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Rewind Review Respond Vol. 3 | Fall 2021

Last updated on Sep 08, 2023

Rewind Review Respond is an online forum where CCA students write about recent events and the ideas that affect their practice, communities, and fields of study. As the pandemic has taken away interstitial time before and after an event where we might debrief on a lecture, panel, screening, or roundtable, this digital space intends to fill that void of informal discourse to a certain extent. We invite you, the CCA community, to take time to rewind your week back to these events to take a deeper dive into ideas discussed, and respond to these reviews. RRR is organized by the Exhibitions Department, and edited by Katherine Jemima Hamilton and Liz Godbey, with editorial and graphic design by Sora Won.


Reflecting on the Uh Oh Trio at the Wattis: Clio Nelson's Illustrations

The Uh Oh Trio Presents a Multimedia Performance in Response to Long Kwento

December 3–4, 2021

Illustrations by Clio Nelson

Reflecting on the Uh Oh Trio’s performance at the closing of Maia Pallileo Cruz’s solo show at the Wattis on December 3rd and 4th, Clio Nelson produced vibrant illustrations that captured the performers’ slow movements drawn out over the course of the Wattis’s open hours.


What is a Monument to Anti-Monuments? Joel Garcia on Taking Measures into Your Own Hands

Monuments/AntiMonuments III: Cancel Culture, Different Contexts and Shared Policies with Joel Garcia

November 18, 2021

Review by Katherine Hamilton

"What happens at the moment(s) after an anti-monumental act? What kinds of anti-monuments can take their place? Does a revenge fantasy on a statue create material change for people oppressed and dispossessed by these figures? Maybe I’m asking the wrong questions of these actions, but, like Garcia, I agree that the “what’s next” is as important, if not more, than the action itself."


Anti-Blackness Uplifts Asian Americans

Visual & Critical Studies Forum | Claire Kim

November 10, 2021

Review by Alexander Hwang

"[T]he shifting racial demographics of this country can not be expected to somehow magically erase racism. As the U.S. heads towards a majority non-white population, Asian Americans must still be wary of discrimination and anti-Blackness within our communities."


Slowing the Apocalypse to a Halt: Sustainable Farming Practices

In Defense of Life: Beekeeping and Sustainable Farming with Metz Andrade and Ana Elisa Pérez Quintero

October 27, 2021

Review by Katherine Hamilton

"Developing a relationship with the land that honors it will strengthen the island community as residents can rely on themselves and each other for sustenance. Being able to depend on each other is beneficial not only for this generation but for the many to come… it’s political, it’s liberating, and it’s the work that will save our lives."


Sojourning Towards Hope and Homeland—Basma Alsharif’s Films on Seeking Faith in Humanity

Voices in Moving Image: Basma Alsharif

October 20, 2021

Review by Gordon Fung

"This glitch crossfades into the final scene: news footage of a Palestinian woman is displayed in slow motion. She wails to the reporter, querying who they are to record the devastating scene after the attack. This question not only targets the agency of who shot the footage, but also the world that is constantly watching this endless conflict in Palestine."


Liberation from Racial Oppression: Ja'Tovia Gary's Experimental Approach of Transcendence through Moving Images

Voices in Moving Image: Ja'Tovia Gary

October 6, 2021

Review by Gordon Fung

"The world has seen too much violence and oppression due to racial injustice. It is up to artists to transform these actions of hatred into a message of hope... Gary’s experimental approach is one that successfully visualizes the transcendence of historical complication through moving images."


The Rodina: Revolutionizing and Decommodifying Graphic Design

The Rodina: Togetherness

October 1, 2021

Review by Isha Tripathi

"The Rodina defines performativity as 'active bodies,' which can be real people, as well as virtual bodies/avatars doing various activities and collaborating to create change. The goal is to create change in a bigger sense externally by being active, but also to gain inner transformation as people."⁠


Sam Rodriguez on Local Inspiration and Facing Forwards Towards an Increasingly Digital World

Sam Rodriguez: Face Forward

September 29, 2021

Review by Liz Godbey

“[H]e expressed how his own mixed identity, as well as the diverse population of the Bay Area, influences his 'Cultural Landscape paintings.' In these paintings, he focuses on the experiences of Latinx, Asian, Black, Pacific Islander, and Indigenous people in the Bay and beyond.”⁠


On Recuperating Traumatized Communities: A Conversation on Shimon Attie's Curative Installations

Voices in Moving Image: Shimon Attie

September 22, 2021

Review by Gordon Fung

"Attie’s works are often characterized by frozen gazes from the cast, which poses a question of 'Who is watching whom?' The general public often puts victims under the spotlight, where mass media amplifies all the trauma that they are suffering as if freezing them into an incurable wound."


On Wishing and Wellness: An Interview with PLAySPACE Directors Lauren Sorresso and Yang Li

Well-Meaning Beings

September 1–December 11, 2021

Interview by Katherine Hamilton

“We were struck by the fact that wellness is an important topic, but the word itself is so broad that it’s almost empty of meaning.”


Organic Architecture: Reflections on a Conversation with Architect Javier Senosiain

Organic Architecture: A Conversation with Javier Senosiain

September 22, 2021

Review by Rebecca Velasquez

"Rooms inside our homes are squared; bathroom tiles are squared; room storage has rectangular drawers; our beds are squared. As life progresses, we are confined into additional boxes until eventually we are placed into square coffins."


Andrew Kudless and Adam Marcus Want You to Draw: An Interview About Drawing Codes Volume II

Drawing Codes: Experimental Protocols of Architectural Representation, Volume II

September 1–October 8, 2021

Interview by Katherine Hamilton

"Drawing was the heart of the profession for many centuries, but we’ve reached a point in the discipline where it’s like, well, why draw? At some point, we’ll be able to permit off the digital model, and robots will build from the digital mode. So really, the main question is, why draw? What is the value of drawing in the current profession?"



Gordon Fung is a composer, folk-instrumentalist, and cartomancer. Gordon is pursuing a BFA in Individualized Studies in light of bridging the multi-disciplinary practices for creating installations, performance, and conceptual works.

Liz Godbey is a graduate student pursuing a Dual Degree in Visual + Critical Studies and Fine Art whose practice involves writing, painting, drawing, and collage.

As an aspiring writer, Alex Hwang thinks about writing every day and sometimes even achieves this goal. He loves hanging out in the east bay, where he grew up, skating around, reading, and listening to podcasts about mental health. His cat, Bianco, inspires him to keep pushing through it all.

Katherine Hamilton is a curator, educator, and Dual-Degree MA Curatorial Practice and Visual Critical studies student at CCA.

Clio Nelson is a first year illustration major, and avid bookworm.

Isha Tripathi is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily works with drawing, painting, and photography. She is currently a graduating senior at CCA, pursuing a BFA in Painting and Drawing. Recently she worked as an Archives Assistant at A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, and is currently the Community Arts and Development Intern at Southern Exposure in San Francisco.

Rebecca Velasquez is a second-year M.Arch student at CCA. She graduated from California State University Sacramento with BFA in Interior Architecture and a minor in music.

Sora Won is a graphic designer currently pursuing an MFA in Graphic Design at CCA. She likes to find hidden value and beauty in everyday objects and life through a lens of design.

Do you have questions or opinions about what you read? Have you seen an event at CCA you’d like to report on? Please email to contribute to our Letters to the Editor series, or to submit to Review Rewind Respond.