Daily Archives: April 3, 2013

Spiraling Time: Reflections on Nuno Ramos and Sergio Delgado

As Nuno Ramos, Brazilian sculptor and author stated, “In Sao Paulo, there is an intense sense of urgency—life wants you, and life asks you to do everything…you are required every minute…you are necessary.” This sense of urgency and immediacy is reflected directly in his work, which embodies the very humanistic quality of the work being dead after its work is done, of being finished at its conclusion. Despite this, there is a tremendous amount of conversational vibration that surrounds the ambiguities in his work, a direct reflection of the ambiguousness of life in Brazil, where social configurations and a colorful history are intertwined like thread.

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Spiraling Time: Reflections on Leda Martins

In her address, Leda Martins asked us to consider the varying aspects of time in Brazilian performance art. Her lecture was different than most I have ever attended in its degree of participation. Leda focused on experience rather than recounting events. She did not just tell us about these great dances, she showed them, had us sing along, and even utilized three different performers throughout her lecture to draw us into the realm as the original viewer and not a listener of a secondhand account.

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Spiraling Time: Reflections on Leandro Katz and Paola Santoscoy

After Jeffery Skoller introduced Leandro Katz and Paola Santoscoy to the audience, he explained his interest in bridging the gaps between intergenerational perspectives with conversation in conjunction with the artistic themes and approaches that have transformed over time. Paola and Leandro are both interested in photography’s translation of time and place. Each are especially interested in the fantastic and surreal. I really enjoyed hearing each speak about pushing the boundaries of film in order to produce something new.

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Spiraling Time: Reflections on Cindy Rose Bello

Encountering the Spiraling Time symposium exposed just how steeped in restrictive ideologies about the linear progression of time I was. My conceptions about how time works have been transformed. I have discovered that time and memory are nuanced and complex, and do not neatly conform to any systematic grid like a calendar. Blurring the lines even further are the political and economic forces invested in the way we remember.

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Spiraling Time: Reflections on Cecilia Vicuña and Cindy Rose Bello

On Friday, as I walked up to the Berkeley Arts Museum and Pacific Film Archive to attend the event Spiraling Time, I felt a sense of excitement in the air. People were buzzing with chatter about the first hour and a half of the symposium including some of my classmates who I ran into at the front door. They expressed to me how moving and extremely emotional the first event was, increasing my excitement and anticipation. As a first-time symposium attendee, I was pleasantly surprised by the serenity of the space, the structure of the event, and the participant/audience dynamic.

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Spiraling Time: Reflections on Andrea Giunta

The Spiraling Time symposium opened on Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Berkeley Art Museum, with the keynote address by Andrea Giunta, Chair of Latin American Art History & Criticism of the department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. One of the world’s leading authorities on modern and contemporary Latin American art, Giunta provided a compelling lecture about the recurring themes in the art of South America – violence, memory, and scars from the past. These themes are perpetuated as counters to the totalitarian regimes that swept a dark cloud of disappearances, torture, and murder across the Southern Hemisphere in the latter twentieth century.

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