Catfishing: The Artist as Trickster in Factual Fictions

Ted Barrow at Blender Workspace

Thu, Mar 28 at 7:30 p.m.   |   90 minutes

Join us at the beautiful Blender Workspace for an interdisciplinary Olio that draws on folk mythology, literature and 500 years of visual art to decipher the line between perception and deception.

There's something fishy happening here. Rooted in illusion and invention, the artist-as-trickster archetype is found all over the world and has endured for millennia. Manifesting as Coyote in North America, Hermes in Greece, Krishna in India, Loki in Scandinavia, the Monkey in China, and the Zulu trickster Thlokunyana in Africa, creative destruction is the trade of these crafty figures. This interdisciplinary discussion draws on folk mythology, literature, and 500 years of visual art to focus on the subject of fishing, and how angling straddles the line between perception and deception art and belief systems.

Teacher: Ted Barrow

Ted Barrow teaches in Barnard College's Pre-College Program over the summer, focusing on the relationship between art and film in New York City, and has taught art history courses at Baruch, City College, the College of Staten Island, and Brooklyn College. Barrow currently teaches at Cooper Union, and runs a popular satirical Instagram account about skateboarding (@feedback_ts).


Venue: Blender Workspace

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