Dan Paz Lecture & Conversation with Julia Greenway

Seattle University | Wyckoff Auditorium

Monday, May 14, 6:30pm

Hedreen Gallery and Seattle University Department of Art and Art History are pleased to announce that interdisciplinary artist and lecturer, Dan Paz, will be the first Seattle University High Resolution Media Artist-in-Residence.


On Monday May 14, 2018,  Paz will present a brief, introductory artist lecture that introduces their interdisciplinary artist research practice and contextualizes the work they are doing at Seattle University with their previous and ongoing projects- including The New Neutral, which seeks to develop new digital sensor technology capable of registering a wider range of skin tonalities; Arte no es fácil which facilitated transnational collaborations between 45 Cuban and American artists from 2008-2016; and the recent series Monument a Surface, which considers the intersection and entanglement and The AIDS Memorial, The African Cemetery, and the Pulse Nightclub, site of the June 12, 2016 mass shooting—this project specifically uses the history of vernacular photography to question gestures that are meant to honor experiences of loss and, in the process, questions the audiences for whom the gestures serve. Works from which will be included in an upcoming exhibition at Hedreen Gallery, in a split second (it happened.), which opens May 31, 2018.

Following the lecture, Paz will join Julia Greenway, Director and Curator of the Seattle-based new media art gallery, Interstitial Theatre, and Molly Mac, curator of Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University, in conversation. This conversation will consider some of the ongoing thematic investigations in Paz’s work and highlight some of the critical implications of working with high-resolution media as material in 2018.

From March- December 2018, Paz brings their research-based creative production process to Seattle University to study the history and contemporary practice of the Jesuit mission alongside popular forms of collectivity such as sporting events, club organizations, and political organizing in Seattle. This creative research process will culminate with an experimental 4K short film and exhibition to be held at Vachon Gallery in December 2018. 



Dan Paz is a visual artist and educator whose work and teaching explores the labor of lens-based production as a collaborative site where the intersections of the image-idea and lived experience are produced and contested. In videos, photography, and sculptural projects that query the ability of documented processes to be manipulated—to be multiplied and replicated, stopped and started, rewound and advanced—Dan specifically works within the impossibilities of absolute replication to question the very ability of the image to truly represent. The resultant body of work explores the contours of identity and community within rich socio-historical frameworks. Selected exhibitions include: Hayward Gallery London, UK; the 12th Havana Biennial at Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana, Cuba; The Media lab, NYC; and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gene Siskel Film Center, and The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, IL. Dan’s exhibitions have been generated out of residencies with El Centro Desarollo de Artes in Havana, Cuba; The Studios of Key West; Chicago Artist Coalitions’ Hatch Residency; The Luminary in St. Louis, MO; ACRE in WI. In 2018, High Resolution Media Arts Residency with Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University and later in the year The Heimelijkhaus Media Arts Residency in partnership with AMOLF Institute in Amsterdam, NE. Awards include: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur’s Connection Fund, The Ann Metzger National Award for Prints, The LinksHall LinkUP Grant & Residency, Open Practice Committee Grant, University of Chicago Arts Council funding, the Claire Kantor Foundation Grant, and The Wyckoff Milliman Endowment Grant to name a few. Paz is a full-time lecturer in the Interdiscplinary Visual Arts Program in the University of Washington’s School of Art, Art History, and Design. A publication on Paz’s 10-year collaborative project Arte No Es Facil/ Art Present is forthcoming. Dan is currently a member-curator of the Seattle-based curatorial collective, The Alice.



Julia Greenway, originally from Detroit Michigan, began her curatorial practice with Interstitial, a contemporary new media gallery in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. Her work focuses on how digital media influences the aesthetic presentation of gender, economics, and environment. From 2012 to 2014 she developed exhibitions at various galleries and institutions within the region: LxWxH, SOIL Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot Festival, as well as participating in the Seattle Storefronts Project. As of 2015, Interstitial has hosted up to 20 solo exhibitions by local, national, and international new media artists. In 2016, Greenway undertook a month-long term of research and networking in Shanghai and Hong Kong through The New Foundation Seattle as part of The New Fellows program. She was named the 2017-2018 Curator-in-Residence with Disjecta Contemporary in Portland, Oregon in which she presented solo exhibitions by Sondra Perry, Sarah Meyohas, and Portia Munson. In fall of 2018, she will enter Goldsmiths MFA in Curating program to expand upon her research into themes of identity as mediated through digital communications.


What is the SU High-Resolution Media Art Residency?

Seattle University Galleries and Departments of Art and Art History announce the start of the Seattle University High Resolution Media Artist Residency in March 2018. This program seeks to support an emerging or mid-career artist who practices lens-based art production (photo, video, film, mechatronics) and who engages with a critical and experimental use of high resolution image-making processes. The HR Media Artist-in-Residence will collaborate with students, faculty and staff in multiple academic departments to produce original research and a solo gallery exhibition in Vachon Gallery.

This year-long digital residency will be anchored with funding and production support from SUVAIR program, Pigott Endowment for the Arts and Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery. Seattle University Art Galleries and the Departments of Fine Art and Art History are proud to support the critical research and creative production of contemporary new media artists in collaboration with students and faculty.

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