Reading lists, conversations, and other texts
Syllabi by Artists: Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Marshall Trammell, and Faith Wilding
What is a syllabus? As a document, it traditionally appears in the context of a class and tends to include various texts and assignments. But a good syllabus is not a series of strict instructions but a form of thinking that is left open to collective interpretation, like a musical score.

We commissioned the artists Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Marshall Trammell, and Faith Wilding to write a syllabus. Titled after a question that has emerged from the work of Cecilia Vicuña, each one includes readings, films, and activities divided over the course of seven weeks. There is no actual class but only a syllabus — a stand-alone document meant to be used freely and openly by all.


1. Ximena Garrido-Lecca:What happens when indigenous traditions are woven into western ones?

Ximena Garrido-Lecca's (b. 1980, Peru) syllabus reflects on the cultural influence between Indigenous and Western communities in the Americas. Garrido-Lecca is an artist who explores the complex and contradictory ideologies and cultures in the Americas. With a particular focus in Peru, her practice reflects on the friction between Andean culture and the legacies of colonization.

2. Marshall Trammell (Music Research Strategies): What do you collect?

Marshall Trammell's (Music Research Strategies) (b. 1972, USA) syllabus examines what items we collect and how we catalogue these, hoping to better understand what index or logic we employ while developing a collection. Trammell is a composer, percussionist, and experimental archivist. His practice is oriented in activist work and social interventions that embrace improvisation as a collective movement-building tool in the creation of post-capitalist imaginaries.

3. Faith Wilding: Why Wait?

Faith Wilding's (b. 1943, Paraguay) syllabus is about waiting as a means for social and political disruption. Wilding is an artist, writer, and educator who is deeply engaged with the intersections of feminism, social justice, cyber-feminism, biotechnology, radical pedagogy, and eco-feminism. In the late 1970s, she co-initiated the Feminist Art Program along with Judy Chicago and other women art students at CalArts.

This is the twelfth event in our year-long season dedicated to thinking about our contemporary moment through the lens of Cecilia Vicuña's work.