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Connie Samaras

An artist and sometimes writer, Samaras's creative/research interests include built environments, speculative landscapes and cultural narratives; political geographies and psychological dislocation in the everyday; science fiction and the imaginary; the liminal space between documentary and fiction; studies in sexuality; cinema studies, and popular culture; feminism and transregionalism; history of second wave feminism; culture and technology.

Recent awards include California Community Foundation/Getty Mid-Career Artist Fellowship (2006, for a film and photo project in Lesbos, Greece); National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grant (2004-05, for VALIS, a series of photo and video projects shot at the South Pole and the Ross Ice Shelf); Anonymous Was a Woman (2003); COLA (2003); and Adaline Kent Award, San Francisco Art Institute (2002). Solo exhibitions of VALIS include Galería Metropolitana of the

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Bruce Yonemoto

Bruce Yonemoto has developed a body of work which positions itself within the overlapping intersections of art and commerce, of the gallery world and the cinema screen. His recent work developed with funding from Creative Capital deals with the discovery of the real and poetic convergence between two phenomena specific to Argentina. It is the site of one of the few growing glaciers in the world as well as the last growing Lacanian psychoanalytic practice. He is also developing a Peruvian Quechua Opera with theater/opera director David Schweizer. His recent photo and video work was developed and produced in Vietnam. He is currently developing a performative project in Taiwan and a project exploring Cinema Novo in Rio de Janeiro.

Yonemoto has been honored with numerous awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film

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David Trend

Before arriving at UC Irvine as chair of its Studio Art Department in 1997, Trend was dean of Creative Arts at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA, where he developed multimedia partnerships with schools and corporations in Silicon Valley. Prior to that Trend was graduate program coordinator in the Inter-Arts Center of San Francisco State University. During the past fifteen years, Trend has been a frequent consultant for foundations, state arts and humanities councils, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Trend's teaching draws connections among the fields of cultural studies, critical pedagogy, and media analysis. Courses he has taught at UCI include Language and Vision in Everyday Life, A Culture Divided, Issues in Media Violence and Fear, Seminar in Cultural Activism and Radical Democracy, Issues in K-12 Education, and Media, Art, and Technology. 

Trend is the author of over 120 articles and essays

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University of California, Irvine  Graduate Studio Art Lecture Series Perfect Lovers
Artist Lecture:  Daria Martin and Yvonne Rainer

Wednesday, June 2 at 7pm
McCormick Theater

Daria Martin is a London-based artist who has dedicated herself to film-making since the 1990s. Born in San Francisco, USA, in 1973, she lives and works in London.

Martin trained in humanities at Yale University and painting at the University of California, Los Angeles. The mediums of painting and dance exert a strong influence on Martin's mode of film-making, which reveals an acute attention to technique, material and timing. The object of Martin's films is often the human body, observed in relation to sculptural objects and robots for example, in a reflection about its position between nature and culture. As Martin has remarked, her works often refer to the process of art-making, as the films' protagonists engage in processes of experimentation and making.


Visting Artists: Stanya Kahn + Jedediah Caesar

University of California, Irvine
Graduate Studio Art Lecture Series  Perfect Lovers
Visiting Artists:  Stanya Kahn and Jedediah Caesar
Wednesday, April 14th at Noon
ACT (Arts, Culture and Technology) 160
Stanya Kahn
As a videomaker, performer and writer, Kahn combines storytelling with visceral performances, blurring the lines between the fictional and the real to show how language is forged out of trauma. Her new body of work aims beyond the notion that humor alleviates bad feelings in bad times, proposing that bad times can reconfigure our language and the way we make meaning, thus giving rise to new forms of articulation. Paralleling the ways in which jokes compress and expand meaning, Kahn organizes her narratives along the lines of a psycho-emotional unpacking. Less concerned about linear time or plot arcs, she makes full use of the moving pictures' spectacle of

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Shirin Neshat: Women Without Men

Monday, April 5
6:30pm, Reception
7:00pm, Artist Talk and Conversation
Humanities Instructional Building (HIB), Room 100
UC Irvine
Admission is free and open to the public.

Shirin Neshat, in conversation with Simon Leung, will be discussing past work and current projects, including Women Without Men, her first feature length film and the winner of the Silver Lion Award at the 66th Venice International Film Festival in 2009.

Shirin Neshat is perhaps the most famous contemporary artist to emerge from Iran.  Known for her hauntingly beautiful explorations of Islam and gender relations, Neshat has created provocative expressions drawn on her personal experiences in exile, and on the widening political and ideological rift between the West and the Middle East.

Neshat has won numerous awards,

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