PRESENTERS: CAROL LaFAYETTE, HA NA LEE, MARTHA WILSON, LISA B. WOODS
Carol LaFayette uses digital technology to investigate flora, fauna, and phenomena n her laboratory/studio, a former ranch in Texas. Her work with leafcutting ants is documented in the PBS series “State of Tomorrow”—the first 3D model of a vast, underground Atta texana colony using Ground Penetrating Radar. LaFayette collaborates with scientists and engineers to invent ways to experience a landscape differently. Her artwork is in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and Microcinema International. She has exhibited interactive installations and video worldwide, including LAB ’11, Sweden; SIGGRAPH; Zebra Poetry on Film, Berlin; Filmstock, UK; and Solomon Projects, Atlanta. Her work has screened on outdoor billboards in L.A. Freewaves, Los Angeles, and at Victory Media Arts Plaza, Dallas. Reviews of her artwork have been published in BBC Technolovy News, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Wired. She holds the Harold Adams Interdisciplinary Professorship in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University, a cross-disciplinary program for art and science, and serves as Director of the Institute for Applied Creativity. She received an Award for Distinguished Teaching in the college, and a Thomas Regan Interdisciplinary Faculty Prize. From 2011 to 2013, she served as PI to form the Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design (SEAD), to support cross disciplinary collaboration, a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
HA NA LEE
Ha Na Lee (b. 1979) was born in Seoul, South Korea. She works primarily in the mediums of video, new media, installation art, and experimental film. Her artwork focuses on portraying an individual’s experience of psychological and physical trauma in a poetic narrative. She is especially interested in exploring these traumas by creating bodily and cinematic experiences and spatializing fragmented narratives in the form of interactive and immersive environments.
Lee’s work has been exhibited in a number of solo and group exhibitions, and her films have been screened in the United States and internationally in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Puerto Rico, Spain, and the Netherlands. Lee and her collaborator James Hughes were invited to present their work at Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Art Festival in 2014 and 2015. She recently received GAP grants at Artist Trust in 2015, in 2014 she was receive the dARTboard award from the Vilcek Foundation in New York, and was the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the Goldberger Graduate Research Fellowship at Stony Brook University in New York, and others. She currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.
Martha Wilson (b. 1947) is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director, who over the past four decades created innovative photographic and video works that explore her female subjectivity through role-playing, costume transformations, and “invasions” of other people’s personae. She began making these videos and photo/text works in the early 1970s while in Halifax in Nova Scotia, and further developed her performative and video-based practice after moving in 1974 to New York City, embarking on a long career that would see her gain attention across the U.S. for her provocative appearances and works. In 1976 she also founded and continues to direct Franklin Furnace, an artist-run space that champions the exploration, promotion and preservation of artists’ books, installation art, video, onliine and performance art, further challenging institutional norms, the roles artists play within society, and expectations about what constitutes acceptable art mediums.
Described by New York Times critic Holland Cotter as one of “the half-dozen most important people for art in downtown Manhattan in the 1970s,” Wilson remains what curator Peter Dykhuis calls a “creative presence as an arts administrator and cultural operative.”
As a performance artist she founded and collaborated with DISBAND, the all-girl punk conceptual band of women artists who can’t play any instruments, and impersonated political figures such as Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush and Tipper Gore. In 2008 she had her first solo exhibition in New York at Mitchell Algus Gallery, “Martha Wilson: Photo/Text Works, 1971-74.” In 2009, “Martha Wilson: Staging the Self,” an exhibition of Ms. Wilson’s early photo/text work and one project from each of Franklin Furnace’s first 30 years, began international travel under the auspices of ICI (Independent Curators International); and in 2011, ICI published the Martha Wilson Sourcebook: 40 Years of Reconsidering Performance, Feminism, Alternative Spaces. Martha Wilson joined P.P.O.W Gallery, New York, and mounted a solo exhibition, “I have become my own worst fear,” in September, 2011. She received the 2012 Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts, a 2013 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and the 2015 Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award. She has just completed a 2017 ArtPace residency.
LISA B. WOODS
Lisa B. Woods, as creative lead, strategist and researcher at argodesign in Austin, is dedicated to solving current problems and envisioning the future. As organizer of the Austin Interactive Meetup and co-founder of dadageek, she fosters creative applications of new technologies at the boundary of art, design, experience and information. She has spoken at SXSW Interactive, Maker Faire Austin, Writers’ League of Texas, and Girls Who Code. Her work has been published in HOW Design, CityLab, FastCo Design, and Makezine.
She earned my Masters in Design from California College of the Arts in 2013 where her thesis focused on exploring how digital platforms can enhance the creativity of everyday people. This work is rooted in her belief that everyone is creative and has a story to share. She’s excited to see design shifting away from generating closed artifacts and moving toward making more open and collaborative systems that flex and adapt to people’s needs.
Prior to attending CCA, she was a visual designer in the publishing industry. As a textbook designer, Lisa was passionate about bringing clarity to complex processes. Her book design work has received recognition from Print Magazine as well as the New York Book Show, and has helped propel several titles to New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.