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UCIRA Announces Mini-Grant Awardees

The UC Institute for Research in the Arts is proud to announce the awardees for the UCIRA Mini-Grant (this grant is awarded monthly):


-Susan Laxton (UC Riverside) Confessions* of a Male Chauvinist Pig: A total of$1,000 is requested to fund a public panel in conjunction with the student curated exhibition Confessions* ofa Male Chauvinist Pig, VCR California Musewn of Photography, August 11-0ctober 26. The panel will focus on Garry Winogrand’s book, “Women are Beautiful” (1975), a set of 85 photographs shot of women in public places between 1964 and 1973, which struggled to fmd a publisher then withered in the light offeminist critique once it appeared. Photographer Connie Hatch, whose work in the 1970s responded directly to Women are Beautiful is a confirmed participant. Other invited panelists are feminist artist Catherine Lord, emeritus, UC Irvine; Erin O’Toole, co-curator of the current SF MoMA Winogrand retrospective; and Jane Ward, assistant professor, Women’s Studies, UC Riverside.

-Tae Hwang and Melinda Barnadas (UC San Diego) Migration: Through an invitation from the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Migration will be presented for the “Without Walls Festival” in the La Jolla Playhouse Theater District, La Jolla, California on October 3rd, 2013. (See attached press release and letter of partnership).
Inspired by the spatial freedom and unification of tessellations, Migration is a site-specific piece that is both live construction and temporal performance. Migration will involve the creation of a structure that is at once a work environment, theater and sculpture that transforms and extends with the fabrication of event participants, into the space of the La Jolla Playhouse Theatre District.

-Jamilah Sabur (UC San Diego) Sanctum: Sanctum is a 5-hour duration performance set to premiere November 16, 2013 in San Diego, CA. In their forthcoming pieve, collaborators Jamilah Sabur and Jon Forshee will construct an immersive sonic and sculptural environment. Viewers will discover an abstracted salt mine where one live performer enacting multiple tasks with constructed computer based instruments. Sanctum will be a completely novel work since the technology Sabur and Forshee are employing have only been developed within the past year. Sanctum will not be presented on a stage; rather the viewer must engage the space and process the act directly–walking on salt, around mounds of salt and into the voice of the performer disseminated throughout the space.

-Guy Zimmerman (UC Irvine) The Hive Project: Presentation of new work at the 2013 SLSA Conference at Notre Dame, October 4-7. Zimmerman has been invited to present this ambitious triptych of plays that relate directly to his doctoral work in drama at UC Irvine/UC San Diego.

-Jack Chapman (UC Santa Cruz) Bread or Blood, a Petition in Boots: Bread or Blood is a contemporary social documentary project that combines photographs, motion picture, and audio collected along the route that Kelly’s Army traveled in 1894 across the United States of America to petition congress to finance a public works program through non-interest bonds. Kelly and his army undertook this journey in an effort to employ massive numbers of jobless Americans that were put out of work by the stock market panic and crash of 1893. Bread or Blood seeks to address critical contemporary issues of unemployment in America.


-Silvie Deutsch (UC Irvine) Unmade: In my ongoing body of work, called Unmakings, I am making stop-motion animation videos where I abstract knitting’s inherent system by unraveling and reconfiguring threads, depicting a process of destroying and rebuilding. I am proposing a live performance with a malleable projected knitted environment, manipulated by performers, centering around this concept of unmaking. The seven performers and the space will communicate: through cameras that record the dancers’ motion as an interface to the projections, the dancers themselves will have the agency in building a projected fabric that surrounds them, stitch by stitch, as well as the agency to destroy it. I have been approved to perform this work at UC Irvine’s Experimental Media Performance Lab (XMPL) in the Winter of 2014, with a weekend of performances Jan 10-12. I will be collaborating with seven UC Irvine student dancers and Choreographer Aaron Guerrero (UC Irvine, Art, MFA). Together we will work to build an hour and a half-long performance.

-Cassie Riger (UC Irvine) 3-2-1 CONTACT: 3-2-1 CONTACT is a multi-media pedormance art piece, which will be presented near29 Palms, CA as part of the exhibitionThe Familiar Unfamiliar.The performance explores the militarized desert landscape as the intersection of science and spectacle, myth and possibility. The script is drawn from popular and educational science texts, which take on a ritualized or fairy-tale quality as they are dramatically enacted in the outdoor desert landscape. 3-2-1 CONTACT and.The Familiar Unfamiliar will coincide with High Desert Test Sites,the California site-specific art festival, which engages local communities and draws large audiences to the desert every year.

-Natalie McKeever (UC Santa Cruz) Purr Suit: I propose a project that studies the feline’s purr and its influence on the human mind. The project is a wearable that ‘purrs’ in the synchronization with the respiration of the user. An EEG sensor, which reads and monitors changes in brainwaves, will gather data to quantify how users are affected by wearing the Purr Suit which will be visually interpreted in a surrounding projection.


