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Visionary filmmaker, spoken word artist and multimedia performer Kip Fulbeck spins his unique storytelling technique for this month's Forum Lounge event. A faculty member at UCSB in the departments of art, Asian American studies and Film & Media, Fulbeck truly encompasses the Forum Lounge mission to investigate and push the perceived boundaries of artmaking within categorized genres by combining photography, video, and spoken word into a fast-paced multimedia presentation. In his scholarship and artistic investigations, he consistently thrills in exposing the cultural and social stereotypes on which we build our assumptions of race, gender and sexuality. By asking his subjects "what are you?", Fulbeck not only underlines the commonalities between us all but also evokes the larger existential question "who are we?". But what makes Kip's work so appealing is that he uses popular culture--a familiar and palatable device--to appeal to our innate open-mindedness. Like the Forum Lounge program, he demands from his audience the willingness to explore and investigate our traditional belief systems and but also provides them with an entertaining and touching vehicle through which they may achieve this.
--Heather Jeno Silva, curator