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Orchestra: Meat and Marginalia


Nicole Killian


Organized by Arts Assembly


October 21, 2018


Orchestra: a mobile lecture and dance party


On no fixed schedule, Orchestra, an ongoing series, is a lecture followed by a dance party dj'd by the speaker. Orchestra is interested in exploring alternative models of academia, sharing space and embodiment. Collectivity, revolt, euphoria, pleasure, bliss, music, dance, and bodies will be engaged first with the mind, and then with movement. The second iteration of Orchestra was held at Duplex as a part of Art Book Week. Snacks and beverages provided.


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Nicole is an artist who uses graphic design, publishing, video, objects and installation to investigate how the structures of the internet, mobile messaging, and shared online platforms affect contemporary interaction and shape cultural identity from a queer perspective. Nicole has exhibited at Sediment in Richmond, CAVE in Detroit, Arcadia Missa in London, Present Works in Milwaukee, Little Berlin in Philadelphia, Embassy in Los Angeles, Sadie Halie Projects in Brooklyn, Nomade Gallery in Hangzhou, and Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art for Lorna Mills’ Ways of Something. Her writing has been published by WOW HUH, The Enemy, Carets + Sticks (now Contemporary Art Review LA), The Journal of Feminist Scholarship, The Theo Westenberger Foundation, and in the third edition of Terry Barrett’s Criticizing Art. She has spoken at the Royal College of Art in London, Yale School of Art, Kunsthall Stavanger, Maryland Institute College of Art and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Nicole appreciates a good karaoke performance and is co-creator of annual publication ISSUES with Sarah Faith Gottesdiener and recently launched her publishing initative, Nico Fontana. She is currently co-director of the Design, Visual Communications MFA and Assistant Professor in the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University.