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Living as Form (The Nomadic Version)

Curated by Nato Thompson

Co-organized by Creative Time and Independent Curators International (ICI) and assembled
in collaboration with the University Art Gallery

Dates & Times:
October 4 – December 14, 2012
Opening Reception: Thursday October 4, 5:30 – 8:30 pm

LA JOLLA- The UC San Diego University Art Gallery (UAG) teams up with Creative Time
and Independent Curators International (ICI) to present a customized version of
Living as Form (The Nomadic Version). The exhibition is an unprecedented, international project exploring over twenty years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement.

In collaboration with 25 curators from around the world, Nato Thompson has selected
48 socially engaged projects produced in the last 20 years as the foundation of
this exhibition. “Something historically unique is happening in cultural production
that requires different rules for art than those of the 20th century,” says Thompson,
“This culturally-savvy method of civic production has manifested in everyday urban
life and growing civil unrest. Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is an opportunity
to cast a wide net and ask: how do we make sense of this work, and in turn, how
do we make sense of the world we find ourselves in?” Living as Form (The Nomadic
Version) will provide a broad look at a vast array of practices that appear with
increasing regularity in fields ranging from theater to activism, and urban planning
to visual art.

The UAG has hand-picked 22 of these projects from Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) in tandem with five unique community commissions to integrate into the exhibition. The exhibition will feature works by Suzanne Lacy, Vik Muniz, Rick Lowe, and Wikileaks among other noted artists and groups. Additionally, UAG Curatorial Fellow, Michelle Hyun, PhD Art History Candidate, Lara Bullock, and PhD Art History Students, Sascha Crasnow, and Elizabeth Miller have each curated a local component of Living as Form (The Nomadic Version).

The works on display address multiple audiences, and pay equal attention to the
power of media. They are a part of an emerging reality where cultural production
and politics live in an increasingly integrated relationship. The amalgamation
of Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) with the diverse and relevant contributions
of the aforementioned community projects generates a space for further inquiry and
ultimately, new approaches to social practice.

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