In early February, ARAD program coordinator and professor Dr. Steven Dubin was able to take a break from the cold and dreary New York weather to take part in a TEDx event held in Caserta, Italy. The theme, Global Contamination, brought together a wide variety of speakers from Italy, Sicily, the US, Portugal, and Belarus who presented on topics as diverse as their backgrounds. The mastermind behind this event was none other than ARAD alum Valerio Borgianelli Spina, who graduated from the program in 2007! In addition to putting together the entire TEDx event which involved live music and graphics, Valerio also acted as host and shared his passion for the Slow Food movement with the presenters from out of town. Because of Valerio’s exquisite hosting skills, Dr. Dubin experienced Italian food at its best: exemplified by simple (but delicious) pizza in Naples and an extravagant, 14-course slow cooked banquet meal served in a beautiful, ancient building. Following these wonderful food experiences, Dr. Dubin was definitely ready to share his thoughts with the large TEDx audience.
Dr. Dubin’s talk, titled Playing in the Dirt- Contemporary Art and Deliberate Debasement, illustrated how contemporary artists, particularly those from South Africa, create art that purposefully “destabilizes and contaminates normative expectations.” The creation of this “contamined” art is thus able to question and ultimately change the world we live in.
For more information about the event and Dr. Dubin’s talk, check out the TEDxCaserta event page.