United States of America
A recent recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award at the State University of New York (SUNY), Joseph Scheer is an artist, teacher, and researcher in expanded artistic practices using new technologies. His current works as an artist, which span print media, video, and web based projects, use technology to re-examine nature through interpretive collecting and visual recording.
Joseph is an active, prestigious, and generous professional has been invited to be a visiting artist/lecturer over 70 times in locations spanning Europe, China, Australia, México, Costa Rica, New Zealand and the United States. These past years includes: Tsinghua University, Beijing, University of New South Wales, Australia, Jilin College of Art, Changchun, China and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
During his visit to our program, the artist attended the “Self-portraits 10” opening -an international project of Alicia Candiani, our director- in which he participated as a guest artist and to deliver a lecture within the Master of Electronic Arts at the University of Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires under the auspices of the American Embassy in Argentina.
Last but not least, Scheer´s work has been written about in over 120 books and periodicals including: National Geographic, four articles in the New York Times, ArtNews, ArtForum, Science, Nature, Forbes, American Photo, DERSPIEGEL, and The Chronicle for Higher Education. There are two notable books published about his work: Night Visions, the Secret Designs of Moths, Prestel and Night Flyers, Nexus Press.
1958 |Heidelberg, Germany.
Lives and works in Alfred, New York, EE.UU.
1987 | MA and MFA. University of Nuevo México. EE.UU.
_ Professor of Print Media, School of Art and Design, Alfred University. New York, USA.
_ Co-founder and Co-director Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA). Alfred University, New York, USA.
_ Vice President. International Academic Print Alliance (IAPA), Central China Fine Arts Academy. Beijing, China.
_ Fulbright Scholar.
_ Panelist. Fulbright Scholar Program for Mexico and Central America 2015 – 2017.
_ Panelist NYFA print and drawing grants, New York, USA.
_ International Education Steering Committee at Northeast Normal University,
Changchun China -Executive member, China
_ C- IDEA – Invited member of the China International Design Educator Association, China
Art | Technology | Education
Interactions between technological experimentation and artistic research
The combination of different languages and technologies is what characterizes the programs of the School of Art and Design at Alfred University in New York, USA. Professor and artist Joseph Scheer spoke about the richness of these interactions. The activity was organized by the Master in Technology and Aesthetics of the Electronic Arts at the University of Tres de Febrero, who enthusiastically welcomed our proposal to extend the activity of Scheer, a guest artist of Fundación´ace, to a wider community in our city. Scheer’s activities in Buenos Aires were also auspiced by the Embassy of the United States of America in Argentina.
In this lecture, Joseph Scheer introduced two of the School of Art and Design’s at Alfred University signature programs –The Institute for
Electronic Arts (IEA) and the MFA program in Electronic Integrated Arts, a MFA program that
embraces emerging technologies. They provide an interdisciplinary context in which to explore interrelationships between emerging forms of electronic and digital technologies and to discuss the interactions between technological and artistic experimentation through projects done by master’s students and artists-in-residence at the IEA, including those of Ann Hamilton, Kiki Smith, Gary Hill, Luftwerk, and Eiko Atake.
Among the interesting concepts that Scheer brought up during the talk, he said that as technology changed, they had to change the way of teaching it. “Our idea was not to reproduce a painting with digital media but to think again about the medium,” he explained, adding that “certain old and traditional technologies are also important to us.” Thus, the American artist referred to the Master in Integrated Electronic Arts as a training space in which the print media, digital languages, video, performance and sound and interactive arts coexist, empowering themselves. “In the MFA, a student will work with different media throughout his/her career,” said Scheer, showing some examples of projects undertaken under this interdisciplinary approach. Among them, one produced by a Belgian graduate student, Michelle Sennesael, consisted of working with dust and sound. “When vibrating with the sound, the dust generated patterns that were later fixed and printed on large pieces,” he clarified. In addition, he described the IEA, an institute he co-directs, as a space in which professional artists, both from New York State and from different parts of the world, carry out creative residencies. “We provide them with the tools to expand their work,” said Scheer, noting that one of the first collaborators they had was the renowned multimedia artist Ann Hamilton. “One of her pieces consisted of recording with a very low resolution surveillance camera the mouths of some dolls that she had found in Sweden, something that she later printed on rather large images and carried out an installation,” said Scheer, noting that these pieces were exhibited in important galleries in China and France, among other countries.
Alicia Candiani, director of the Fundación´ace, recounted her experience as a resident at Alfred University and highlighted “the freedom that exists to move from one discipline to another.” Candiani said that the university is extraordinary not only for the facilities it has but for its faculty. “They work collaboratively. By building community they create a very propitious context to develop these intersections and expansions of artistic practice,” she summarized.
