Symposium to Touch upon Political Representation, Surveillance and Social Activism through Julio Le Parc’s Kinetic Art

WHAT:  On Saturday, February 4, 10am-4pm, Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) will explore themes of political representation, surveillance and social activism through Julio Le Parc’s Kinetic Art during a symposium titled, “IT IS FORBIDDEN NOT TO PARTICIPATE.”

Morning session | 10am-12pm
The morning session will include a presentation by Valerie Hillings, Curator and Manager, Curatorial Affairs, Abu Dhabi Project at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and author of the essay "'IT IS FORBIDDEN NOT TO PARTICIPATE': Le Parc and and Groupe De Recherche d'Art Visuel (1960-68)" published in the exhibition catalog Julio Le Parc: Form into Action. She will examine Le Parc’s participation with GRAV and how their collaborative projects challenged museum spaces and audiences. Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will also participate in this panel and discuss his interactive works as they relate to legacies of kinetic art, experiments in perception, surveillance and critical engagement.

Afternoon session | 2-4pm
The afternoon session will include a talk by Nato Thompson, Chief Curator for Creative time in New York and author of the recent book “Culture As Weapon.” Artist Andrea Bowers will discuss her recent projects involving histories of political representation and activism. This panel will focus on the aesthetics and politics of participation. Destabilization, play and engaging the body of the viewer are discussion points for this panel and connect to Le Parc's aim to link art to each viewer-participant's imagination and creative possibilities; how he has continually looked to increase the public's self-awareness through spontaneous playful actions.

The convening will discuss these themes in relation to the exhibition, Julio Le Parc: Form into Action, which is on view at PAMM through March 19, 2017. The exhibition is organized by Guest Curator Estrellita B. Brodsky. Yamil Le Parc serves as Artistic Advisor on the project. It is coordinated at PAMM by Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander with the support of Curatorial Assistant Jennifer Inacio.

Full schedule:

WHEN: February 4, 10am-4pm

WHERE: Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132

PRICE: General museum admission ($16 adults, members free). Space is limited. First come, first seated.

INTERVIEWS: Estrellita Brodsky and Tobias Ostrander are available for on-site interviews by request.
Interview requests facilitated by Alexa Ferra ( or 786 345 5619) in advance.


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