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Interdisciplinary Seminar: Silvia Kolbowski

Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 7 - 9pm

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Silvia Kolbowski will screen her short 2010 video loop,"A Few Howls Again?" This project revives the brilliant and notorious German journalist and political militant, Ulrike Meinhof (1934-1976) in a stop-motion photo "animation" video loop with titles. Including Meinhof's own writings from the late 1960s and contemporaneous and later comments made about and by her, the project raises questions about state violence and the feminine subject. Currently working on a companion video that revives another historical figure, and having engaged history as a subject in her work for the past couple of decades, Kolbowski will discuss the role of history in art as a form of political resistance.

The Interdisciplinary Seminar was designed twenty years ago to contribute to a regular and sustainable discussion on artistic practice for the students of the Cooper Union School of Art and the creative community that surrounds them. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.