Not So Silent Films: “San Diego Locals and Locales”

This Valentine’s Day, fall in love with silent film! Saturday, February 14, 2009 / 7:00 PM
at The Loft
Join ArtPower! Film and Scott Paulson with his Teeny-Tiny Pit Orchestra for Silent Films as we toast vintage local filmmakers and celebrate St. Valentines Day with a glass of sparkling libation and chocolatey brownies. Read more…

Virtual games in the real world of art and technology

Playing the Rapture, by Antoinette LaFarge and Robert Allen.

The gallery@calit2 is currently hosting the show Playing the World(s), a selection of three new-media installations that expand the usually confined simulated world of a game to the real world.  It is part of a wider series, Scalable Relations, which showcases new-media art works of UC faculty.

“Playing the World(s) brings under one roof three new-media installations that expand the usually confined simulated world of a game to the real world. The projects in the San Diego exhibition — Robert Nideffer’s WTF?!, Antoinette LaFarge’s and Robert Allen’s Playing the Rapture (Point of View), and Gregory Niemeyer’s CO2 Playground — either use paradigms of gaming and play for understanding phenomena and concepts that shape the physical world, or they incorporate real-world concepts that are rarely encountered within a commercial game.”

Friday, January 23 – Friday, March 13, 2009
Monday-Friday   11am – 5pm
[Closed in observance of President’s Day, February 16]
First Floor, Atkinson Hall
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
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Talking Trees Talk Obama

If you have been to UCSD you know about our stellar public art, and our lovely trio of trees. The Silent Tree, The Music Tree and The Poems & Stories Tree created by artist Terry Allen, are just one of the many lovely works on campus. On inauguration day the two talking trees will broadcast this historic event! Read all about it, HERE!
Where are you going to listen to or watch the inauguration?


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Shantytown, USA

From Good via BoingBoing

Just a short drive from the U.S.-Mexican border, a densely packed community will soon hum with activity. Homes will be jammed together, with any leftover space commandeered by taco stands, market stalls, and gathering places. It’ll be a far cry from the sanitized suburbs of southern California, but make no mistake: It will sit on the American side of the border.

Indeed, if the architect Teddy Cruz gets his way, the shantytowns of Tijuana, Mexico, will act as a blueprint of sorts for a new kind of urban development. “Architecture has been so distant from the politics and economics of development,” says Cruz. “We need to rethink the way we’ve been developing, and what we mean when we talk about housing, density, community, and neighborhood.”

Behind the precariousness of low-income communities, says Cruz, there is a sophisticated social collaboration: People share resources, make use of every last scrap, and look out for each other. Cruz is incorporating this resourcefulness into the planning of two new developments, in San Ysidro, a border-town community in southern San Diego, and in Hudson, New York. If they work as planned, these projects will become powerful case studies for a new approach to urban development that could be implemented across the country.
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Something Is Happening

SOMETHING is HAPPENING is a 3-day event that focuses on the dynamics of sensation and the nature of gatherings. Rather than experiencing a single, formal presentation, audiences can freely gather and disband at a collection of different sites in the San Diego area including the UC campus, the Salk Institute, Torrey Pines State Reserve, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. At these meeting points, audiences are immersed in sensory and atmospheric experiences through which concepts are not only elaborated but enacted.
SOMETHING is HAPPENING is a collage of verbal and performative presentations that encourages the cultivation of moods, atmospheres, and various forms of bodily apprehension and awareness. By addressing the audience as a sensing body — whether as individuals or collectively as a group — the presenters seek to not only share ideas but also to activate multiple sensory connections with the spectators. In this way we are not taking a reductive approach so much as an excessive one — opening up conceptual flows and sensorial intensities that always carry with them the possibility of extension and amplification.
By emphasizing forms of sensory experience, social interaction, and assembly, SOMETHING is HAPPENING aims to generate commonalities beyond what can be conveyed in dialogue — allowing participants who come from different backgrounds to cross linguistic boundaries and familiar perspectives, however temporarily, and enter into new social composites.

For general information and a schedule of events go Here
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Fresh Sound at Sushi!

The Fresh Sound music series is re-booting at Sushi: A Center for the Urban Arts. Sushi has a brand new venue and Fresh Sound has more new music after a 4 year hiatus, including a January performance from Nels and Alex Cline! This series is curated by Spruce Street Forum’s Bonnie Wright, and is pay what you can at the door!
Download a flyer here to check out all the upcoming events. or email to be put on the Fresh Sound Mailing List–

A schedule of Sushi’s performances and visual arts events are available Here. And since they are just getting up and running–you should probably just add their blog to your reader because who knows what exciting changes will be coming up?

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Listen to or Watch our own Scott Paulson talking about our Thanksgiving Turkey Calling Event, and his work doing sound production at Cygnet Theater for the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The great story of George Bailey is being presented as a radio play, on stage at Cygnet.

It’s a Wonderful Life is currently on stage at Cygnet Theater’s Rolando Stage on El Cajon Blvd.

You can read more, and see some pix from the UCSD event, Here!

The Exiles!

And go here for more info-

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Vanishing America

Beautiful pictures from Michael Eastman are currently on view at DNJ Gallery in Los Angeles. Vanishing America is images of those beautiful heartwrenching small town beauties that are swiftly falling down or coming down.



These pictures kill me, but be sure to visit his site to see all of his work as his Cuba series will also blow your mind.

Via Materialicious

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Clean Mic: Laughing Til It Hurts

The African & African-American Studies Research Project, The UJIMA Network, The UCSD Cross-Cultural Center, and the UCSD Arts Library present:
A free film screening with filmmaker Will Gorham
Friday, May 9 at noon in the Seuss Room, Geisel Library, UCSD

Will Gorham, a filmmaker from Washington, D.C., will screen his new independent documentary on black stand-up comedians and the question of racialized humor.
The film, titled Clean Mic, stars Dick Gregory, Paul Mooney, SNL alum Dean Edwards and Don Imus co-host Karith Foster.
In addition to actual stand-up performance footage, Mooney & Gregory spend time in the film talking about stereotypes in comedy, Hollywood, and much more. Click here for a preview!

Call (858) 534-8074 for more information about the free screening, or better yet bring your lunch and we’ll see you at noon on Friday!

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