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Mario Gooden

Mon, Oct 21    6:30pm

Working on Water

A performance by Mario Gooden in collaboration with Jonathan Gonzalez and Thuto Durkac Somo. Conversation to follow with Amale Andraos, Dean of Columbia GSAPP.

Mario Gooden (‘90 M.Arch) is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Global Africa Lab at Columbia GSAPP and Principal at Huff + Gooden Architects. With Co-Director Mabel O. Wilson, the Global Africa Lab received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture in 2019. Gooden graduated magna cum laude from Clemson University in 1987 with a B.S. in Design and received a Masters of Architecture degree from Columbia University in 1990 and is a recipient of the McKim Prize.

His work, writings, and lectures frequently examine architecture and the translation of cultural landscapes defined by the parameters of technology, race, class gender and sexuality. In 2006 he completed the installation entitled UnSpoken Spaces: Inside and Outside the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Space at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. Most recently, Gooden is author of Dark Space (Columbia University Press, 2016).

Jonathan González is an artist working at the intersections of performance and other time-based media based in New York. Their recent works include Lucifer Landing premiered at Abrons Arts Center and MoMA PS1 as well as Maroonage: Elaborations on Performance, the Stage, and Staying Alive published for Contact Quarterly. They have been a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Workspace Resident, NARS Foundation Fellow, and performer with artists such as Tania Bruguera, Ligia Lewis, Cynthia Oliver, and Wu Tsang.

Thuto Durkac-Somo (‘19 CCCP) is an American writer and filmmaker. His writing on the art and technology of video cameras has appeared in Real Life Mag. Thuto was assistant editor on Pier Kids (2019) directed by Elegance Bratton. Thuto graduated in 2019 with an M.S. in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices from Columbia University. His thesis focused on the architecture and narratives of playing virtual cities. He is a volunteer with 8-Ball Community, an arts non-profit organized around activism, art, and education. Currently, Thuto is a participant in the 2019-2020 Interdisciplinary Arts and Theory Program led by Avi Alpert, Meleko Mokgosi, and Anthea Behm.

Free and open to the public.
Organized by Columbia GSAPP.

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