Film Screening and Reading
May 31, 6:00-8:00 pm and

June 2, 4:00-6:00 pm
Visual Arts Presentation Lab 149, SME Building

This essay film presents an experimental ethnography that traces material and immaterial encounters around the Bancroft Ranch House Museum in East County San Diego. An obscure national and state historical landmark, the small museum also acts as a social hub and market place for a medley of things ranging from artifacts to discarded goods. Finding Things I Don’t Want To Find takes its cue from the museum’s unorthodox archive where the historical and the personal gather in relics as much as in refuse. By following the daily routines of the site’s caretaker, the film unravels how eccentric practices and unruly objects destabilize the the museum's official narrative. Katrin Pesch is the first graduate of the Ph.D. program in Art History, Theory, and Criticism with a Concentration in Art Practice at UC San Diego. The film constitutes the practice component of her dissertation; a reading from the written component will accompany the screening.