This year the TransCultural Exchange take place in Québec City, Canada with the support Université Laval, l’École d’art de la Faculté d’aménagement, d’architecture, d’art et de design , academic host of the Conference.
swissnex Boston will co-present three panels this year in Québec, covering topics such as artistic research, building reciprocity, and indigenous artists + contemporary art. Four Swiss speakers will be featured:
- Irène Hediger is Co-Director of the Swiss artists-in-labs program at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts.
- Florian Dombois is an Artist and Professor at the Zurich University of the Arts.
- Melanie Franke is a Professor, art history and artistic research at Academy of Art and Design, Basel
- Cécile Vulliemin is Project Leader for Art/Sciences Programs here at swissnex Boston and Exhibition Coordinator for Hors Pistes Association.
International Exchange: Building Reciprocity
February 22 | 10:00 – 11:45 am | Morrin Centre’s College Hall | 44 Chaussée des Écossais, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4H3
- Moderator: Caitlin Strokosch, National Performance Network & Visual Artists Network
- Irène Hediger, Director, Swiss artists-in-labs program at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts (ICS), Zurich University of the Arts
- Jean-Baptiste Joly, Founding and Artistic Director, Akademie Schloss Solitude
- Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Founder, President and Curator of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Inc.
Artistic Research: Art, Research or None of the Above
February 22 | 1:30pm – 3:15pm | Maison de la littérature | L’Institut Canadien de Québec’s Scène littéraire | 40 Rue Saint-Stanislas, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4H1
- Moderator: Irène Hediger, Director, Swiss artists-in- labs program
- Alexandre David Artist and Professor, Université Laval
- Florian Dombois, Artist, 2017 Research Pavilion, Venice; and Professor, Zurich University of the Arts
- Melanie Franke, Professor, art history and artistic research, Academy of Art and Design, Basel
- Elaine A. King, Professor of the History of Art/Theory/Museum Studies, Carnegie Mellon University
Reconsidering the Native: What Indigenous Artists can Offer Contemporary Art
February 23 | 3:30pm – 5:15pm | Morrin Centre’s College Hall | 44 Chaussée des Écossais, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4H3
- Moderator: Jan Hanvik, Co-Founder and Principal of Cross the Bridge LLC, and CEO of PAMAR and Pan American Art Research Inc.
- Cardiela Amezcua Luna, Dancer, Choreographer, Director, Stage Producer, Promoter, Cultural Manager and Environmental Educator
- Irène Gaouda Lyoum, Founding Member and Vice-President, OSMOSE, Cameroon
- Sophie Stévance, Professor, Université Laval
- Cécile Vulliemin, Project Leader for Art/Sciences Programs, swissnex Boston and Exhibition Coordinator, Hors Pistes Association
February 23 | 7pm – 11pm | séminaire de Québec | 1 Rue des Remparts, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 4R7, Canada
With presentations by Georges Azzaria, the Director of Université Laval’s l’École d’art de la Faculté d’aménagement, d’architecture, d’art et de design; and Cécile Vuillemin, Project leader for the art/science programs for swissnex Boston
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About the Conference
Traditionally, artists relied solely on galleries and dealers to support their art. They worked largely within the confines of their discipline and studio walls. Today numerous other options for artists also exist: More and more artists are managing their own careers, working in new formats and collaborating with people in different disciplines, both here and abroad.
Reflecting this new reality and picking up where the last Conference Engaging Minds left off, TransCultural Exchange’s 2018 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons offers exciting possibilities for artists to embrace different cultures, mindsets and technologies. For instance, panelists will speak about their international residency programs, provide practical advice (on topics such as resources for funding and managing a studio practice), discuss how art can play a vital role in social or political interventions and promote possibilities for artists to collaborate with those in other disciplines, including medicine, architecture, conservation and engineering. Round Table discussions also will give artists with similar interests the chance to meet, network and talk about their work; and portfolio reviews with the speakers, gallery owners and critics will supply additional venues for artists to showcase their work.