Friday, 4 March 2016 // 2-4PM

Audrey Hope X Peter Chen
Erick Msumanje X Angela Webb-Pigg
Morgan Mandalay X Yuka Murakami

April Peletta X Monica Alcasid
Dustin Brons X Johanna Schütt
Tina Hyland X Lauren Sharo

3 X 3 is an ongoing exhibition and performance series that that explores and fosters graduate/undergraduate research and mentorship housed within the ARTifact gallery in the Culture, Art and Technology Program. Six weeks ago each graduate participant selected an undergraduate student to partake in a month long mentorship research project. The results from the pairs are as diverse as their own unique approaches to mentoring. The results of the paired interactions vary from drawn diagrams that connect mutual conceptual concerns to interviews conducted on one another. There are individual and collaborative artworks mounted within the gallery space and there will be cross-genre, collaborative performances the evening of the reading series.


Erick Msumanje is an award-winning filmmaker who works in a hybrid storytelling approach and style that blends together visual poetry, expressive digital cinematography, disciplined performances, and immersive soundscapes. Primarily, his work focuses on the black experience in the past and present.

Angela Monique Webb-Pigg is a visual arts, film and media major and chair of the Black Arts Collective at the University of California, San Diego. Her background is largely based in performance theater. Her current exploration of media practices has been influenced by her interest in the Black experience, familial spaces and feminist tropes.

Audrey Hope is a second year MFA student at the University of California, San Diego. She completed her BFA in 2008 at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in association with Tufts University, and was awarded a 2014 Traveling Fellowship by the School. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2014.

Peter Chen is born in Taiwan and a senior visual art studio student at University of California, San Diego.

Morgan Mandalay is currently an MFA candidate in Visual Arts at UCSD.

Yuka Murakami is a fourth-year undergraduate studying Cognitive Science Human Computer Interaction and Visual Arts Film.

April Peletta is an experimental poet and third year MFA candidate at UCSD. She holds B.A. in English from Mills College where she studied writing, literature and digital expressionism. She is working on a hybrid manuscript of Eco-Lyric poetry that engages and challenges narratives to explore collisions between private and public space, memory, ecology and loss.

Monica Alcasid is a first year undergraduate student at UCSD. She is a part of Sixth College and is studying as a General Biology major. Monica is a part of the UCSD Dance Team, and has been competitively dancing since the age of four. She incorporates the values gained through dance in her school work and everyday life.

Dustin Brons is from Canada.

Johanna Schütt is currently on exchange at UC San Diego.

Tina Hyland is an MFA student in Writing. Her work has appeared in Best American Experimental Writing 2015, Bestiary: Best of the Inaugural Demi-Decade of A cappella Zoo, theNewerYork, and other print and online journals. Her manuscript-in-progress is a grimoire of high-tech and internet spells.

Lauren Sharo is an undergraduate student in the Visual Arts department. With her main focus on the intersections between art and technology, she creates kinetic sculptures and installation pieces that draw their inspiration from robotics.

3 X 3 is curated by Ash Eliza Smith and Michael Ano with support from the gallery assistant team: Yuka Murakami, Johanna Schütt and Alexander Uhler.

ARTifact is a gallery housed in the public spaces in and around the offices of the Culture, Art and Technology Program at Sixth College, UC San Diego. The gallery functions as an integrated learning laboratory, transforming the working environment of the CAT offices into a hybrid space where contemporary art and the CAT curriculum convene.

ARTifact Gallery on Russell Lane
UC San Diego 9500 Gillman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093
artifactgalleryucsd [at] gmail [dot] com

Michael Ano is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Candidate

Ash Eliza Smith is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna

Image is courtesy of The ARTifact Gallery.