SPRAWL: the 46th SPE National Conference, Dallas March 26-29

I’ve been actively involved with the Society for Photographic Education since my undergraduate days, first as a conference volunteer, then participating in coordinating regional and national conferences and serving on western regional then the national board. For many years now my friend and colleague Susan kae Grant (whom I met when we were student volunteers) offers a student seminar for the conference volunteers and scholarship winners, held just prior to the start of the conference. Whether you are directly involved in teaching, are an art maker, write about the arts, curate exhibitions or are involved in other related activities, I encourage you to attend this year’s engaging conference, and get involved in your regional activities as well. Visit the conference website for complete details on presentations, portfolio reviews, exhibits fair and more.

TOMORROW is the postmark deadline for early registration. Details follow, see you there!

From the SPE 2009 conference website:

SPRAWL

“The city of Dallas provides an informative and imaginative backdrop for the conference theme. Like other metropolitan areas since the 1960s, Dallas has seen suburban sprawl reshape its civic geography and identity. Sprawl then is a physical manifestation of civic growth and population migration, housing developments and ‘big-box’ retail parks. But the concept of sprawl also prompts discussions of environmental conservation, the appropriate use of land and resources, the loss and/or renewal of city centers and close-knit neighborhood communities.

Cultural depictions of sprawl have long been a mainstay in popular culture, including the 1970s photo movement New Topographics, William Gibson’s cyberpunk fiction, the music of Sonic Youth, and in TV shows, such as “Weeds,” with its ‘burb’-inspired theme song “Little Boxes.” Sprawl—suburban landscape and life—serves as both cultural inspiration and critique.”

IMPORTANT DEADLINES AND DATES

FEBRUARY 14, 2009 – Early-bird conference registration, postmark deadline

FEBRUARY 20, 2009 – Deadline for conference registration cancellation

FEBRUARY 28, 2009 – Late conference registration, postmark deadline. After this date attendees must register on site.

MARCH 2, 2009 – Hotel Cut-Off Date for $149 Room Rate at The Fairmont Dallas Hotel

MARCH 27, 2009 – Exhibits Fair Hours 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

MARCH 28, 2009 – Exhibits Fair Hours 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

2009 Conference Participants with Abstracts and Bios

Main Presenters:
Keynote Speaker: James Howard Kunstler
Honored Educator: John Pfahl
Featured Speaker: Steve Dietz
Featured Speaker: Karen Finley

General Session Speakers:

IMAGEMAKERS
Jesus “Chuy” BenitezHouston Cultura: Panoramas and Portraits of Houston’s Mexican-American Community | Jeff Brouws“It Don’t Exist:” The Impact of Sprawl and Suburban Build-Out on Inner-City America | Gary CialdellaThe Calumet Region: An American Place | Ruth DusseaultWhat Are They Doing Out There? Recreational War in the Suburbs | Tom FischerParadise/Paradox | Jessica Todd HarperInterior Exposure | Debora HunterUA Search for Eden: Sprawl in Taos, NM | Jun ItoiTokyo Story | John MannFolded in Place | Bill McDowellAshes in the Night Sky | Osamu James NakagawaBanta (Cliff) | Rebecca Nolan and Meryl TruettYou Can’t Get There From Here | Sheila PinkelSite Unseen: Recent Social Works by Sheila Pinkel | Susana RaabConsumed: Fast Food in the U.S. | Betsy SchneiderPhoenix, the New American City: A Video Portrait | Marni Shindelman and Nate LarsonWitness: A Psychic Collaboration | Vaughn WascovichThe Tar Creek Project (Gary B Fritz Imagemaker Award winner)

LECTURES
Paula BollersWhere We At? Patterns of Visibility in Suburban Space | Michael BrodskyA History of Digital Photography | Christopher BurnettThe Processed Land: Sprawl and Reclamation | David Herman, Jr., and Shaun WilsonSight & Sound: Using Youth-Created Media to Explore Changing Communities | Sandy SorlienMalignancy on the Land | Mary Virginia SwansonReaching the World Online: Effective E-Marketing for Artists

PANELS
Rebecca Cummins withJ.D. Talasak, Justine Cooper, and Pamela WinfreyArt in the House of Science | Judy Herrmann and Jay KinghornReal World Solutions to Digital Technology Headaches | Mark Klett with Adam Thorman, Tracy Longley-Cook, and Chad WhitePhoenix Transect Project: A Collaborative Look at Urban Growth and Change | Sandra Matthews with Deborah Bright, Kathy Kubicki, and Karen vanMeenenPhotography Journals and Cultural Debate | Katy McCormick with Susan kae Grant, Don Snyder, and Philip ZimmermanPhotobook as Pedagogical Space | Gregory Scott with Osamu James Nakagawa, Claude Cookman, and a panelist to be namedA New Way to Get the Shot: Recognizing The Growing Use of Multiple Photographs to Create New Depictions of Reality and Defining It as Hyper-Representation

GRADUATE STUDENT PRESENTERS
Victoria Victoria ClaryOff Northwest | Mark GeilThe Utopian Wake | Bruce MyrenMarkers: History, Memory, and Home | Andrew O’BrienField Office | Jason ReblandoA Portrait of Public Housing | Alison SmithIn Between

ACADEMIC PRACTICUM WORKSHOPS
Michelle BogreCopyright: Update 2009 | Douglas Holleley – Structuring the Sprawl | Aspen Mays and AnnieLaurie EricksonWeird Science: The Spectrum of Vision/The Science of Photography | Keith ShapiroMeeting the Photography Education Needs of Growing University Populations

DEMONSTRATION PRESENTATIONS
Bill Gratton and Joe LavineWhat Do I Do with My 4×5 Camera Now? | Chad JenningsIntegrating Print-on-Demand Books and Bookmaking into Your Curriculum


“The Society for Photographic Education is a non-profit membership organization that provides a forum for the discussion of photography-related media as a means of creative expression and cultural insight. Through its interdisciplinary programs, services and publications, the society seeks to promote a broader understanding of the medium in all its forms, and to foster the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism.”

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