For her part, Mariela Yeregui, director of the Master in Technology and Aesthetics of the Electronic Arts, commented that these experiences are extremely valuable for students and teachers at UNTREF. “We are interested in promoting these dialogues and getting to know these programs that are asking themselves questions very similar to those that we ask ourselves”, she concluded.
Auditorio Rectorado UNTREF
Juncal 1319, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fulbright Scholar, Professor of Print Media, and Co-Director/Founder of the Institute for Electronic Arts at the School of Art and Design, Alfred University, New York, USA
Artist, Artist-in-Residency International Program Director at the Fundación´ace para el Arte Contemporáneo and International Randall Chair / Expanded Media Division, Alfred University, New York, 2018
Master of Electronic Arts Director. Artist and Professor
University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF)
ABOUT THE IEA
The Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA) is dedicated to the integration of electronic media within the fine
arts disciplines through a focus on art making, research, and education. The Institute supports
evolving electronic studio research labs, host national and international exhibitions, and has an
establish artists’ residencies program that has hosted over 250 artists.
ABOUT THE DEM
The Division of Expanded Media (DEM) was created to support and embrace an experience and understanding of art and art making that transcends the divisions that have traditionally existed among the disciplines of printmaking, design, digital interactive arts, video arts, and sonic arts.
Artists in Dialogue
On October 16, the International Self-Portraits Project was inaugurated at Proyecto´ace’s Políglota Room, with the presence of Joseph Scheer, professor and co-director of the Institute of Electronic Arts (IEA) at Alfred University and Aodi Liang, Associate Researcher at the same university. Both of them traveled to Buenos Aires to carry out different activities, which included giving a lecture within the framework of the MFA- Master of Electronic Arts at UNTREF/University of Tres de Febrero (Scheer) and an production residence at Proyecto´ace (Liang).
The Self-Portraits Project is a collection of international artworks developed under the direction of Argentinean artist Alicia Candiani, whose original idea was to bring together artists from diverse cultures to visually explore the theoretically complex issues of self-representation as a means of identity. After its launch date in 2006, Alicia has been invited by nine art institutions from Argentina, Mallorca and Cuenca in Spain, Brazil, Canada, Sweden as well as Kansas City, Montclair and Anchorage, Alaska in the United States to execute the project.
In 2018, during her stay in the Expanded Media Division of Alfred University in New York, USA, Alicia developed the topic of self-representation during a semester with her students among the Artists’ Multiples course. Joseph Scheer and Andrew Deutsch, a sound artist and Director of the Expanded Media Division, participated as guest artists. Along with them, other teachers from the division such as Judy Livingston (Associate Professor Graphic Design), William Contino (Associate Professor Expanded Media) and Myles Calvert (Visiting Faculty Art & Design) joined the project with their self-representations.
10th Session | Alfred University | EEUU.
An Alicia Candiani´s international project
Joseph Scheer | Andrew Deustch
Michèle Sennesael | Myles Calvert
William Contino | Judy Livingston
Aodi Lang | Matthew Underwood
Polina Arteevj | Jennifer Brice
Carolyn Fridley | Sage González Velázquez
Thomas Logan | Clare Mattilio
Jennifer McNutt | Brittany Winans
Portraits / Self-Portraits
Artists in dialogue
On October 16th, 2019, the group exhibitions Self-portraits 10 and Portraits/Self-portraits/Self-referentiality were inaugurated together with No Man’s Land (by Kristina Borg) and the finissage of White Noise II (by Constanza Abete).
The international Self-Portraits project opened with the presence of Joseph Scheer, co-director of the Institute of Electronic Arts (IEA) of Alfred University and Aodi Liang, Associate Researcher of the same university. Both traveled to Buenos Aires to carry out different activities, including a conference within the framework of the Master of Electronic Arts at UNTREF (Scheer) and an artistic residency at Proyecto´ace (Liang). The Self-Portraits project is an international collection of graphic work developed under the direction of Alicia Candiani, whose original idea was to bring together artists from different cultures to visually explore the theoretically complex problems of self-representation as an expression of identity.
Through an open call, Fundación´ace invited Argentinean and Latin American artists and creators to submit short video pieces under the theme self-portrait, portrait and self-referentiality to participate in the exhibition PORTRAITS / SELF-PORTRAITS that opened on the 16th October 2019. The curatorship and selection of the works was in charge of Daniela Ruiz Moreno, and the video pieces were exhibited in dialogue with graphic pieces from the 10th edition of the Self-Portraits project.
The residency project for Kristina Borg (Malta): No Man’s Land was also inaugurated. Kristina participated in a Production Residency, during which she produced the graphic pieces that will accompany a book related to her work No Man’s Land, and that she exhibited at the ´aceNITE in October 2019.
During the same event, the exhibition of Constanza Abete’s Ruido Blanco II was closed, consisting of an installation of plaster masks and amplified sound.
