To Whom It May Concern (again):
The unfortunate reality is that both SFAI and Tuấn Mami squandered an opportunity to really present a perspective beyond SFAI’s current trend of teaching courses structured in the Western tradition.
Due to the tight timeframe of NG-220A, the best way to proceed would have been to have the class re-perform performance-based works from SEA artists. In this way, students could truly come to know – or, at the very least, be presented with the opportunity to learn – what it is to create and do performance art within the strictures of SEA.
Instead, students have not thought or cared to know anything beyond their immediate personal concerns or interests as translated through their idea of what performance entails. An even larger travesty is the sheer inability to grasp the context of the public sphere and its shifting landscapes and emanations. For example, here are the titles for the Evergold gallery rental exhibition as proposed and generated by the class:
• TRANSient VISITOR(S)
• TRANS space
These titles were proposed for a show happening in the Tenderloin in the City of San Francisco. A city known for its GLBTQ history and highly visible homeless population. The last title, TRANS space, was proposed by the course’s adjunct. To say the very least, these titles speak to the inordinate entitlement and carelessness of a class of people concerned with no one and nothing beyond themselves. To say more, it is reflective of the cultural insensitivity and willful ignorance percolating through all spheres of American contemporary society.
Quite simply, this course has been permitted to run in an insatiably irresponsible fashion. And I am not of a mind to condone such behavior or actions because a syllabus ‘instructs’ me to do so.
3 July 2013
Posted on Wednesday, July 3rd 2013