Monthly Archives: November 2011

Call for proposals: Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice

Association of Academics, Artists and Citizens for University Autonomy (ACUA), Vadodara

Invites Curatorial Concepts for the Fourth in the Series of Five Workshops:

Curating Indian Visual Culture: Theory and Practice
(An India Foundation for the Arts (IFA), Bangalore initiative, funded by Sir Jamsetji Tata Trust)

Venue: University of Jammu, Jammu Tawi, India

Dates: 6th to 11th Feb. 2012.

Thematic Focus: Art in the Context of Conflicts

Concept Note: The thematic focus of this workshop has some reference to the historical situation of Jammu and Kashmir and attempts to address some of the specificities of it. At the same time, it is not restricted to the historical situations of this particular location alone. Such a restriction produces the impression that Jammu and Kashmir is an exception and that other parts of the nation and the globe are conflict-free zones. On the contrary, conflicts are not exceptions; in fact, they are the norms of our lives. Keeping in mind this broader framework, this proposed workshop is an attempt to engage with the question of art, aesthetics and politics in the context of zones of conflicts. The world conflict is not necessarily used here to denote physical or material conflicts alone; and conflicts are not looked at as essentially a negative category.

Concurrent with this, the idea of curation is imagined here not merely as a curative act in the conventional or therapeutic sense. This workshop anticipates intense debates around the questions of artistic intervention, engagement and participations in the arena of politics. A renewed understanding regarding the relationship between artistic practices and politics (or artistic practices as politics and vice versa) and the implications of it in the sphere of curatorial practices is one of the central thematics of this workshop. In fact, intense engagements with the struggles of the people and communities for justice, equity and equality can broaden and alter the idea of curation in substantial manner. Similarly, such curatorial engagements further problematize the relationship between ethics, aesthetics and politics. This workshop would also attempt to re-visit some of the important events in the history of artistic and curatorial interventions across the world, in order to conceptualize newer frameworks of the relationship between art and politics. It seeks to address the question of whether art has the potential to engage a zone of conflict in a way that is different or sets it apart from politics.

The last date for receiving the concept note, along with long and short CV with postal address and phone numbers for the Jammu Workshop:
26th December, 2011

Email it to:

For details see URL: (Check the button
‘Functional Logistics’ for how to apply &mode of selection.)

Forthcoming workshops
Shillong – September 2012 & a colloquium at Delhi – December 2012

Please widely circulate this notice.

Prof. Shivaji K. Panikkar & Santhosh Sadanandan
(Project Directors for ACUA)

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Job Post: Clinical Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts at NYU Gallatin School — deadline Dec. 1

Here is a position opening at NYU for a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts that may be of interest to the DAAN membership. Please follow this link for more information and to apply — deadline to apply is Dec. 1 until the position is filled. A copy of the posting is below.

Clinical Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts
Full Time Non Tenure Track
New York
Gallatin: 62000
The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University invites applications from visual artists for the position of Clinical Assistant Professor in the Visual Arts, a full-time teaching position to commence on September 1, 2012. The position is a non-tenure track but renewable contract line, and includes all the rights of full-time faculty within the Gallatin School. We encourage applications from artists who work at the intersections of various media, especially painting, drawing, and new media. The successful candidate will contribute actively to the School’s interdisciplinary curriculum and teach both studio courses and courses that focus on thematic topics, problems, and questions pertaining to artistic production as a form of cultural work and mode of expression. We are seeking an artist-scholar who can conceptualize and develop innovative ways of linking Gallatin’s studio arts curriculum to its theoretically and historically grounded interdisciplinary curriculum.The ideal candidate will have experience and a strong interest in interdisciplinary teaching and in advising individualized B.A. and M.A. research and arts programs.

Founded in 1972, Gallatin is an experimental college of 1,350 undergraduate students and 180 Masters students which forms a part of NYU, a major research university. Its innovative, nationally recognized B.A. and M.A. programs in individualized study encourage students to develop an integrated, multidisciplinary program of study that combines courses taken in the various schools of NYU with independent studies, internships, and Gallatin’s own interdisciplinary seminars, writing courses and arts workshops. The School emphasizes excellent teaching, intensive student advising and mentoring, and a unique combination of program flexibility and academic rigor.

