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“Desert. The very word conjures up mystery, evokes the windswept fastnesses of Beau Geste and Lawrence of Arabia. That mystery may be a sign of its imprecision, for the term embraces an improbably vast range of landscapes, from the comparatively lush columnar cactus forests of Arizona and Sonora to the Antarctic, where 90 percent and more of the planet’s fresh water lies locked in ice“
Dry Immersion 3
Mapping the Desert/Deserting the Map
SCHEDULE: Sunday, March 7th
12:00 – 2:00 PM
Exhibition Reception at UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center
Artists and Curator Walkthrough
The University of California, Riverside Sweeney Art Gallery and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) are collaborating on MAPPING THE DESERT/DESERTING THE MAP, an arts-centered investigation of California’s upper (Mojave) and lower (Colorado) deserts and the new, not-so-new and downright ancient technologies that make such mapping possible. The investigation is being framed through a series of experimental “Dry Immersion” on-site gatherings which aim 1) to seed new art works and interdisciplinary research projects focused on the desert’s natural, social and cultural landscapes and 2) to showcase and broadcast the work produced through this process throughout the 2009-2010 academic year. UCIRA Desert Studies was launched in January 2009 by Dick Hebdige in association with UC Riverside’s Palm Desert Graduate Center as a UCIRA demonstration project exemplifying the Institute’s commitment new Social Ecologies, California-centric embedded arts research program.
Curated by Dick Hebdige, UC Institute for the Arts Desert Studies Project Director, UCSB; Tyler Stallings, Director, Sweeney Art Gallery, UCR; and Shane Shukis, Assistant Director, Sweeney Art Gallery, UCR; with the assistance of Georg Burwick, Director of Digital Media, ARTSblock, UCR; Kim Yasuda and Marko Peljahn, Co-Directors, UCIRA, UCSB; Holly Unruh, Associate Director, UCIRA, UCSB; and ZouZou Chapman, Program Coordinator, UCIRA, UCSB. Additional information on UCIRA,www.ucira.ucsb.edu.
Join UCR Sweeney Art Gallery and the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts at Dry Immersion 3: Desert Projects, a multi-site series of installations, art, and performance based on and set in the complex desert landscapes of Southern California. On March 6th and 7th, twenty-four artists from seven University of California campuses will present work based on an intensive immersion in the natural and cultural landscapes of southeastern California’s upper Mojave and lower Sonoran deserts. Desert Projects is the third part of a series exploring the intersection of two desert ecosystems and the communities bisecting them in California. The works in this project come from the Dry Immersion 2: Roving Symposium project. Co-organized by UCR Sweeney Art Gallery and University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), and held in October 2009, the Dry Immersion Roving Symposium was a four-day, mobile, non-hierarchical gathering of sixty-six artists, educators, and researchers from seven University of California campuses (UC Los Angeles, UC Irvine, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Riverside, UC Merced).
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