1. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) North Miami brings viewers Artist-to-Artist, an exciting new television series featuring some of the world’s most intriguing contemporary artists.

    Over the course of four, half-hour episodes premiering on Sundays in November, Artist-to-Artist will offer viewers insight into the practices of such artists as Tracey Emin, Malcolm Morley, David Salle, Mark Handforth and Shinique Smith along with 12 other renowned artists from the United States and abroad. Watch as the artists discuss their work, contemporary culture, and Miami’s remarkable emergence as an international art center, in this intimate exchange of ideas.

    Artists featured in the series are (in alphabetical order): Daniel Arsham, Tracey Emin, Naomi Fisher, Dara Friedman, Mark Handforth, Ragnar Kjartansson, Isaac Julien, Malcolm Morley, Jorge Pantoja, Enoc Perez, Richard Phillips, Jack Pierson, Matthew Ritchie, David Salle, Magnus Sigurdarson, and Shinique Smith.

    The Artist-to-Artist: Conversations at MOCA Television Series is made possible with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

    Artist-to-Artist Conversations at MOCA event on February 26, 2012 was sponsored by Sotheby's.
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    A Victor Muniz / Peter Vahan Production

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  2. Seoul-based artist Young-hae Chang is the CEO of YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (YHCHI) a collective known for their online and installation video work that questions contemporary social and cultural conditions using black and white text and music. To coincide with their solo exhibition at the U-M Museum of Art, YHCHI will deliver a Penny Stamps talk designed especially for students interested in a career in the arts. These internationally acclaimed artists, whose works have been shown at the Tate Modern in London and Centre Pompidou in Paris, will share their creative secrets, claiming “What we have to say will change your lives... you’ll never be the same.”

    With support from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the Herbert W. and Susan L. Johe Endowment, the UM Office of the Provost, the Nam Center for Korean Studies, the Dr. Robert and Janet Miller Fund, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

    This October 11, 2012 lecture is part of the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design Distinguished Speaker Series. Established with the generous support of alumna Penny W. Stamps, the Speaker Series brings respected emerging and established artists/designers from a broad spectrum of media to the School to conduct a public lecture and engage with students, faculty, and the larger at the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor communities.

    All presentations take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, please visit: art-design.umich.edu/stamps

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  3. Omer Fast

    Five Thousand Feet is the Best

    Digital Film, 30 minutes, 2011

    The film is based on two meetings with a Predator drone sensor operator, which were recorded in a hotel in Las Vegas in September 2010. On camera, the drone operator agreed to discuss the technical aspects of his job and his daily routine. Off camera and off the record, he briefly described recurring incidents in which the unmanned plane fired at both militants and civilians - and the psychological difficulties he experienced as a result. Instead of looking for the appropriate news accounts or documentary footage to augment his redacted story, the film is deliberately miscast and misplaced: It follows an actor cast as the drone operator who grudgingly sits for an interview in a dark hotel. The interview is repeatedly interrupted by the actor\'s digressions, which take the viewer on meandering trips around Las Vegas. Told in quick flashbacks, the stories form a circular plot that nevertheless returns fitfully to the voice and blurred face of the drone operator - and to his unfinished story.

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