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Saturday, 9 March 2013
PhD Symposium, 9AM-3PM
Grad Open Studios, 3-8PM
UC San Diego Visual Arts Facility on Russel Lane &
Structural & Materials Engineering Building (SME) Floors 2 & 3
9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, California 92093
Main Office Phone Number: 858.534.2860
Assistance available during regular office hours, Monday through Friday.
MFA Candidate Josh Tonies’ work featured in
By Matt Bua and Maximillian Goldfarb
Published October 2012
280 x 216 mm
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Born out of the drawingbuilding.org online archive, Architectural Inventions presents a stunning visual study of impossible or speculative structures that exist only on paper. Soliciting the work of architects, designers, and artists of renown –as well as emerging talents from all over the world –Maximilian Goldfarb and Matt Bua have gathered an array of works that convey architectural alternatives, through products, expansions, or critiques of our inhabited environments.
From abstract and conceptual visual interpretations of structures to more traditional architectural renderings, the featured work is divided into thematic chapters, ranging from 'Adapt/Reuse' to 'Clandestine'' 'Mobile'' 'Radical Lifestyle', 'Techno-Sustainable', and 'Worship'. Along with arresting and awe-inspiring illustrated content, every chapter also features an essay exploring its respective themes.
Highlighting visions that exist outside of established channels of production and conventions of design, Architectural Inventions showcases a wide scope in concept and vision, fantasy and innovation.
About the Author
Matt Bua is an installation artist who makes small-scale improvised buildings. His recent work tries to redefine and reimagine architecture. He has shown work internationally at various exhibitions and public spaces.
Maximilian Goldfarb is an interdisciplinary artist, producing site-derived works in various media. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions.
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Mauricio Chernovetsky, who was an MFA Student, is to release film
Inspired by Sheridan Lefanu's "Carmilla," STYRIA tells the story of a fragile, lonely teenage girl named Lara, who crosses the Iron Curtain with her estranged father, and unknowingly returns to her ancestral home.
In the outskirts of a strange and dark village called Styria, Lara meets Carmilla, a beautiful stranger who takes her on an obsessive, nightmarish journey of discovery, filled with an intoxicating sense of beauty and mystery.
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Gothic Horror
Starring: Eleanor Tomlinson, Stephen Rea, Julia Pietrucha, Erika Marozsán, Jacek Lenartowicz, Miklós Székely B.
Directed By: Mauricio Chernovetzky & Mark Devendorf
Written By: Mark Devendorf & Mauricio Chernovetzky
Produced By: Daria Matza, Ildiko Kemeny, Marton Varo Jr.
Lecturer Laida Lertxundi’s filmmaking manual featured in
This Long Century
THIS LONG CENTURY is an ever-evolving collection of personal insights from artists, authors, filmmakers, musicians and cultural icons the world over. Bringing together such intimate work as sketchbooks, personal memorabilia, annotated typescripts, short essays, home movies and near impossible to find archival work, THIS LONG CENTURY serves as a direct line to the contributers themselves.
Laida Lertxundi’s featured Manual
Espacios de Libertad
PDF File: http://visarts.ucsd.edu/~gd2/sites/default/files/LaidaL-Manual-EspaciosD...
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by Yvonne Venegas
Published August 2012
9.2 x 11 in
ISBN RM Verlag: 978-84-15118-43-5
ISBN RM Verlag: 978-84-15118-42-8
In 2006, Mexican photographer Yvonne Venegas was invited by the Televisa Foundation for a project where the artist would document the Rebelde (Rebel) telenovela’s (soap opera) last months of filming, and also part of the concert tour in the US of the RBD group. The telenovela, produced by Televisa -- one of the largest media companies of México and Latinoamérica – achieved great success by combining fiction with reality in their story through the creation of a musical group with the main protagonists. The group, called RBD, was taken to the real world, and it became a worldwide pop phenomenon.
The version presented by Venegas in this book is an alternative to the image produced in commercial language already patented by Televisa, focusing in the fragile “insignificant” moments, that happened before or after cameras recorded the official version.
This publication, now far from the time when the phenomenon occurred, surfaces not so much to document a specific moment in television history, but as a revealing picture of language that is consumed and digested by thousands of millions of television viewers.
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Yvonne Venegas is a UC San Diego Visual Arts MFA Alumna. She received the 2010 Magnum Expression Award.
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Lecturer Raul Guerrero’s Painting
Su Último Sueño
featured in the new Oliver Stone film
Film’s production details and credits at
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Image detail credit:
Raul Guerrero, “Su Último Sueño” (1985). Oil on canvas, 66 x 45 inches
Starring: John Travolta, Blake Lively, Trevor Donovan, Demian Bichir, Salma Hayek, Benicio Del Toro, Mia Maestro
Directed By: Oliver Stone
Release Date: July 6, 2012
Genre: Crime / Drama / Thriller
Film Website: http://www.savagesfilm.com/
Visual Arts Professor Sheldon Brown Will Become Director of the Newly Established Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
By Inga Kiderra and Paul Mueller for UC San Diego News on April 16, 2012
The University of California, San Diego and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation have agreed to establish the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination (ACCCHI) at UC San Diego. The agreement was signed in conjunction with the foundation’s annual international Clarke Awards held on April 12 in Washington, D.C.
