4.04.2014 / Reports from the Field

Reports from the Field

Friday, April 4, 2014
6pm– 8pm
San Francisco Campus Boardroom

Every year the VCS community comes together to celebrate the new and evolving work being done by faculty members and alumni of the program in the field of Visual and Critical Studies.

At this annual event, brief “reports from the field” are delivered by select community members. Following each presentation is a round of Q&A that engages and inquires of many aspects of the professional and creative processes implicit to this robust and innovative field. This outstanding showcase of work yearly impresses the interdisciplinary extensions of VCS coursework into a vast arena of project-based works, research, and collaborations.
2014 Reporters include:

Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary performance artist, writer, and psychogeographer.  She holds a B.A. from Brown University in an independent concentration entitled “Hybridity and Performance,” and an M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. Her master’s thesis focused on issues of memory, embodiment, and the politics of space in relation to public art and memorials in the aftermath of Argentina’s Dirty War (1976-1983). Her work in performance and video has been presented nationally and internationally. From 2002 to 2008, she directed her own arts organization (a)eromestiza, dedicated to presenting cutting edge video and performance by queer artists of color.  Her writing has been published in Performance Research, Social Justice Journal, shellac, artistmanifesto.com, Antithesis Journal: Sex 2000 and anthologies such as Postcolonial and Queer Theories: Intersections and Essays and Pinay Power: Peminist Critical Theory / Theorizing the Filipina American Experience. Documentation of her most recent performance project, “Implicated Spaces,” will be featured in Emergency Index 2013 (forthcoming, New York: Ugly Duckling Press). She has received awards from Core77, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the San Francisco Art Commission, the Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, and the National Association for Latino Art and Culture, among others. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford.

Erik Scollon is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. In 2008 he was selected to participate in YBCA’s Bay Area Now 5, and his work has been seen in venues as diverse as art galleries, craft fairs, museum shows, design blogs, and gay biker bars. He received an MFA in ceramics and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies, both from California College of the Arts. He currently teaches in CCA’s Ceramics Department, First Year Program, Craft Studies and Graduate Fine Arts, as well as ceramics at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is represented by Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco.

Jacqueline Francis, PhD, is an art historian specializing in U.S. art of the twentieth century and contemporary African Diaspora art. Her articles and reviews have been published in Radical History Review, American Art, Third Text, and other scholarly journals. Her book, Making Race: Modernism and “Racial Art” in America, was published in 2012 by the University of Washington Press. The University of Washington Press. She is a coeditor of Romare Bearden: American Modernist (Yale University Press, 2011). She is the vice president for the Annual Conference of the College Art Association, an international organization serving students and professionals working in the visual arts. She has taught at Kenyon College, the University of Michigan, and Stanford University. Presently, she also lectures at San Francisco State University, the University of San Francisco, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Mitchell Schwarzer is an architectural and urban historian whose research interests and classes cover art, architecture, cultural landscape, technology and spirituality. His current projects involve parametric design, digital media, outdoor advertising, nationalism, Jewish place, and American real estate. Mitchell has lectured widely around the United States as well as in Canada, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, and China. He edited Design Book Review from 1999 to 2001. Prior to coming to CCA, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an Adjunct Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Before studying for his PhD he worked as a planner for San Francisco’s Department of City Planning where he was one of the authors of The Downtown Plan (1985).