In this course students will alternate between working in virtual and non-virtual spaces, using knowledge and concepts from drawing, sculpture and performance art. Students will learn the basics of drawing in a VR space and reflect on the aesthetic, philosophical and social implications of such a practice. The course culminates with the creation of a social VR space (in Mozilla Hubs) by each student and gathering together in a critical Show & Tell, blending their productions and explorations in the virtual and embodied activities throughout the class.
Beatriz Escobar is an artist and educator working primarily with participatory art projects and relational objects, engaging decolonial imaginaries and investigating how embodied knowledge interacts with the experience of otherness. She is interested in the tensions arising from the excessive consumption of the Tropical by The Global North and is constantly entangling herself and the audience in constructed and shifting power dynamics. She is also engaged in creating platforms for local artists, such as the Draw The Line Residency, a residency for artists without formal art education, five iterations of WIP Performance Art (with Useless Initiatives), and she is a co-founder of Emergent Landscapes (with Anna Xu), a platform for site-specific work in natural landscapes centering Black and Brown artists.
Escobar grew up in São Paulo, and is now based in the Bay Area. She holds an MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts, where she received the Impact Awards 2017 for her project Amazonas Riverine Program. She was a 2017-2018 Creative Dissent Fellow at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, a 2018-2019 Community Engagement Fellow at Destiny Arts Center, and is currently an Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts.
Judit Navratil’s practice is multivalent, engaging performance, social practices, drawing, as well as video and VR. The relationship between the real and virtual is personally significant to Judit, as she has moved between several different countries and cultures in her lifetime, and relies on digital means to connect to people and places in an attempt to construct “home.” Her projects are as much affective mappings of what it means to continuously oscillate between analog and digital, past and present. Navratil uses her body-device to keep balance through her compass-meditation: the Long Distance Somersault career. Rolling as far as she can helps her seeking higher alternatives and to gaze in the Eye of the Hurricane.
Navratil earned an MFA in Painting at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2008 and an MFA at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2019. She has been exhibiting in Hungary, Canada, France, Korea and the Bay Area. Her work has been recognized through awards and residencies including the Cadogan Art Award, a residency at Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris), the Dennis Leon and Christin Nelson Scholarship and a Presidential Scholarship for Anderson Ranch. She is currently an affiliate artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts.