Boliou 104, 7 p.m. [A Robert Lehamn Art Lecture sponsored by the Department of Art & Art History]
Artists have mined this rich territory from the beginning of art, exploring of physical, psychological, and social subtexts within representation of the self. And today, by mixing media and ideas from digital technologies, the parameters of portraiture can be pushed even further. To the Registry of Motor Vehicles, the IRS, or my Internet Service Provider, "Who Am I?" becomes less of an existential question than a data management one. To the Electronic Freedom Foundation, it becomes one of priviacy and free speech. Rather than a complicated human bundle of emotions, memories, and dreams wrapped around a skeleton, I am a database--information. Some of the most interesting artists today are interweaving the traditional issues of portraiture and identity with the wide possibilities of digital media.
Dana Friis-Hansen is the Executive Director of the Austin [Texas] Museum of Art. He graduated from Carleton in 1983.
Please Note: On Thursday, September 25 [Boliou 104, 7 p.m.] Friis-Hansen will speak on "Japanese Photography since 1980: Internationalism, Individualism, and the Institutionalization of Photography." The talk is based on his highly-successful exhibition The History of Japanese Photography.