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School of Art & Design opens lecture series

The opening lecture of the 2011-12 Visiting Artist and Lecture series for the School of Art & Design at Alfred University (AU) is 5 p.m. Thursday in Harder Hall on the AU campus.

Lize Mogel and Stephanie Rothenberg will present a lecture, "Global Geographies of the Physical and Virtual," to open this year’s series, "Two are Better than One."

"We will present two or more guests at each lecture to help compare, contrast and question the ideas presented," explained M. Michelle Illuminato, assistant professor in the Foundations program for the School of Art & Design and one of the series’ organizers.

Engaging a broad range of media and strategies, artists Mogel and Rothenberg will present projects that map the effects of globalization on both territory and people, Illuminato explained. "Mogel's counter-cartographic experiments connect the real history and collective imaginary about specific places to larger narratives of global economies.

Rothenberg’s interactive installations and participatory online artworks explore new models of outsourced global production incurred through digitallabor (collaboration through the Internet). Together their work exposes the underlying systems and invisible hierarchies of globalization, mapping a socio-political circuit of both physical landscapes and virtual worlds."

Mogel is an interdisciplinary artist who works with the interstices between art and cultural geography, according to Illuminato. She creates and disseminates counter-cartography-- maps and mappings that produce new understandings of social and political issues. She has mapped public parks in Los Angeles; future territorial disputes in the Arctic; and wastewater economies in New York City. Mogel is co-editor of the book/map collection "An Atlas of Radical Cartography."

Rothenberg is an artist and educator using performance, installation and networked media to create interactions that question the boundaries and social constructs of manufactured desires. In 2009, Rothenberg co-founded REV-, a non-profit located in NYC furthering socially-engaged art, design and pedagogy.

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For more about the artists, visit their websites at (Lize Mogel) and (Stephanie Rothenberg).