Special Spotlight: Building Networks: Propositions for International Collaborative Art Education Panel

International Art Collaborations (INTAC) Archive Project team

Giselle Mira-Diaz, Project Analyst
Prof. Peter Sramek

Charisse Fung

The Special Spotlight this time is focused on a team of individuals dubbing themselves the “INTAC Archive Project team”. Cue the superhero music for these extraordinary people!!! The team is compromised of Ms.Giselle Mira-Diaz the project analyst, Prof. Peter Sramek, and Charisse Fung, the project archivist. Together these 3 have come together to share some of their thoughts on “Building Networks: Propositions for International Collaborative Art Education” With the way technology is advancing it’s never too early to start thinking about new ways to educate and collaborate across the globe. Hope to see you for this one!! Now let’s check the credentials.

Giselle Mira-Diaz

Ms. Giselle Mira-Diaz is a first-generation American-Canadian Visual Artist and Arts Educator, born to Colombian parents. She has a BFA from OCAD University in Integrated Media and a minor in Photography, and a concentration on Photographic Techniques from Humber College. In 2019 she graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Masters of Arts in Art Education. Giselle’s work explores women’s representation in the media, the complexity of immigration, hybrid cultures, heritage, and Latinx identity. Her passion is to promote equality and social justice through her collaborative art practice. Giselle’s artwork has been exhibited around the world including, Canada, the US, Argentina, South Korea, Finland, and Japan. She is currently working as a teaching artist in Chicago.

Peter Sramek

Prof. Peter Sramek’s photographic practice spans many interests, from history, to urban environments, to social issues, to everyday surroundings. Handmade artist books form a portion of his output. Walking as a meditative and observational practice has resulted in a series of small books from different world cities, as well as a large series of panoramas taken over a 250 km walk through the countryside of Japan. Objects and the meaning they assume in our lives return in his most recent project, Object Lessons, which considers how objects carry our memories in times of loss.

As senior professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Canada, cultural diversity and global exchange are important teaching directions with the development of the International Art Collaborations Network. INTAC has most recently held student shows online, as well as in South Korea, Japan, Canada, Finland, Germany, China and Slovakia. Sramek has presented his experiences with online collaborative studio learning at various conferences including the Society for Photographic Education (Chicago), the National Institute of Design (India) and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Finland).

Charisse Fung

Charisse Fung is an archivist, curator, and artist from Hong Kong who is based in Tkaronto, Canada. Her passion for meaningful connection and collaboration manifests in projects centering storytelling, visibility and kinship. Stemming from her own experience of hybrid diasporic living, both her current curatorial and lens-based projects narrate her journey as she navigates contemporary issues of community, racial and sexual politics. Charisse’s work has exhibited locally at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Ryerson Artspace, The Gladstone Hotel, and OCAD University; and internationally in Hong Kong, Scotland and Finland.

Don’t miss your chance to speak with these amazing and talented people and check full details below.

Panel Presentation Details:

Peter Sramek:
Expanding Collaborative Networks 
A future orientated consideration of factors that contribute to creating the necessary conditions for sustainable interactions between multiple global partners. How important are individual professor commitments versus institutional buy-in? What changes when engagements are embedded in existing curricula? How do face-to-face opportunities enhance remote interactions? How can a common network support a variety of visions for international art-making experiences? 

Giselle Mira-Diaz:
Models for Collaborative Experiences 
This presentation will analyze contemporary and historical models of virtual art collaborations, artistic collectives, and exchanges across borders. Examining different programs such as INTAC, inSite, and Border Art Workshop/ Taller de Arte Fronterizo as comparative case studies, the following questions are addressed: What are the social and political outcomes when art organizations develop transnational programs using collaborative models? How do art organizations create sustainable transnational programs?

Charisse Fung: 
Collaborative Curation: Organizing online and in-person exhibitions 

An analysis of how collaboration is both the implicit nature of curating and its greatest potential using INTAC and other global projects as examples. How does the traditional role of the curator expand when shared between individuals collaborating across countries and platforms? As curators, how do we navigate the space outside of physical walls in involving and interacting with different local and international communities? How does curatorial intention shift when an exhibition is held in an online, virtual space as opposed to a physical one?

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