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Y-Exchange - Talking About Art and Science

Sep. 25, 8-9:30 PM at ODC Dance Commons

Y-Exchange is a monthly series of presentations about performing arts, technology, science and how they intersect and inform one another. We invite selected artists and scientists to talk about their life and work with our community. This month Y-Exchange is proud to present visual artist Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Ph.D. and Jess Curtis, award winning choreographer and performer. Y-Exchange is co-presented by Kinetech Arts, ODC Theatre and The Djerassi Resident Artists Program. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Ph.D. is a pioneer in combining visual art and anthropology and creating works that blur the line between these disciplines. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has received awards from Fulbright-Hayes, NEH, California Council for the Humanities, and post-doctoral positions from Harvard and University of Virginia. She was Artist in Residence at the DeYoung Museum, Center for Art and Public Life, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Through visual art and ethnography, she explored images of heaven, miracles and injustice, birds and humans, exile, and the emotional traces of dreams. She teaches at the California College of the Arts. http://nakashimadegarrod.com/

Jess Curtis is an award-winning choreographer and performer committed to an art-making practice informed by experimentation, innovation, critical discourse and social relevance at the intersections of fine art and popular culture. In 2000, Curtis founded his own trans-continental performance company, Jess Curtis/Gravity, based in Berlin and San Francisco. Curtis is active as a writer, advocate and community organizer in the fields of contemporary dance and performance, and teaches accessible Dance, Contact Improvisation and Interdisciplinary Performance courses throughout the US and Europe. He holds an MFA in Choreography and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California at Davis. His most recent work (in)Visible premieres October 3 at CounterPulse in San Francisco and runs thru October 13.

This event is made possible with the support of ODC and The Djerassi Resident Artist Program