Qualifications: Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the university level. MFA required; Ph.D. desirable.
All posts close at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on the date listed. Open Until Filled
All applications must be submitted electronically. Please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a writing sample (of up to 30 pages), three letters of recommendation, a statement of your teaching philosophy, and a brief description of three dream courses.For questions, please contact Amber Pritchett at

Review of applications will begin Thursday, December 1, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Expats & Exiles in Phnom Penh launch film works to challenge US Deportations of Cambodian Americans

Contact: Anida Yoeu Ali
tel: +855-089-751-896 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
or tel +011-312-650-9638 (Chicago, IL USA)

Nov 18, 2011

Expats & Exiles in Phnom Penh launch film works to challenge US Deportations of Cambodian Americans

Studio Revolt, a collaborative media lab, in Phnom Penh recently released two videos “My Asian Americana” and “Why I Write” on the deportation of Khmer exiled Americans. Both videos use the medium of film to humanize the experiences of exiled Americans, re-framing the issue as a human rights violation. Consistent to Studio Revolt’s style, each video pushes unconventional narratives into a public sphere while still exhibiting the studio’s high quality production value on a shoestring budget. Strategically changing the discourse from deportees to “exiles” is in fact part of the studio’s appeal to a larger public to reconsider this debate.

“The term “deportee,” suggestive of someone who has been sent back to “a homeland,” fails to acknowledge the very fact that Cambodian Americans are in fact Americans who pledge their allegiance not to Cambodia but to the United States.  Having paid for their crimes in the United States, they have been unfairly and involuntarily sentenced to live the rest of their lives abroad, in a place that is not home and offers no refuge.  They are thus incontrovertibly exiles, Americans who long for their  U.S. homeland.” — Dr. Cathy Schlund-Vials, Asian American Studies Institute at University of Connecticut

In “My Asian Americana” a small community of concerned expats and exiles living in Phnom Penh gathered to film a short video challenging the unjust act of deportations. On November 1st, the video was submitted to the White House Asian American Pacific Islander Initiative’s What’s Your Story Video Challenge which called for submissions of Asian American stories of impact. The studio hopes the film will convince the White House to prioritize the issue of deportation as an urgent Asian American.

Director and Producer Anida Yoeu Ali states, “Although  U.S. Laws and Policies may appear “effective” for the administration in power, history has proven that the same laws and policies were often created out of fear and discrimination to disenfranchise a specific population (i.e Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Angel Island, Anti-Miscegenation laws, Japanese Internment Camps). As Asian Americans, it is our obligation to never forget our histories nor remain silent in the face of adversity. As Americans we grew up believing justice is for all.”

The second short film, “Why I Write” created by filmmaker and cinematographer Masahiro Sugano presents a stark and powerful spoken word video debut by Kosal Khiev. Kosal, a poet and US Prison system survivor, was deported to Cambodia in February 2011 after serving a 14 year sentence. While in prison, Kosal discovered spoken word poetry from a former Vietnam War veteran. Spoken word became his creative channel to tell his own story and transform his anger, regrets, and experiences into a poetic art form. Since his arrival, Kosal has used poetry to uplift his situation, with compelling performances at NERD night, The Body Open Mic series, and TEDx Phnom Penh. Along with the debut of his video, Kosal Khiev also launched his website which has additional information for others in jeopardy of being deported to Cambodia.

“We may not have all the voices we need in Congress right now, but what we have are our own voices – which have been presented by Studio Revolt in a form we can use to organize for the social and political change we desperately need.” — Mia-lia Kiernan, Community Organizer of One Love Movement (Philadelphia)

The two videos have been released on youtube. The links to works can be found here:

My Asian Americana (3min, Color, HD Video, 2011)
Featuring Kosal Khiev with Anida Yoeu ALI, Sokha CHHIM, Vinh DAO, Phyrak KHUN, Ryan TONG, Vanna SANN, and Thea SOM
Via our website:
Direct to YouTube:

Why I Write (7min 30 sec, Color, HD Video, 2011)
Starring: Kosal Khiev
Via our website:
Direct to YouTube:


For additional information please contact Anida Yoeu Ali at
or by phone in Phnom Penh at +855-089-751-896 or in Chicago +011-312-650-9638.
More info about our studio and other works can be found

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