-Curtis Tamm (UC Los Angeles) Stalking Oneself (SOS): Stalking Oneself is a site specific overnight cinema/sound experience for the Integraton dome in Joshua Tree, CA. that incorporates the open organizational system of the dreaming body as a way to learn about the dreaming body. Those in attendance will include artists, researchers and anthropologists from UCLA and UCSD respectively, and the event is structured in such a way as to create. catalyze and choreograph productive conversation amongst those present. Structured over the course of three visits to the Integratron, two preparatory engagements resulting in a final exhibition for the public. This grant will help pay for the costs of renting the space for overnight use, four times over the course of the upcoming summer.

-Dusadee Huntrakul (UC Berkeley) Free Rock-Like Objects for People: Along side my other works, tracing Aihwa Ong’s “Buddha is Hiding” using graphite tracing method and nine collage drawings of which will be exhibited as a part of Singapore Biennale 2013, I want to create a number of small fired and glazed rock-like objects that are made by clay from Thailand and Cambodia. These rock-like objects will be given for free to the exhibition visitors. This mini grant fund will go towards firing and glazing expenses as well as kiln renting and hiring an assistant to help oversee the project to completion. My hope to communicate conceptual implication of giving rock-like objects is to suggest how to utilize existing art institutions to give, receive, and share various form of labor. More, the rock-like object can be viewed as itself or to be used as a tool to imagine representation in numerous ways.


-Rebecca Lord (UC Los Angeles) Staging Mendelssohn’s Elijah: The UCLA Chorale will be using this $1,000 grant for expenses for the staging of Mendelssohn’s Elijah which will be presented on June 4, 2013. The funding will be used specifically for recording fees. The recording, in turn, will be used for ongoing fundraising efforts supporting UCLA Chorale activities.

-Sahar Khoury (UC Berkeley) Tempo Libre/Down Time: Tempo Libre/Down Time is a mobile silkscreen cart that sets up impromptu silkscreening sessions in public spaces where day laborers seek work. Day laborers that are interested in printing images/text while they wait for work will be able to do so without having to leave the corner. Sample projects include screening business cars, personal photos and drawings made on site onto t-shirts, political posters, and/or letters for loved ones in the home country. TL/DT has been operating on Hearst st. in Berkeley, less than two miles from the UCB campus for over a year. Thus far I have managed to acquire all the necessary supplies with the exception of union made t-shirts. This grant will be used to fund the purchase of enough t-shirts to fulfill the demand of the population on the street. Once completed, there will be an exhibition of the work.


-Alexandra Shilling (UC Los Angeles) EXIT STRATEGIES: an evening of new, interdisciplinary dance by Alexandra Shilling, Pivot point and ABSENCE: HISTORY: The artist will be completing two new dance works as part of her (and Carson Efird’s) third year MFA concert entitles EXIT STRATEGIES: ABSENCE: HISTORY is a new dance theatre piece whose process merges photography and movement, sourcing material from still images in an effort to fill in the spaces left open in her family’s war-torn history and the impossibility but necessity of the attempt. Audience and performers become detectives, piecing together fragmented stories through images, objects, text and film, allowing the stage to become a laboratory. Pivot point is an elegantly simple, 6-hour durational performance for UCLA’s Wilson Plaza that will change the way one views and experiences the plaza forever after.

-Rochele Gomez (UC Irvine) Making Jewelry: Making Jewelry consists of discarded furniture that I found on the street: a couch, side table, and bookshelf; in addition to a platform covered with carpet she made. I altered the found furniture by cutting holes in each piece with jigsaws and utility knives. Those holes and the platform will be covered with cane panels that I am having made at Cane & Basket Supply in Los Angeles.

-Laurel Tentindo (UC Los Angeles) Dance, Music and Puppetry at the Fowler Out Loud Performance Series, May 17th 2013: On May 16th Laurel Tentindo will premiere a movement, puppetry and sound performance installation for the Fowler Out Loud performance series, The evening is free to the public and appropriate for audiences of all ages. This piece begins with the entrance of nine dancers, and as the performers converge their movement vocabulary evolves into a rhythmic ritual of transmogrification. The dance shape-shifts he dances into and out of the floor with animal-like power and grace. Folded into the performers there will be a surprise appearance by two Bunraku puppets, created by Luis Tentindo. A girl and wolf puppet travel over the sculptural landscape of the performers (operated by three puppeteers each). This piece ignites the Fowler’s courtyard and hallways with magical imagery, movement and live sound by Miguel Frasconi, composer improviser, sound artist, glass musician, synthesist, and multi-instrumentalist. Each audience member creates a unique pathway through the migrating performance.


-Isabel Theselius (UC Irvine) Still life / Wide Open Studios MFA Spring break trip: Graduate student Isabel Theselius will attend the Wide Open Studios experimental residency program on March 24 to 30, 2013 at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Along with a group of 10 graduate students, they will make new work in response to the landscape.

-Jess Rowland (UC Berkeley) Printable Audio Speakers for Sounds Art Installation: This project involves the fabrication of large scale (2′ x 5′) printable audio speakers arrays on copper foil, which constitutes the material aspects of Jess Rowland’s sound installation Masters Thesis exhibit at the Berkeley Art Museum in May 2013. Working prototypes have been made which will be scaled up into dense, flexible, semi-transparent sheets which generate sound from a computer running max/MSP. The speaker arrays consist of copper foil circuitry machine-cut onto acetate, with small, thin, neodymium rare-earth magnets, which generate an unexpected and provocative source of sound in the shape of highly formalized abstract visual designs.


