UC San Diego Presents Living As Form Exhibition

An international project exploring cultural art and society will be at the UC San Diego University Art Gallery through Dec. 14.

The UC San Diego University Art Gallery has teamed up with Creative Time and Independent Curators International to present an unprecedented, international project that explores more than 20 years of cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life. 

The exhibition, Living as Form (The Nomadic Version), is a collaboration with 25 curators from around the world that emphasize participation, dialogue and community engagement around the topic. Curator Nato Thompson has built the exhibition upon the foundation of 48 socially engaged projects produced in the last 20 years. 

“Something historically unique is happening in cultural production that requires different rules for art than those of the 20th century," said Thompson in an announcement. "This culturally-savvy method of civic production has manifested in everyday urban life and growing civil unrest. Living as Form (The Nomadic Version) is an opportunity to cast a wide net and ask: how do we make sense of this work, and in turn, how do we make sense of the world we find ourselves in?" 

The works and projects integrated into the exhibition will address multiple audiences and generate discussion focused on questioning and finding new approaches to social practice.

Various programs of the exhibition and featured works will be on display in the UC San Diego University Art Gallery through Dec. 14. The gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For further information of the exhibition or participants visit the University Art Gallery’s webpage or call 858-534-0419.

Upcoming Programming: 

  • Roundtable with Nato Thompson, chief curator at Creative Time, Agitprop, Cog•nate Collective, The Periscope Project and Torolab, moderated by Grant Kester, professor of Art History, UCSD.  Nov. 26, 4 - 6:30 p.m. in the Structural & Materials Engineering Performance Space, UCSD. 
  • Screenings of Chto Delat - Angry Sandwich People or in Praise of Dialectic, Katerina Šedá - There is Nothing There, and The Complaints Choir on Nov. 29, from 7 - 8 p.m. in the Visual Arts Facility Performance Space, UCSD. 

Participating Artists/Groups/Projects:

  • Lara Almarcegui and Begoña Movellán
  • Appalshop
  • Chto delat
  • The Complaints Choir, founded by Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen
  • DAAR, Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency
  • Farid Djahangir, Sassan Nassiri, Bita Fayyazi, Att Hasheminejad, and Khosrow Hassanzedeh
  • Helena Producciones
  • Suzanne Lacy
  • Mardi Gras Indian Community
  • Mammalian Driving Reflex, conceived by Darren O'Donnell
  • Katerina Šedá
  • Chemi Rosado Seijo
  • Rick Lowe, with Sam Durant and Jessica Cusick
  • Wikileaks
  • Women on Waves
  • Peter Watkins
  • Tahrir Square
  • Vik Muniz
  • Oda Projesi, with Özge Acıkkol, Günes Savas and Secil Yersel
  • Slanguage, founded by Karla Diaz, Juan Capistran and Mario Ybarra, Jr.
  • Ultra-Red
  • U.S. Social Forum


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