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Ebitenyefa Baralaye

Ebitenyefa Baralaye spoke to the College of Design at UO on November 1st, 2018. Below are some notes I took during their lecture as well as some of their works that stood out.

“When I spin my dress spins too” title of a piece from artist.. niece said the title to him — amazing title

“Home is where you feel known” - artist

Enter the studio with the intention of understanding yourself better by the time you leave. Ask yourself what more do you know about yourself and your process? - not a direct quote but an idea 

Stacked Tubes


Cannupa Hanska Luger

Cannupa Hanska Luger spoke at University of Oregon in the Law Building on November 14th, 2018. While that lecture had not been recorded I've included another lecture and some other media below the notes from his talk. I was completely blown away and so incredibly inspired by Cannupa’s compassion and sensitivity. I felt this so much when he started describing his bead project which led to everyone in the room himself included tearing up. Check out his site here.

“Artists are lucky because we can be honest and it doesnt effect our job”

“The story of rugged individualism is a sad lie”

“Privilege is not a tool, it is a weapon”

“I try to be honest not because it is true but because it is flexible”

“How can my struggle inform your struggle & how can my privilege inform your privilege?”

“Unity in diversity”

“Art is a verb - not a noun. Its in the making” — how can I see the process as art? Specifically in relation to work w/ Lo // documentation of process

“What did white people give up to be white? White people gave up their relationship to place.” 

“Call people in, not out”

Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger holds one of his mirrored shields at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in Standing Rock, N.D. (The UnKnown Collective / from Cannupa Hanska Luger)

Artist Cannupa Hanska Luger holds one of his mirrored shields at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in Standing Rock, N.D. (The UnKnown Collective / from Cannupa Hanska Luger)

In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, artist Cannupa Hanska Luger (U.S., Mandan/Hidata/Arikara/Lakota, b. 1979) visited the FJJMA November 19th to discuss his 2014 film project, "This is a Stereotype: Misconceptions of the Native American." Luger's visit served to promote thoughtful dialogue about the issues of stereotypes.

Blog Update

I’ve been having a really hard time documenting my process in full. Keeping track of the photographer’s I am looking at, the music I am listening to, my current work and the thoughts I get my from colleagues is all very overwhelming.

A physical sketchbook at first seemed ideal. Handling the process documentation and inspiration in a book format could be a really great way to start thinking of books prior to the completion of my current body of work. However, it is limited to printed media, not allowing for videos, sounds, etc. to be included. It also means I have a reliance on a printer and the one I have access to is pretty shitty. Also it would make me have a reliance one carrying it or being in my studio to access it.. and I want others to be able to access it along with my ability to see it on the go.

I had been storing my noted in the notes app, I liked to organize my notes in folders like “studio visits” “lectures” and so on. I could included recorded sounds, video, PDFs, and writing. However, this separation along with some minor finicky things about the app made me not enjoy using it and the process seemed very fragmented. I also found I blogged less when I used it.

Finally the blog. The blog has most of the pluses and minuses of the notes app with the addition of a more public vantage and a bit more customization. However, I’m not sure if my entire process should be public. Specifically, the notes I take from certain mentors or critiques.. they are not agreeing to what they say being publicly displayed.

As a compromise to all of this, I am going to try to use the blog as the primary sketchbook. Having my entire process and all of the media I consume to be a part of it in chronological order. I will organize everything with tabs and leave the studio visits and critiques unposted but on the blog for me to see as an admin.

With this, I am going to post some of the things I had saved in my notes from some months ago to catch everything up.

Dedekind Cut

Been listening to a lot of Dedekind Cut lately. I want to start thinking about steps toward making work in a similar way.

Lonesome Willcox

Willcox, Arizona. Population 3,500. "It's not unlike many other towns one might pass by on the freeway while driving around the American West," the filmmaker Zack Wright told The Atlantic. Driving by is exactly what Wright and his co-director, Ryan Maxey, were doing when they happened to tune into KHIL, the town's country-music station.

Latourelle Falls

Quick trip to Portland to see Mary. Stopped at Latourelle Falls and I made some photographs. Not certain of their future but it was nice to force myself to carry my camera and just shoot something.