June 1st to July 11 2020
Cooler Room Artist in Residence
About the project:
Nostalgia for the Future: A collaborative epic
To continue making art is the antidote to nihilism.
To continue making art is to hope for a better future.
It is the obligation of artists to design our future, let us do so with a radical nostalgia in our hearts. Nostalgia for the future is a collective effort materializing our ideal future and a means to mend broken systems and dialogue; it’s a channel through which we can imagine reparations and solutions. With words we construct the formula and poeticize affect, feeling, to extend beyond the tangible and cauterize the wounds of communication.
Let us remember, not unfondly, but truthfully, what we leave behind, and leave it behind. Let us champion today. Let us speak to rebuild our future and our country. Let us speak together. Let us believe in poetry. Let us believe in the agency of the spoken and written word. Let us believe in the collective. Let us be loud.
Embodied Violence: My body is a bomb is a performance based inquiry into how a white feminine bodied person can hold themselves accountable for the inherited violence they embody, and simultaneously redirect their violence away from black and brown bodies towards the annihilation of white hegemony.
About the artist:
Jamie Franks is an interdisciplinary artist working in San Diego, CA. They’re interested in the practical application of critical theory as a means of art making and art making as a means to connect the individual to the collective. Their work draws inspiration from impending environmental doom, mid-century Marxist poetry, love, and the laws of thermodynamics. Jamie is recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and recipient of the 2019 Irwin scholarship.