Miryana Todorova
Class of 2012
Movables 2011, movable objects and single-channel HD video
Movables
2011, movable objects and single-channel HD video
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<p>I question the politics of public space and how people occupy it. I want to expand the boundaries of personal space. I create my version of movable architecture based on the principles of expansion and contraction. I experiment with situations involving the body's articulation in space, heightening a collective awareness of the lived and shared public. The actions performed in the studio or out on the street encompass not only absurdity, failure, and collapse but also negotiation, affect, and utopia.</p><p>The catalyst for each piece is the performative instability which becomes a device to revolutionize the way we move in space. Spatial archetypes change. Occupation and interruption set up new possibilities to 'inhabit'. Actions are open to improvisation, reconstruction, and entropy. Always in motion, bodies and objects stay in a fluid state of change and potentiality: people get together or collide, accidents happen but what remains present is the exhilarating air of risk and uncertainty.</p>
Miryana Todorova, class of 2012

MFA Fine Arts is a full-time, two-year, 60-credit program
Seminars and workshops are complemented by weekly visits from artists, curators, critics and gallerists, who are invited to give lectures and meet with students in their studios. Students may audit up to four undergraduate and continuing education courses, and take advantage of SVA’s lectures and other resources. Each student is given a private studio with 24-hour access. At the end of each semester, open studios provide students with opportunities to present their work to the public and gain professional exposure. Graduating students take part in our annual thesis exhibition. 
 
We respect craft and form, but we also encourage an approach to art-making in which ideas or questions serve as points of departure for artistic processes that may lead in unforeseen directions. While some students may remain committed to a single medium for the duration of their study, most experiment with multiple modes of production.
 
In addition to drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture, students may explore animation, digital art, installation, performance, photography, public projects, social practice, video, and numerous other disciplines. Students in the MFA Fine Arts program have the freedom to reinvent themselves. And with access to private departmental facilities for photography, video production, large format printing and woodworking, and to innovative labs at SVA for digital fabrication, bio art, printmaking, metalworking, ceramics, textiles and risography, students can pursue many approaches to making their art.
The close relationship between faculty and students—formed in studio visits, critique groups, seminars and workshops, but also through informal interactions—gives students the confidence to produce as much work as they can and to follow a personal course of intellectual and aesthetic investigation.
 
A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for degree conferral. In exceptional instances, students may be allowed to transfer up to 15 credits from other accredited graduate programs, and be eligible to complete the program in three semesters
 

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