Short Talks Mostly about the State of Nevada
presented by Wolfman Books and Place Talks
Thursday, Jan 26th at 6PM at THE THING Quarterly: 447 O'Farrell Street
Reading by Nicole Lavelle with images by Jenny Rose Edwards, Place Talk by Charlie Macquarie, reading by Meagan Day with photographs by Hannah Klein (from "MAXIMUM SUNLIGHT")
To celebrate the release of their latest nonfiction book, Maximum Sunlight, Wolfman Books is partnering up with the creators of Place Talks for a night of short talks mostly about the state of Nevada. They'll be talking about clown motels, desert road trips, the instability of archives, and the smell of fresh rain on black sage, among other things.
PLACE TALKS is an experimental platform for performative research, and a dynamic framework for location-oriented inquiry. It began as a series of visual lectures about location at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco within their Artist-in-Residence program, and was the recipient of an Alternative Exposure grant from Southern Exposure. PLACE TALKS is Nicole Lavelle and Charlie Macquarie.
WOLFMAN BOOKS is a small bookstore, gallery, small press and artist residency in downtown Oakland.
Nicole Lavelle is an artist and designer who lives in California. Her research-driven, project-based social practice yields experimental essays, visual narratives, and platforms for participation. She studied design at Portland State University and Social Practice at the California College of the Arts. She is a 2016-2017 Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Prelinger Library since 2015. She works at IDEO in San Francisco.
Charlie Macquarie is an artist and experimental librarian, whose creative practice takes the form of the Library of Approximate Location — an ongoing itinerant project engaging with the confounding nature of environmental materiality and its disparate networks in the Western United States through the installation of site-specific libraries. He also works as a digital archivist at the Bancroft Library, and is a library research fellow and librarian in residence at the Prelinger Library.
Meagan Day is a journalist living in the Bay Area. Her book Maximum Sunlight (2016), created in collaboration with photographer Hannah Klein, is a vivid portrait of life in a remote town neighboring a top-secret military site in Nevada's Great Basin. She's currently an editorial fellow at Mother Jones, and her work has been published by n+1, The New Inquiry, The Believer, The Towner, Full Stop and Timeline.
Hannah Klein is a photographer and multimedia artist from Cincinnati, Ohio, now based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work can be found at hannahmklein.com.