Date Night

Date Night

December 12-13
SDAI Project Space @ Horton Plaza
Saturday 4-9
Sunday 12-4

contemporary art fair arrives and sets up shop the weekend of December 12-13th, 2015, at Horton Plaza Mall. An architectural venture based on Ray Bradbury's essay The Aesthetics of Lostness, this mall has been described as "a temple where we can all tilt our faces to the sun," with "more angles than a train wreck - a multilayer maze of walkways, stair steps, terraces, bridges, arches, pillars, beams, and cupolas." We invited local artist-run and alternative gallery spaces as well as artists, poets, and musicians to participate in DATE NIGHT, offering them booths and walls; some chose to work without walls.

Through a generous invitation from the San Diego Art Institute we have had the pleasure of programming an event in an unused storefront. Collectively we decided to use this as an opportunity to pass sections of space and air wave across mvwbers of a community that often feels dispersed, fragmented, and decisively liminal. And what a more fitting location than the mall?! A place for the misfits, the disjointed, and the dislocated to reclaim and hang out in full anti-capitalist critique! Contrary to contemporary mall critique, at this mall, ambient sources of aesthetic arousal amplify to keep the customer coming. Intrepid spaces are: Carla, Friend's Collective, Helmuth Project, Poderes Unidos, A Ship in the Woods, Space 4 Art, SPF15, TARP Reform, UAG, Untitled Space.

will also feature 'Maul Mauls,' Ash Eliza Smith's performance-to-film shot at Horton Plaza Mall, a reading hosted by Now That's What I Call Poetry, and sound works curated or produced by STAY STRANGE, keepbullfighting (Alexander Heath), EMV (Eric Michael Vallely), Matthew David and Diva Dompe, Cameron Perry Fraser, Lawrence Michael Narron, Muscle Memory, and Ellen Schafer. We hope you make DATE NIGHT your weekend.

is organized by Trevor Amery, Kim Schreiber, Morgan Mandalay, Seth Ferris, Jessica Frelund, Javier Fresneda, Dustin Brons, and Audrey Hope.


Schedule of Events

Saturday December 12

5 pm
NOW That's What I Call Poetry
Adam Stutz + Dante Tercero
and more TBA

7 pm
Ash Eliza Smith, 'Maul Mauls'

8 pm
Yours Truly Jane Palmer
and Cetacean Blues

Sunday, December 13

1 pm
Ellen Schafer, 'Ava: Sessions 1-6'

2 pm
Emergency INDEX VOL. 4 declaimed throughout the mall by Yelena Gluzman

3 pm
Performance and Screening
Muscle Memory, 'Caveat Emptor'

4 pm
Music Performance
Eric Valelly (EMV)


  • Prerecorded performances by keepbullfighting
    (Alexander Heath), Matthew David and Diva
    Dompe, Cameron Perry Fraser, Lawrence
    Michael Narron