Ila Sheren’s research focuses on political art and questions of site-specificity and materiality. Her current project considers environmentally-motivated art that uses digital media to re-cast the human in terms of objects and landscapes. Prof. Sheren teaches courses in new media, activist art, and alternative art practices, as well as surveys of modern and contemporary art.
Research in Progress
Super Wicked: Digital Art, Environmental Crisis, and the De-centered Human (Manuscript project).
Portable Borders: Performance Art and Politics on the U.S. Frontera since 1984 (August 2015, University of Texas Press).
“Ashes to Ashes: Self-Immolation as Self-Sacrifice in Visual Culture” in Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in Contemporary Culture (Forthcoming, 2015, New Academic Press, Vienna)
“‘Unexpected’ Developments: Mirza and Butler’s Non-Participatory Interventions in Toronto.” The International Journal of Arts Theory and History. Forthcoming, Winter 2015)
“Stealth Crossings: Performance Art and Games of Power on the Militarized Border” in U.S.-Mexico Border Spaces: Arts, Built Environments, and Landscapes, edited by Katherine G. Morrissey and John-Michael H. Warner (University of Arizona Press, Forthcoming, 2016).
“Border Art” in the Blackwell Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art (Wiley-Blackwell, Forthcoming, 2016).
College Art Association Annual Conference, “Photographing Slow Violence in the Global South” (February 2016)
Balance/Unbalance Conference, Arizona State University. “Bears, Boundaries and Biodiversity: The Human and the Non-Human in Internet Art.” Phoenix, AZ, March 2015.
“Site, Non-site, Re-site: Border Art and Boundaries since 1986.” Public lecture and evening Salon at the University of Arizona School of Art. (March 2015) (Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI37dKHXtNM)
Universities Art Association of Canada Annual Conference. “Mapping the Virtual and the Material in Clement Valla’sPostcards from Google Earth.” Toronto, Canada (October 2014).
International Conference on Street Art and Urban Creativity, “The Open Air Gallery: A Return to the Radical, or More of the Market?” July 2014, Lisbon, Portugal.
College Art Association Annual Conference, “The BAW/TAF’s Maclovio Rojas Project: Intervention, Art, Other?” (February 2012)
University of Arizona, Border Research Group Symposium, “Conceptualizing the Border: The BAW/TAF’s End of the Line” (December 2011)
Selected Fellowships and Awards
2015-2016 Institute for Advanced Study Visiting Fellow, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
2011-2013 University of Toronto, Jackman Humanities Institute, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship
“Art & Activism,” “What’s New? Contemporary Art in Saint Louis,” “Contemporary Art,” “Globalization and Contemporary Art,” “Alterna-art,” “From the Death of the Author to the Birth of YouTube: Identity in Contemporary Art,” “New Media, New Technologies,” “1968 and its Legacy,” “Intro to Modern Art, Architecture and Design.”