Ashley Hunt

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Date/Time: 23/10/2008 12:00 am

Hunt, Ashley
Born 1970, USA
Los Angeles, California
Ashley Hunt uses video, photography, mapping and writing to engage social movements, modes of learning, and public discourse. He is interested in how societal structures both allow some people to accumulate power and prevent others from getting it. He is also interested in how people come to know, respond and conceive of themselves within these structures. Rather than treating art and activism as two separate spheres, he approaches them as symbiotic and complementary.
Thursday, October 23
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
Charrette with Ashley Hunt and Parsons class:
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Presentation: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Both events open to the public
A World Map is an ongoing project which maps structures of power that determine political exclusion and inclusion, using soft pastel and chalk on chalkboard. The work is always generated through a collaborative effort; for Ours, it is created by Parsons students. By mapping concepts and discourses rather than specific geographies, the work traces how globalization as a supra-national system of economies, laws, and institutions, is built on the exclusion of certain persons—such as refugees or prisoners—and the inclusion of others.
An open glossary reinforces the public aspect of A World Map: terms and ideas generated by the charrette are posted on the blackboard, available for editing, discussion, changing, erasing by the gallery visitors. Each week, the exhibition’s Web site will be updated with the latest versions of the glossary.
With its large blackboard, A World Map is essentially a temporary classroom. At 6:30 p.m., a public presentation will follow with the artist, teacher, and students.
This charrette is hosted by Parsons faculty member Melissa Rachleff.
There will be ongoing documentation of the glossary project here soon.
General Information:
Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York
Gallery hours: M-F, 10 AM-8 PM; S-S, Noon-6 PM
Admission: Free
Info: Please contact 212.229.8919 or visit www.parsons.newschool.edu/events.

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