Thinking Inside the Box: The Encounters, Clashes, and Strange Symbioses of Art and Industry-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, February 19, 2010

Thinking Inside the Box: The Encounters, Clashes, and Strange Symbioses of Art and Industry

A Graduate Student Conference, 26-27 February, 2010

How does a given art form function, flourish, or fail within an industrial context? How is art affected by industrial stasis or change-is it compromised, fostered or stifled? What is the role of the artist in anindustrial setting, and what happens to a work of art once it is mass-produced, or distributed in a foreign territory, or exhibited through a new medium? As we move further into an era of economic and environmental crises, the relationship between art and industry acquires particular urgency, since the very idea of progress fuels the history of how these two fields of human activity meet. It is this relationship which our conference will attempt to define, historicize, and question.

The conference will include two special events:

Keynote address by celebrated film producer TED HOPE (21 Grams, The Ice Storm, Happiness, Safe, Amateur, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, Human Nature), preceded by a screening of his film AMERICAN SPLENDOR.

A screening and discussion with PRAJNA PARASHER, associate professor and director of the Film and Digital Technology Program at Chatham University.


This conference is generously sponsored by the Film Studies Program, the Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, the Humanities Center, the Cultural Studies Program, the Graduate and Professional Students Association, the Department of English, the Department of French and Italian Languages and Literatures, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

By: Dan Chyutin PhD student Department of English/Film Studies Program University of Pittsburgh