“Naming the Invisible” with Jean-Marie Casbarian


invisible |inˈvizəbəl|


unable to be seen; not visible to the eye : this invisible gas is present to some extent in every home.
• concealed from sight; hidden : he lounged in a doorway, invisible in the dark.
• figurative (of a person) treated as if unable to be seen; ignored or not taken into consideration : before 1971, women artists were pretty well invisible.
• Economics relating to or denoting earnings that a country makes from the sale of services or other items not constituting tangible commodities : tourism is the most important of our invisible exports.
an invisible thing, person, or being : religion is the attempt to eternalize the invisible.
• ( invisibles) invisible exports and imports.

Is invisibility only contingent on its visibility?  Do we assume that ‘things not seen’ lack a palpable response to what we otherwise know and understand as existing in time and space?  This workshop will not only investigate the concept of invisibility as a tangible presence, but will explore the power behind (non)presence in what it reveals, be it through the (non)matter, (silent)voice, and (dis)engaged presence of what does not come into view or vanishes before our eyes.  Notions of invisibility throughout political/social/spiritual/scientific landscapes will be explored. Tarkovsky’s ‘Stalker’, Tacita Dean’s ‘Banewl,’  Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’, and the consequences of HG Wells, ‘The Invisible Man’ and/or Saramago’s ‘Blindness’ are potential trajectories into discussion/assignments surrounding invisibility.



jmJean-Marie Casbarian is an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates photography, film and video projections, sound, sculpture and performance into her artworks. She received her MFA from Milton Avery School of Art at Bard College in New York in the year 2000. Along with exhibiting her works throughout the United States, Europe, Central America and Asia, she has received a number of awards and artist residencies including a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation nomination, The LaNapoule Foundation Grant in LaNapoule, France, the Chicago Artist’s Assistance Project Grant, and an Associateship with The Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute. As an educator, Jean-Marie currently teaches and advises graduate students at Transart Institute, a low-residency MFA program based in Berlin and New York City and is also a faculty member at the International Center of Photography in New York City. She has taught in the film and photography departments at Hampshire College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and for the ICP-Bard MFA program in New York. Jean-Marie currently works in New York City.