Two Ships Passing: Barbara Perea, Mexico City-based curator

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 6:30pm8:00pm

Art Building, Room 1.120

Free and Open to the Public

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The VAC, in collaboration with the art publication Pastelegram, presents the fall 2012 edition of Two Ships Passing on the topic of sound art. A metaphor for two people who meet for a brief but intense moment, Two Ships Passing is a conversation series that explores pertinent topics within the creative community. For each edition, one speaker is invited and prompted to request the company of a committed colleague, mentor, or perhaps even a new acquaintance, creating a unique pairing for a dialogue. This remarkable event establishes a reactive space where ideas are exchanged and unexpected conclusions reached.

Straddling the worlds of contemporary visual art and music, sound art includes diverse practices, from inventive machines, video and film, to performance and other possibilities. Sound art's boundaries are thus amorphous, posing particular complexities to those who wish to display such works or write about the field. These issues will form the basis from which Barbara Perea, this edition’s invitee, will begin her conversation. As her guest, Perea has invited Austin-based percussionist and composer Nick Hennies.

About the Artist

Perea is a Mexico City-based curator, critic, and lecturer with a concentration in emerging media, sound, and video art. In collaboration with curator Mariana David, Perea organized the international residency program David/Perea in 2001, which included artists Pawel Althamer, David Castro, Jorge Macchi, and Artur Zmijewski, and produced two major artworks by Santiago Sierra. From 2003 to 2006, she was director of MUCA Roma, a satellite space sponsored by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. With curator Príamo Lozada, Perea served as artistic co-director of Plataforma Puebla 06 and co-curated the Mexican Pavilion at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia, presenting Some Things Happen More Often Than All of the Time, a solo exhibition by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Perea sat on the selection committee for the Berlin-based FAIR PLAY Video Festival in 2006 and the nomination committee for the Rockefeller Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute’s Media Arts Fellowship in 2008. In 2011, she was part of the curatorial team of Transitio mx, an international electronic art and video festival, and is currently a collaborator with SOMA, an artist-directed forum for contemporary art in Mexico City. During September 2012, Perea will be the inaugural resident of the Casa Chuck program in San Antonio.

Nick Hennies is a percussionist and composer from Louisville, KY currently residing in Austin, TX. His work is primarily concerned with redefining and re-purposing the role of traditional percussion instruments through repetition, meditation, and immersion. He received his M.A. in percussion from the University of California-San Diego in 2003 where he studied with renowned percussionist Steven Schick and currently performs with The Weird Weeds, Waco Girls, and the Austin New Music Co-op. In addition to solo work Hennies has collaborated with Arnold Dreyblatt, Radu Malfatti, Jandek, Charles Curtis, Ellen Fullman, Michael Pisaro, and many other composers and improvisers from the United States and abroad. His work as both performer and composer can be heard on Quiet Design, Sentient Recognition Archive, Full Spectrum, Thor's Rubber Hammer, and more. Notable appearances include the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Blanton Museum, Festival Agora (Paris), and the LA Philharmonic's Green Umbrella Series.


Pastelegram is an online and print publication concerned with images and their sources. It is dedicated to contemporary artists, art historians and critics as well as the ideas, images and texts that inform their projects, some historical and others less so. As such, Pastelegram provides an international platform for the examination of artistic and historical practice.

Special thanks to our media sponsor Glasstire for their generous support of this event.
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