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The Clean, Curious Eyeball of Bill Nericcio

The Clean, Curious Eyeball of Bill Nericcio

Bill Nericcio’s work as a writer and theorist of cultural studies extends from the semiotics of Speedy Gonzalez to the film career of Rita Hayworth to the influence of the Homeric tradition on the Chicano novel. For Nericcio, the fluid barriers between high, low and Mexican and American cultures offer irresistible opportunities to thread his...
Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing

Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing

Leonard Koren is the author of Making WET: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing , the definitive history of WET Magazine, the iconic and innovative magazine he published from 1976 – 1981 out of Venice Beach, California. Polymorphously perverse, cheeky, flirtatiously Hollywood and beautifully designed, WET Magazine was an extension of Koren’s own quirky and enigmamtic...
4/19/12: Mark Dery at Southwestern College

4/19/12: Mark Dery at Southwestern College

Author Mark Dery will discuss and sign copies of his new book, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams, at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA on Thursday, April 19th at 11:00 AM in Rm L238. From the cultural critic Wired called “provocative and cuttingly humorous” comes a viciously...
Mark Dery Interview

Mark Dery Interview

Mark Dery has been exploring the shifting sands of American sub-cultural trends for almost twenty years. He has built a reputation as an engaged and voluble critic hailed for his urbane, funny observations delivered with clear-eyed reason. His new book, I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts: Drive-by Essays on American Dread, American Dreams features thirty-two...
4/11/12 Musical Concert: Sitar Master Kartik Seshadri

4/11/12 Musical Concert: Sitar Master Kartik Seshadri

World-renowned sitar master and music faculty member KARTIK SESHADRI performs April 11 at 7 pm at UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Concert Hall. Kartik’s CD “Sublime Ragas” was named one of the Top of the World Top 10 CDs by Songlines magazine. The Washington Post has praised his music for its “expressive beauty, rich tonal sensibility, and...
Todd Stands Interview: Documenting the Chicano Park Mural Restoration

Todd Stands Interview: Documenting the Chicano Park Mural Restoration

Todd Stands is a multi-skilled artist with 30 years of public art experience. He was invited to be a part of million dollar restoration project of the murals at Chicano Park. Lucky for history he is also an excellent photographer. While working on the murals Todd would bring along his camera and document the painstaking...
Leonard Koren Interview: Making WET

Leonard Koren Interview: Making WET

Leonard Koren published WET Magazine for 5 1/2 years between 1976 and 1981 as part of a creative and philosophical experiment he called “gourmet bathing.” WET Magazine became his primary vehicle of expression during that time. Overt definition equals death for artistic ideas so Leonard has maintained a refusal to define explicitly what gourmet bathing...
Thanks for the experience

Thanks for the experience

Turn on/Tune in/Drop out/Log on The awesomeness of Steve Jobs has been given a canonical accounting with the publication of Walter Isaacson’s 570-page authorized biography of his life. So just how did Jobs transmogrify the world? The CEO Messiah of User Experience claimed he did it by standing at the intersection of technology and liberal...
Exit interview: Susan Myrland looks back on Art San Diego 2011

Exit interview: Susan Myrland looks back on Art San Diego 2011

Susan Myrland‘s career is difficult to put into a box. Her resume includes stints with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She has done TV production, interactive video communications, internet and management consulting and has her own consulting firm, Silvergate. The most recent chapter in her career was marked by her completion of a Museum Studies...
Occupational Poetry

Occupational Poetry

Searching for a new occupation? Out of work out of time out of mind? Feeling under-valued isolated? Life lost meaning as worlds turn dangerously around? Conventional wisdom upside down? Occupational poetry is practice that aims to use relevant meaningful action to re-charge sluggish lives Whether nurse waiter lawyer day laborer or cook Occupational poetry provides...
Poem for Dita

Poem for Dita

On September 10, 2011 Dita von Teese performed her burlesque show at MCASD’s Monte Carlo fundraising event. POEM FOR DITA Dita’s in the art (museum) Doing illicit things America Divine intervening trance-angel Dancing imploring titillating attracting Devotion – is this Art? Devolution? Innovation? Transcendence? Adult Disneyland? Intelligentsia take aim! Diotema in the alley Daring imitation...
Into the Temple of Art

Into the Temple of Art

OF TIME AND SPACE, ART’S ASSUMPTION INTO THE MARKETPLACE AND WERNER HERZOG’S CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS It is the Monday night after the close of Art San Diego 2011 contemporary art fair and time to reflect on my pilgrimage to the ad hoc temple of art at the Hilton Bay Front. Four days of initiation...
9/1/11 Southwestern Art Gallery: Selections from Past & Present Art Faculty

9/1/11 Southwestern Art Gallery: Selections from Past & Present Art Faculty

September 1 -27, 2011 SWC Art Gallery Retired Faculty — Bob Matheny, Michael Schnorr, Liz Sisco, Judi Nicolaidis, Pasha Turley, John Clark, Bob Schiender, Dick Robinson, & Jon Pittman. Current Faculty — Perry Vazquez, John Lewis, Vallo Riberto, Shiela Moran, George Essex, Kathleen McCord, Marisol Rendon, Brian Dick, Todd Stands, Sioban Arnold, Raul Espinoza, John...
Joe Yorty: The Art of Boredom

Joe Yorty: The Art of Boredom

We all know what it feels like to be stuck in a line. In the supermarket, at the bus stop, or at the doctors office. You find yourself slowly surrendering to the situation and becoming reconciled to doing nothing, feeling nothing, saying nothing, being nothing. Time passes so slowly it starts to become physical. Your...
Defining what a city needs

Defining what a city needs

What does a city need? That is the question the curators of the Summer Salon Series at the San Diego Museum of Art are asking this season. Fundamentally a city needs a sense of place and a population able to harmonize with the characteristics that are imposed by geography, culture and politics. However, from these...