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Traction: Art Talks with Isaac Julien

in conversation with B. Ruby Rich

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November 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Isaac Julien stands next to a painting.

Filmmaker and video installation artist Isaac Julien first gained international attention in the 1980s for his provocative feature films, documentaries and experimental video works exploring black and gay identities. His multiscreen installations often unite elements from dance, painting, sculpture, theater, and music and include Ten Thousand WavesVagabondiaFrantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, and Long Road to Mazatlan. He has had solo exhibitions in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City and at the De Pont Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, and many more.

TRACTION: Art Talks with Isaac Julien
November 28, 2017
7 -9 pm
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) 108

This event is FREE and open to the public. Metered parking is available in the Performing Arts lot.​

For TRACTION, Isaac Julien will be joined in conversation by feminist writer, film critic, LGBT activist, and UC Santa Cruz professor of film and digital media B. Ruby Rich. Longtime friends, Julien and Rich will talk about the upcoming exhibition of Julien’s recent works, Kapital and Playtime, at Fort Mason as well as the recent rerelease and remastering of Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask .

Preceding TRACTION, on November 27-28, the IAS is hosting a marathon screening of Julien’s films. See here for more information.

About the Guests

B. Ruby Rich

Yolande Harris is an artist and scholar exploring ideas of sonic consciousness and techno-intuition. Her projects consider expanding perception beyond the range of human senses, the technological mediation of underwater environments, and our relationship to other species. Harris has presented her work internationally over the last twenty years at the ICA London, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, the House of World Cultures, Berlin, and more. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and at UC Santa Cruz as Affiliate Faculty with the Digital Arts/New Media MFA program and Lecturer in the Art Department.

Isaac Julien

FICTILIS is the collaborative practice of multimedia artists and curators Andrea Steves and Timothy Furstnau. The word “FICTILIS” is Latin for “capable of being shaped or changed; earthen,” which refers both to the form of their practice and the role it is intended to play within a larger culture. Furstnau and Steves completed the Digital Arts/New Media MFA program of the UC Santa Cruz Art Division in 2016. Recent venues include MIT’s Cambridge Science Festival (2015) and Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2016).

This event anticipates the U.S. premiere of PLAYTIME, a solo video installation featuring work by Isaac Julien at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, on view through February 11th. To learn more about the exhibition, visit their website.


November 28, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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