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Reading Unfinished Work- Timing is Everything, Fri, Nov. 1 at UC San Diego

Reading Unfinished Work

part of
October 3 – December 6, 2013
UCSD University Art Gallery

Dates: November 1 – 14, 2013

Location: University Art Gallery, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0327
Phone: 858-534-2107
Fax: 858-534-3548

Cauleen Smith
Remote Viewing, 2010 & The Grid, 2011

Fri, Nov 1 / 10:30am

Please join us for breakfast and the premiere of Remote Viewing and The Grid, followed by a reading of an unfinished work by writer Tisa Bryant & a conversation with the artist Cauleen Smith.

Bryant’s “Blight Promise” contemplates the half-built, repurposed, planned obsolescence, the numerous ‘projects’ and empty fa├žades that mark, determine and become mythic in neighborhoods and communities. What does it mean to exist in a perpetual state between renewal and ruin? Who or what completes a built space (or a text)? How are these states negotiated between intent and use?

Cauleen Smith has produced multi-channel film and video installations that incorporate sculptural objects and text. Her interests roam from her roots in structuralist filmmaking to afro-futurist narrative strategies. Currently, Smith is producing a series of films, objects, and events that explore the psychogeography of American cities in which the intersection of black cultural production and the urban landscape created significant and global musical innovation. She received her B.A. from the School of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University and her M.F.A. from UCLA School of Theater-Television-Film. Smith lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.

Tisa Bryant is the author of Unexplained Presence, a collection of hybrid essays on myth-making and black presences in film, literature and visual art. She is co-editor/founder the cross-referenced journal of narrative and storytelling possibility, The Encyclopedia Project, and co-editor of War Diaries, an anthology on Black gay men’s desire and survival. Her writing has recently appeared in the exhibition catalogs for visual artists Laylah Ali, Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Cauleen Smith, and in the journals Black Clock, Bombay Gin and Mandorla. She teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the California Institute of the Arts, and lives in Los Angeles.

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