July 2010 - present
Extending her summer residency at threewalls, Cauleen Smith continues her work on a trilogy of films/videos that examine the application of music as transformative technology within an urban matrix. The first of these works, The Fullness of Time, was shot in New Orleans. In Chicago, Smith has been working on Eclipse, a narrative, ficto-documentary about the Afro-futurist identity that Sun-Ra developed in Chicago in the mid-1950s. Through forming the rogue marching band, Solar Flare Arkestral Marching Band, Smith created musical interventions in Chicago's neighborhoods that pay homage to Sun Ra's development in and lasting influence on the city.
Cauleen Smith currently resides in San Diego, California. Her work has been exhibited at a variety of venues including: "The Fullness of Time" at The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival and The Kichen in 2008; "Drylongso" at Urbanworld Film Festival, Los Angeles Pan-African Film Festival and Philadelphia Film Festival in 2000; Sundance Film Festival, 1999 and Hamptons Film Festival, 2008. She has been included in group shows at The Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; Mass Art, Boston; The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, Studio Museum Harlem, and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. She was the recipient of a Creative Capital Film/Video Grant in 2008 and a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. Her work has been covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times, Artlies and The Independant Film and Video Monthly, to name a few.