DATE NIGHT contemporary art fair arrives and sets up shop the weekend of December 12-13th, 2015, at Horton Plaza Mall. An architectural venture based on Ray Bradbury's essay The Aesthetics of Lostness, this mall has been described as "a temple where we can all tilt our faces to the sun," with "more angles than a train wreck -- a multilayer maze of walkways, stair steps, terraces, bridges, arches, pillars, beams, and cupolas." We offered participants booths and walls; some chose to work without walls.

Through a generous invitation from the San Diego Art Institute UC San Diego Visual Arts MFA students have had the pleasure of programming an event in an unused storefront. Collectively they decided to use this as an opportunity to pass sections of space and air wave across members of a community that often feels dispersed, fragmented, and decisively liminal. And what a more fitting location than the mall?! A place for the misfits, the disjointed, and the dislocated to reclaim and hang out in full anti-capitalist critique! Contrary to contemporary mall wisdom, at this mall, ambient sources of aesthetic arousal amplify to keep the customer coming. Intrepid spaces are: TARP Reform, Friend's Collective, Helmuth Project, PoderesUnidos, A Ship in the Woods, Space 4 Art, SPF15, UAG, Untitled Space.

DATE NIGHT will also feature Maul Mauls, Ash Eliza Smith's performance-to-film shot at Horton Plaza Mall, a reading hosted by Now That's What I Call Poetry, and sound works curated or produced by STAY STRANGE, keepbullfighting (Alexander Heath), EMV (Eric Michael Valelly), Matthew David and Diva Dompe, Cameron Perry Fraser, Lawrence Michael Narron, Muscle Memory, and Ellen Schafer. We hope you make DATE NIGHT your weekend.

Horton Plaza, 5th Floor
(between Fresh Up Barber Shop and Nordstrom in the SDAI Project Space)
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 4-10 pm
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 12-5 pm

For inquiries please contact:
info [at]
Admission is free and open to the public


Friends Collective
Helmuth Project
Ship in the Woods
Space 4 Art
TARP Reform
Untitled Space

Film & Performance Program

Saturday, December 12

5 pm
'NOW That’s What I Call Poetry'
Adam Stutz & Dante Tercero
& more TBA

7 pm
Ash Eliza Smith, ‘Maul Mauls’

8 pm
Yours Truly Jane Palmer
& Cetacean Blues

Sunday, December 13

1 pm
Ellen Schafer, ‘Ava: Sessions 1-6’

3 pm
Performance & Screening
Muscle Memory, ‘Caveat Emptor’

4 pm
Music Performance
Eric Valelly (EMV)

Prerecorded performances by keepbullfighting
(Alexander Heath), Matthew David and Diva
Dompe, Cameron Perry Fraser, Lawrence
Michael Narron

Many thanks to the UC San Diego Department of Visual arts and to the San Diego Art Institute for generously hosting DATE NIGHT in their project space:

Organizers - UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts Graduate Students:
Trevor Amery
Kim Schreiber
Morgan Mandalay
Seth Ferris
Jessica Frelund
Javier Fresneda
Dustin Brons
Audrey Hope

Image above is courtesy of Artist Stefani Byrd.

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