- The Project
- +58: The Urban Think Tank in Caracas, Venezuela
- FERRYTALE: Song Tao and Lin Yu in Shanghai, China
- Lux et Obscuritas: Nicholas Christenfeld in San Diego, California
- TROLLEYTALES: Lucia Sanroman in San Diego, California
- Your Receipt is in the Bag: Stephen Hepworth in San Diego, California
- Books: Diane and Jerome Rothenberg in San Diego, California
- TRAVELOG: The Original 1968 Transcript by Allan Kaprow
- Participant Biographies
URBAN THINK TANK
Alfredo Brillembourg & Hubert Klumpner are from The Urban Think Tank (U-TT) a multi-disciplinary design practice dedicated to high-level research and design on a variety of subjects, concerned with contemporary architecture and urbanism. The philosophy of U-TT is to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions through the combined skills of architects, civil engineers, environmental planners, landscape architects, and communication specialists.In each project the design team explores and understands issues generated by the client’s demands. U-TT was founded in 1993 by Alfredo Brillembourg and, in 1998, Hubert Klumpner joined as principal. The office consists of 10 permanent staff members working out of Caracas, Venezuela. In 2003, U-TT expanded its business activities with the addition of a New York research branch called www.slumlab.com at Columbia University GSAPP.
The U-TT Project Team for this Happening includes: Kwi-Hae Kim, and architect/designer born in Seoul, Korea, immigrated to New York in 1986. Kim is the Project Architect for U-TT and has a MA in architecture from Columbia University and a BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Leonardo Lameda is a translator/interpreter born in Caraqueno and raised in Caracas. Lameda was educated at the Escuela de Idiomas Modernos, Universidad Central de Venezuela and is currently working as an interpreter and Area Coordinator for Global Exchange. Anna Wachtmeister is an architect/researcher born in Belgium. Wachtmeister has lived and worked in the UK, Germany, Italy, Egypt, and now in Venezuela. She has a diploma and MA in architecture from the Sheffield School of Architect, UK and has experience in urban development practices as well.
Song Tao was born in Shanghai in 1979 and graduated from Shanghai School of Art and Crafts in 1998. He resides and works in Shanghai. Song Tao has exhibited widely. Recent shows include China Poweer Station: PartI, Battersea Power Station (London, UK, 2006), China Contemporary, Art, Architecture and Visual Culture, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (Rotterdam, 2006), Restless, MOCA (Shanghai, 2006), Bird Head, ShanghART (Shanghai, 2005), Guangzhou Photo Biennale, Guangdong Museum of Art, First Lianzhou International Foto Festival: Double Vision, Culture Square Lianzhou (2005), Zooming Into Focus: Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video from Haudenschild Collection, National Art Museum (Beijing, Mexico City and Shanghai, 2005), Shanghai Constructions, Shanghai Gallery of Art, (2005) and Light as Fuck! Shanghai Assemblage 2000-2004, National Museum of Art (Oslo, 2004).
Lin Yu was born in Shanghai in 1979 and graduated from the Fudan University (Shanghai) with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Literature and a Master of Arts in Comparative Literature. She presently is living and working in Shanghai as a journalist and writer on art, fashion, film, design, and architecture. Contact Lin Yu at aimee.lin (at) gmail.com
As a biographer of Allan Kaprow, Jeff Kelley has most recently written Childsplay: The Art of Allan Kaprow (2007) and edited Kaprow’s Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life (2003). Kelley has written for Artforum, Art in America, Arts Magazine, Artweek, Vanguard, and the Los Angeles Times, among others. He has also contributed catalog essays to publications for the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Mudima Foundation in Milan, Italy, the San Jose Museum of Art, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
Lucía Sanromán was born in Guadalajara, México, and educated in Victoria, British Columbia (M.A., 2003, art history, University of Victoria; B.A., 1997, University of Victoria; Fine Arts Diploma, 1989, Victoria College of Art). She joined the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego as Assistant Curator in January 2006. Prior to that, she was Curatorial Associate at the San Diego Museum of Art (2003-05), where she worked on important projects including Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia (2004), and Farsites: Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent Contemporary Art (2005). She has also done freelance curatorial work in México and Canada, co-directed a small contemporary gallery in Victoria, B.C., was art critic for a magazine there, and taught in Visual Arts & Art History departments at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, and University of Victoria. At MCASD, she worked closely with Curator Rachel Teagle on Strange New World: Art and Design from Tijuana/Extraño Nuevo Mundo: Arte y diseño desde Tijuana, and has curated exhibitions from the Museum’s collection as well as one-person exhibitions of James Drake, Yvonne Venegas, Brian Ulrich, Hector Zamora, Peter Simensky, William Feeney, Iana Quesnel and others. She worked with Director Hugh Davies on the major exhibition, Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries. Sanromán’s upcoming projects for MCASD include solo exhibitions of Javier Ramirez Limon and Mara de Luca (2008); three related exhibitions that explore work by women artists from Baja California and Southern California (2009); and an research-based exhibition of architecture of the San Diego/ Tijuana Region. She is currently co-curating, with Ruth Estevez, the inaugural exhibition in contemporary art for the CUBO, the new three-story museum venue at the Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT) to open in September 2008. Sanromán lives in Tijuana.
Diane Rothenberg is a social anthropologist whose writings include Friends Like These (selected essays) and, with Jerome Rothenberg, Symposium of the Whole (University of California Press). She has also done extensive writing on various performance art projects of Suzanne Lacey.
Jerome Rothenberg is an internationally known poet with over seventy books of poetry and several assemblages of traditional and contemporary poetry such as Technicians of the Sacred and Poems for the Millennium. He taught for a number of years at the University of California, San Diego.
Stephen Hepworth was the former curator of the University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego. Previously he was associate curator of Bloomberg SPACE, London 2001-2007; curator of Jerwood Gallery, London 1998-2001 director of The Tannery, London 1995-1997. Independent projects include Into My World, Recent British Sculpture, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, 2004; Tailsliding, a large-scale touring exhibition commissioned by the British Council, 2001-2003; and Viewfinder, Arnolfini, Bristol, UK, 2001.