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Victorian Vs. 1980s: Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

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    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 1100 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, California, 92101, US


Aug 09, 2012 through Jan 20, 2013
MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building

Part of the MCASD's ongoing Cerca series, this mixed media installation by sound artist Margaret Noble charts a psychogeographical path through southern California's City Heights neighborhood. Combining visual traces of the neighborhood's early Victorian years and motifs drawn from 1980s urban pop culture, Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis takes the form of an ephemeral sculptural environment comprising hundreds of cut paper forms. The installation also incorporates an experiential soundscape spread over fourteen handmade paper speakers, and will serve as the set for a series of sound-based performances by Noble.

Mixing imagery appropriated from video games, Victorian paper dolls, and 1980s pop culture, the work evokes the external and internal worlds of a child navigating the streets of a city pressured by waves of disinvestment and gentrification. Integrating memory and fantasy, and public and private histories, Margaret Noble: 44th and Landis offers insights into urban neighborhood's of past and present.

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