march 2015

Cabinet of Ghosts

March 7- April 18, 2015

Closing Reception: Saturday April 18th 5-8pm

2nd Reception: Saturday April 4th 6-10p,

Art Talk / Presentation 8:30pm
"Why a Cabinet of Ghosts", a talk about the ethics of curatorial work. and introduce the artist's work.

April 11th: Concerts @ OCCCA:
Deleyaman on tour from France, along with
Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, March 7th 6-10pm

Special opening night performances by
Dengue Fever
Amy Kaps and Brutal Blondes
Prumsodun Ok

Participating Artists:
Amy Kaps & Brutal Blondes, Aragna Ker, Dengue Fever, Ichiro Irie together with Lucas Kazansky, Ken Gonzales-Day, Marianne Magne, Melinda Smith Altshuler, Michael EB Detto, Paula Goldman, Prumsodun Ok, Richard Turner, Sayon Syprasoeuth.

Curated by: Sayon Syprasoeuth and Michael EB Detto

OCCCA is pleased to present Cabinet of Ghosts - a group exhibition, which gathers new work from artists exploring the aftermath of the catastrophe, the genocide, or the war.  How should we treat memories we leave behind – in real life, as metaphor, as a tool?

The very own substantiality each one thing in itself exhibits, its innate properties, its relation to subject, time space, and language are altogether qualities which suddenly start to dissipate when we have to deal with ghosts. It is hard even to agree on one word for them: there are specters, phantoms and wreath, genie and spirit, the apparition and many other denominations to describe a phenomenon that tends to blur the demarcation line between subject and object, past and presence, here and there.

Cultural memory is collective memory, and the artist is part of it. Today’s notions of history and memory may be flawed and disputed, but they are especially problematic for the individual that experienced the disaster. It was repeatedly noted: the silence of the victims – when they talk, the suffering will be stretched into the present day, making it unbearable.

To explore the roles of artists as storytellers and researchers, or as social advocates, artists are invited to talk and present their work. They are the descendants, therefore in a better position to face the past. Initiated by Michael EB Detto’s project “Cambodian Ghosts”, Sayon Syprasoeuth and Michael EB Detto invite artists to a dialogue about their art and the ghosts of the past, and to present their work in this context.



Special music/art workshops presented by the OC Philharmonic
for local High School students Given by John Zeretzke. March 9-12th

Led by popular ethnomusicologist and composer John Zeretzke, students will investigate the connections between visual art and music, exploring the music of the spirit world in cultures around the world. We will also consider what makes music “spooky” through examining the instruments and techniques used in film and theater, followed by creating our own scary soundtrack.

The Art and Music program meets state learning standards for Visual and Performing Arts

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