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24 November 2008: ‘Freudemocracy’ Gets Political

Posted by Christina on March 23, 2009

freudemocracyThis was a really interesting art exhibit at UCI. It took me a few visits to really wrap my head around the whole concept and be able to confidently deliver a review. Regardless, it was an excellent thing to be a part of and amazing to experience artforms like this right under my nose.

New University Newspaper: ‘Freudemocracy’ Gets Political

‘Freudemocracy’ Gets Political
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 42, Issue 10 | Nov 24 2008

Nestled near Cyber-A Café in the revamped corners of the UC Irvine Art Department, the University Art Gallery has been the venue for some of the most intriguing art exhibits. From studio art seniors exhibiting their collegiate work to guest artists utilizing a multitude of media platforms, the installations have always been insightful and thought-provoking.

“Freudemocracy: 2008-1968” is no exception; it reaches a vast arena of existence, spanning time and space alike. Its content renders ideas not only important to the curators of the exhibit, but also to the current social and political state.

Focusing largely on the student-led and later national rebellion throughout France in 1968, “Freudemocracy: 2008-1968” looks at the effect these events had on one of the period’s most potent minds.

Through films made by French new wave pioneer Jean-Luc Godard, the exhibit showcases a selection of films as a themed montage. Beginning with the years right before the very crux of the movement in 1966, the exhibit then goes through films commentating on the moment of uninhibited rebellion and finally deals with the movement’s aftermath in 1972.

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8 March 2004: Beall Center Tackles Technology

Posted by Christina on February 6, 2009


Stills from Norman Klein's exhibit

The Beall Center for Art and Technology at UCI is another exceptional venue for some of the most interesting art installations I’ve ever come across. Being interested in the fine arts and their subsequent areas of interest but not having studied them, going into the Beall for an exhibit was always a welcome learning experience. This being not only my first year at school but my first time at the Beall Center, I was blown away.

New University Newspaper: Beall Center Tackles Technology

Beall Center Tackles Technology
by Christina Nersesian
Volume 37, Issue 20  |  Mar 08 2004

The Beall Center for Art and Technology has been known for bringing fresh perspectives to the eyes of UCI with their exhibits and they’ve done it again.

On March 2, an exhibition titled ‘Mapping the Unfindable’ opened at the center. It features collaborative work blending together written works by Los Angeles ‘renaissance man’ Norman M. Klein and various Beall contributors.

The reception included a book signing for Klein’s latest novella, ‘Freud in Coney Island.’ Present was Klein and the artists and curators who put together the exhibition. Also present were those who collaborated with his written word to create five separate installations for the exhibit. His five works, ‘The Vatican to Vegas: The History of Special Effects,’ ‘Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-1986,’ ‘Freud-Lissitzky Navigator,’ ‘The History of Forgetting: Los Angeles and the Erasure of Memory’ and ‘Seven Minutes: The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon’ were represented in the exhibition.

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