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Using Beautiful Roots, a social art piece created in San Francisco in 2014, Conversation with the Roots is a site-specific installation and experimental performance designed to engage public awareness in the complex discussions surrounding the diverse facets of the question of surveillance as expressed through the movement of the material and the performers.

The Installation will span the lobby of the Cowell Theater, and remain in place during the entire festival. The performances will feature Florentina Mocanu, Amy Munz, Nathalie Brilliant, Val Sinckler, and Tonyanna Borkovi. Sound artist Derek Phillips will create the audio for the performances and filmmaker David Schendel will be creating a time-based video art studying the process of creation and interaction with the public.

ARTIST BIOS

Latifa Medjdoub

Born in France, Latifa Medjdoub has been living and working in San Francisco since 2000. Her work's most consistent theme is the mixing of genres, tools and techniques, an approach perfectly suited to her continued exploration of the phenomenon of social mixing and hybridization that continually redefine global culture and communities. Trained at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et du Textile of Roubaix, France, Medjdoub collaborated with leading artists including Philippe Guillotel, Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle, Christian Lacroix, Gabriella Pescucci, Marina Draghici and directors Philippe Découflé, Yves Angelo, Marcel Maréchal, Raul Ruiz, Chris Terrio. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Textile and Fine Arts, France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; De Cordova Museum, MA; Santa Fe Art Institute, NM; National Building Museum, DC, Museum of Performance and Design, CA.

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