LAND, PLACE AND VISUALITY
A two-week seminar January 2nd to 16th, 2013.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Application deadline: October 16, 2012
Land, place and visuality is a 2 week seminar taught by artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz with geographer Javier Arbona (founding member of Demilit), artist Lourdes Correa Carlo, activist Laurie Jo Reynolds, artist Jeanine Oleson,movement researcher Noemí Segarra, and artist Chemi Rosado Seijo. The seminar will explore the relationship between place and land, as well as what transpires among and between these and their visual representations. How is an image of a place related to what we know or what we think we know about it? Can we say there are any visual representations of landscape developed outside of western image-making practices? In what ways does working with and in a place transform our visual image of it? Do workers see a factory differently than someone viewing out of their car window? Do children? Do homeless people or travelers? This practice-based seminar is structured as a collective exploration of specific places—from the coastal landscape of Puerto Rico most frequently pictured through the lens of tourism to post-military landscape—and as a practical investigation of these questions. We will explore these sites with the help of geographers and artists whose work centers on these issues, as well as with the people who live and work in and through these places.
Beta-Local is a non-profit space in San Juan, Puerto Rico founded in 2009 by curator Michy Marxuach and artists Tony Cruz and Beatriz Santiago Muñoz. Its mission is to promote and support art and aesthetic inquiry through education, exhibition, and production programs.
(You will need Google Translate to read the site if you don’t know Spanish.)