Artist’s Statement

Tauschinger-Dempsey’s current art practice investigates formulaic “western” life styles and military managerial models best represented by the so called American way of life on the national scale and attitudes of Empire on a global scale. It is the alleged distinction between “western” and “non-western” cultural spheres, accompanied by the rhetoric of exclusion and suspicion that populated the ethnographic discursive space that his art explores. In what ways have the United States and indeed, the entire world changed since 9/11? How can this change be represented visually? Is the growing militarization of U.S. society a sort of Pavlov response to the 2001 terrorist attacks or merely a pretext for policy makers and industrialists to unleash their highly profitable war machinery? Are there historic precedents to current events e.g. Cold-War era proxy wars? How can contemporary art reflect critically on the neo-liberal visual language of dominance, violence and war in movies, video games and mainstream media? In short, what seeds of resistance can be extracted from what Vilhém Flusser famously called “technical images”: “[t]echnical images thus suck all of history in their surfaces, and they come to constitute an eternally rotating memory of society”? Tauschinger-Dempsey is interested in multidirectional power relations, as they exist on the macro level between states, corporations, and citizens, as well as on the micro level between the artist and his audience. He is particularly interested in technology- and data driven surveillance systems as manifestations and embodiments of these power relations.

Bio

Michael Tauschinger-Dempsey is a research-based artist whose work blurs the disciplinary boundaries between cultural anthropology, sociology, military history, economics, political science, psychology, architecture, design, philosophy and art. In 2015, he completed his MA in the Visual & Media Studies program and Information Sciences & Information Studies program at Duke University. Prior to that, Tauschinger-Dempsey completed an interdisciplinary MFA in sculpture and architecture at the Academy of Arts Düsseldorf, Germany and a MFA in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.

Tauschinger-Dempsey’s work expands a traditional studio art practice that relies primarily on material and conceptual conversations indigenous to the art world and the art markets with rigorous scholarly research typically reserved only for academia. By thickening (Geertz, 1973) the definition of art, interdisciplinary study, and formal research, this approach to intellectual dialoguing and creative expression suggests the need to create more socially relevant and factually grounded works. His intrinsically dialectical approach to intellectual study and art practice guarantees a more explicitly psychological, unlabored but deliberately thought-provoking and visceral connection with the audience.

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DUKE UNIVERSITY • Durham NC
2012 – 2015
MA • Visual & Media Studies

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN (RISD) • Providence RI
2010 – 2012
MFA • Digital+Media

KUNSTAKADEMIE DÜSSELDORF • Düsseldorf, Germany
1992 – 1997
MFA • Integration Sculpture and Architecture

ESCOLA MASSANA • Barcelona, Spain
1990 – 1992
Sculpture

SALZBURG INTERNATIONAL SUMMER ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS • Salzburg, Austria
Summer 1990
Stone Sculpture Symposium

Conferences, Artist Talks, Lectures

2013 Media Fields 4: Access / Trespass , University of California Santa Barbara

2013 Intermezzo: “The Art of Resistance”, Duke University

2012 Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics Graduate Student Initiative Convergence: The Geo/Body Politics of Emancipation, Duke University

Publications

2013 Media Fields Journal : Life in a Corporate Wonder-Wasteland

Selected Exhibitions

2015

Truth to Power III, Pleiades Gallery, Durham, NC

Open Call Community Show, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, NC

Kenan Gallery Permanent Collection, The Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University, Durham, NC

Big & Bold, Saatchi Art, Los Angeles, CA

2014 

Student Visual Arts Showcase, Brown Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC

IvyPlus Event, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Duke University, Durham, NC

Suspensions, Supergraphic, Durham, NC

What is Extraordinary Good Art, Allen Building Gallery, Duke University, Durham, NC

2013

The Great Ziggurat of Ur and Google’s Quest for the Book of Sand, Friedl Bldg., Durham, NC

Golf, Smith Warehouse Bay 11, Duke University, Durham, NC

The Ambassadors 2.0, Friedl Bldg., Duke University, Durham, NC

2012 

Experimental Communities Show, East Duke Bldg., Durham, NC

Tickling Your Eyeballs, Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI

Digital+Media Biennial, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

Mediated Realities, Cohen Gallery, Providence, RI

2011 

Entre: Proyección de Cortos y Proyectos, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, San Juan, Puerto Rico

A Walk of Life, Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

Digital Plastic, Gelman Gallery, Providence, RI

Art Tec Festival, Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Providence, RI

My Mind To Your Mind, Center for Integrative Technolgies, Providence, RI

2010 

Digital+Media Open Studios, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Quarantine, Tockwotton Studio, Brown University, Providence, RI

2001 

Piezas Unicas, S’Escorxadors, Marratxi, Spain

1997     

Masters Degree Exhibition, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany

Teaching and Research

DUKE UNIVERSITY • Durham NC

Research Assistant to Professor Richard J. Powell, Dean of the Humanities
2014 Visual Media Studied: Black Visual Theory: Black Visual Satire

Teaching Assistant
2013+2014 Information Science and Information Studies (ISIS) course: Espionage, Cryptology, Psyops
2012 Information Science and Information Studies (ISIS) course: “Fundamentals of Web-Based Multimedia Communications

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN (RISD) • Providence RI
Teaching Assistant
2012 Digital+Media department course: “The Spectacular Image
2011 Digital+Media department course: “3D Modeling for Artists and Designers
2010 Film, Animation and Video department course: “Computer Generated Imagery 3D
Research Assistant
2011 Affective Geography Research Group
Graduate Assistant to the Dean of Graduate Studies
2011 Public Engagement Assistant

AWARDS

2014 + 2015 Duke University Ph.D. Summer Research Fellowship

2012-15 Duke University Ph.D. Fellowship

2012-15 Duke University Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantship

2010-12 Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Fellowship

2011 Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Assistantship

2010-12 Rhode Island School of Design Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantship

 

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2007-09 3D Logistics Artist, Iomedia Inc., New York, NY

2007 Architectural Lighting Designer, Bliss Fasman Inc., New York, NY

2001-06 Set Designer and Production Manager, Zurich Opera, Switzerland

1997-01 Entrepreneur, Custom Furniture and Interior Design, Spain, Germany, Switzerland

 

PRESS
MFA Thesis Show review in the Providence Phoenix:
http://providence.thephoenix.com/arts/138943-%E2%80%982012-risd-graduate-thesis-exhibition/

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