A talk and an interview: Queens Museum

June 21, 2014


I’ve been a fan of the Queens Museum for years. They have curated some of the most interesting community-engaged art projects in NYC, so I was delighted when I received an invitation from Sandra Dávila, a NY-based Mexican artist and designer. She invited me to give an artist talk in her class Do-it-Yourself en Español (a part of the New New Yorkers programming). I had a great time sharing several of my photographic projects with a group of Latin American adult women.

Then, Sandra interviewed me for Diseño Abierto, her burgeoning podcast on design and in spanish. We had a very inspiring conversation so I’ll look forward to hearing it when she edits it and will certainly post it here!

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Keynote and workshop – Festival de la Imagen

April 11, 2014

I’m part of Colombia’s brain drain. That’s why, of all the projects on which I work, the ones that give me most pleasure are the ones that bring me back, to the homeland, to contribute and share. In May 2014 I will be giving a keynote talk ”Slowness in the everyday” and running a workshop ”City. Language. Image.” at the Festival de la Imagen 2014 in Manizales, Colombia.

Soy cerebro fugado de Colombia. Por eso, de todos los proyectos en los que trabajo, los que más me emocionan son los que me traen de regreso a la patria, a contribuir y compartir. En mayo 2014 daré la conferencia ”La lentitud en lo cotidiano” y enseñaré el taller ”Ciudad. Lenguaje. Imagen.” en el Festival de la Imagen 2014 en Manizales, Colombia.


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Exhibition: Masterpieces of Everyday New York

June 29, 2013

“Gum Dot”, my submission for the Masterpieces of Everyday New York exhibition. Special thanks to Mehdi Salehi for his assistance.

June 27–September 4, 2013
The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Parsons The New School for Design
2 West 13th Street, New York
Hours: Daily noon–6pm, Thursday noon– 8pm. Closed all major holidays and holiday eves.

Some bits of press


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Furman Magazine | Students bring TED(x) formula to Furman

June 6, 2013

I received a nice shout out about my TEDx talk at Furman University.

Cynthia Lawson with The New School at Parsons in New York City suggested pushing educational boundaries beyond the classroom and into the world, where students learn from hands-on fieldwork and teachers serve as facilitators to help them develop their resourcefulness and observational skills.

To read the full article see Students bring TED(x) formula to Furman.

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Exhibition: Narrating Place

May 29, 2013

“Curated by Matthew Bissen, Paul Ritchard and Laurene Vaughan, Narrating Place is an international collaboration that emerged from a series of projects and events the curators have been involved in, notably the Narrative Cartography Workshop held at ETH Zurich in June 2012. The film was edited by Paul Ritchard.”

Below is my submission for the longer video that was edited.

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Talk: Experiments in Extra-Institutional Education

April 4, 2013

As founding member of Occupy University, I will be speaking at this event.

Experiments in Extra-Institutional Education
April 11, 2013: 6:30 PM
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 9206

What are the theoretical and political repercussions of education outside of a traditional classroom? Whether spurred on by a tidal wave of student debt, changes in technology, or new and nontraditional learning scenarios emerging from various academic disciplines, DIY education is on the rise. This workshop and roundtable brings together artists, educators, and researchers to present case studies of important experiments in this area to explore the future of creative learning outside of the conventional classroom, moving beyond questions of whether these alternative spaces can produce meaningful learning.

Mary Walling Blackburn, Anhoek School; Jen Messier and Jonathan Soma, Brooklyn Brainery; Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Abby Kluchin, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research; Haley Mellin, Bruce High Quality Foundation University; Mark Allen, Machine Project; J. Morgan Puett, Mildred’s Lane; Michael Mandiberg, New York Arts Practicum; Jon Santiago, NYC Resistor; Jason Wozniak and Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, Occupy University; Steve Lambert, School for Creative Activism; Nova Benway & Taeyoon Choi, The Public School; Katherine Carl and Srdjan Jovanović Weiss, School of Missing Studies; Carla Herrera-Prats, SOMA Summer; Caroline Woolard, TradeSchool.coop. Moderated by Michael Mandiberg, College of Staten Island, CUNY.

Cosponsored by Graduate Center Digital Initiatives and JustPublics@365, and the New York Council for the Humanities.

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Talk: Universities Without Classrooms

March 1, 2013


Honored to have been invited to speak at Furman University’s inaugural TEDx event on the theme of Redesigning Education. “This year, TEDxFurmanU is proud to present a cast of students, teachers, authors, founders and creatives that dedicate their work to redesigning education for the 21st Century. While their stories may differ, these doers and thinkers are united by a common thread – their commitment to lifelong learning and positive change.”

Friday, March 15, 2013
Details: http://www.tedxfurmanu.com/

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Happy (Slow) 2013

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year and a Slow 2013 to all.

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Solo exhibition opens on November 7th

November 1, 2012

Please join me for the opening reception of my solo exhibition “Slow Landscapes” next Wednesday, November 7th in New York City. This week’s events, with Sandy’s arrival, really put this exhibition into perspective, and have me questioning if in fact the landscape around us, is slow. I hope you will join me next week to have this conversation and catch up after a very intense week.

NOTE: In case the opening is postponed due to hurricane Sandy, please tune into the Facebook event, my Facebook page, or my website. And if you believe in crossing your fingers [M. Bloomberg], that would be much appreciated.

Slow Landscapes
November 7, 2012 – January 16, 2013

Opening Reception
Wednesday, November 7th
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Pratt Grad CommD Gallery
144 W 14th St.
7th floor
New York, NY

“Untitled (Perito Moreno, Argentina)”, Archival photographic tryptich, 70x20in total, 2012

From the press release
Pratt Institute’s GradComD Gallery is pleased to present “Slow Landscapes,” in which artist Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo turns to nature, inspired by its time, its speed, and its presence. We have lost the ability to see small changes around us so do we even notice that natural systems are in constant flux? Does the fastest moving glacier in the world, at 3 meters a day, seem to be in motion? While we rapidly descend snowy runs, do we realize nature is everything but static? Lawson Jaramillo challenges us wondering how often do we allow ourselves to be still, and observant? This exhibition is intended to be a retreat from the city in which it’s exhibited. An interactive video installation, digitally and physically layered photographic works, and videos of seemingly still landscapes are each an invitation for the viewer to disconnect from the city, slow down, and reconnect with nature. To be. And to be still.

The artist would like to thank her studio assistants Lisa Lee, Cristobal Oltra, Jessica Posner, and Maya Weinstein. She would also like to acknowledge the financial support of Parsons’ School of Design Strategies Fund and The New School’s Student Assistance Fund.

Screenshot from “Untitled (Sisga, Colombia)”, Digital video, 8 minutes, 2012

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Save the date! Solo exhibition in August, 2012

April 1, 2012

Save the date:

Solo exhibition: Slow Landscapes
August 16 – October 14, 2012

Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 15th

Pratt Grad CommD Gallery
144 W 14th St.
7th floor
New York, NY

As I continue to work on themes of time and transience, Slow Landscapes will include recent work from 2011 and 2012 that departs a bit from the urban density of my previous bodies of work, and instead focuses on natural scapes. I am particularly excited about my new interactive installation of which the image below is a screenshot. Please save the date!

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