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The Spring 2021 Working Critique 2 Collective of the Digital Interdisciplinary Art Practice (DIAP) program from the City College of New York is excited to be hosting Thesis Throwback,” an event to be held on Friday, May 7th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm on Zoom. Register here!

The Working Critique 2 class focuses on weekly individual and group critiques of the DIAP students’ work. In addition to research, discussion, and practice in digital and new media, the students collectively curate an exhibition or event. This year, the students chose to highlight alumni artists who explore themes and research relevant to their practice.

Interdisciplinary artists and DIAP alumni Priyanka Dasgupta, Woojin-Lee, and Jean Carla Rodea have been invited to give presentations on their work. Each artist will share an overview of their graduate thesis projects in relation to their current practice. A roundtable discussion and Q&A led by the Working Critique 2 Collective will follow the presentation.

CCNY’s Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice MFA program is a research-oriented program in which students engage with diverse interdisciplinary and emerging media modes of art practice.

Priyanka Dasgupta and Chad Marshall’s practice draws from sociological conventions, archival texts, and postcolonial studies to examine power and disenfranchisement in the US, and its relationship to appearance. Dasgupta and Marshall are currently developing installations inspired by the histories of Bengali sailors who passed as Black in the early twentieth century. Recent exhibitions of their work include ‘Uptown Triennial,’ Wallach Gallery, NY (2020), ‘The Immigrant Artist Biennial: Mother Tongue,’ (2020), ‘Pigeonhole,’ Knockdown Center, NY (2019), Dodd Galleries, UGA, Athens (2019), Sunroom Project: Paradise, WaveHill, NY (2018), In Practice: Another Echo, SculptureCenter, NY (2018). Residencies include Artist Studio Program, Smack Mellon (2018-19) and AIRspace, Abrons Arts Center (2018). Dasgupta and Marshall’s work has been reviewed in various publications. They are recipients of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, 2019-20. www.dasguptamarshall.com

Woojin Lee is a multi-disciplinary designer and artist. Her work investigates the malleability of an artist’s studio practice under certain conditions. While working as an Art Director for various digital advertising agencies, she used the corporate space to stage her interdisciplinary artworks, creating installations, films, sculptures, animations, and writing fictional scripts. Her main research interests revolve around social and anthropological aspects of the corporate office environment history, production and circulation of visual artifacts, and mild behavioral modification influenced by technological transformation. Lee holds an MFA in Digital Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York and an MA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. Selected awards include the 2020 Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award, 2019 AHL Foundation Artist Fellowship, Red Dot Award, Creativity Media & Interactive Awards, and more. She currently teaches at Pratt Institute. https://www.thewoojinlee.com/

Jean Carla Rodea is an interdisciplinary artist and educator currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work involves a variety of disciplines and mediums such as music, sound, poetry, vocal performance, performance art, photography, video, movement, and sculpture. Her artistic practice deals with spaces and instances where socio-political and cultural constructs are rendered visible through multimedia installations and performance. Rodea is invested in understanding how time is insistently constructed through memory and how these memories whether embodied or recorded in spaces are documented and re/constructed. Archival research – whether it takes place in an institution or in her personal archive – often leads her to draw from fiction and speculative history around documents, physical traces, and spaces. Jean Carla earned an MFA from CUNY’s Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Practice and was a recipient of several Connor awards and fellowships for research-based residencies in Mexico City. Jean Carla is an alumni and fellow from the Wassaic Project, The Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program, Works on Water, The Home School, and Materia Abierta. She has performed extensively and shown work at Roulette Intermedium, Carnegie Hall, BRIC, Knockdown Center, Judson Church, Danspace, Center for Performance Research, Panoply Lab, Parallel, Rio ll Gallery, The Clemente, BRAC, WAAM, El Museo de Los Sures, Casul, The Graduate Center, to mention a few. https://www.jeancarlarodea.com