manila’s Escolta neighborhood. Through her discussion of these workshops and her experience collaborating with an artist-run space like 98B, Professor Syjuco will also touch on her practice’s intersection with theories around creative economy, attending to difficulties faced as an artist whose work speaks to issues surrounding commodification, production, and value. 

Professor Syjuco creates large-scale spectacles of collected cultural objects, cumulative archives, and temporary vending installations, often with an active public component that invites viewers to directly participate as producers or distributors. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, her projects leverage open-source systems, shareware logic, and flows of capital, in order to investigate issues of economies and empire. Born in the Philippines, she received her MFA from Stanford University and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. A long-time educator, she has taught at Stanford University, The California College of the Arts, The San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College, Carnegie Mellon University, and most recently joined the faculty at the University of California at Berkeley in January 2014 as an Assistant Professor in Sculpture. At Berkeley she is working to expand a conceptual and materials-based pedagogy, combining methods of the handcrafted with digital technologies and social engagement in order to speak of the frictions within late-capitalist society.

Event details
Friday, April 1, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
341 Dwinell, Level F/G