Cauleen Smith: Craft, Research, and Improvisation

The Landmark College Academic Speaker Series enhances and promotes the College’s intellectual environment and facilitates discussion of important issues for the community.

Craft, Research, and Improvisation

November 10, 2014
7 p.m. Brooks M. O'Brien Auditorium, East Academic Building

Interdisciplinary filmmaker Cauleen Smith will speak about her recent projects commissioned for galleries and public spaces, loosely inspired by Sun Ra and the psychogeography of several American cities. Sun Ra (1914-1993) was a jazz composer, musician, and pioneer of afrofuturism, the artistic movement exploring African experience through fantasy and science fiction. Free and open to the public, Smith’s talk will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 10, in the Brooks M. O’Brien Auditorium of the East Academic Building at Landmark College.

What is psychogeography? This element of Smith’s work refers to the effect of place on human emotions and mindsets. The favored way to study psychogeography is to wander through urban spaces in a freewheeling, non-goal oriented way. Practiced by artists, social critics, and writers, psychogeography walks can lead to creative insight and opportunities for artistic expression.  

Cauleen Smith is an interdisciplinary filmmaker whose work reflects upon the everyday possibilities of the imagination. Smith’s films, objects, and installations have been featured in group exhibitions at the Studio Museum of Harlem, Houston Contemporary Art Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art, Sand Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for Art, and many more. Smith’s solo shows have been featured at venues including The Kitchen in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Schlaulager Laurenz Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, and Threewalls in Chicago. She is the recipient of grants and awards including the Rockefeller Media Arts Award, Chicago 3Arts Grant, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Smith earned an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. She currently lives in Chicago while teaching with the Vermont College of Fine Art MFA program.


Geoff Burgess
Communications Department Faculty
Administration Building, Room 215C