Join us for an evening of talks around the theme "Obsession". Our presenters:
Barb McKenna: Barbara McKenna is a writer, communicator, and photographer. A few years ago she accepted the fact that she will never dunk a basketball. But she’s been watching, playing, and documenting basketball for 10 years and still thinks it’s the most incredible phenomenon on the planet.
Tim Phillips: Tim Phillips is an English sound artist, musician and inventor. His work looks at making people curious about sounds and rhythms, while using participation and collaboration to produce unexpected outcomes.
Isabelle Jenniches: Isabelle Jenniches is a digital media artist whose work exploits the social and emotional impact of new forms of mediated communication like webcams and telepresence. Her current work–monumental composite images drawn from webcam stills–evolved from a fifteen-year fascination with live cameras on the Internet.
Jacob Martinez: Jacob Martinez is a community organizer, and a social entrepreneur. He designs and manages programs to increase the skills and confidence of Latinos to pursue careers in technology, increase parent engagement, community, and coalition building.
Rob Irion: Rob Irion directs the Science Communication Program at UCSC. He’s been a science journalist for more than 25 years, focusing on astronomy, cosmology, physics, and earth sciences. His most recent stories have appeared in National Geographic, Science, Smithsonian, and Scientific American.
Sven Davis: Emcee Sven Davis has hosted many local events and fundraisers and has been a regular contributor and performer with the Planet Cruz Comedy Hour with Richard Stockton. He was a regular humor columnist with the Santa Cruz Good Times, and has had a long and non-lucrative career in arts management. His long-running one-man show “my life” is notable for having a one-man audience.
Lauren Shapiro: Lauren Shapiro is an artist and academic whose primary interest is in how art effects individual, interpersonal, and social change. Applying literary theory to the study of lifespan development, she explores how humor shared between friends fosters identity development, how stories shared between generations nurtures resilience, and how metaphors spoken between lovers predict the course of romantic relationships.
Ian Everard: Ian Everard is a copycat. He tries to copy, repeat or duplicate in pictures, words and actions the things he finds, the places he has been. He never seems to finish. He is not obsessed. He says again, he is not obsessed...
Paul House: Paul House is a Santa Cruz artist who creates massive peace signs on local beaches.
Thanks to Santa Cruz Next and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History for sponsoring this event!