Tuesday, November 14, 2006

LACE VIDEO DIALOG 2: WHEN ONE PLACE LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER
Friday 17 Nov 2006 | 7:30pm

LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS
6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
t: 323.957.1777 | f: 323.957.9025


A screening and discussion of architecture in moving images with Ruth Wilson Gilmore and Ashley Hunt


"What does it mean to say one place looks like another?" Ruth Gilmore asked Ashley Hunt when they were planning this event. Gilmore and Hunt are interested in a repeating image across U.S. cities: the boarding up of tattered homes which causes New Orleans to look like Chicago's South Side which looks like East Baltimore which looks like so much of L.A. They wonder if there is an aesthetics of abandonment which cynically mirrors the architectural homogeneity brought on by globalization, with its big box architectures and silvery-slick exhibition halls.

In response to the current LACE exhibition Alexander Apóstol: Selected Works, Gilmore and Hunt will explore these matters by screening scenes from films and videos that establish architecture and space as social, producing a social gaze which links one place with another and spatial effects to events, struggles and conflict.

About the Participants

Ruth Wilson Gilmore is Chair of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where she is also associate professor of ASE and geography. The author of many articles, her new book on California prison expansion, Golden Gulag, is now available. She has published extensively on race, gender, social movements, and incarceration. Ruth is co-founder of the California Prison Moratorium Project and of Critical Resistance. Her long (and somewhat checkered) past includes an NEA/LACE grant in 1986 for a collaborative performance art "opera" called "Shrimps: the mind/body problem". Other honors include the Ralph Santiago Abascal Award for Environmental and Economic Justice, and the James M. Blaut Award for activist scholarship.

Ashley Hunt is a visual artist and reluctant documentarian, whose work centers on issues at the heart of the contemporary American prison industrial complex. Often in dialogue with community organizers and activists, Hunt has produced videos, maps, photos, and sculptures that address the legacies of class and racial inequality, the commercialization of imprisonment, and lately, the violent antagonisms within U.S. society that erupted during the Katrina catastrophe.

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