‘The Arts of Migration: The Moving Matters Traveling Workshop’ Conference Coming to UC Riverside

Center for Ideas and Society hosts conference March 10 and 11

The opening of the 2015 Moving Matters Traveling Workshop exhibition in Bucharest, Romania. Photo Courtesy Adriana Falub

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – While an immigrant may feel torn between two countries, the “serial migrant” is shaped by the experience of settling in several different countries. That will be the topic of discussion as the artists and researchers of the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop (MMTW) share their art and reflections on migration at a conference at the University of California, Riverside on March 10-11.

The conference will be from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for Ideas and Society located at 900 University Ave., College Building South. A performance will follow the conference at 5 p.m. on March 10 at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts, located at 3834 Main St., Riverside. All events are free and open to the public, but a ticket must be downloaded from the Culver Center site for the performance.

Susan Ossman

Susan Ossman

The concept of “serial migration” was developed by Susan Ossman, an anthropology professor at UC Riverside, in her book, “Moving Matters: Paths of Serial Migration.” It also sparked the creation of MMTW in Riverside in 2013. Since then, the arts collective has developed exhibitions, performances and participatory artworks in France, the Netherlands and Romania.

“The artists who make up MMTW have all been immigrants multiple times throughout their lives, and they all share in the experience of ‘serial migration,’” said Ossman. “Our work unites scholarship and the arts to think about why moving continues to matter in a time of global communication.”

The conference includes the following programs and performance:

Thursday, March 10:

9:30 a.m. – Introduction includes a welcome by Georgia Warnke, director of the Center for Ideas and Society, and a discussion of “Paths of Migration” and the making of the MMTW with Susan Ossman.

10:15 a.m. – Discussion of “MMTW Art and Archives.” The panel includes Blanca Casas-Brullet, Alexandru Balasescu, and Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein.

11: 15 a.m. – Coffee break

11:30 a.m. – Discussion of “Locations and Configurations.” Juliette Levy, moderator. The panel includes Guillaume Lasserre, Olga Sezneva, Ionna Paun, Alec Balasescu, with commentary from Stephen Foster and Rayed Khader.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch break

1:15 p.m. –  Discussion of “Life Path, Research, Art.” Ariane Dalla Dia, moderator. The panel includes Lydia Nakashima-Degarrod, Fariba Zarinebaf, Priya Srinivasan, Natalie Zervou, with commentary from Cathy Gudis, and Maj Hasager.

3:15 p.m. – Snack, and departure for Moving Matters Traveling Workshop performance at the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts.

Friday, March 11:

9:30 a.m. – Viewing: “Virtual Matters,” by Aurélie Slonina.

9:45 a.m. – Discussion of “Migration: Serial, Impossible, Virtual.” Stephan James, moderator. The panel includes Juliette Levy, Adam Berg, Felip Martí-Jufresa, with commentary from Trangdai Glassey-Tranguyen and Ioanna Paun.

11:15 a.m. – Coffee break

11:30 a.m. – Discussion of “Borders, Limits, Losses.” Shabnam Piryaei, moderator. The panel includes Olga Sezneva, Paulo C. Chagas, Andreea Campeanu, with commentary from Christina Schwenkel and Peter Leese.

12:45 p.m. – Lunch break

1:30 p.m. – Discussion of “Words, Sound, Motion.” Alec Balasescu, moderator. The panel includes Hyejin Nah, Elzbieta Wójcik-Leese, Jeffrey Sacks, with commentary from Blanca Casas-Brullet and Sally Ness.

2:30 p.m. – Break

2:45 p.m. – Discussion of “Crossing (Migratory) Paths.” Olga Sezneva, moderator. The panel includes Racheal Adair, Alondra Clemente, Matt McCray, Erith Jaffe-Berg, MMTW artists, with commentary from Ariane Dalla Dia and Rickerby Hinds.

3:45 p.m. – Conclusion and perspectives, moderator Erith Jaffe-Berg.

MEDIA: A handful of the artists will be in Southern California before the conference. If you wish to speak with them before the conference begins, please email Susan Ossman at susan.ossman@ucr.edu or call her at 951-640-3544.

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Additional Contacts

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