Self-Portrait International Project
Joseph Scheer | Andrew Deutsch
Myles Calvert | William Contino | Judy Livingston
Aodi Lang | Matthew Underwood | Polina Arteev
Jennifer Brice | Carolynn Fridley | Sage González-Velázquez
Clare Mattilio | Jennifer Mcnutt |Brittany Winans
Valerie Driscoll (Ireland)
Portraits/ Self-Portraits Open Call
Curator: Daniela Ruiz Moreno
Agustina Lapenda | Alejandro Thornton | Ana Maria Mattioli | Andrea González | Ariel Zajac | Catalina Bunge | Daira Cañete | Gabriel Sasambiarrena | Guillermo Zabaleta | Jose Ulloa Acosta | Juan Pablo Ferlat | Juan Urrutia | Julieta Tarraubella | Laura Focarazzo | Maria Jose Cisneros | Mariana Oliveria | Paulina Soto Cisternas | Silvana Camors
International Projects, Exhibitions
The World IN a Handkerchief
The World IS a Handkerchief : El mundo es un pañuelo
A Wandering Genealogy curated by Claudia DeMonte & Cecilia Mandrile
The World IN a Handkerchief : El mundo en un pañuelo
Guest Curator, genealogy Proyecto’ace: Alicia Candiani
Exhibition of pieces
selected from the Fundación´ace´s collection and Alicia Candiani’s personal collection of the participating artists in “The world IN a handkerchief”
For a month and a half, the Políglota Room is hosting three exhibitions on a rotating basis. From March 23 to April 1, “The world IS a handkerchief” and “The world IN a handkerchief: the genealogy of ´ace” were exhibited simultaneously, paying special tribute to the Argentine artist Graciela Sacco. While the original series returned to New York from where it will soon travel to England, the ‘ace genealogy collection was joined by a new exhibition of large format pieces of the participating artists, some belonging to the Fundación’ace collection and others to the private collection of Alicia Candiani.
The World IS a Handkerchief is a travelling exhibition rooted in the Spanish saying ‘el mundo es un pañuelo,’ which translates into English as ‘this is such a small world’. The project traces serendipitous encounters, moments of discovering personal connections in distant places or unexpected contexts. The project began with the meeting of Claudia DeMonte and Cecilia Mandrile as a mentor and student respectively at the University of Maryland, United States in 1995 and has expanded through an international collaborative network between mentors, students and
The World IN a Handkerchief is a new chapter of the project, a graphic, soft and traveling portfolio curated by guests artists from the core genealogy. Artist and curator Alicia Candiani, essential mentor of this genealogy, Founder and Director of Proyecto´ace, has been invited to curate this new collection that reflects her close creative family.
ABOUT THE WORLD IN A HANDKERCHIEF by Cecilia Mandrile
Handkerchiefs have accompanied people in celebrations and farewells in many cultures for centuries, offered bodily protection and coverage, and sustained expressions of political tenets and spiritual beliefs. In this project, handkerchiefs become vessels of memories and itinerant narratives; containers of emotions; translators of wounds, signals of ideological resistance. Each piece epitomizes a soft space that holds disappearing recollections of homeland as well as reflections on displacement and identity that can be carried as a tangible memento. In times when touch appears as a dangerous sense, every single printed handkerchief means a meaningful testament of the continuous nurturing mentorship among artists and educators, reminding us that the soft touch remains both an intimate and universal need of communication.
To celebrate this constant and sustained creative dialogue, in 2019 the curators developed a portable exhibition of 50 handkerchiefs that explored the meaning of belonging and interconnectedness that this Spanish saying so tangibly evokes. In the reconstruction of this alternative family made up of artists and collectives from different latitudes and generations during the last two decades, both printed an edition of 25 handkerchiefs, and sent a printed handkerchief along with a blank handkerchief to 50 invited artists to intervene with their own reflections
on home, identity and belonging. From this exchange a “wandering genealogy” was born, a tribute to the strong threads that have woven this shared territory as itinerant artists and educators.
A limited edition catalogue including the work of 50 invited artists was published by Impact Press, Bristol, UK and includes an essay by Gill Saunders, Senior Curator of Prints, Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Currently, the catalogs of workshops and portfolios remain as digital publications, thus allowing to document the constant growth of this genealogy. Chris Knollmeyer, a sound artist in residence at ´ace at the same time, composed for this exhibition a special piece: “Sound of the Handkerchiefs”. The piece is a piano study made up of 25 melodies. Just as the handkerchiefs are tied to each artist’s history and sense of home, Chris feels a connection to the piano.
March 23, 7PM. Sala Políglota
April 27th, 1PM
The World is a Handkerchief |El mundo es un pañuelo
2019 | London Print Studio Gallery, London, UK
2020 | Galería Blackburn 20|20, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts,New York, USA
2021 | IMPACT11, Hong Kong, China
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