Powering Up / Powering Down 1/30/04-2/1/04
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Gascia Ouzounian

With an open ensemble, Gascia Ouzounian will perform “Chords From My Friends” (2000) by Ben Piekut, and improvise to short films by experimental filmaker Maia Cybelle Carpenter.

Amin, Amina, Amin (2002) - (selections from video installation)
Interviews with Palestinian Canadian writer and activist Leila Khaled Mouammar, who explores the relationship between conspiracy narratives -- “retroactive manifestos” -- and the construction of identities in refugee and diasporic communities. Mouammar elucidates on topics ranging from media privatization to gender, oil, and suspicious-looking airplanes.


Gascia Ouzounian is a violinist and multimedia artist whose work explores ideas of media, diaspora and empire. A performer of new works, Ouzounian has appeared with diverse ensembles in Canada and the U.S. Studying towards a Ph.D in the Critical Studies and Experimental Practices area at UCSD, Ouzounian has written on sound installation art, and cultural negotiations of space, place, and power.

“Powering Up/Powering Down” is sponsored in part by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), and the UC San Diego Department of Music in connection with the departments of Visual Arts, Music, and Literature at UCSD along with the UC Riverside and Los Angeles campuses.