Poetics + Politics: Santa Cruz, 5/15–17

There's a great conference coming up hosted by the Film & Digital Media department at UCSC. Poetics & Politics will focus on bridging the gap between theory and practice in documentary film and interactive work. I'm very pleased to have been included in a panel on May 17 on Gentrification in San Francisco, where I'll … Continue reading Poetics + Politics: Santa Cruz, 5/15–17

UCSC Graduate Research Symposium

Oh hey, I was quoted in the Sentinel after being interviewed at the UCSC Graduate Research symposium, where I showed a 10-minute cut of footage from my Public/Transit project. There was a lot of great work presented, but, of course, I'm not at all biased when I say that the film and digital art projects … Continue reading UCSC Graduate Research Symposium

“Postcards from the Future” on Slate

My essay that appeared in Boom: A Journal of California's winter 13-14 issue is on Slate.com today as "California is the Future." The original text and photos have been enhanced with a map plotting the locations of future California, by my UCSC Digital Art & New Media colleague Wayne Marci. Check it out!

Postcards from the Future

Touring around California you could be forgiven for thinking you’re living in the future, and not just because of the Silicon Valley wizardry that surrounds us all. We also have to thank Hollywood’s movie magic, which has turned the state into a backdrop for countless science fiction films presenting futures both terrible and wondrous. It’s not just that so many are filmed here—writers and filmmakers have been exploring the future through California sets for decades.

On The Road [while Female]

Only once I started traveling on my own, at 18, did I understand that, as Vanessa Veselka says "a man on the road is solitary. A woman on the road is alone. This is not cute wordplay, but a radically different social experience." The mild suspicion of everyone from strangers on trains, to hostel staff, to groups of fellow travelers was first surprising, then irksome, and then wearily anticipated. While I'm sure that, on average, single men meet with far more suspicion than single women, it was made quite clear to me that in this context men were seen as being adventurous, while I was a cause for concern—"a dangerous blank."

Found Subject

Found Subject is my latest documentary project, and follows Robert Larson, a peripatetic found-object artist, and a member of the Tannery live/work artist community. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, he has also lived and worked in the industrial spaces of Oakland. While many choose to view Santa Cruz as an idyllic beach community removed … Continue reading Found Subject