2022 Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Distinguished Lecture: Oscar Santillán

On November 10, Oscar Santillán presented the 2022 Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Distinguished Lecture live in Ostrove Auditorium on the Colby College campus. The artist spoke about his practice and introduce the research and work that he will be doing at Colby College during the 2022–23 academic year.

Santillán is a 2022–23 Lunder Institute Senior Fellow, in partnership with Colby’s Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence. The Ecuadorean artist, who resides in the Netherlands, works across the fields of artificial intelligence, performance, sculpture, anthropology, Indigenous studies, geography, biology, and critical theory.

This was the first event with the artist, who will be on campus for several extended visits this spring and will work with students, faculty, staff, and our local and regional community. In addition to the Lunder Institute fellowship, Santillán is one of five artists selected by the Holt/Smithson Foundation for The Island Project: Point of Departure, a project that invites each artist to develop proposals responding to an island in Maine that was purchased sight-unseen by Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson in 1971.

The Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Distinguished Lecture is cosponsored by the Colby Museum and its Lunder Institute for American Art, the Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and the Buck Lab for Climate and Environment.

Image: Oscar Santillán, Chewing Gum Codex.