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Interdisciplinary Event Inspired by Artist Nick Cave Debuts at SDSU

By Mara Parker

November 26, 2018

A one-night-only performance art and dance event featuring student work inspired by artist Nick Cave, will take place on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in SDSU’s Dance Studio Theatre (ENS 200).

Heavyweight: An Interactive Performance Installation – An SDSU Art/Dance Collaboration, will be presented in a participatory setting in which audience members are encouraged to move about the performance space. Tickets are available on Eventbrite, and seats are limited.

Beginning in August of this year, students from the School of Art and Design, and School of Music and Dance collaborated with Artist Nick Cave in ART 631, a Jewelry and Metalwork course led by Professor Kerianne Quick. Every Monday evening through the end of October, Cave and his partner, artist Bob Faust, appeared via web conference to mentor, collaborate, and inspire undergraduate and graduate students as they designed their own wearable works of art and performance pieces.

Cave and Faust came to SDSU on October 25 of this year to view the students’ progress up close and to provide in-person critiques. That evening, Cave appeared at a special public presentation in partnership with the San Diego Museum of Art entitled “A Conversation with Nick Cave,” in which the artist reflected on his work and career.

Nick Cave is an American artist working with a variety of media in the space between the visual and performing arts, including sculpture, installation, performance, and video, all at the intersection of art and fashion. He is best known for his Soundsuits, fantastic creations that function as large-scale static sculpture as well as wearable camouflage. The works tell stories through dance and movement while concealing all aspects of gender, race, and class. Cave also spearheads the Graduate Program in the Department of Fashion at the Art Institute of Chicago and is an Alvin Ailey-trained dancer.

Nick Cave’s visit and classroom collaboration was made possible by a generous donation from Art Council Ambassador, Michele Schlect.

Heavyweight: An Interactive Performance Installation – An SDSU Art/Dance Collaboration

Monday, December 10, 2018

6: 00 p.m.

SDSU Dance Studio Theater, (ENS 200)

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182

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