Sandra A. Brown, vice chancellor for research at UC San Diego, and Sheldon Brown, professor of media arts at UC San Diego, represented the campus at the formal signing ceremony with Tedson Meyers, chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.
The Clarke Center will span a wide range of disciplines and collaborations among institutions and individuals across communities and continents in fields such as technology, education, engineering, health, science, industry, environment, entertainment and the arts. Its mission will be to develop, catalyze and be a global resource for innovative research, education and leading edge initiatives drawing upon the under-utilized resources of human imagination. In addition to being celebrated for his multi-disciplinary legacy in science and engineering, Clarke is considered one of the most inspiring and engaging science fiction writers of all time for such classics as “Childhood’s End,” “Rendezvous with Rama” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” His visionary books and papers have fueled the imagination and avocations of young and old for more than six decades.
“The Clarke Center will be a focal point for active collaboration on current and future research and an intersection of disciplines for the purpose of identifying and advancing creative and innovative solutions for the challenges of contemporary and future societies,” said Vice Chancellor Sandra Brown.
Sheldon Brown will become the director of the center. He is a professor of media arts in the Department of Visual Arts in UC San Diego’s Division of Arts and Humanities and is the former director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at UC San Diego’s California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technologies (Calit2). Associate director will be David Kirsh, professor and former chair of the Department of Cognitive Science in the Division of Social Sciences at UC San Diego and head of the Interactive Cognition Lab research to simplify and extend situational and distributed creative cognition.
“Center research and activities will build aggressively upon the University of California’s longstanding strengths in producing scientific, creative and artistic breakthroughs to address increasingly complex dilemmas and opportunities of the 21st century,” noted Director Brown. “As we harness more and more technology, we must also nurture our human resources – including our unique gifts of imagination to create, innovate and sustain constructive advances. By making human imagination itself the subject of study, we can develop ways to make more effective use of it. We believe the center can become a unique global resource near term and long term.”
Tedson Meyers, chairman of the Clarke Foundation, said, “A number of excellent universities responded to our request for proposals to become the home of the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination, but the University of California, San Diego made the most compelling case. Its top flight research resources, facilities and academic excellence in multi-disciplinary collaborations within the UC system and beyond are ideally suited to approach the potential of human imagination from a wide range of perspectives. UC San Diego and its faculty provide both a practical as well as theoretical framework to put imagination under a microscope, to find its historic limits and go beyond them, and to promote or restore its positive use in education, commerce, science, social change and more. Clearly ACCCHI will also put Sir Arthur’s spirit back to work in a significant way.”
The center will work with leading edge innovators and institutions within academia and industry globally. It will also draw upon the creative worlds of media and the arts, including working with contemporary science fiction authors such as UC San Diego alumni David Brin, Kim Stanley Robinson, Vernor Vinge, Greg Benford and Greg Bear.
The Clarke Foundation and UC San Diego are partnering in developing a broadly based framework for global resources, expertise and financial support to develop the center’s potential to enhance the opportunities as well as meet the challenges of the 21st century.
Inga Kiderra, UC San Diego, 858-822-0661 or email@example.com
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UC San Diego, Clarke Foundation Collaborate to Create Arthur C. Clark Center for Human Imagination
The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination at University of California San Diego
5th Annual UCSD Visual Arts Graduate Student Conference
University of California, San Diego
April 7, 2012
In April 2012, the Visual Arts Department at the University of California San Diego will host its annual conference entitled New Institutions. This conference seeks interpretations of twenty-first century changes taking shape in artistic institutions and their alternatives. Invited guests and attendees will help to position the tactical and strategic choices facing artists and writers.
With the expansion of art production into the social realm, alternative methods routinely assert themselves as counterfactuals to inherited models of exhibition and dissemination. Artists, curators, and collectives model themselves after all sorts of institutions or even abandon traditional institutional affiliation altogether, slipping in to and out of alternative styles and unconventional modes. These inventive tendencies take shape in light of cultural processes such as social networks and information globalization, neo-liberalism and financial collapse, and perennial returns to the political vanguards of the 1960s and ‘70s. How and why are artists mimicking institutions to critique and change them?
New Institutions is a term that indicates the increased integration of media, display, reception and promotion. The result is new kinds of cinema and time-based art, readymades, publications, press releases, schools, libraries, services, stage productions and works of literature, as well as forms of creative capitalism and businesses that don’t look much like other art-world institutions of the past. These expanding categories of artistic activity have comparable global features, though they occur under different conditions in separate societies around the world. How do artists or scholars orient themselves towards these changing institutions, integrating separate industries from the fields of entertainment, science, and technology? How do they change them? How has self-institutionalization in the art world changed over time with increased social integration?
Institutions are not to be considered only as conservative containers or bricks and mortar, but also as dynamic processes that may be both localized and/or drifting. Is it possible to conceive of an institutional borderland not only between continents and countries, but also between industries?
