Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - — Michael Abatemarco

The fast and the cu­ri­ous: SFAI 140

In a town that never wants for lec­tures, pan­els, read­ings, and pre­sen­ta­tions, few “talk” events pack as much va­ri­ety into a sin­gle evening as the SFAI 140. The quar­terly se­ries, in­sti­tuted last year by the Santa Fe Art In­sti­tute’s di­rec­tor, San­jit Sethi, is a se­lec­tion of short — very short — pre­sen­ta­tions: each speaker shows seven slides for 20 seconds only. That’s a swift turn­around. “While the for­mat for SFAI 140 may seem quick, one hun­dred and forty seconds can ac­tu­ally be a re­ally long time, a pro­found amount of time in fact,” the in­sti­tute writes on its web­site. “In 140 seconds one can cre­ate a tremen­dous im­pact and drive change.” SFAI in­vites in­no­va­tive thinkers from the com­mu­nity, lead­ers of cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions, and artists in their res­i­dency pro­gram to present their ideas and dis­cuss their work and projects with the aim of spark­ing con­ver­sa­tions and in­spir­ing cre­ativ­ity. Each pre­sen­ta­tion is a break­neck glimpse into a sub­ject of each speaker’s choos­ing rather than an in-depth talk. “The point is, you’re never go­ing to un­der­stand the to­tal depth of some­one’s prac­tice,” Sethi told Pasatiempo in Nov. 2013. “What you want here is a taste.”

Among the lo­cal pre­sen­ters this quar­ter are artist Sabra Moore, im­mi­gra­tion at­tor­ney Al­le­gra Love, au­thor and in­te­rior de­signer Vic­to­ria Price, and Mary-Char­lotte Do­mandi, pro­ducer and host of The Santa Fe Ra­dio Café. Par­tic­i­pat­ing SFAI artists-in-res­i­dence in­clude Pol­ish Amer­i­can visual artist Wo­j­ciech Gilewicz, Toronto-based Lida Nos­rati, a lit­er­ary trans­la­tor and a cur­rent SFAI Witter Byn­ner fel­low, and Port­land, Ore­gon, painter, pho­tog­ra­pher, ex­per­i­men­tal film­maker, and in­stal­la­tion artist Sal Strom. A to­tal of 20 pre­sen­ters par­tic­i­pate in the evening’s pro­gram.

The event is free of charge and takes place at 7 p.m. on Thurs­day, Nov. 20, at SFAI on the cam­pus of the Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign (1600 St. Michael’s Drive, 505-424-5050).

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