Title: BUT, IS IT ART?
Speaker: Dr. Guido Alvarez
Date: 9am, 20th August 2020
Zoom ID: 631 7515 4522
Art is no longer what history tells us it is.
Art is no longer what language tells us it is.
Art is no longer what Art tells us it is.
We live in the midst of a reinvention of Art where the language itself (semiotics) does not suffice to describe what Art is, what Art does, and how we define it. The purpose of this presentation is to introduce (or reintroduce) some major names in the world of Art that focuses on forms of expression that will challenge the viewer’s mind, and expand their ideas of what Art is today, and why it is relevant.
Dr. Guido Alvarez is an Assistant Professor of Media, Arts and Design in the Division of Culture and Creativity at UIC, where he has been employed since 2018. During the last 16 years before joining UIC, he had worked in several universities in the United States and Ecuador, where he was born. His scope of academic work ranges from traditional Graphic Design to Typography, to Mixed Media. He has covered many fields including but not limited to Design, Art, Illustration, and Kinetic Imaging. He obtained his MFA in Design and Visual Communication thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, and his Ph.D. in Media, Fine Arts, and English Literature. His field of research was post-human theory and Cyborg Theory from the perspective of Art and Design. His teaching style focuses on a combination of hand-made work with digital manipulation. He has also taught Design Thinking online for several years. He believes that we are living in the midst of fiction because reality no longer suffices the needs of the current society.