So, What Am I Looking At?
Lead by Deborah Forbes
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30, 3 weeks: January 20 - February 3, 2022
Week 1: Artificial Intelligence and creativity?
AI, Andy, Alan, Algorithms, and Boden: The A’s and B of Making Art with Aesthetic Meaning
Is there something that human brains, minds, bodies, or souls do that is distinctly different from artificial intelligence, something that holds creative identity and production of aesthetic meaning within the realm of the human maker? What is the role of consciousness in creation? Exploring the work of Margaret Boden, Alan Turing, and Andy Warhol, amongst others, this presentation is a straggly exploration of human and artificial intelligences, and the capacity of each to use ‘creativity’ to make meaningful artistic artefacts.
Week 2: Decolonizing Art History Part 1: Kent Monkman Paints History
Dead White Guys Art Monopoly (The Canon of Western Art History) versus Pluriversality.
How can we move toward decolonizing art history even if we are settler descendants?
By exploring the work of two Indigenous Canadian contemporary artists, these talks look at colonizing, decolonizing, colonizers, decolonizers, and allies of/in art history, to begin a process of pluiversalizing. Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree/Irish heritage, is working with forms emerging from the canon of Western European and American Art History, particularly history paintings of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
Both artists transform these inspirations into humorous and biting social commentary of the colonial experience of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. Both bodies of work act as critiques of colonization and all that comes with it – capitalism, consumerism, power structures, and every/anything viewed with a binary lens.
Week 3: Decolonizing Art History Part 2: Brian Jungen Sculpts Stuff
Brian Jungen is an artist of Dane-Naa/Swiss heritage, who creates sculpture deriving from forms of historical Indigenous West Coast ceremonial masks, totems and artefacts from mainstream consumer items, such as sports shoes and lawn furniture.
About Lecturer Deborah Forbes
Deborah Forbes is an artist, post-secondary instructor, community educator, and published writer. Her work has been exhibited across Canada and the USA. Forbes has taught art histories, critical theory, art education, for 25 years. Forbes’ research and practice interests include the history of contemporary notions of ‘princess,’ and decolonizing art history.