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EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING STUDIO PRESENTS Michael Trigilio: Rebel Cruisers, Used Futures, Drafting Galactic

Michael Trigilio

“Rebel Cruisers, Used Futures, Drafting Galactic”

When: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
6PM Talk
7PM Screening of Star Wars (1977)

Where: Structural and Materials Engineering Bldg (SME) #202, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr, La Jolla, California 92093

As part of the EDS “Drawn Into Film” Series, faculty member and multi-media artist, Michael Trigilio will give a talk exploring experimental drawing and concepts through screening the 1977 epic, Star Wars.

From a script limp in expressing “rebellion” and fetishistic towards “empire,” experimental designers overcome by sketching, drafting, and ultimately realizing the visual and sonic surfaces of a credible galactic imaginary. Production design, sound design, and conceptual design become arenas for a wild try-anything practice, even in the service of a shabby crypto-Campbell white-hat Christ-weary audience-infantalizing fairy-tale. By looking at pre-production by Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston and considering the design approaches of John Dykstra and Ben Burtt, we can re-watch Star Wars as an experiment in making the impossible possible, instigating an experimental design to accelerate cinematic scale, millennial time, and cosmic abstraction.
–Michael Trigilio

The Experimental Drawing Studio provides open space for an intersection of disciplines that engage the practice of drawing in its expansive range of forms. Artists, engineers, architects, writers, designers, animators and media practitioners will have a clean and unencumbered space to specifically explore the role of drawing in their research. The studio will be used for exploratory drawing research and practice. This includes, for example, large scale or collaborative drawing projects, workshops and conferences on drawing, independent, collaborative and mentored projects between faculty and MFA and PhD Practice students and advanced undergraduates for the preparation for an exhibition, the scope of a proposed project, design and lay out of a graphic book, or focused research and teaching for an academic quarter.

The Experimental Drawing Studio is led by Associate Professor Amy Adler, Visual Arts UCSD in collaboration with Visual Arts Studio Area faculty and a committee of Visual Arts graduate students.

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Amy Adler
Associate Professor
UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

Michael Trigilio
Associate Professor
UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

Image courtesy of Michael Trigilio.

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