As the Fall semester at VCUarts Qatar gets underway, so do the inspiring public lectures, including the popular virtual series, Wavelength.
Wavelength is an online lecture series jointly organized by VCUarts Qatar, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, in Richmond, Virginia.
Kicking off the lecture circuit for the new academic year is one by Prem Krishnamurthy who currently directs Wkshps, a multidisciplinary design consultancy. The lecture is part of an online series titled Wavelength and will take place at 7pm Qatar time, on September 21. The lecture will be moderated by Amir Berbić, the Dean of VCUarts Qatar.
Based in New York and Berlin, Krishnamurthy is the Artistic Director of FRONT International 2022, the Cleveland triennial of contemporary art, and organizes Commune /kəˈmjuːn/ an emergent workshop that practices artistic tools for social transformation. Previously, he founded the design studio Project Projects and the exhibition space P! in New York. And recently, in March 2021, Pompeii Archaeological Park released his new digital artwork Pompeii!, which reflects upon rituals, destruction, memory and letting go.
A graduate in Fine Art from Yale College and the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Germany in 1999, Krishnamurthy’s work explores the transformative potential of art and design by experimenting with presentational strategies, performative modes and ways of communing.
“The Wavelength Lecture series allows our community to connect with the most influential artists, designers and curators around the world,” Isabelle St-Louis VCUarts Qatar’s Manager of exhibitions and lectures, said. “Prem Krishnamurthy is a powerful voice in art and design, and someone who has refined the way to interact with a digital audience. It’s definitely a lecture that you cannot miss if you are interested in this topic.”
Krishnamurthy is a recipient of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Communications Design. He was also awarded the KW Institute for Contemporary Art’s “A Year With…..” residency fellowship. His professional papers were acquired by Bard’s College’s Center for Curatorial Studies in 2019.
He has collaborated with institutions such as Berkeley Art Museum, BOZAR, Dhaka Art Summit, Guggenheim, Jewish Museum, Kunstinstituut Melly (fka Witte de With), L’internationale, Mercosul Biennial, MoMA, New Museum, The Renaissance Society, SALT, SculptureCenter, Sharjah Art Foundation, Triple Canopy, Whitney Museum, and Yale University Art Gallery; with artists such as Barbara Bloom, Katharina Grosse, Mika Rottenberg, Stephen Prina, and Walid Raad; and with architects such as Bernard Tschumi Architects, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Steven Holl Architects, and WORKac.
Krishnamurthy is currently a Guest Professor at the Hochschule Düsseldorf’s Peter Behrens School of Arts. He has lectured and taught in art, design, and curatorial programs internationally, including Barnard College at Columbia University; California College of the Arts; Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Central Saint Martins; De Appel Curatorial Programme; HFBK Hamburg; HfK Bremen; Maryland Institute College of Art; Rhode Island School of Design; Parsons The New School for Design; Princeton University; Royal College of Art, London; University of Connecticut Storrs; and Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.
In addition to Krishnamurthy’s lecture, two other lectures are scheduled to be held as part of the Wavelength series, in the Fall semester. American filmmaker and photographer Elegance Bratton will deliver the second online lecture on October 19, at 7pm, and Alice Sheppard, a choreographer and dancer from Britain will be presenting the third online lecture on November 30, at 8pm.