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October 18–21, 2012

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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An exhibition opening reception will be held in the Nave Friday, Oct 19, at 7 p.m., and is open to the public.

ACADIA 2012: Synthetic Digital Ecologies is a conference that will highlight experimental research and projects that explore the reciprocity and synergy between bits and atoms, the digital and the physical, and between digital code and material logic.

The conference takes place at both UCSF (Thursday & Friday) and at CCA (Friday night, Saturday, Sunday).

The conference will bring together designers, researchers, and practitioners who engage, question, and aspire to stretch these boundaries. Architects, fabricators, engineers, media artists, technologists, hackers, and others in related fields of inquiry are invited to participate.


In addition to the 50+ peer-reviewed paper and project presentations, the ACADIA 2012 Conference, chaired by Architecture faculty member Jason Kelly Johnson, has confirmed a world-class group of keynote speakers. It is a diverse group of computational designers, fabricators, philosophers, and much more:

  • GREG LYNN UCLA / Yale / Architect + Educator, Los Angeles
  • NERI OXMAN MIT Media Lab / Architect + Educator, Cambridge, MA
  • SAUL GRIFFITH Otherlab / Tech Innovator, San Francisco
  • ACHIM MENGES U. Stuttgart / Architect + Educator, Germany
  • MANUAL DE LANDA Pratt / USC / Philosopher + Author, New York

Visit the event website for a complete schedule of events ».

Additionally we are organizing the following:

  • a cocktail event at the Autodesk Gallery (located adjacent to the San Francisco Ferry Building)
  • guided architecture and museum tours
  • several other social events


The exhibition, designed and curated by Nataly Gattegno and Brian Price, will include 10 peer-reviewed ACADIA projects; curated content including work by the ACADIA 2012 keynote speakers and notable emerging California designers including IwamotoScott, Matsys, Thom Faulders, Elena Manferdini, Dorus Sung, Oyler/Wu, Freeland Buck, among others (TBA); the four finalist submissions from the latest TEX-FAB / DFA competition "Applied Research Through Fabrication" will also be exhibited, judged, and discussed in a special panel session.


Workshop registration is now open!

Workshops will take place on Sunday, October 21, at CCA on the San Francisco campus. (Please note ACADIA 2012 registered conference attendees will receive a significant discount on workshop registration.)

"ALGORITHMS & MATHEMATICS" -- Leader: Edmund Harris with Celento, Lockyear, Underwood (Rhinoscript + Grasshopper / McNeel)
"ROBOTIC FABRICATION" -- Leaders: Proto and Kruysman (SCI-Arch Staubli Robot + Maya, Autodesk)
"PARAMETRIC SURFACES" -- Leader: Andrew Kudless with TBA (Grasshopper / McNeel)
"ROBOTIC PROTOTYPES" -- Leaders: Shiloh, DeLeon, Johnson (Arduino + Grasshopper + Firefly)
"COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN STRATEGIES WITH DESIGNSCRIPT" -- Leader: Robert Aish with Fisher, Tierney (DesignScript / Autodesk)
"PYTHON SCRIPTING WITH REVIT / VASARI" -- Leader: Nathan Miller (Python + Revit + Vasari / Autodesk)

Presented by the Writers Series (MFA Program in Writing)

October 19, 2012, 3:30–5:00 pm

195 De Haro at 15th Street
Free and open to the public

More info: David Morini, or 415.551.9237

CCA's Writers Series is open to the public and hosted by the MFA Program in Writing. Featured events also comprise the Friday Seminar course requirement for MFA Writing candidates.

Laura Mullen is the author of six books:

The Surface
After I Was Dead
Dark Archives (University of California press, 2011)

Her seventh and forthcoming book is Endearing Freedom: A Little Book of Mechanical Brides (Seismicity Books/Otis Editions, 2012).

Recognitions for her poetry include Ironwood’s Stanford Prize, two Board of Regents ATLAS grants, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Rona Jaffe Award, among other honors. She has had several MacDowell Fellowships and is a frequent visitor at the Summer Writing Program at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa.

Mullen's work has been widely anthologized and is included in American Hybrid (Norton) and I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing By Women (Les Figues).

Mullen is the McElveen professor in English at Louisiana State University and a special interest delegate in creative writing for the Modern Language Association. She is a contributing editor for the online poetry site The Volta.

Learn more about CCA's Writers Series, including upcoming and past guests »

Work from Ceramic Students

October 16–20, 2012

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, October 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Nichol Gonzalez, Claire Raymond, Kyle Murphy and Matt Shapiro

October 16–20, 2012

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, October 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Printmaking

October 16–20, 2012

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, October 17, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition — Painting/Drawing

October 15–20, 2012

Tecoah and Thomas Bruce Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Interior Design Program

October 13–19, 2012

472 Jackson Street | San Francisco CA 94111

Opening Reception: October 12, 2012 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Hours: October 13-19, noon to 6 p.m.

