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Focal Themes & Fellows

Our focal theme for the 2019-20 academic year is ENERGY.

Coming from the Greek energeia – work, activity, performance, force – and now synonymous with life and liveliness, verve and vitality, energy underlies the productive forces that animate the natural and social worlds [read more about ENERGY]

Rainbow sculpture made out of tiny plastic beads.

Upcoming Focal Theme: FABRICATION

Through fashion, costume, adornment, and drag, fabrication is woven into questions of embodiment, gender, sexuality, performance, and transformation. Communities and identities can be crafted, agency conjured, systems of power refashioned. 

Raising the relation between the high and low arts, the artist and the worker, the poet and rhetorician as well as the gendering of production and reproduction, fabrication lies at heart of the art and humanities.

 [read more about FABRICATION]