Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley

Spiraling Time

Spiraling Time: Intermedial Conversations in Latin American Arts

March 15-16, 2013
Museum Theater, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
2621 Durant Avenue (access via the Sculpture Garden)
Free and open to the public

Time Zones is a yearlong series of events sponsored by the Arts Research Center exploring time-based and socially engaged art practices in an international context.

Spiraling Time is a day-and-a-half symposium bringing together artists, scholars, and curators to investigate how various "time-based" art practices are pressed into service in a Latin American context to think through questions of history, memory, and temporality.  The event will focus on interactive conversations between participants (and audience members), punctuated by three keynote addresses from the perspectives of art history and performance studies.

Pre-Symposium Event
Latin American Legacies: Films of Leandro Katz
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 7pm
Pacific Film Archive, 2575 Bancroft Way
$5.50-9.50/person, advance tickets available

The Pacific Film Archive presents Argentine artist Leandro Katz in person at a screening of a selection of his stunning films from two research projects centered on significant moments in Latin American history. Paradox contrasts shots of an ancient Mayan stone altar with images of manual labor at nearby banana plantations—thus reflecting on two paradoxical legacies of Latin America. The award-winning The Day You’ll Love Me is a complex and moving meditation on the photos taken of Che Guevara after his execution by the Bolivian army in 1967.

Nuno Ramos and/on Literature
Thursday March 14th, 6-7:30pm
5125 Dwinelle Hall (Spanish & Portuguese Library)

Brazilian writer and artist Nuno Ramos will have an informal conversation on his literary production (focusing on its relationship to Brazilian literature in general, and to his own art practice in partcular).  He will speak most specifically about Ó, the 2008 book for which he won the most prestigious literray prize in Brazil.  An unclassifiable book, part essay, chronicle, short story and aphorisms whose incompatibility with literary genres holds true for a number of Ramos' other bookslike his 2007 Ensaio Geral or his 2001 Pão do corvo.  The conversation will be in English & Portuguese.

Note: there is an open access bspace where you can find copies of his books.  Enter bspace and go to "My Workspace", there choose "Membership", then "Joinable Sites", and finally search "Nuno Ramos".
Contact if you have questions

Symposium Schedule


1:10-1:20pm       Introduction/Welcome:  Julia Bryan-Wilson, Arts Research Center/History of Art, UC Berkeley 

1:20pm                Keynote Address: Feeling the Past, Andrea Giunta, ResearchLatin American Art History & Criticism, University of _____________Texas at Austin

                               Response: Natalia Brizuela, Spanish & Portuguese, UC Berkeley

2:30pm                  Break

2:40pm                   Conversation:
                                  Cecilia Vicuña(via Skype), artist, Chile
                                  Cindy Rose Bello, Spanish & Portuguese, UC Berkeley                
                                  Moderated by Laura Pérez, Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley

3:40pm                      Break

3:45pm                     Leandro Katz, artist, Argentina
                                   Paola Santoscoy, critic/curator, Mexico   
                                   Moderated by Jeffrey Skoller, Film & Media Studies, UC Berkeley

4:45pm                     Break

5:00pm           ***IMPORTANT UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, André Lepecki is unable to attend. His lecture will be re-scheduled for next academic year.***          

 Keynote Address: Transtemporal Transcreation: Action, Object, Dance and Time in the Works of Hélio Oiticica and _______________Lygia Pape
                                   André Lepecki, Performance Studies, NYU
                                   Response: Shannon Jackson, Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley    

SATURDAY, MARCH 16                           

9:30am           Roundtable: Andrea Giunta, Leandro Katz, Paola Santoscoy, Cecelia Vicuña, Cindy Rose Bello, André Lepecki

10:30am         Break

10:40am         Keynote Address: Spiral Time: an Approach to African-Brazilian Ritual Cosmovision

___________Leda Martins, Dramatic Arts and Literature, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

Response: Angela Marino, Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, UC Berkeley

12:10pm          Lunch Break

1:10pm          Conversation:
                        Nuno Ramos, artist, Brazil               
                        Sergio Delgado, Romance Languages, Harvard       
                        Moderated by Suzanne Herrera Li Puma, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

2:10pm          Break

2:20pm          Conversation: Tania Bruguera, artist, Chicago/Havana
                        Mariana Wardwell, artist/critic/curator, UC San Diego/Mexico     
                        Moderated by Favianna Rodriguez, artist, Oakland

3:20pm          Break

3:30                Roundtable: Leda Martins, Nuno Ramos, Sergio Delgado, Tania Bruguera, Mariana Wardwell

4:30                Concluding Remarks/Discussion



The Time Zones series has been made possible by a generous grant from the Institute of International Studies; Spiraling Time has received additional support from the Center for Latin American Studies, Townsend Center for the Humanities,the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund and Departments of History of Art and Spanish & Portuguese at UC Berkeley.



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