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Presented by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

Friday, January 24, 7:00–8:30 pm

The Perry Family Event Center -- 350 Kansas Street (between 16th and 17th streets), San Francisco CA 94103
Free and open to the public

More info: 415.355.9670 or wattis@cca.edu
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The evening following the opening of Hiller/Martin: Provisional Realities, Daria Martin will present a one-time screening of her 16mm film One of the Things that Makes Me Doubt, (2010-11).

The film will last for 32 minutes and will be followed by a conversation with Daria Martin and the exhibition’s curator, Heidi Rabben.

One of primary questions raised by the exhibition asks how memory can destabilize our perception of the present and our understanding of the realities that inform it. One of The Things that Makes Me Doubt reconsiders the past by illuminating a web of images suspended between Martin's own body of film work and her late grandmother's diaries -- a 30-plus-year record of her dreams and corresponding Jungian analysis of them.

The film matches outtakes from the previous 10 years of Martin’s oeuvre, with select diary entries read out by various performers featured in these films, complicating the confessional style of the video diary.

Begun as an outward journey of parallel discovery of her grandmothers' dream-memories and of Martin's own cinematic histories, the film slowly acquires a dream-like circularity in which archive and imagination blur and the initial synchronicity between films and diaries is disrupted by gaps, divergences, and repetitions.

One of the Things that Makes Me Doubt is a fantastical and spiraling reflection on the performativity of dreaming and on cinema as an impossible act of witnessing.

Presented by CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art

Friday, January 24, 6:00 pm

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Wattis Galleries (360 Kansas Street)
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More info: 415.355.9670 or wattis@cca.edu

Conceived by the French artist Pierre Leguillon, the exhibition Codex ruminates on the “flattening” of the book in the digital age.

Join us for a walk-through with the exhibition’s curators that will examine the evolution of the two iterations of the exhibition and its collaborative curatorial process.

Then join us immediately after this event next door at the Perry Family Event Center (350 Kansas Street) for One of the Things that Makes Me Doubt: Film Screening and Conversation with Daria Martin.

 

 

 

Presented by the Graduate Program in Design

Friday, January 24, 5:00–8:00 pm

Main Building E1 (seminar room)
More info: jbeltran@cca.edu or 415.786.6906

Join us for this open studio event where Graduate Program in Design conceptual cartography students showcase their work.

Among the projects are exhibition pieces from our California Academy of Sciences November 2013 NightLife event; conceptual maps; a relaxation booth; and yes, the life-size elephant pop-up will make an appearance.

 

Presented by the Office of Special Programs

Friday, January 24, 3:15–3:45 pm

Graduate Center, San Francisco Campus
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Graduate Center 1 GC7 (Seminar Room)
More info: Carol Pitts, cpitts@cca.edu

Alternative info session with course instructors Shaun O'Dell and Lindsey White:

Monday, February 3, 11:15-11:45 a.m.
Oakland campus, B Building 1

Open to CCA graduate students, this three-week fieldwork studio in Marfa, Texas, seeks to expand contemporary discourses on social practices and politics in art.

It offers a unique opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the dynamics of art in public spaces and its impact on communities.

Through the organization of TAAK, students from CCA, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, and the Dutch Art Institute collaborate in the research, development, and execution of a project, guided by instructors from each college, guest artists, and the curator of TAAK, Theo Tegelaers.

The course satisfies a gradwide elective, Fine Arts seminar, or Social Practice requirement.

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January 24–February 12

Oliver Art Center, 5212 Broadway Avenue (at College Avenue)
Opening Reception: February 5, 5:30-7:30
Hours: Mon.-Fri.,10-noon and 1-4 p.m.; Wed., 1-4 p.m.

Join us for the tenth annual Textiles Program student exhibition, Textilites, juried by Kate Nartker and Tali Weinberg.

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute

January 23–March 29

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thursday, January 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon.
Info: 415.355.9673 or wattis.org

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Hiller/Martin: Provisional Realities draws upon works by two artists of different generations, Susan Hiller and Daria Martin. Both were born in the United States (Martin was born and raised in San Francisco) and are now based in London.

The selection of works spans different moments in each artist’s practice. Martin works exclusively in 16-millimeter film, and Hiller operates across multiple mediums.

Martin’s film Soft Materials (2004) and Hiller’s installation Belshazzar’s Feast (1983-84) are the conceptual points of departure. Though they were created 20 years apart, both reveal a deep sensitivity to the fraught, yet potentially transformative, relationship between humans and technology.

The exhibition also approaches such expansive subjects as the unconscious, dreams, affect, feminism, and intimacy, as well as more unusual conditions such as telekinesis (as in Hiller’s Wild Talents [1997]) and mirror-touch synaesthesia (as in Martin’s Sensorium Tests [2012]).

The “provisional” of the title is meant to imply a specific kind of temporality, a conditional suspension of the present that favors a visionary way of thinking. Hiller and Martin’s respective artistic practices resist the security that a single, finite reality provides, and instead propose that parallel, alternative, and corrective realities can alter the way we perceive the past, present, and future.

