March 3, 2009


California College of the Arts (CCA)


CCA San Francisco campus

In the contemporary era, we rely heavily on visual networks that animate sites such as alternative art spaces, space-age replication technologies, and the ritualized urban landscape. CCA’s Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies offers an interdisciplinary and culturally diverse arena within which to bring critical analysis to bear on today’s highly politicized visual world.

In this daylong public symposium, nine graduate candidates in the program will interrogate the politics and poetics of visual culture. Three visiting critics will serve as moderators. The presentations will engage with current issues in media criticism, visual activism, subcultural performance, urban trauma, diasporic rituals, replication technology, neo-tribalism, and specific works by artists such as Tacita Dean, Bernice Bing, Ai Weiwei, and Francis Alÿs. This year’s presenters and their topics are:

Jen Banta
What Is the Mystery? Abstraction and the Path of Self-Enlightenment in the Life and Painting of Bernice Bing

Liu Congyun
The Revaluation of Chinese Tradition in the Work of Four Contemporary Chinese Artists

Duane Deterville
Drawing Down Ancestors: The Ritual Ground Drawings of Umbanda as a Visual Event

Camellia George
The Future Is Fabulous: A Critical Anthropology of Fabbing

Molly Mitchell
American Tribal Belly Style: Improvising a Feminine Subjectivity

Rory Padeken
Go with the Floh: The Double Narrative of Tacita Dean’s “Floh”

Adrienne Skye Roberts
Homesick: The Search for Belonging in New Orleans’s Landscape of Loss

Paola Santoscoy
Francis Alÿs: “1 Minute of Silence” and Other Works

Zachary Royer Scholz
Alternative to the Alternative: The Changing Face of San Francisco’s Independent Art Spaces

Please also mark your calendar for CCA’s GRADUATE OPEN STUDIOS event
Sunday, April 5, 2009
noon–5 p.m.
CCA San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin)
More info: or 415.551.9213

More than 300 CCA graduate students in Fine Art, Design, Architecture, Curatorial Practice, and Writing open their studios to the public. Come meet some of the young makers and thinkers who

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