Fall Open House at Headlands Center for the Arts

image: production still from OCEANIA: Encounters at the Edge, 2013


As a part of our current affiliate artist residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts, we’re participating in an open studio event this Sunday, Oct 27. We’ll be showing a preview from our current project OCEANIA: Encounters at the Edge, which features material from our explorations in both the South and North Pacific.


  • Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013
  • Hours: 12 – 5PM
  • Price: Free
  • Location: Building 960 (room 7A) MAP
  • Mess Hall will be open for dining


Oceania: Encounters at the Edge is a filmic investigation of shifting intersections of land and sea. We will examine cultural, psychological and ecological phenomena along both Northern and Southern Pacific shorelines, beginning with the Island Republic of Kiribati. Scientists have predicted that these South Pacific coral atolls will be uninhabitable by the year 2030, due to rising sea levels caused by climate change. Contrasting the experience of human time with geological processes, we reflect on humankind’s intimate and continuous connection to the ocean–as we fathom our shared future. Check online

A bit about our plans as Affiliate Artists at the Headlands

While at the Headlands, we plan to begin our explorations focusing on the psycho-geographic intersection of ocean and land, while considering the term oceanic. This term was defined by Romain Rolland in 1927 during his written correspondence with Sigmund Freud where he writes about the sensation of limitlessness—“feeling an indissoluble bond, as of being connected with the external world in its integral form.” This eco-social laboratory, perched on the edge of the Northern Pacific, continues an investigation we recently began in the South Pacific on a set of coral atolls projected to be uninhabitable by 2030 because of rising sea levels due to climate change. Human relationships between “oceanic” experiences (both literal and figurative) and mythology, memory, history and dreams will be important narrative threads. Geologic and oceanographic history will provide an important framework for the materials we excavate—illuminating new connections between individual and collective subjectivities.


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