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Cauleen Smith: ECLIPSE

Cauleen Smith (UCSD), Performance Practice & Research Special Director’s Award

ECLIPSE is a series of insurgent street performances which seek to elicit the transformative power of music (in the form of Sun Ra tunes arranged for brass and drum) in service of live-action, aestheticized, and affective protests against the violence and societal neglect which plagues some south side Chicago communities.

About the Artist: Cauleen Smith currently resides in San Diego, California. Her work has been exhibited at a variety of venues including: “The Fullness of Time” at The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival and The Kichen in 2008; “Drylongso” at Urbanworld Film Festival, Los Angeles Pan-African Film Festival and Philadelphia Film Festival in 2000; Sundance Film Festival, 1999 and Hamptons Film Festival, 2008. She has been included in group shows at The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; Mass Art, Boston; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, Studio Museum Harlem, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. She was the recipient of a Creative Capital Film/Video Grant in 2008 and a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. Her work has been covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times, Artlies and The Independant Film and Video Monthly, to name a few.

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