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Marginal Spaces: Photography and the Urban Overlooked

March 28, 2018
Gowen Room, Wilson Commons

March 20–– March 30
Exhibition of large format photographic prints by Steven Seidenberg at Hartnett Gallery

Wednesday, March 28
Steven Seidenberg and Carolyn L. White present the talk: The Archive of Awareness:
Collaboration and Knowledge Formation in Artistic and Archaeological Practice
4:30–6:00 pm, Gowen Room, Wilson Commons
Closing reception of the exhibition
6:00–7:00 pm, Hartnett Gallery, Wilson Commons

Thursday, March 29
Workshop with students of Experimental Archives
4:50–7:30 pm, Sage Art Center

This project will bring to Rochester an exhibition of photographic prints, an interactive workshop
along with a talk presenting the collaborative work of artist and writer Steven Seidenberg and
archaeologist Carolyn L. White. The exhibition will present selections from two of Seidenberg’s
recent photographic series. The series Tokyo Tape consists of photographs of found tape on the
floors of Tokyo subway stations. The Pipevalve: Berlin series portrays a curious vestigial feature
in the Berlin cityscape. The two collaborators will present a talk titled The Archive of
Awareness: Collaboration and Knowledge Formation in Artistic and Archaeological
Practice. Seidenberg and White will discuss their various experiments in bringing Seidenberg’s
practice as an artist and philosopher into collaboration with White’s work in archaeology and
material culture analysis, a collaboration that reveals the limits and strengths of each practice in
its efforts to limn an otherwise unseen history and cultural landscape. In each case, the activity of
modeling the constructed space—whether presently inhabited or abandoned long ago—draws
the attention of both practitioner and viewer/reader to previously unexplored details and
compositional possibilities. Seidenberg and White will describe the ways in which their practices
in general have been influenced by such revelation, and how their collaboration has grown to
capitalize on the strengths and avoid the incommensurability of their disparate visions.

Artist and writer Steven Seidenberg has exhibited and read his work in venues throughout North
America, Europe and Asia. He is the author of Itch (RAW ArT Press, 2014), Null Set (Spooky
Actions Books, 2014), Situ (Black Sun Lit, 2018), numerous chapbooks of verse and aphorism.
His collections of photographs include Pipevalve:Berlin (Lodima Press, 2017). Additionally, he coedits
pallaksch.pallaksch., an occasional anthology of experimental poetry, curates the False
Starts reading series at The Lab in San Francisco, and is a member of the Right Window artists

Archaeologist Carolyn L. White is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of
Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her work as an anthropologically focused
historical archaeologist spans four centuries, focusing on the materiality of identity and personal
appearance, 19th-century ranching in Hawaii, the built environment of Black Rock City, and the
relationship between art and archaeology. Her most recent book, The Archaeology of Burning
Man, is forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press (2018). She is also the Director of the
Anthropology Research Museum and oversees the Historic Preservation Program.


Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge, Art & Art History


This event is sponsored by the Humanities Project, a program of the Humanities Center

Category: Humanities Project Events