In memoriam: Adrianne Wadewitz
April 10, 2014. Just learned that the terrific young scholar and Wikipedia mentor Adrianne Wadewitz has died as the result of a climbing accident. There is a nice tribute to her on the HASTAC website; I'm not the only one who valued her intellect, enthusiasm, and leadership and felt much the richer for having known her.
June 14, 2014. President Obama will be the speaker for UC Irvine's undergraduate commencement ceremonies this year as the university celebrates its 50th anniversary. Half our students are first-generation college graduates.
The Performance of Authenticity in the Arts
Wed., Mar. 19, 2014, 12 pm. I'm taking part in a monthlong series of talks arranged by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Orange County on the meaning of the real and the authentic in the arts. I'll be talking about the book I'm writing on fictive art. Other speakers in the series include Edward Cella, Julia Lupton, Ted Wells, and Ian Monroe.
Shulamit Gallery panel
Thurs., Mar. 6, 2014. Join me for a panel discussion of video artist Jonas Becker's exhibition entitled "Zol Zayn / What If" at Shulamit Gallery in Santa Monica. Shown here is a still from Becker's video installation The Pile.
"A Book by Any Other Name"
Feb. 10-April 30, 2014. The Institute of Cultural Inquiry is presenting a curated display of handmade artist's books, books about books, and book sculptures from the Institute’s archives. Celebrating the convergence of books with other artforms, the exhibition includes work by the Museum of Forgery. Visit the ICI website for open hours or to make an appointment to see the exhibit.
Wikipedia editathon at the ICI
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 12-5 pm. I'll be overseeing a Wikipedia editathon at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry. It's open to all, and especially to those new to editing Wikipedia. We plan to focus on artists, scholars, and other visualists who have contributed to the artist book form — we'll have a list, but feel free to bring your own ideas to work on. Perks include access to the ICI's 3,000+ volume reference library, technical assistance and handouts, and light snacks. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops, but those who don’t have a computer can use one of the ICI's. Come for an hour or the whole afternoon. The ICI is at 1512 S. Robertson Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Feb. 13, 2014. I'm giving a pechakucha-style brief talk at UCLA on recent and current research projects with a sci-tech angle. It will be in the ARTSCI Presentation Room in the CNSI building at 7 pm. Directions.
L.A. Art Book Fair update
Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2014. I wanted to share this pic of just a few of the books that ICI Press brought to the L.A. Art Book Fair. It was great fun, though I was hoarse from the two days of talking..
L.A. Art Book Fair
Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2014. I'll be taking part in the L.A. Art Book Fair this year with the Institute of Cultural Inquiry. It's a great event regardless of whether you're into zines or limited editions. Look us up at our booth at the Geffen Contemporary, where we'll have a big selection of ICI Press books and other publications.
Through Jan. 31, 2014. A reminder that the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles, has a special exhibition in its library entitled "Geuen Hors". It pays tribute to the many forms of ‘horses’ that have surfaced at the ICI over the last twenty years. A project by the Museum of Forgery is included in the display. Visit the ICI website for open hours or to make an appointment to see the exhibit.
A Meditation on Plagues
Dec. 2013-Jan. 2014. Some of my students are having an exhibition of their artist's books in UC Irvine's Langson Library. The students’ challenge was to create a small book in the chapbook tradition as a personal meditation on the subject of plagues. More about their very diverse projects can be found here. The exhibit runs through Jan. 31, 2014.
Reading Frankenstein publication
Fall 2013. The latest issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology has just been released. It's their sci-fi issue, and it includes excerpts from the script for my Reading Frankenstein performance project from 2003, with an introduction co-written by me and my collaborator on Reading Frankenstein, Annie Loui. Lots of pix and some video too.
Graduate application season
Fall 2013. We are now accepting online applications to our M.F.A. graduate program at UC Irvine. We are a small, highly competitive program best suited for students pursuing intensive research-based practices that would benefit from the myriad of collaborative interdisciplinary opportunities offered by our tier-one research institution. We encourage prospective students interested in Electronic Art and Design to visit our campus to learn more about the EAD area and the UC Irvine Art Department before the Jan. 15, 2014 deadline for applications. More information here and here and here.
I've put up a few more pictures from the "Far-Flung" performances (courtesy of Lee Day), with some information about the show for anyone who missed it. More to come!