[-empyre-] Introducing Pier Marton

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Mon Nov 10 14:45:50 EST 2014

I'd like to introduce Pier Marton, who is a guest for the second week of 
our dicussion. I'd like to thank everyone who is participating; please 

I met Pier at UCLA; we both taught in the art department. I've admired his 
social commitment, his work on the Shoah, his teaching and his art and 
writing. Here is his bio:

Pier Marton's video work is in the collection of New York's Museum of 
Modern Art (M.o.M.A.), the Paris Beaubourg Museum, Pittsburgh's Carnegie 
Museum and Toronto's National Gallery. He has taught at major U.S. 
universities like U.C.L.A., U.C. San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, 
Washington University and the School of the Art Institute where he chaired 
the video department. He has given talks at Yad Vashem in Israel, the 
Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and at M.o.M.A. He is the recipient of 
various grants like the National Endowment for the Arts and the Memorial 
Foundation for Jewish Culture. Some recent presentation topics include: 
The Holocaust in 1,000 Years, Shoah & Film, Slow Cinema. His latest 
efforts as the 'Unlearning Specialist' at the budding School of No Media 
target our cultural blind-spots and our hide-and-seek games with 
'reality.' While still compelled to take images, he wonders about the 
edification and fetishization of life through art, movies and photography 
and why we name things.

Thank you!

- Alan

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