Ed Woodham performing Danger Deep Water during the drawing(shed) residency IdeasFromElse[W]here in Lloyd Park, London UK (photo by Shaahin Shahablou).
On campus, November 15-18, 2016
Ed Woodham, a multidisciplinary artist and the founding director of Art in Odd Places will be a visiting artist with the department in both the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. He is dedicated to working collaboratively with other artists to realize visual and performance art that activates public space and supports community building.
Fall Visit | People, Places, Possibilities
Site visit that introduces Ed to our community and allows us to begin formulating possible collaborations with faculty, students, classes in the spring. This visit will include a public lecture, class meetings, walking tours and plenty of southern hospitality.
Ed Woodham Artist Talk | Wednesday, Nov 16, 7pm
Location: Turchin Lecture Hall
About the Artist
Ed Woodham has been active in community art, education, and civic interventions across media and culture for over twenty-five years. Responding to constriction of civil liberties, Woodham created the project Art in Odd Places presenting visual and performance art to reclaim public spaces in New York City and beyond. In New York, Woodham teaches “City as Site: Public Performance and Social Intervention” at the School of Visual Art, as well as workshops in politically based public performance at New York University’s Hemispheric Institute’s EMERGENYC. He was a 2013 Blade of Grass Fellow in Social Engagement. For 2016 he was commissioned to create a socially engaged work for Jamaica FLUX 2016 at The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens, NY. Currently, he is working on a commissioned work, “The Keepers,” for 2016 in his longtime neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn. Photo by Rodrigo Viñas
In summer 2015, a team of five typists took dictation as part of Sheryl Oring's "I Wish to Say" at the Out of Site Festival in Chicago. Photo: Dhanraj Emanuel.
Thursday, September 29
Activating Democracy: The I Wish to Say Project
12-2pm, In the Solarium at the Student Union
Oring will set up a portable public office - complete with a manual typewriter - and invite people to dictate postcards to presidential candidates. "I Wish to Say" grew out of the artist’s concern that not enough voices were being heard about the state-of-affairs in this country and her belief in the value of free expression that is guaranteed under our Constitution. Stop by to have your say.
7pm, Turchin Lecture Hall
Oring will discuss the “I Wish to Say Project” and her work as an artist directly engaging the public through performance, play, and participation. Free and open to all.
About the Artist
Sheryl Oring examines critical social issues through projects that incorporate old and new media to tell stories, examine public opinion and foster open exchange. Using tools typically employed by journalists (the camera, the typewriter, the pen, the interview and the archive) she builds on experience in her former profession to create installations, performances, artist books and internet-based works.
Oring has shown her work at the O1SJ Biennial; Bryant Park in Manhattan; the Jewish Museum Berlin; and the McCormick Freedom Museum in Chicago. She has also presented work at Art in Odd Places in New York; the Art Prospect festival in St. Petersburg, Russia; Encuentro in Sao Paolo, Brazil; and the International Symposium on Electronic Art in Dubai. Oring received her MFA from the University of California at San Diego works as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is recently completed a public art commission at the San Diego International Airport.
All programs are free and open to the public.