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Six Degrees of San Diego: Launch Event

  • San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

The San Diego Art Institute is pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 “Six Degrees of San Diego” podcast, lecture, and performance series on Wednesday, January 27th from 6pm-8pm. The launch event will take place at San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. Admission is $5.

Artists cast a critical eye on a number of socially and culturally relevant topics. Visual translations of research, opinion, and commentary culminate in exhibitions and events that present content for the viewer to decipher. Documented histories are deconstructed, reinterpreted, and analyzed by artists and re-contextualized as art experiences.

San Diego Art Institute is launching its own investigation of a different kind with a new series of events and an accompanying podcast that explore the conspiracy theories, cultural mythologies, mysteries, and legends that are associated with San Diego in one way or another. How do we measure belief and distinguish fact from fiction while a number of questions still hang in the balance, all with the capacity to refute what we accept as truth? How have artists contemplated conspiracy as the subject of their work?

For the “SIX DEGREES OF SAN DIEGO” launch event on Thursday, January 27th, SDAI has invited local sound artist/engineer Alan F. Jones to compose work based on an anonymous letter that he received in the mail, linking John F. Kennedy’s assassination to Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal film, The Birds. This piece will be accompanied by archival footage of Kennedy’s assassination and clips from The Birds as compiled by video artist and SDAI Education Director Lissa Corona. Afterwards, a panel discussion on the topics that will be explored throughout the 2017 season will commence, touching on topics related to cults, aliens, military, true crime, and other conspiracies linked to San Diego. The discussion will be moderated by Ginger Shulick Porcella and Lissa Corona, and will culminate in a downloadable podcast series.


“Six Degrees of San Diego” events for 2017 include:

March 23 - Southern California Cults

May 25 - Aliens and UFOs

June 27 - Sports & Military Conspiracy Theories

August 28 - True Crime Conspiracies

October 19 - Balboa Park Hauntings and Legends