Closing Conference | Vagaries of the Commons

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Closing Conference

Vagaries of the Commons

Saturday, September 13 @ 12:00-6:00 PM
Artspace, 50 Orange St.,
New Haven, CT 06517

Go to the link below for the full conference itinerary:

Panel Discussion
3:15 – 4:30pm

Dr. Gary Aronsen (Research Associate & Supervisor of Yale Biological Anthropology Laboratories, Yale University) and I will be speaking on the topic:
How Bones Talk: Anthropology and Mythmaking Working Together

Evidence Fetish: Excavating the Public’s Trash and Artifacts
Mengyu Chen – Discarded Data as Content
Brooke Singer, Ricardo Miranda, Brad Armstrong and
Nadine Nelson – Discarded Food as Content for the Belly and the Garden

Also speaking & showing:
Elm City Dance Collective; Jason Friedes; Philip Lique; Under 91 Project; Project Storefronts; Occupy New Haven + more…
I hope to see you all there, let me know if you going to make it and I’ll keep an eye out for you!
The event is FREE but please sign-up RSVP Here.


Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery | Exhibition

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Exhibiting ‘3 SISTERS: Lost Myth [Eruption]‘ installation @ Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery
JAN. 13-FEB. 01, 2014 Exhibition
14 Onlyville Square, Providence, RI  [map]

If you are in the Providence area please stop or drive by my exhibit in the Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery. Let me know what you think of the work I would love to hear your feedback.

The installation is based off the conflict between the 3 Sisters in my 3 SISTERS: Lost Myth text and the sacrifice by the 3 Fingered Jack character.

…An elder and appointed advisor to the Sisters, father of the land Jack, saw the arising conflict develop and warned the three of allowing their passions to overtake them. The 3 Sisters began to fight. The fires within them grew strong, spewing out onto the land; nothing was safe from their rage.

Middle Sister did not stand down. She took Collier Glacier that was developed by allowing a stagnant mass of water to freeze, collected by her body, that she stabbed into North’s side. Parts of North crumbled as the ice slid into her. While North and Middle fought, South Sister caught the attention of Mount Bachelor, but when the two sisters noticed this, they plucked each and every tree from her crown. Throughout this entire catastrophe elder Jack wanted the raging between the sisters to end. He offered them a finger from each hand as a sacrifice to save the land and all that lived on it.  This offering woke the sisters to their misdeeds, and reminded them of their vow to protect and keep the land.


Brick Factory Nashville

March 03, 2012, Sat. @ 8:00 PM-10:45 PM | After Crawl
Cummings Station, Suit 126

Multichannel: a cross-selection of video works from local and national artists curated by Open Lot.

Featuring work from

Lani Asuncion
Amelia Winger-Bearskin
Robert Beckham
Josh Duensing
Jordan Martins

Showing Video: Things Done at Night, I Have Been Told

L x W x D

Slowly but surely I am learning  how to use Adobe After Effects so that the ideas about the next couple of videos I am thinking about can come to life. I am fortunate enough to have access to a full functioning HD production studio and equipment, in addition to having co-workers who love what they do and are good at doing it whom graciously share their skills with me.

It has bee liberating to be given the option to create without the demand for studio space. It would be nice to have a space that’s main use is to incubate art making. It is true that being innovative is a good skill to obtain as an artist, but not having a studio has be hard the up side to the situation is I am forced to find new ways to create work.

The possibilities are infinite when working digitally so being able to marry the ideas from my past projects that originate from performance and non-linier storytelling I am beginning to create narratives that point to ideas of home, disincentiveness, and the existance of multiple [places, memories, and experiences] existing simultaneously at one time. This can be possible in many forms but I am interested in showing this in the way I see and experience it.

Lani's Cube | Mike Schlief

Collaboration has always been something I’ve wanted to be able to do to but know it is not always easy to find the right match of people to connect with on art making, something that otherwise is an independent endeavor. Over the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to meet many artist who I consider not just peers but genuine friends that I can trust to give me matter of the fact honest critical feedback on work, but also give encouragement through advice but even more so seeing their own hard work and dedication revitalizes my own practice. It is also so amazing to begin with one idea and when thrown into a collaborative mix it begins to grow into its own form rich with layers of perspective and experience. I am excited to see where what turns my work will take with the addition of this new technology and support.


I have currently been rolling the ideas around, almost literally, of using bits and pieces of video from all the places I have called home. Over the last couple of months I have become extremely homesick but it is many places I miss. Since I moved from Tennessee to Connecticut 2 years ago I have only returned to visit twice, due to school and finances I wasn’t able to visit as much as I would have liked. I had thought of Tennesre as a place I had lived in for a number of years but never really as home, my desire began to grow more and more for the place and all the associations of the people and land becoming an homogeneous want for home.

Not realizing this pain of wanting home, the reality of how long I had spent away from Hawaii set in. The place where I spent my more forming years, where my father was born, and much of my family still live. It had been about 9 years since I had left the island and returning brought back more then an emeses feeling of nostalgia but something familiar to the want or desire for home. Looking around I recognized how much I was a part of this place and its people but also how I was not. It is in this idea of being a part and being separate, how being a nomadic person(s) contributes to the connections and disconnections of home. 

This is where the collaboration comes in…I would like to ask fellow artist, friends, and family to send me bits of video footage of their or our home. In this way I can allow my view to grow and integrate with those experiences of others. Bring the places I miss and long for to me, allowing the chance for connectivity once again.

[ If you would like to participate please send me short (1-5 min.) digital video of pieces of your home or things that remind you of home.

These works will be used as small video sections of a cube that will move, rotate, and transition into forms I will use to build with in a larger video piece. They will not be the main video of any piece but rather a smaller part of a whole. ]

Specific focus locations: Tennessee, Hawaii, Okinawa/Japan, and California

Submission Specs:
1-5 min. digital video (up to 3)
1080p preferred (smaller can be used but may become pixilated in final piece)
Brief description and comment on submitted footage

Comment on this post with a link to footage from your YouTube or  Vimeo  account. Video(s) and/or questions can be sent to asuncionlan[at]gmail[dot]com.

If you do not do video still imagery and audio/music can be submitted…I would love to see this collaboration grow into a complex variety of mediums.

(Note: Not all submitted video will be used for final piece)