Visiting the Grad Students 2015

Hi there, grad students! I'll be visiting MART 701 next week, and this post is to help prepare. I last did this about two years ago, so I’m sort of reposting this with updates of highlights of things I wrote in the last couple years.

This is a compilation of things that might be useful or spark questions.

I don't have an artist's statement to speak of at the moment. I've got standard bio material that you can read here at this site. But if you want to see something that would get nailed onto the wall of a gallery, I don't have that. Most of the time, I don't use gallery statements like that anyway. I usually write about a specific artwork in question, and then supplement that with a spartan biographical statment, but I generally don't craft extensive personal narratives that then map my entire body of work into arc of inquiry.

That said, I write a lot. It’s probably the most important thing I do. And almost all of my writing ends up on my website, unless it's for other publication. So, what follows are links to some specific things I’ve written. I like all my blog posts, but I picked these as the most salient for our conversations. If you want to read them as they come out, you can point your newsreader to http://quarknova.com/blog. I use Newsblur to keep my RSS and blog subscriptions straight, I recommend it as an alternative for just going back to all the site you like to read.

One thing you should know is that I am in the middle of an enormous film that is causing me great difficulty. But, that’s all part of the game. The film is currently called Ignis Fatuus, and I’ve been keeping track of its production as I’ve been chipping away at it.

Blood Lust of the Wolf—This is my page for my new performance, I direct curators to that page for them to consider including in their exhibition plans.

Overlord—The thinking behind a Chrome extension I wrote.

Echo Park Curating Compilation—I agreed to curate a series for the Echo Park Film Center in L.A., and then proceeded to have the most difficult six months of my life so far. It made me choose very different work, and I decided to use my series to dig deep into the coming of winter. I have no idea where the words I wrote came from, but it was very difficult for me to read them again.

 Mission Fission—This is from when I made the 702 students write mission statements, and I promised to write my own as well. I don’t think it’s something I’d put into a grant application. Or maybe I should. They aren’t even words that I’d share in polite conversation, because I wouldn’t want to imply that other people should think these things or follow these prescriptions. But reading them back again today, they are still 100% true for me.

Theoretical Spirit Animals—Based on another writing assignment from 702, inspired by a dinner conversation with a job candidate. Dr. Cooley taught me this game, and it's a hilarious intellectual icebreaker.

Glitchscape—My previous performance, which I did at Carnegie hall. The blog posts attached to it are interesting because you can see me start to go completely mad as the performance approaches.

Hieronymous—A series of sort of unhinged posts telling the adventure of building theatrical projections for a show at LaMaMa in under two weeks.

Mother of the World—I traveled to Egypt before the revolution. These are the pieces I wrote while I was there, they informed my thinking that eventually evolved into my film "Mother of the World."

Brown Bag Questions—Answering questions from a brown bag talk I gave.

The Hawser Rolls—Lamenting the state of conversation over experimental film.

Get Off The Monk's Lawn—I really like this ranty piece. 

Very Small Horses—An article about animation and nanotech that I co-wrote. Sign in with your library credentials, and then follow the link and you'll be able to get the full text.

There’s a ton of political and legal writing in there as well, but I’m not going to point to you that. If you’re interested, you’ll find it.

I hope you enjoy, or at least have something spark from something I wrote. I’m looking forward to seeing you.