Info: Jen Sikora,

The CCA Interior Design Program presents The Materials of Space: Best of 2011-2012 Show exhibition at 472 Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in the heart of downtown San Francisco specializing in the presentation of cutting-edge work located on the borders of art, design, and technology.

CCA's Interior Design Program provides an interdisciplinary design education where critical, artistic, historical, and material approaches to the practice of interior and environmental design integrate theory with art and technology.

Join us in celebrating a selection of the best student design work completed in the 2011-12 academic year.

Ninth Annual Graduate and Undergraduate Textiles Program Exhibition

October 9–20, 2012

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wed., Oct. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hours: Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Wed. until 7:30 p.m.
Info: 510.594.3747

Knots: Textile Topologies, the 9th annual juried exhibition organized by CCA's Textiles Program, showcases works by graduate and undergraduate students working with textile materials, techniques, and concepts.

October 4–November 2, 2012

Alter Space, 1158 Howard Street, San Francisco

Reception: Fri., Oct. 5, 6-9 p.m.
Hours: Thur.-Sat., 1-6 p.m.

The Individualized Major Program presents an interdisciplinary exhibition of ideas about other places, getting lost, wandering, and the possibility that the wrong place is exactly where we need to be. Behold souvenirs and wonders from distant lands: distant in time, distant in space, and existing only in the mind.

The participating artists transform the gallery space into a giant cabinet of marvels including dioramas, films, and fantastic tales chronicling the thousand realms of wonder that lie beyond our familiar experience: the New World, the Old World, outer space, alternative versions of the everyday world, flights of fancy, and places you’ve never been.

Celebrating 25 Years of the Barclay Simpson Award Exhibition

September 27–October 27, 2012

Tecoah Bruce Gallery at the Oliver Art Center, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Thurs., Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (RSVP for the reception at 510.594.3604 or
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m.

Recent works by artists who have received the Barclay Simpson Award since its inception in 1987. For 25 years now, this generous award has given CCA graduate student artists crucial financial support and an exhibition opportunity at a pivotal point in their development.

Read more about the Barclay Simpson Award »

The quality of the recent work by these artists is a testament to the value of such a grant. Their diverse practices and methods of production range from painting to printmaking, drawing, sculpture, video, sound, installation, social practice, and other interdisciplinary forms.

Featured artists:

Anthony Discenza
Dina Danish
Bill Durgin
Patricia Esquivias
Harrell Fletcher
Llewellyn Fletcher
Mik Gaspay
Josh Greene
Todd Hido
David Huffman
Hannah Ireland
Lawrence La Bianca
Katie Lewis
Travis Joseph Meinolf
Linn Myers
Scott Oliver
Patricia Olynyk
Conrad Ruiz
Gabrielle Teschner
Hank Willis Thomas
Imin Yeh

Presented by CCA Wattis Institute

September 13–December 1, 2012

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thurs., Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. (RSVP for the reception at
Hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Info: 415.551.9210 or

The legendary exhibition Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form, presented in 1969 at Kunsthalle Bern, Germany, has been exhaustively discussed, researched, and examined. It has inspired essays, books, conferences . . . and now, at the CCA Wattis Institute, another exhibition.

In September 2012, Wattis director Jens Hoffmann will tackle the history and the myths surrounding When Attitudes Become Form with a new “sequel” exhibition, When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes.

The original show, curated by Harald Szeemann, featured 69 conceptual artists working in fields known today as post-Minimalism, Arte Povera, Land art, and beyond. The Wattis exhibition will feature more than 80 artists, all working within the legacy of Conceptual art, including the following:

Simon Fujiwara
Claire Fontaine
Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
Abraham Cruzvillegas
Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset
Ryan Gander
Walead Beshty
Renata Lucas
Adriana Lara
Carey Young

The show will also bring together archival material, floor plans, installation images, and ephemera from the 1969 show.

Generous support for When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes provided by C. Ross Sappenfield and Laura Brugger, Robin Wright and Ian Reeves, and Laura and Joe Sweeney.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy and Bill Timken. General support for the Wattis Institute provided by the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, Ann Hatch and Paul Discoe, and the CCA Curator’s Forum.

September 4, 2012–May 10, 2013
Touring the Social Imaginary

CATALYSTRANSIT is a project organized by Ana Labastida, circulating through the Bay Area’s Casual Carpool from Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland to Fremont Street in San Francisco, that questions how we interpret the mundane moments during commutes.

To participate, or for more information, visit

This project is part of Touring the Social Imaginary, a series of exhibitions and participatory, public programs across the Bay Area organized by PLAySPACE, that map the social imaginary using research-intensive processes to ask questions about places and the people that inhabit them.

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PLAySPACE, The Paulette Long and Shepard Pollack Art Community Experiment, is a graduate student-run exhibition program. It provides the resources for student curators to conceptualize and present programming that is especially appropriate for, and oriented toward, the academic community.

This programming is presented in various venues and locations throughout the community.