Studio Arts Workshop
Oct 17 – Nov 7
Fridays 1p-5p
2008

Instructor: Adel Abdessemed
TA: Matthew Mazzotta
MIT Visual Arts Program | Department of Architecture
Photo: Séparation, 2006
Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York
October 17 Friday 1p – 5p
October 24 Friday 1p – 5p
October 31 Friday 1p – 5p
November 7 Friday 1p – 5p
N51 Room 348

Five revolutionary seconds. What to do? It’s about doing what one loves and what one believes….an act…..of making an image with the minimum means for maximum power…. – Adel Abdessemed

This four-part multi-disciplinary workshop will challenge students to act as “five second revolutionaries”—to see, create and engage directly in the moment to produce images “with the minimum of means for the maximum power.” Students with diverse interests are encouraged to participate as the workshops are open to all forms of media including drawing, design, video, photography, performance and sculpture.

Paris-based Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed refuses to be limited to a single ideology or medium—he works across video, animation, performance, and sculptural installation. He has tackled societal taboos and the theme of global violence. Abdessemed attended the Fine Arts School in Batna, Algeria and the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts Algiers. The 1992 military coup toppling the Algerian government was followed by years of violence claiming many lives. Abdessemed left for France in 1994, where he enrolled in the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Lyon. He lived for a time in Berlin and New York, but has resided in Paris since 2004. Recent exhibitions include Le Plateau, Paris (2006), Istanbul Biennial (2007), in Robert Storr’s Venice Biennale presentation (2007), the Armory Show, New York (2007), and the San Francisco Art Institute (2008).