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2008-2009

Marie Sester, Wallenberg Studios Lecture

January 29, 2009 06:00 PM
A+A Auditorium (Rm 2104)
Art + Architecture Building

Marie Sester is a media artist based in New York. She began her career as an architect, having earned her master's degree from the Ecole d’'Architecture of Strasbourg. Her interest, however, shifted from how to build viable structures to how architecture and ideology affects our understanding of the world.

Sester has since worked exploring ways that societies implement forms, focusing primarily on ideas of transparency, visibility, celebrity, and access. Her installations are interactive, immersive, and architecturally encompassing for the viewer / participant. Marie Sester has taught in France, Japan, and the United States and has exhibited internationally. Her website is www.sester.net.

In her own words: "I was trained as an architect, then chose the visual and multimedia fields to examine the way that a civilization originates and creates its forms. These forms are both tangible –such as signals, buildings, and cities– and intangible, such as the aspects of values, laws, and culture.

My work questions the perspective of the West and the meta-state of a New World Order. I employ archetypes and referents as starting points. For several years I have been committed to working with already-existing data or phenomena in order to propose a connection between individuals and wider forces, or larger scales, or longer time-bases. And thus reconsider what a society or a community is engaged in, and therefore the individuals, in their everyday life. The city is a fundamental expression of complexity and the exclusive creation of man. It embodies altogether artifice and sensation, the expressions of human mind."

Laura Brown
laurajbr@umich.edu


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