Six Degrees of San Diego: Cults

by Alex Young, Ginger Schulick-Porcella, Lissa Corona

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San Diego Art Institute has launched 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?

The second episode of SDAI’s Six Degrees of San Diego podcast puts the “cult” back in culture as we dive into the world of leaders, followers, rituals, and track suits from the many cults of Southern California. On Thursday, March 23rd, SDAI hosted another moderated discussion on the prevalence of utopic societies in Sourthern California. Skyping in Alex Young, artist, curator, and cult afficianado, Ginger Shulick Porcella and Lissa Corona will discuss their fascination with Heaven’s Gate, Children of God, communes and colonies.

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released May 9, 2017

Alex Young, Ginger Schulick-Porcella, Lissa Corona, recorded and edited by Nick Lesley.

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