Berklee Interdisciplinary Arts Institute Presents
Transcultural and Transdisciplinary Practice - a discussion with
Claude Grunitzky and Oliver Beer
Friday, October 2, 2-5 PM
Claude Grunitzky was raised between Lomé, Togo; Washington, DC; Paris and London. Grunitzky is the founder of TRACE Magazine, and co-founder/chairman of TRUE. For more than 14 years, Trace was a Transcultural Styles and Ideas magazine, a new expression in culture documenting the impact of the interconnected worlds of music, fashion, film, art, politics on today's multiethnic youth. Founded in early 2000,Trace TV is now in 160 countries and has 80 million subscribers worldwide. Grunitzky is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of TRUE Africa a media-tech platform for the next thinking on culture, music, sport, innovators, lifestyle, politics, fashion, film and business in Africa and the diaspora. True aims to discover and champion young African voices through new technologies. Grunitzky is a French American Foundation "Young Leader" who has worked on media projects all over Africa, written for leading newspapers The Guardian, Libération, NRC Handelsblad, Globo, and co-produced a documentary for the BBC.
He is a Member of the Board of Trustees at Watermill Center. Watermill is a laboratory for performance founded by avant-garde theater director Robert Wilson as a unique environment for young and emerging artists from around the world to explore new ideas. Watermill draws inspiration from all of the arts and cultures as well as from the social, human, and natural sciences. http://watermillcenter.org
Oliver Beer was born in 1985 in the United Kingdom. He studied music before attending the Ruskin School of Fine Art, University of Oxford. His personality and his background in both music and fine art led to an early interest in the relationship between sound and space, particularly the voice and architecture. He has translated his research into fascinating performances in which spectators take part by the mere fact of their presence, and he makes sculptures and videos that embody, literally or metaphorically, the plastic expression of this subtle relationship and the way the human body experiences it. Within and alongside his work with sound, Oliver Beer creates subtle and diverse sculptural, installation and film projects whose provenance sometimes seems biographical; but in which his play with universal – often intimate – concerns draws on shared emotions and perceptions.
Oliver Beer's work has been the subject of many screenings as well as solo and group exhibitions, notably at the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham; the Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Vuitton and Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Musée d'art contemporain, Lyon; Modern Art Oxford; WIELS, Brussels; the Ménagerie de Verre, Paris; the Hebbel Theater, Berlin. Oliver Beer has also held residencies at the Palais de Tokyo, the Watermill Foundation and the Fondation Hermès. Beer is presently in residence at Watermill Center.
All are welcome!
Artistic Director, Interdisciplinary Arts Institute
Professor, Electronic Production and Design