Thursday, December 3, 2009

Amie Ashcraft Social Psychologist and Human Sexuality Expert

Amie Ashcraft received her doctorate in social psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and her masters of public health in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley.  She completed a three year postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco.  Currently, she teaches in the Human Sexuality Studies department at San Francisco State University and conducts HIV prevention research with women of color for Sociometrics Corporation in Los Altos, CA.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Experts Confirmed

Jeffrey Doker is in his fifth year as a grad student at UC Berkeley specializing in polyhedral geometry, including matroid polytopes, Minkowski sums and differences, and Ehrhart theory. His paper "Matroid Polytopes and their Volumes" will soon appear in the mathematics journal Discrete and Computational Geometry.

Leif Bansner
is a mechanical engineer and expert in human-powered vehicle design. He is part of the Rock the Bike squad and was on the stage and sound crew for the Bicycle Music Festival 2009.

Andrej Grubačić is an anarchist historian who has written prolifically on anarchism and the history of the Balkans. He is a lecturer at the ZMedia Institute, San Francisco Art Institute, and until recently the University of San Francisco.

Erika Hanson is an MFA candidate at CCA. She specializes in textiles and has worked in the industry of manufactured goods as well as handmade goods.

Leif Hedendal is a
self-educated San Francisco-based chef. He has worked at Citron, Greens Restaurant, and Imprevist in Barcelona. He is currently the chef of 3 secretive dining institutions.

Emily Huffman is a San Francisco and National Certified Massage and Bodywork Therapist, and a member of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. An artist since childhood, Emily completed her BFA in visual art at Tulane University. The transformative qualities of making art led her to study those of healing work, initially learning sacred Native American Ceremony, then training in Reiki and energy techniques, and finally becoming a massage and bodywork therapist. A graduate of The Body Therapy Institute in North Carolina, she has completed over 800 hours of therapeutic training.

Gareth Spor holds a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral thesis concerned issues in retinal neurophysiology. He later went on to get a Masters of Fine arts degree from the California College of the Arts.

Ignacio Valero
is a current associate professor of Humanities and Sciences at CCA. He has also taught at the University of Madrid, University of the Andes, and Xavier University of Columbia. He was formerly with the International Center for Environmental Education, CIFCA, and the United Nations environment and development programs UNEP and UNDP. His current interests include the political economy of the image, consumption, desire, and the society of the spectacle; environment, globalization, and the commons; and the aesthetic, philosophical, and cultural dimensions of "archaic modernity" in science fiction, anime, gender and sexual difference, mass media, and sociopolitical development. He is also interested in understanding practices leading to critical and creative pedagogies, and he is working on a poetry manuscript.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Descriptive Text and Working Title

CCA's Ecology of Research Graduate Seminar Event
Transfer of Knowledge
Dec. 8, 2009
Studio for Urban Projects
3579 17th Street (between Dolores & Guerrero)

project, research, performative, feedback loop

As the closing of the semester bestows us, the Ecology of Research seminar will embark on an experimental project in knowledge transmission. The project uses Hannah Hurtzig's Mobile Academy as a starting point.

For Transfer of Knowledge 09, a program has been designed with strict parameters for time, space and roles. The class is made up of eight artists and curatorial practitioners from this point on referred to as "primary researchers". Each primary researcher will invite a person connected to their field of interest, an "expert". There will be eight tables, each with two chairs; one for the "expert" and one for a guest. A limited amount of guests will be invited to sign up for 15 minute sessions with each invited "expert". At the end of each 15 minute session the guest will be asked to pass on the knowledge they have acquired to another
guest. The evening will culminate with a structured discussion where the guests who had first contact with the "experts" will compare their exchange with the guest who had only received the passed down knowledge.

Special drinks and light snacks will be served.

Nona Caspers

Nona has confirmed and will join us.
See her work:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

to do:
-contact invitees
-create a scenario, play it out in your head or on paper before
tuesday, print it out and present it on tuesday next
-think of writers/documenters who could come.
-food thoughts. we could ask leif to do something for it if he is available. he is good and will take care of everything.

Welcome to this blog where 9 people are having a conversation about project to happen on the eighth day of December in the ninth year of of two thousand...the first decade is almost over.