Coordinator of Student Exhibitions and Special Projects
Emmy Mikelson is an interdisciplinary artist. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; recent video screenings include Trani, Italy; Mexico City, Mexico; and Helsinki, Finland. In fall 2016, she participated in the Labverde science and art research residency at the Adolpho Ducke rainforest reserve in Manaus, Brazil, and she will be a Toolmaker in Residence at Signal Culture in Owego, NY in summer 2017. She has published text and artwork in several experimental architecture journals including Nova Organa, KTISMA, and Moinopolis, and she co-authored the publication And Another Thing: Nonanthropocentrism and Art (punctum books, 2016). She has been an invited speaker at the Center for Transformative Media at Parsons the New School for Design, NY; Maysles Cinema, Harlem, NY; Pace University, NY; and a guest curator for the James Gallery at the Graduate Center (CUNY). She has taught Freehand Drawing workshops for the Intro to Architecure summer program at The Cooper Union and she currently teaches at Pace University.
Projects & Links
And Another Thing
The exhibition “And Another Thing,” took its inspiration from the philosophy of speculative realism and object-oriented ontology. The main focus was the central tenet of non-anthropocentricism, which posits objects as specific, self-contained and non-reducible, and repositions human subjects as just another thing, no more or less important than any other. Exhibiting artists included: Carl Andre, Laura Carton, Valie Export, Regina José Galindo, Tom Kotik, Mary Lucking, Bruce Nauman, Grit Ruhland, Anthony Titus, Ruslan Trusewych, and Zimoun.
Related programming included lectures by: Bernard Stiegler (École de Philosophie d’Épineuil-le-Fleuriel, IRI, Georges Pompidou Center ), Graham Harman (Philosophy, The American University of Cairo ), Jane Bennett (Political Science, Johns Hopkins University ), Noortje Marres (Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London), and David Turnbull (Architecture, The Cooper Union ; ATOPIA).
Guest Curators: Katherine Behar and Emmy Mikelson
The James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center.
Threshold Compositions Series
The ongoing painting series titled "Threshold Compositions," is influenced by Piranesi's Carceri d'Invenzione and the philosophy of Speculative Realism (SR). One of the recurring points in SR is the idea of a flat ontology. In the paintings, this idea is approached through an abstract language. These works are meant to hover between the familiar and unfamiliar; they point to an unstable and hallucinogenic space where the distinctions between buildings, bodies, skin and sky have dissolved.