-Stephanie LeMenager (UC Santa Barbara) flowTOPIA: How’s Your Water Relationship?: On March 1st and 2nd, artists Sara Daleiden and Therese Kelly will conduct a two day interactive performance and workshop under the working title “flowTOPIA: How’s Your Water Relationship?” The first day of the event includes a scavenger hunt in which (25-40) participants locate water features on the campus, from bioswale to rain gardens and refill stations. The hunt becomes fieldwork, raising consciousness about our location as a coastal watershed. Day Two features a brainstorm where students create prototypes for media interventions to mark existing water features and/or places where such features need to be implemented. The event will be introduced by a witty survey, sent out through various student organizations, titled “How’s Your Water Relationship?”—on the model of a relationship survey in a women’s magazine of the 1970s. This event is part of the ongoing Critical Issues in America Series, Figuring Sea Level Rise, whose director is Professor Janet Walker.

-Christopher Pilafian (UC Santa Barbara) A Leap of Faith: A Leap of Faith is the first original project developed for Santa Barbara Dance Theater by the company’s new Artistic Director, Christopher Pilafian. Hiring of company members occurred in December 2011, based on technical excellence, performance strength and artistic maturity, all qualities essential to establish the company’s new identity. The creative period has included previews of work-in-progress presented in January, March, June, October and November, 2012. The company is now preparing to premiere A Leap of Faith in January 2013 at UC Santa Barbara’s Hatlen Theatre.

-Katharina Rosenberger (UC San Diego) Viva Voce: Viva Voce is an interactive sound and video installation, which offers the audience an intimate insight into a vocalist’s performance practice and reflects on the importance of oral tradition, and finding one’s identity and personal expression. In a gallery space the visitors trigger and manipulate the sound and projection of three performing unique and inspiring vocalists by playing with an interactive score interface, programmed on an iPad. In this work, the visitor no only becomes intimately introduced to the vocalists, she turns into a performer herself.


-Seako Igarashi (UC Los Angeles) Merman and Fish: Merman and Fish is a short 3D animated film the artist created as a 2nd year project at UCLA Animation Workshop.  Saeko spent from September 2011 to September 2012 producing the project including animation, rendering, sound design and sound mix with the help of talented sound engineer and a voice actor.  This grant will allow the artist to extend study in post-production and possibly submit the film to film and animation festivals.

-David Shorter (UC Los Angeles) Cutting the Cord: Death Among the Yaqui (A Documentary):  The artist (who has worked with the Yaqui Indians for over two decades) will be putting the final touches on his documentary with this grant. In 2005, with a grant from the National Science Foundation, David was allowed to film the death ceremony called “Lutu Pahko: or “Cutting the Cord”, since the deceased was my his long time field collaborator.

-Yiheng Yvonne Wu (UC San Diego) Four Poems of Li-Young Lee: Bonnie Whiting Smith, who specializes as a speaking percussionist, and Jessica Aszodi, soprano, will be in residence at UCSD for the studio recording and concert premiere of my original musical composition, Four Poems of Li-Young Lee. The recording will take place in the state-of-the-art Studio A of Warren Lecture Hall at UCSD. The performance will be at Conrad Prebys Recital Hall. The work is the result in an intense 3-way collaboration over more than one year and has been designed specifically for their expertise and styles. Since Whiting Smith may be the country’s only speaking percussionist specializing in contemporary music, I have given her the role of reciting all the poetry while she simultaneously plays various percussion instruments. Aszodi’s role is musically active while having little verbal content; her part reflects the tone behind the poems and presents her voice as pure musical sound. The heaviest items in the budget include the recording studio time and Whiting Smith’s travel expenses, as she teaches and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.


-Kellie Lanham (UC Irvine), Involuntary Memories, A Graduate Curated Exhibition: ln continuation with the Critical Curatorial Exhibition Series, the UAG presents Involuntary Memories, Memory is involuntary when we unconsciously react to something in everyday life, amalgamating what have been personally lived, and an external cue; this manufactures a memory impression. Showcasing six diverse international artists, this exhibition seeks to examine memory as both an individual and collective production. In considering this topic through and across various means – such as hyper-realistic drawing, large-scale installation, abstract sculpture, narrative photography and film – memory is uncoupled from time-based mediums, and is realized as a human phenomena as highly constructed as it is extremely personal.

-Monica Rodero and Dan Schuchart (UC Riverside), Cathedral City: This project is a collaboration between choreographers Monica Rodero and Dan Schuchart, and acclaimed contemporary classic music ensemble, Victoire. The collaboration will culminate as a live performance on Jan 23, 2013 at the Culver Center at UC Riverside.

-Nicole Paiement (UCSC), Ainadamar Opera Rehearsal Space Rental: UCSC Music Professor and Opera Parallèle – formerly known as Ensemble Parallèle – Artistic Director Nicole Paiement will conduct the San Francisco premiere of the opera Ainadamar on February 15 to 17, 2013 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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