The New Social Environment#518

Dimensions of Science and Spirit

Featuring Christine Davis, Amy Myers, Nina Sobell, Victoria Vesna, and Ann McCoy


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Artists Christine Davis, Amy Myers, Nina Sobell, and Victoria Vesna join Rail Editor-at-Large Ann McCoy for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Tony Iantosca.

In this talk

A special thanks to the Sam Francis Foundation for making this event possible.

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Christine Davis

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New York and Toronto based artist Christine Davis describes her creative process as “speculative infection.” Exploring wonder as a radical force her work proposes new forms of knowledge that emerge from a process of transformation. She is a founding editor of the international journal Public: Art/Culture/Ideas. Public venues include: The Power Plant (Toronto), Haus am Waldsee (Berlin), Seoul Museum of Art, Musée de beaux arts de Montreal, Art Gallery of Ontario, New Museum (New York) and CREDEC (Paris). Publications on her work include monographs by CREDAC (Paris), MACM (Montreal), AGO (Toronto), among others. Her work is held in numerous private and public collections. She is represented by Olga Korper Gallery.

Amy Myers

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Artist Amy Myers (b. 1965, Austin, TX) has exhibited at institutions including the Berkshire Museum (MA), Malin Gallery (NYC), Mary Boone Gallery (NYC), Suzanne Vielmetter (Los Angeles), Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, MOCA Hudson Valley, Gallery Momo Tokyo Japan, and American Academy in Rome. Her works are in the collections of the Solomon R.Guggenheim Museum, Pérez Art Museum Miami, California State University Art Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Myers’ artworks have been cited in ARTFORUM, The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Artnews, Art in America, and BOMB

Nina Sobell

A portrait of artist Nina Sobell.
Multi-platform artist and electronic medium Nina Sobell originated Brain Wave Drawings, the synchrony of brainwaves between two or more people creating a combined physical and mental portrait by visualizing non-verbal communication interactively. She created the first live interactive web performance at NYU’s Center for Advanced Technology in collaboration with Emily Hartzell with the internet collective ParkBench. Her work has been exhibited at or is in the collection of: DIA, the Whitney, Hammer, LACMA, CAM Houston, MIT, Getty, Louisiana MOMA, Kunst Forum, and the Kramlichl collection, among others. She has taught at UCLA, SVA and received CAPS, NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, Turbulence, Franklin Furnace awards, an Acker Award in Video. She holds an MFA in sculpture from Cornell University.

Victoria Vesna

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Artist Victoria Vesna is Professor at the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts and is Director of the UCLA Art|Sci center. With her installations she investigates how communication technologies affect collective behavior and perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation (PhD, University of Wales, 2000). Her work involves long-term collaborations with composers, nano-scientists, neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists and she brings this experience to students. Victoria has exhibited her work in 20+ solo exhibitions, 70+ group shows, has been published in 20+ papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade.

Ann McCoy

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Portrait by Phong H. Bui
New York-based sculptor, painter, and art critic Ann McCoy is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail. She lectured at the Yale School of Drama for 10 years, and taught in the Art History Department at Barnard College for 20 years. Ann’s work is included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. In 2019, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Ann McCoy worked with Prof. C.A. Meier, Jung’s heir apparent for twenty-five years in Zurich. She has studied alchemy since the early seventies in Zurich and in Rome at the Vatican Library.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Tony Iantosca reading.

Tony Iantosca

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Tony Iantosca is a writer and poet living in Brooklyn, NY. His most recent book, Crisis Inquiry was published by Ugly Duckling Presse. He is a lecturer in the English department at Kingsborough Community College (CUNY).

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