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Architecture Lecture Series

February 25, 2013 7:00 pm

Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus
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Info: 415.703.9562 or architecture@cca.edu

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Tomás Saraceno’s work defies traditional notions of space, time, gravity, consciousness, and perception through architectural, social, and communitarian means that are utopian and participatory in nature. The sky and the earth are interchangeable in his installations, in which gardens float and people achieve their long-standing desire to fly.

Inspired by an interest in affecting change in the way we live and experience reality, each work is an invitation to conceive of alternative ways of knowing, feeling, and interacting with others.

Concurrently, Saraceno appeals to the creative faculty of his viewers, involving them in situations and actions that demand their ingenuity, participation, and responsibility. The projects evidence relationships and introduce interdependent spaces that emphasize the ecological character of not only natural environments but also social spaces.

Above all, the works show us that the possibility to transform the world is always within reach for those who are ready to collaborate in its design and construction. (Text by Rodrigo Alonso)

Saraceno was born in Argentina in 1973. After spending his early childhood in Italy, he returned to Argentina, where he studied architecture and art. Inspired by the presence of the famous architect Peter Cook, in 2001 he enrolled at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, directed at the time by Daniel Birnbaum (who later curated the 53rd Venice Biennale) and then in 2003 at the IUAV in Venice.

Within just a few years Saraceno became one of the artists most in demand at contemporary art exhibitions around the world, participating with his installations at the Venice Biennale in 2001, 2003, and 2009, and at the São Paulo Biennial in 2006.

His works have also been shown at dozens of museums, including the Barbican in London in 2006, the Hayward Gallery, also in London, in 2008, the Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm in 2010, the MACRO in Rome, the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin in 2011, on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum in New York in 2012 and the HangarBicocca in Milan 2012.

The 2012-13 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4 Architecture; Perkins+Will; Pfau Long Architecture Ltd.; STUDIOS Architecture; WSP Flack+Kurtz; ARCH Art Supply; BraytonHughes Design Studios; GCI; Long & Levit LLP; SFMOMA A+D Forum; Tom Eliot Fisch; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; Blasen Landscape Architecture; John A. Raeber, Architectural Specifications; and Ratcliff.

February 25, 2013, 6:00–7:00 pm

Nahl Hall, Oakland Campus
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Career Development and CCA's Animation Program present an evening with Ila Abramson on finding work in the field of animation.

I Spy Recruiting owner/recruiter Ila Abramson began her career in animation working in production on Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas and the ABC stop-motion animation series Bump in the Night. She moved into the realm of CG animation when she joined PDI Dreamworks as a recruiter, hiring artistic talent to work on the films Antz and Shrek as well as in PDI's commercial visual-effects division.

Abramson was the recruiting director at MTV Animation, then moved to Nickelodeon, where she ran recruiting operations for Nick Digital's animation studio in Los Angeles and New York.

Since 2003, I Spy Recruiting has provided customized recruiting services to help animation and design studios meet their ongoing freelance and full-time staff needs.

Senior Exhibition – Painting/Drawing

February 25–March 2, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, February 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Departmental Exhibition

February 25–March 2, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, February 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Senior Exhibition – Painting/Drawing

February 25–March 2, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, February 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Residential Life Group Exhibition

February 25–March 9, 2013

A2 Cafe, Oakland Campus
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Senior Exhibition — Sculpture

February 25–March 2, 2013

Isabelle Percy West Gallery, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, February 27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Illustration Program

February 25–March 2, 2013

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5:30-7 pm

Exhibition takes place in the new Student Gallery (2nd floor of the former Wattis Gallery)
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An exhibition featuring the 10 winning illustrations and entries submitted to the New York Society of Illustrators Student Competition.

Please join us!

February 25, 2013 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Adam Bluestein

Writers’ Studio, San Francisco Campus
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Brown bag lunch following the talk, so stay and ask questions!

Free and open to the CCA student and alumni community only.
Info: ewheeler@cca.edu

Join the Career Development team for a special presentation with Adam Bluestein, a former editor, freelance writer, and fan of social media, who can make a case for the usefulness of Twitter and the importance of networking as a writer.

"Whether you write fiction, criticism, long-form journalism, or a dating column, being an active social media participant pays off for anyone who makes a living with words," Bluestein says.

Our guest will talk about using Twitter and other social networks to build a personal "platform" that helps you "find your people," develop professional connections, get jobs, and prebuild an audience for future work.

Bluestein will discuss his eclectic writing interests -- including startups, cutting-edge science, health care, sustainability, food, and entertainment -- and how he developed his network. He'll also share specific tools and strategies that writers of all kinds should be using to get noticed, where it counts.

All students and alumni are welcome. This program will have special resonance for anyone interested in pursing writing, criticism, and publication both online and in print.

January 22–March 30, 2013

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Note: The Wattis has a new location -- 360 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th Streets)

Reception: Tues., Jan. 22, 7-9 p.m.
Hours and info: 415.551.9305 or wattis.org

The Way Beyond Art 4: Infinite Screens is coorganized with the Film Program and features Hearsay of the Soul (2012) by the acclaimed filmmaker and artist Werner Herzog. It will be the West Coast premiere of this work. The piece resurrects works by the Dutch Golden Age painter and printmaker Hercules Pieterszoon Segers as cinematic projections in a five-channel video work with a musical score by the composer Ernst Reijseger.

The Wattis will present an accompanying program of weekly talks by CCA Film faculty and Bay Area artists and programmers focused on today’s rapidly evolving media landscape. These presentations will expand the content of the exhibition, further develop the research around these topics, expose students and audiences to a wider breadth of moving-image practices, and incorporate a multitude of voices and perspectives.

The Infinite Screens exhibition and public programs are made possible through the support of the Kadist Art Foundation; Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles; and a Cinema Visionaries grant.

Founding support for CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts programs has been provided by Phyllis C. Wattis and Judy & Bill Timken. Generous support provided by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund 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 www.catalystransit.com.

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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About PLAySPACE

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.