Participants are invited to add specificity to the heterogeneity of these expanding categories built on modeling institutions and exploring their alternatives.
Possible topics could include but are not limited to:
- The role of art in the public sphere
- New forms of the readymade
- Artist publications and changes in art publishing
- New Institutionalism and the rise of the curator
- Latin American avant-garde of the twentieth and twenty-first century and other alternative histories of the avant-garde
- Self-institutionalization and self-design
- Groups, collectives, and collaborative art practices during and after modernism
- Art before and after the advent of the Internet
- Institutional critique in the twenty-first century
- Artist as curator
- Alternative economic models in art and culture
- Art and the entertainment sector (e.g. James Franco)
- Film and video art distribution
- Art and state institutions
- Problems of ‘biennialization’ (e.g. borders, nationalism, branding, stardom, etc.)
- Urban space and institutions
We are pleased to welcome Blake Stimson as our keynote speaker. Blake Stimson is Professor of Art History at the University of California, Davis. Recent publications include The Pivot of the World: Photography and Its Nation, Collectivism after Modernism: The Art of Social Imagination after 1945 (co-edited with Gregory Sholette), and Institutional Critique: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings (co-edited with Alexander Alberro).
*Applicants should email a CV and a 300 word abstract or description of the proposed presentation by February 15th to firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected participants will be notified by February 25.
Conference Coordinators: Samara Kaplan, Tim Ridlen, and Matthew Schum
University of California, San Diego
Rob Duarte, Alumnus Tristan Shone and Lecturer Michael Trigilio
book release party
Friday, January 27, 2012 (6-10pm)
Musical Performances by Author & Punisher and starvelab/EVERYTHING IS UP
Double Break, 1821 5th Ave, San Diego, California 92101
Double Break invites you this coming Friday, January 27, 2012 (6-10pm) as they celebrate the release of Movement, a limited-edition artist book by San Diego-based artist Rob Duarte. The evening will also feature exhilarating performances by San Diego –based artists/musicians Author & Punisher and starvelab/EVERYTHING IS UP.
MOVEMENT is a machine performance that documents the activities of a heap of small contraptions and mundane mechanical movements, in an effort to remind its audience of the wonder to be found in the physical, the tactile, the small and the overlooked. The accompanying catalog documents moments from the performance as well as other related works by artist Rob Duarte. The text of the catalog expands on the issues embedded in these works, from the relationships between technology and culture to the increasing distance between art and the human body.
Rob Duarte is a sculptor currently obsessed with the sleight of hand, half-truths, and disinformation that blur the lines between fact and fiction in the history of culture and technology. His work takes place at the intersection of artistic production, pseudo-scientific research and lighthearted terrorism. Rob earned a BFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design, a BS in Information Systems and Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, and an MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California San Diego.
Author & Punisher (Tristan Shone) is an industrial doom and drone metal, one man band utilizing primarily custom fabricated machines/controllers and speakers. He has performed and shown these machines in festivals and exhibitions in the United States and abroad extensively, releasing his 4th album entitled “Ursus Americanus” in April, 2012 on Seventh Rule Records, played exclusively on his most recent creations, Dub Machines.
Michael Trigilio is starvelab/EVERYTHING IS UP. Trigilio describes his project like this: long-form analog-modular synthesis performance soundING like orbiting satellites celebrating an acid-orgy. Who wouldn’t want to check THAT out?
All this is happening amidst our current exhibition of works on paper by Ruben Ortiz-Torres, which runs through February 12, 2012 and features over 70 new and old drawings by the critically acclaimed conceptual artist.
*Image courtesy of Artist Rob Duarte and DOUBLE BREAK Gallery.
Selected Essays on Art and Literature, 1966 to 2005
David Antin (Author)
384 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2011
Published March 2011
Published March 2011
“We got to talking”—so David Antin begins the introduction to Radical Coherency, embarking on the pursuit that has marked much of his breathless, brilliantly conversational work. For the past forty years, whether spoken under the guise of performance artist or poet, cultural explorer or literary critic, Antin’s innovative observations have helped us to better understand everything from Pop to Postmodernism.
Intimately wedded to the worlds of conceptual art and poetics, Radical Coherency collects Antin’s influential critical essays and spontaneous, performed lectures (or “talk pieces”) for the very first time, capturing one of the most distinctive perspectives in contemporary literature. The essays presented here range from the first serious assessment of Andy Warhol published in a major art journal, as well as Antin’s provocative take on Clement Greenberg’s theory of Modernism, to frontline interventions in present debates on poetics and fugitive pieces from the ’60s and ’70s that still sparkle today—and represent a gold mine for art historians of the period. From John Cage to Allan Kaprow, Mark Rothko to Ludwig Wittgenstein, Antin takes the reader on an idiosyncratic, personal journey through twentieth-century culture with his trademark antiformalist panache—one that will be welcomed by any fan of this consummate trailblazer.
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David Antin is Professor Emeritus at the UC San Diego Visual Arts Department.