Assistant Professor of Media Arts Catalina Jordan Alvarez and Liz Flyntz ’02 will be leading a guest workshop, The Collaboration Agreement: Designing for Creative Conflict and Consent at The School of Making Thinking.
Workshop participants will look at examples of successful and disastrous creative collaboration: from FOOD (a restaurant project often ascribed to Gordon Matta-Clark, but actually a group effort by Clark, Tina Giraroud, and Carol Gooden) to the still-stonewalled recordings of The Theater of Eternal Music (held by La Monte Young, but created by a group that included Tony Conrad, Terry Riley, Billy Name and John Cale, amongst others) as well as artist duos in which one subsumes the other such as Genesis P Orrige and Lady Jaye and Christo and Jean-Claude.
The class—which will be held virtually—will consist of five workshop sessions from April 7 – May 5, 2021, and is designed for those who are (or might be in) creative collaboration. Visit The School of Making Thinking for more information and registration.
Catalina Jordan Alvarez is a Colombian-American film director and interdisciplinary artist. Her films have screened at festivals including Slamdance, Fantastic Fest (Best Picture, Shorts with Legs), New Orleans and Palm Springs, and venues such as the Wexner Center for the Arts (Jury Award, Ohio Shorts), the ICA Philadelphia, the San Diego Art Institute, the Museum of the Moving Image (Best Emerging Filmmaker, Queens World Film Festival) and Arclight Hollywood (Best of Slamdance).
Catalina is a recipient of Fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Wexner Center for the Arts, Flux Factory and the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Alvarez received her MFA from Temple University after initially studying film directing at the self-organized film school, FilmArche, e.V., in Berlin. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Media Arts at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH.
Liz Flyntz ’02 is an artist, curator, writer, and digital experience designer. She works with archives and digital tools to develop exhibitions, performances, multimedia projects, software and websites. Her work uses contemporary tools and systems thinking to explore time, governance, economics, communication, idealism, and futility. She’s written extensively about early media art for publications including Afterimage, Intercourse, and The Creators Project.
In 2016, Liz co-curated The Present Is the Form of All Life, an exhibition of the time capsule works of Ant Farm and their successor group LST at Pioneer Works. She’s spoken about art/science collaboration, media art history, and experience design at ISEA, the College Art Association Conference, NYU, MICA, and RISD. As one half of the bio-art duo Epicurean Endocrinology, Liz uses collaborative performance art and installations to investigate the practices and conventions of science and cooking and explore gender constructions and endocrine disruptors in the built environment. As a member of the Ant Farm Art Building Creative Preservation Initiative (AFAAB) she contributes archival research, presentation design, and audience engagement.