Otis College’s Fine Art Department presents:
“How to Live?”
Otis College of Art and Design
Undergraduate Fine Arts Critic-in-Residence, 2016 – 2017
7:30pm, Thursday, October 20, 2016
In Otis College's Goldsmith Campus Forum
Free and open to the public
Otis College of Art and Design’s Fine Art Department is pleased to present a public lecture by this year’s Critic In Residence, Andrea Zittel. Over almost thirty years of work merging theory, practice and everyday life, Zittel will discuss the varied ways in which experimentation, research, and necessity have shaped her thinking.
Since the early 1990s, Andrea Zittel has used the arena of her day-to-day life to develop and test prototypes for living structures and situations. With herself as a guinea pig, she often uses her own experiences to construct an understanding of the world at large. The experiments have at times been extreme – such as wearing a uniform for months on end, exploring limitations of living space, living without measured time. However, one of the most important goals of this work is to illuminate how we attribute significance to chosen structures or ways of life, and how arbitrary any choice of structure can be. She doesn’t deny the personal significance of these decisions, instead, she uses her work in order to try to comprehend values such as “freedom,” “security,” “authorship,” and “expertise.” She is interested in how qualities, which we feel are totally concrete and rational, are often subjective, arbitrary or invented.