Reading & Screening: The Erosion of Silicon Beach

Thursday, February 16, 2023, 7:30pm

An ear covered in sand

About the event

To celebrate the online release of Nina Sarnelle’s text and video research project The Erosion of Silicon Beach published by Fulcrum Arts, the author will share an evening program of reading from the text alongside a curated screening of artworks that have inspired or influenced this work. Artists include: Ingrid Burrington, rafa esparza, Nova Jiang, Kite & Devin Ronneberg, Alejandro Almanza Pereda and Sarah Cameron Sunde.

The Erosion of Silicon Beach is a sprawling, hypertextual research project that begins in an area of West Los Angeles dubbed ‘Silicon Beach’ for its rapid influx of tech companies, and expands to scrutinize colonial power through the material lens of silicon as sand, semiconductor, concrete and glass. Across 19 chapters, 14 embedded videos and over 400 hyperlinked connections, the work presents a poetic lens for linking discourses on Indigenous resistance, racial justice, ecology, urbanism, militarism, policing, and gentrification.

About the readers

Nina Sarnelle (she/they) is an artist and musician living on stolen Tongva/Kizh land. A series of her longform video/music essays were recently exhibited in a solo show at the New Museum. Their work has also been shown at MoMA & Recess (NY), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Hammer Museum, Getty Center & Human Resources (LA), Ballroom Marfa (TX), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin), NADA (Miami), Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (Lisbon), Fundacion PROA (Buenos Aires), Black Cube (Denver), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Project 88 (Mumbai), Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum (Genova), Mwoods (Beijing), and others.

Fulcrum Arts is an LA-based organization championing creative and critical thinkers at the intersection of art and science to provoke positive social change and contribute to a more vibrant and inclusive community. The Erosion of Silicon Beach was originally commissioned for the Sequencing platform. It was curated by Geneva Skeen, edited by Patrick J. Reed, and the website was developed by Nick Cimiluca with design by Tanya Rubbak.


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