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1611 S Hope St.
Los Angeles, CA

Fulcrum Arts invites you to the launch of Nina Sarnelle’s The Erosion of Silicon Beach, a sprawling and dynamic digital book that scrutinizes colonial power through the material lens of silicon in various forms: sand, glass, concrete, and microprocessors, to name a few.

Digital art and culture expert Zachary Kaplan will join Sarnelle in a special, live conversation inspired by the project.

Drinks and light refreshments will be provided.

This event is being graciously hosted by Navel. Click here for directions and parking information.

About the project:

Unfolding across nineteen chapters, The Erosion of Silicon Beach is a major transdisciplinary project that draws surprising yet salient connections among an array of pressing sociopolitical issues, including Indigenous resistance, racial justice, ecology, urbanism, militarism, policing, and gentrification. Sarnelle interlaces their own, often self-reflexive, critical engagement of the project’s thematic focus and surrounding discourse in a conceptual travelogue of their search for answers to difficult questions, and their discovery, in the grit, of evermore questions about the state of the world today.

Click here to read The Erosion of Silicon Beach

Nina Sarnelle is an artist and musician living on stolen Tongva/Kizh/Chumash land that is often referred to as Los Angeles. A series of their longform video/music essays were recently exhibited in a solo show at the New Museum. Their work has also been shown at MoMA & Recess (NY), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Hammer Museum, Getty Center & Human Resources (LA), Ballroom Marfa (TX), Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin), NADA (Miami), Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (Lisbon), Fundacion PROA (Buenos Aires), Black Cube (Denver), Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Project 88 (Mumbai), Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum (Genova), Mwoods (Beijing), and others.

Zachary Kaplan leads public programming for the Getty Foundation’s 2024 Pacific Standard Time initiative focused on art and science.⁠ Kaplan recently spent nearly a decade at Rhizome, the field-leading contemporary art and technology organization affiliated with NYC’s New Museum. As Rhizome’s Executive Director, he realized new initiatives such as Net Art Anthology and the Webrecorder project, expanded enduring events like 7×7, and grew other programs that commissioned, presented, and preserved born-digital art and culture. ⁠

Before Rhizome and his time at the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Zach began his career in Los Angeles at The Museum of Contemporary Art. He graduated from Occidental College and obtained a graduate degree from the Art and Curatorial Practice in the Public Sphere program at USC.