Jessica Wyman is an art historian with particular interest in contemporary performance theory and historiography, adaptation studies and conceptual art practices. Working as an art critic for more than 15 years, she has published widely in international art magazines and journals, and has an occasional curatorial practice. She is the editor of the three-volume book Pro Forma: language/text/visual art (YYZBooks 2007).
Wyman teaches in the Faculties of Liberal Studies and Art and supervises graduate students in the Critical and Curatorial Practice and Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design programs at Ontario College of Art and Design University. She currently serves on the board of the Toronto Arts Council.
" 'Nobody Does Anything New': Originality, Attribution, and the Homage Effect"
In this presentation, Wyman takes up some current adaptive impulses in artmaking and considers some of the theoretical frameworks whereby engaging works and practices of the recent past continues to be productive for contemporary artmaking and critique.