Sharon Lockhart and Ines Schaber to join faculty of the Photography and Media program

Dean Thomas Lawson is pleased to announce that photographer/filmmaker Sharon Lockhart and artist/writer Ines Schaber have been appointed to the faculty of the School of Art at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Lockhart will begin teaching in the Institute’s Photography and Media program in fall 2015, with Schaber joining the program in spring 2016.

CalArts’ Program in Photography and Media is dedicated working with image-makers and artists interested in developing work, building technical skills, and engaging in critical conversations that help them understand their practice in relation to the images that shape contemporary culture.

“In the hiring process, we sought artists who reflect the School of Arts’ commitment to artistic innovation and critical observation,” noted Dean Lawson. “Sharon and Ines are exemplary artists and teachers in that regard, who bring very different but equally rigorous practices to the program. A dedicated educator, Sharon regards teaching on par with her artmaking. Her poetic and socially conscious investigations of labor and tightly defined communities provide continuity with the politically engaged projects of late faculty member Allan Sekula. With work revolving around new aspects of media culture and questions of visibility, Ines will bring a European viewpoint to the ongoing discussion on the role of photography that animates the program. The addition of both artists to the faculty strengthens ties between CalArts and European arts institutions. Ines has been based in Berlin and Sharon has worked extensively in Europe, most recently in Poland.”

For her installations, Lockhart employs photographs and videos, as well as documentary methods and strategies of anthropology and sociology. Her work investigates community, labor, rituals of daily life, and the way those rituals are played out in front of a camera. Known for long-term collaborations that unfold over months and sometimes years, she works closely with her subjects to understand and represent their worlds. Lockhart’s subjects range from a girls’ junior high school basketball team in a Tokyo suburb to Maine factory workers on lunch break and an audience seated in a neoclassical opera house in Manaus, Brazil. Her most recent work—Milena, Milena, the third stage in a narrative triptych—opened this year at the Kunstmuseum Luzern in Switzerland. She is a recipient of a 2015 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.

Lockhart’s recent solo exhibitions include such venues as Wiener Secession, Vienna, Austria; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Her films have been included in the New York Film Festival, the Vienna International Film Festival, the Berlin Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival.

Since 2005, Schaber has been engaged in an ongoing research-based project that consists of a series of case studies, texts, and artistic works through which she investigates and tests notions of the archive. In her work, she questions the status of the things that remain hidden, or are kept invisible. The role of photography is central within this field of inquiry. Her work interrogates ways in which photography, as both artistic and popular mass media, defines, fixates, or stashes away things and contents. Her collaborative project with sociologist Avery Gordon, The Workhouse: Room 2 at dOCUMENTA (13), explored the cultivation of alternative, autonomous and utopian ways of living and working through the history of former monastery, workhouse, and correctional facility Breitenau.

Schaber’s work has recently appeared at Kunstwerke Berlin, in collaboration with the filmmaker Madhusree Dutta; the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany, in collaboration with the artist Stefan Pente; and at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, in collaboration with the architect Mathias Heyden. Her publications include The Workhouse: Breitenau Room (with Avery Gordon) and Obtuse, Flitting By but Nevertheless There: Image Archives in Practice (forthcoming).

With its roots in still photography, CalArts’ program in Photography and Media supports both graduate and undergraduate students in a broad range of media and approaches, including still and moving images, installation, new media, sound, performance and publication, all grounded in conversations about the histories of photography and media, the politics of representation, the changing role of cameras and photography in our daily lives, social documentary and activism. From intro level to graduate studies, courses are designed to challenge conventional notions of image and art, encourage experimentation with materials and ideas, and build each artist’s sense of the context and personal importance of their work.

Ranked as America’s top college for students in the arts by Newsweek/The Daily Beast, California Institute of the Arts has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines and cultural traditions.

Call for entry – Boutographies

Les Boutographies is a festival of contemporary creative photography open to all photographers living in Europe. The criteria for selection by a jury of professional in the photographic field are a height creative level, originality and a coherent personal vision. There is no theme.

There are two sections to the festival: the Official Selection (hung photos) and the Jury Projection (projected photos). You do not have to choose, if your work is selected by the Jury it will be allocated to one or the other of these sections.

Three prizes are awarded: In the Official Selection
The Jury Prize: 1000€ and the purchase by the Town of Montpellier of work to the value of 2500€
The Exchange Prize: an exchange of exhibitions with the festival Fotoleggendo in Rome
The Public Prize: Macintosh equipment offered by our partner iTribu
2 Awards are also given by our partners:
Réponse Photo: a portfolio published in the magazine (for the Official Selection)
ARTE Actions Culturelles: the purchase of one image for 1000€ (for the Jury Projection)


E-flux-Preis der Kurzfilmtage wird fortgesetzt

Der bei den Internationalen Kurzfilmtagen Oberhausen 2015 erstmals verliehene e-flux-Preis wird bei der 62. Ausgabe des Festivals, die vom 5. bis 10. Mai 2016 stattfindet, erneut verliehen. Der Preis, eine richtungweisende Kooperation zwischen einem Filmfestival, das für seine künstlerische Ausrichtung bekannt ist, und e-flux, einer Kunst-Plattform, die Diskussion, Verbreitung und Produktion zeitgenössischer Kunst fördert, wird erneut von der Internationalen Jury der Kurzfilmtage verliehen. Er geht an eine herausragende Film- oder Videoarbeit, die eine neue Form für das poetische und elektrische Potenzial des bewegten Bildes im Zeitalter globaler Informationsflüsse findet. Der e-flux-Preis ist mit 3.000 Euro dotiert und wird im Internationalen Wettbewerb der Kurzfilmtage verliehen.

Der erste e-flux-Preis der Kurzfilmtage ging am 5. Mai 2015 an den mexikanischen Künstler Bruno Varela für seine Arbeit Tiempo Aire (Mexiko 2014, 30:30 Min, DCP, Farbe, Ton).  Die Jury würdigte damit deren „komplexe, vielschichtige Erzählweise und innovative Kombination persönlicher, sozialer und politischer Geschichte“. Die Mitglieder der Internationalen Jury waren George Clark (Großbritannien), Kati Kivinen (Finnland), Park Chan-kyong (Südkorea), Andréa Picard (Kanada) und Marta Ponsa (Frankreich).

Der Internationale Wettbewerb ist der größte der fünf Oberhausener Wettbewerbe. Jährlich werden dafür zwischen 60 und 70 neue Arbeiten aus der ganzen Welt ausgewählt. Die Mitglieder der Jury der 62. Kurzfilmtage werden im Januar 2016 bekannt gegeben, die Wettbewerbsauswahl Anfang April 2016. Die Kurzfilmtage verleihen insgesamt fast 42.000 Euro Preisgeld.

Anmeldungen für die Wettbewerbe der 62. Kurzfilmtage sind jetzt online möglich: