Winter session 2013


Lourdes Correa-Carlo, No Title(WTF?), 2009. Inkjet print.

A two-week seminar January 2nd to 16thLand, place and visuality is a 2 week seminar taught by artist Beatriz Santiago Muñoz with geographer Javier Arbona (founding member of Demilit), artist Lourdes Correa Carlo, activist Laurie Jo Reynolds, artist Jeanine Oleson,movement researcher Noemí Segarra, and artist Chemi Rosado Seijo. The seminar will explore the relationship between place and land, as well as what transpires among and between these and their visual representations. How is an image of a place related to what we know or what we think we know about it? Can we say there are any visual representations of landscape developed outside of western image-making practices? In what ways does working with and in a place transform our visual image of it? Do workers see a factory differently than someone viewing out of their car window? Do children? Do homeless people or travelers? This practice-based seminar is structured as a collective exploration of specific places—from the coastal landscape of Puerto Rico most frequently pictured through the lens of tourism to post-military landscape—and as a practical investigation of these questions. We will explore these sites with the help of geographers and artists whose work centers on these issues, as well as with the people who live and work in and through these places.

Artist bios here.

The seminar is anchored in the specific geography, local knowledge, emerging art practices, and social and political conditions of Puerto Rico. The island’s exuberant tropical ecology coexists with environmental devastation, institutional mimesis and decay, militarized and post-military spaces, as well as a growing movement to understand and transform these conditions.

Some images from Winter Session 2013

Application Deadline: October 19
Notification: October 26
Fees: Tuition: 1200*

Option of shared housing in San Juan, a few blocks from Beta-Local: $135/night shared rooms for up to 4 people.

Application dates
Application deadline: Friday,October 19, 2012
Notification: Friday,October 26,2012
November 9th: Last day to reserve your seminar space with $400 deposit.
November 9th: Last day to reserve optional housing with $450 deposit.
December 1st: Tuition due in full.

Partial tuition remission is available for up to three students who are in financial need. If you are interested in some form of tuition remittance, let us know in your application.

Selection criteria
An abbreviated portfolio with a selection of 1-3 works, a short statement regarding your interests and their relationship to this seminar. Each application will be reviewed by faculty. Please send everything in one pdf,with links to web for any video or other documents.

Send documents to on or before October 19 with WINTER SESSION in subject line.

Contact Program Director
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz