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Shawanda Corbett - The Artist's Studio

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Saturday, April 17, 2021 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Shawanda Corbett - The Artist's Studio

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Saturday, April 17, 2021 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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Shawanda Corbett’s studio practice background is in the ceramic vessel. The craft principles, fundamentals and discipline in ceramics are applied to other mediums, such as dance theatre production including live performance and film performance. Currently, she is researching how AI can facilitate craft theory in her studio practice. Corbett was recently awarded the 2020 Turner bursary award by Tate Britain. We will join Corbett in the United Kingdom as she shares her powerful work through images and discussion of her process. Host Fabio J. Fernández will guide the discussion through a range of topics including access, mentorship, and community as part of The Artist’s Studio series.

 

Learn about all eight artist events in The Artist’s Studio series.

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This event will be held live on Zoom and attendees will be able to ask questions, time permitting. Each event will be recorded, and registered participants will have access to the recording for 30 days.

There are two ways to register for events in The Artist’s Studio series: You can register for individual artist events or subscribe to the entire series at a discount with the Series Pass. The Series Pass includes exclusive access to a Google Classroom with all eight event recordings, handouts and resource materials, good through June 8th.

Individual Artist Event Fees: $50 general admission. Free to Harvard Undergraduate Students

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Limited scholarships are available. To be considered for a scholarship, fill out an application form. Questions? Contact Director Kathy King at kking@fas.harvard.edu.

 

Artist Biography

Shawanda Corbett’s (New York, b. 1989) studio practice background is in ceramics (vessel making). The craft principles, fundamentals and discipline in ceramics are applied to other mediums, such as dance theatre production (live performance and film performance). This technique is called craft theory. Currently, she is researching how AI to facilitate craft theory in her studio practice.

Corbett is currently pursuing her practice-led doctoral degree in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art and Wadham College, University of Oxford. Her research redefines Donna Haraway's cyborg theory, or the cybernetic organism, as anything mechanical that enhances an individual's life. The research also focuses on the relationship between human beings and technology created with Artificial Intelligence. This is approached through science fiction genre in film and literature but from a perspective of a differently abled-body (cyborg) woman of colour, so this includes texts, film (visual representation), music in African American history/African history and Artificial Intelligence history.

Her first solo exhibition, Neighbourhood Garden, was held at the Corvi-Mora Gallery in London (2020). She described the exhibit as a revisit of her family’s history as southern African Americans living between Mississippi and New York. The work challenged the history of African American tropes without reducing her subjects to their physical bodies by focusing on the individual’s personality, daily activity or place of residence.


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