In the upcoming weeks and months, we will be releasing more information on our speakers, the program, location, registration etc. This week we’ll introduce one of the keynote speakers – someone we are very honored to have: T.J. Demos.
T.J. Demos is Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Founder and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. He writes widely on the intersection of contemporary art, global politics, and ecology and is the author of Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (Sternberg Press, 2016); The Migrant Image: The Art and Politics of Documentary During Global Crisis (Duke University Press, 2013)—winner of the College Art Association’s 2014 Frank Jewett Mather Award—and Return to the Postcolony: Spectres of Colonialism in Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2013). Demos co-curated Rights of Nature: Art and Ecology in the Americas, at Nottingham Contemporary in January 2015, and organized Specters: A Ciné-Politics of Haunting, at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid in 2014. He is currently completing a new book for Sternberg Press entitled Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today.
T.J. Demos’ personal website: https://tjdemos.sites.ucsc.edu/
Website Center for Creative Ecologies: https://creativeecologies.ucsc.edu/
A recent article on visual activism: T.J. Demos, “Between Rebel Creativity and Reification: For and Against Visual Activism,” (a discussion of the work of Subhankar Banerjee, GIAP: Grupo de Investigación en Arte y Politica, and Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination), Journal of Visual Culture (2016), 1-18. https://tjdemos.sites.ucsc.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/374/2016/08/Demos-Rebel-Creativity-2016-copy.pdf