31 gen 2013

Tania Bruguera and Nadia Sirota receive the Meadows Prize

SouthernMethodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts annoucend last week that artist Tania Bruguera and violist Nadia Sirota will receive its annual Meadows Prize.
Inaugurated in October 2009, the Meadows Prize is presented each fall to up to two pioneering artists. It includes support for a residency in Dallas at the Meadows School, in addition to a $25,000 stipend.  But what makes the prize both unique and efficacious is the extent to which past winners have led projects while at SMU that have had a wider impact on the city's inhabitants. The winners have to leave a lasting legacy in Dallas, such as a work of art that remains in the community, a composition or piece of dramatic writing that would be performed locally, or a new way of teaching in a particular discipline.

The choice of Bruguera sticks out-to me. Tania Bruguera is one of the leading political and performance artists of her generation. Her work researches ways in which art can be applied to everyday political life; she seeks to create a public forum to debate ideas shown in their state of contradictions and to focus on the transformation of the condition of “viewer” into one of “citizenry.” Bruguera uses the terms “arte de conducta” (conduct/behavior art) and “arte útil” (useful art) to define her practice. She works on appropriating the resources of power to create power, and on creating political situations through art.
Since 2011 the artist develops his project Immigrant Movement International, supported by Creative Time and the Queens Museum of Art, explores and puts into question the issue of immigration is a political and as a condition of life.

Hailed by The New York Times as “a bold new-music interpreter and the violist of choice among downtown ensembles these days,” violist Nadia Sirota is best known for her unique interpretations of new scores and for commissioning and premiering works by some of the most talented composers of her generation, including Marcos Balter, Caleb Burhans, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli and Nico Muhly. Her debut album, First Things First (New Amsterdam Records), was a New York Times 2009 record of the year. A regular guest with such groups as the Meredith Monk Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound and Continuum, she is a founding member of ACME (the American Contemporary Music Ensemble), yMusic and the Wordless Music Orchestra.
In addition to performing classical concert music, Sirota has performed with such songwriters and bands as Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Stars of the Lid and others more, and can be heard on new and recent albums by Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning album The Suburbs.

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