Project presentation

17.12.2014, 19:00 Wednesday

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Program: [Creative Workshops]

Place: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, the small hall

Coordinator: [Natalia Gerasina]

Participants: Jennifer Vanderpool, Maria Udovydchenko (ArtPlatz Residence)

Organizers: NCCA, ArtPlatz Residence

Presentation of a research project by American artist Jennifer Vanderpool on contemporary myths and distorted perception of reality, formed by the mass media. The works that will be displayed at NCCA during the “Super Natural” project presentation are dedicated to Jennifer’s hometown of Santa Barbara, which in the Russian audience’s mind is mainly associated with the namesake TV series widely popular in the 1990s.

The “American Riviera” with its fabulous beaches, picturesque rocky hills, and a city mainly populated by movie stars made a sharp contrast with the post-perestroika reality and created a fantastic, coastal paradise image.

Art critic Dave Hickey called Santa Barbara a world “troubling in its perfect contentment and uncanny coherence”. “Homelessness czar” Philip Mangano, former Executive Director of US Interagency Council on Homelessness, has commented on the disproportionately high number of homeless people and daily acts of violence committed on the city streets, damaging the spotless reputations of Santa Barbara. Jennifer Vanderpool raises the issues of perception of a place, the disparity between reality and the understanding of it that exists in the collective mind.

In 2013 Vanderpool initiated a similar socio-cultural project in Yalta, a sister city of Santa Barbara, while doing the ArtPlatz residency in Crimea. The results of this research - video interviews with residents of both cities – will be presented to the Moscow audience during the event by Jennifer Vanderpool and the residence curator Maria Udovydchenko.

Free admission


Jennifer Vanderpool. From the Super Natural project. 2014
Courtesy of the author

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