Deborah Forbes | So What am I Looking at?

Looking at Art to Create Meaning Lecture Series

January 20, 2022
to
February 3, 2022

Thursdays Jan 20 - Feb 3 | 6:30-8:30 PM

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, 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 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 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 Deborah Forbes

Deborah Forbes has for many years taught art education, and art and design history at Medicine Hat College. As an artist, she has presented her work in solo exhibitions in Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Ontario and in group exhibitions throughout Canada and the USA.

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