Common Grounds, Common Strategies: Luis Jacob & Glenn Lewis
6 Mar 2014

The Stedelijk Museum and Werkplaats Typografie of the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts proudly present the third edition of the lecture series “Common Grounds, Common Practices,” featuring the internationally renowned researchers and artists Luis Jacob and Glenn Lewis.

Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum
8 - 9:30 pm
Entrance fee museum + € 2,50 additional charge

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(c) Glenn Lewis, courtesy of the artist and Kunstverein Amsterdam.
(c) Glenn Lewis, courtesy of the artist and Kunstverein Amsterdam.

Artist and educator Luis Jacob has done important research into artists’ collaboration and exchange with a focus on four artists' groups working in Vancouver and Toronto during the 1970s: Image Bank, General Idea, Banal Beauty Inc., and the New York Corres Sponge Dance School of Vancouver (of which Glenn Lewis was the founder). As highlighted in the exhibition and catalogue, Golden Streams, written and curated by Jacob, these artists' works explore new and marginal media, actual and virtual communities, the appropriation of mass culture imagery, and the intervention into existing social structures. 

As co-founder of the Western Front, the New Era Social Club and Intermedia, Glenn Lewis was part of an internationally recognized group of artists who established social practice as an artistic medium in Vancouver. Lewis worked with peers to develop alternate channels for artistic exchange such as mail art, dance and performance events, parades and dinner parties–where he utilized video and computer technology to expand this international network and sphere of activity.

During the talk, both Luis Jacob and Glenn Lewis will present their practices. They will also discuss the rich history of collaborations, artist groups, correspondence networks and alternative means of dissemination and presentation of art works in the past and today. 

Common Grounds, Common Practices

The lecture series Common Grounds, Common Practices is dedicated to how contemporary graphic design actively influences and benefits from related disciplines. By inviting a variety of speakers for conversations about their work and their relationships to working itself, this series celebrates shared ideals and collaborative practices within fine arts, moving images, new media, and editorial and graphic design. At the core of this lecture series is the suggestion that basic principles of graphic design can be found within various disciplines, whether or not these are connected to conventional methods of print or digital reproduction and communication. Starting from the premise that graphic design is a discipline that “connects and communicates,” the series inspires a discussion about how graphic design may be understood as a more influential factor than generally acknowledged, and as a common ground for other disciplines, which could be considered as graphic design’s most relevant role today.

The events in this lectures series so far have included talks with and by artist Cory Arcangel, Jürg Lehni, Joelle Tuerlinckx and Willem Oorebeek. This third edition is the last in the series. 

More information about the speakers

Glenn Lewis is a Vancouver-based conceptual artist whose artistic career spans almost 55 years. Educated at the Vancouver School of Art, the University of British Columbia, and Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Lewis has worked in ceramics, sculpture, video, film, performance, writing and photography. He has also taught ceramics, sculpture, drawing and art teaching methods at the University of British Columbia, and media workshops at the National Film Board in Vancouver. Lewis also served on several boards including Intermedia, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Western Front, various Canada Council juries, and was head of the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council from 1987-1990. 

Luis Jacob is a Toronto-based artist and curator whose diverse practice addresses social interaction and the subjectivity of aesthetic experience. Realized as painting, video, installation, photography and actions in the public sphere, Jacob’s work invites a collision of meaning systems that destabilize our conventions of viewing and that open up possibilities for engagement and the creation of knowledge. Jacob studied semiotics and philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is currently faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Visual Art. As an artist, he has achieved an international reputation – particularly since his participation in documenta12 in 2007 – with exhibitions Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2012); Taipei Biennial (2012); Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2011); Generali Foundation, Vienna (2011); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); and Kunstverein Hamburg, (2008).