CHAIRED BY: Piero Scaruffi
Paradoxes and Illusions:
an evening about innovative and disruptive concepts of art
Rebecca Rutstein (Interdisciplinary Artist) will present her art based on science.
Blanca Bercial (Artist, Curator, Critic) will discuss "The Paradox of Silence
within a Social and Artistic Framework"
Pantea Karimi will introduce her exhibition "The Unbearable Lightness of
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Rebecca Rutstein, a multidisciplinary artist whose work spans painting,
sculpture, interactive installation and public art, creates work at the
intersection of art, science and technology. She has garnered recent attention
for her latest public art project, a prominent mural on the AT&T building along
the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. Rutstein has been an artist-in-residence
at locations around the world, including six expeditions at sea and two dives to
the ocean floor in the Alvin submersible. Her collaborations with scientists
through residencies and workshops have been funded by the National Science
Foundation, National Academies of Science / Keck Futures Initiative, Ocean
Exploration Trust and Schmidt Ocean Institute. Rutstein has exhibited widely in
museums and institutions, and her work can be found in several public collections.
Blanca Bercial is an artist-scholar working on the field of Sound Studies. She
recently graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Master of Arts in
History and Theory of Contemporary Art, which culminated with an "Outstanding
Thesis Award" from the institution. Originally from Madrid (Spain), she has been
living in San Francisco since 2018, when she started her research on the
soundscape of this city. She uses sound and poetry as an inquiry about the ways
we ignore and overlook common yet unexplored spaces, unutilized hideouts
embedded within place, time, and in sound.
Pantea Karimi is an Iranian-American multidisciplinary artist. Her works explore
the intersection of art, history, and science and examine how the broader
aesthetic considerations of science are closely related to art. She researches
illustrations and texts of medieval Persian, Arab, and early modern European
scientific manuscripts. Utilizing conceptual and visual interpretations from her
research, she creates individual bodies of artwork using interactive
installations, VR, silkscreen, digital illustrations, and prints. Pantea Karimi
has exhibited in Iran, Algeria, Germany, Croatia, Mexico, the UK, and the USA.
1 October 2020, 6 - 8 PM (PST)
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