The public is cordially invited to join in celebrating Art Studies Week 2013 by attending Operation: DASert Storm, the inaugural edition of UP-Diliman’s Department of Art Studies (DAS) Graduate Students Research Colloquium. The colloquium will be held on Feb. 26, 2013 (Tuesday), 2:00-5:00 pm, at the Claro M. Recto Hall, Faculty Center, University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Selected graduate students from the DAS will be presenting their works in progress, each following a different line of inquiry and grappling with a range of issues, such as popular culture, protest art, aesthetic experience, identity, fashion, and nation. The colloquium will be divided into two moderated sessions, and time will be allocated for an open forum at the end of every session.
About Operation: DASert Storm 2013
Notwithstanding the visual and aural resemblance of its name to a war that Jean Baudrillard once famously decried as not having taken place, Operation: DASert Storm is not envisioned as a space of active hostilities, wasteful destruction, or needless death. “Desert storm” here is understood to allude to the meteorological phenomenon of heavy rain accompanied by lightning, thunder, and wind whirling through an arid land: forceful and potentially fatal, to be sure, but to a certain extent necessary for life—not only its continuance as such, but also its renewal, in order that, as a historian, critic, or teacher of art, one becomes better prepared to engage and endure the hardships, tensions, and contradictions that constitute and sustain the practices of reading, writing, research, and critique.
Intended as an arena where works in progress can be presented, tested, and developed, Operation DASert Storm seeks to foster a collegial atmosphere for inquiry, discussion, and debate, as well as cultivate a vibrant community of learners who will help each other grow as professionals and practitioners in the many worlds of art.