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Conceptual art is based on the assertion that the essence of art is an idea or concept that may exist independently from an object as its representation. Historically associated with the dematerialization of the art object, the strategies of this movement are the hallmarks of contemporary art and form the foundation of such divergent practices as eco-art, performance art, video art, new media, community art, art/sci collaboration and intermedia. In the Conceptual Art Making class at the Art Students League, Elizabeth Demaray will trace the history of generative art while pairing with the Art Students League community to make works of conceptually based art. This workshop is ideal for artists working in any medium who would like to frame, inform or support their practice in the context of contemporary practice. Participants need no prior knowledge of conceptual art making to participate.
ELIZABETH DEMARAY is an artist whose research area is the interface between the built environment and the natural world. An internationally recognized leader in the field of eco-robotics and non-anthropocentric design, she programs listening stations for birds that play human music, cultures lichen on the sides of skyscrapers in New York City and manufactures alternative forms of housing for hermit crabs, out of man-made materials. Her current work, IndaPlant Project: An Act of Trans-Species Giving, entails building light-sensing robotic supports for houseplants. These moving floraborgs allow potted-plants to roam freely in a domestic environment, in search of sunlight and water. Demaray is the recipient of the National Studio Award at the New York Museum of Modern Art/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture, the Artist Residency Award at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Art Omi Residency and the Welcome to the Anthropocene Award from the Association of Environmental Science Studies. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, HYPERALLERGIC, Art News, ARTPULSE, The Daily Mail UK, Libération FR, Sina Technology China, L’Est-Éclair FR and Technical.ly Brooklyn. Currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts and head of the intermedia concentration at Rutgers University, Camden, Demaray is also an advisor in the Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab at Rutgers New Brunswick, which is a platform for the use of computer vision and machine learning in art. Demaray lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her current projects can be seen at http://elizbethdemaray.org.