Hiller/Martin: Provisional Realities is generously supported by the Kadist Art Foundation.

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 Wattis Institute Curator’s Forum.

Presented by the CCA Wattis Institute

January 23–March 29
John Baldessari, "Two Voided Books," 1990

Wattis Institute, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Thursday, January 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Gallery hours: Tues.-Fri., noon-7 p.m.; Sat., noon-5 p.m.; closed Sun. and Mon.
Info: 415.355.9673 or wattis.org

Codex is a rumination on the idea that even though books have effectively been “flattened” in our digital age, we persist in expecting our screen-based reading experiences to imitate “traditional” books: by retaining page numbers, by simulating the turning of pages, et cetera.

Numerous artists throughout history have experimented with transitioning books from three-dimensional to two-dimensional and vice versa, and it continues to be a recurring motif in the most recent contemporary art.

Codex will be organized around myriad works -- a virtual library -- presented on a central wall. Some of the works take the known form of the artist’s book; others venture further afield.

Codex was conceived by Pierre Leguillon, an artist and book collector, during his 2013 residency in San Francisco. The title is a reference to the earliest known bound books, which appeared between the 1st and 2nd century AD. Replacing the scroll, codexes made it possible to more intuitively hierarchize the content of a text and allowed more immediate access to a desired page.

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Codex is made possible through a collaboration with Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD – Genève), Switzerland, and generously supported by swissnex San Francisco. Codex has was originally presented at Live in Your Head, HEAD – Genève’s curatorial institute.

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 Wattis Institute Curator’s Forum.

 

Presented by the Architecture division

January 22–29

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Free and open to the public
More info: architecture@cca.edu or 415.703.9562

The Tilt-Up Concrete Association has partnered with Andrew Kudless, associate professor of Architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA), and his students have fostered a laboratory for creativity and innovation in tilt-up concrete construction.

This exhibition represents CCA Architecture's contribution to the TCA's 2014 Competition, featuring student work from Kudless's fall 2013 Generative Design course.

 

January 22–28

Nave, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Wed., Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

More info: architecture@cca.edu 415.703.9562

Architecture Division Jury Prize Exhibition features the best work of all Architecture and Interior Design programs. Exhibition takes place throughout the Nave, including the alcove.

Zoë Ozma, Joey Tagliatela, Aaron Nishina, Magali Carrizales, Jade Wong, Zoe Tuck, and Rhys Larkin

January 21–25

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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<p><strong>Reception: Wednesday, January 22, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.</strong></p>

Group Exhibition

January 21–25

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, January 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Four artists working in furniture, painting, illustration, sculpture, and ceramics. "We are artists here to create beauty from chaos, emotion, and a tad bit of intuition."

Oscar Barragan, Atoosa Maleki and Talita Suassuna

January 21–25

College Avenue Galleries, Oakland Campus
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Reception: Wednesday, January 22, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

SCALENE comes from the Greek skalenos meaning uneven or unequal. It refers to a triangle that has its three sides unequal.

Group Exhibition

January 20–February 1

Campus Center Galleries, San Francisco Campus
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Reception: Tuesday, January 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

A SOMArts Cultural Center graphic design exhibition

January 14–February 13

SOMArts Cultural Center | 934 Brannan Street | San Francisco

Opening event: Thursday, January 16, 6–9 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tues.–Fri., Noon–7 p.m. & Sat., noon–5 p.m.
Free and open to the public

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All Possible Futures, curated by Graphic Design faculty member Jon Sueda, features speculative work created by contemporary graphic designers. It includes everything from self-generated provocations to experimental work created in parallel with client-based assignments to projects in which commissions have been tackled with a high level of autonomy and critical investigation.

The featured work reveals different levels of visibility and public-ness within the graphic design process. Some projects were made for clients and exist in a “real world” context, while others -- failed proposals, experiments, sketches, incomplete thoughts -- would otherwise be totally hidden and unnoticed.

All Possible Futures explores the potential of graphic design and celebrates a questioning of boundaries regarding concepts, processes, technologies, and form.

Participating graphic designers:

Abake; Appetite Engineers; Bob Aufuldish; Ludovic Balland; Rachel Berger; Peter Bil’ak; Catalogtree; Dexter Sinister; Daniel Eatock; Jan Evart, Julian Hagen, and Daniël Maarleveld; Experimental Jetset; Ed Fella; General Working Group; Hansje van Halem; David Karwan; Mr. Keedy; Na Kim; Jürg Lehni; Willem Henri Lucas; LUST; MacFadden and Thorpe; Karel Martens; Jeremy Mende and Bill Hsu; Metahaven; Mevis van Deursen; Moniker; Lesley Moore; Karl Nawrot & Walter Warton; Radim Pesko; Practise; Project Projects; PSY/OPS; ResearchCenteredDesign; Joel Stillman; Sulki and Min; Volume Inc.; and Zak Group

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All Possible Futures is made possible by the generous support of swissnex San Francisco.

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA Program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

The exhibition and accompanying publication were created with the generous help of a California College of the Arts faculty development grant.