MA Critical Theory and the Arts presents a talk by artist Timur Si-Qin, moderated by program faculty member Wilfried Laforge. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sometimes associated with the philosophical movements of New Materialism and Speculative Realism, Timur Si-Qin creates artwork that posits advertising and commercial marketing as a result and extension of biology. Across his practice, Si-Qin works to combat essentialism—whether in branding, language or nature itself. He often builds seemingly organic environments whose underlying industrial structures can be easily seen, thus calling into question the things we take for granted as "natural" or "unnatural." In Si-Qin's recent works, commercial and stock photography feature prominently, intending to examine a broader question of why patterns and shapes occur so persistently, seeking to comprehend how materiality and its tendencies can define contemporary experience and structure our interactions within the world.