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Christopher Bratton



Christopher Bratton (US/Finland) is an artist, educator, and co-founder of the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research. He is currently Professor and was founding Director of the Transdisciplinary Arts Program in the School of Arts, Design, and Architecture at Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland. He is a former President of the San Francisco Art Institute and Chair of Film, Video and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With an extensive background in socially engaged cultural work and media, Bratton has spoken widely on issues of art, media, and technology education and access. As an artist, his video and installation work, addressing questions of contemporary media cultures, have been internationally screened and exhibited, including the Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art; and film festivals, including Seoul, Berlin and Havana.

Stateless Mind #5

Joint presentation by Christopher Bratton and Dalida Maria Benfield

Title: Nombre Nombre (Name Name/Navn Navn)?

Nombre Nombre (Name Name/Navn Navn)?


This workshop invites participants to think with César Vallejo's cycle of 77 poems, Trilce (1922), as we interrogate naming, language, inscription, and translation. Rather than barriers, linguistic differences are understood as gifts that allow us to travel to different worlds of sense. Through a series of exercises engaging the poems, via drawings, performances, sound art, video, or other works, we give shape to multilingual and pluriversal experience.

Stateless Mind #3

Joint presentation by Christopher Bratton and Dalida Maria Benfield

October 2021

Title - Crossing the Space(s) Between Us

In this presentation, Christopher Bratton shared reflections on how we might construct meaningful social relations across multiple registers of difference, drawing from their collaborative experiences in collective media production, arts pedagogies, artistic practice, and performative, social interventions. Discussing recent projects, they also reflected on the changing circumstances of culture in the current neo-liberal and neo-nationalist moment.

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