Interview with Kim Stringfellow

Congratulations on being a 2015 Guggenheim recipient. What work are you focusing on as a Guggenheim Fellow?

I'm spending my year long Guggenheim fellowship and SDSU sabbatical working on the Mojave Project [] which explores the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave.

Desert. This transmedia project reconsiders and establishes multiple ways in which to interpret this unique and complex landscape, through association and connection of seemingly unrelated sites, themes, and subjects thus creating a speculative and immersive experience. Project themes include: Desert as Wasteland; Geological Time vs. Human Time; Sacrifice and Exploitation; Danger and Consequence; Space and Perception; Mobility and Movement; Desert as Staging Ground; Transformation and Reinvention.


What brought you to San Diego?

I came to San Diego in 2001 because I was hired as an assistant professor at SDSU in the School of Art + Design. I’m originally from Washington state but lived in San Francisco for 10 years and Chicago for 2 before I came to SD. I’ve been at SDSU for 14 years now and now tenured. In 2010, I moved up to Joshua Tree but continue commute for half the week in San Diego during the semester.


How does the region continue to inspire you as an artist?

The unique and varied geography and culture of the many areas of Southern California (especially the more remote ones) I find extremely interesting and thought provoking. I never seem to have a lack of ideas to focus on creatively, photographically or writing-wise. Of course, there are so many talented and innovative artists and collectives here too—CLUI, HDTS, Machine Project, Fallen Fruit that I am inspired by as well.


What’s happening in photography now that excites you?

I'm embarrassed to say that I’m not really in the know right now! I need to go to Medium to find out! But I’d say that I love the resurgence of interest in archaic photographic processes by some younger photographers. Of course, I am always a fan of great critical landscape photographic image.