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SCAD ATLANTA’S STUDENT MAGAZINE FALL 2012// VOL. 4, NO. 3


about SCAN SCAN is the quarterly student magazine of the Atlanta location of the Savannah College of Art and Design. All editorial content is determined by student editors. Opinions expressed in SCAN are not necessarily those of the college. Š 2012 SCAN Magazine. All rights reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher.


TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S

4 WORD UP

[Literary scene takes over Atlanta]

8 THE CROSSROADS IN MOROCCO

[Old meets new in Moroccan culture]

14 JUST TRUST ME

[Top five places to eat on a student budget]

16 THE SPECTER OF THE COUNTESS

[The specter of the Countess appears]

22 STUDENT SHOWCASE

[Meet the photographer: Justin Melton]

26 STUDENT SHOWCASE [Meet the stylist: Shawn Stack]

Photographer: Brittany Mullins

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Erin White, Editor-in-Cheif

Trey Veal, Art Director

Britany Ponvelle, Managing Editor

contributors

Brittney Mullins photographer, cover and The Specter of the Countess

Caroline Huftalen writer, Word Up

Sandrine Arons writer and photographer, The Crossroads in Morocco

Sean Gemmel photographer, Word Up Jay Bowman, Photo Editor

Brittany West, Copy Editor

THE STAFF

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have been in awe of SCAN Magazine since my first tour of SCAD Atlanta three years ago. I saw one of the very first issues waiting for me on a magazine rack and, basically, I freaked out. I was hypnotized by not only the aesthetics of the magazine, but the possibilities as well. As a long-time lover of periodicals, I have read hundreds (maybe even thousands) of various magazines, journals and newspapers, keeping many of them over the years. I believe that magazines give readers the ability to transcend reality. Like books, they allow each reader a momentary view into a place more interesting than their real lives. Magazines are a world where illusions, reality and dreams collide. My fellow staff members and I have a vision for the new era of SCAN Magazine that is committed to bringing the community, in and out of SCAD, on a journey that we hope will inspire, entertain and even shock you. Within these pages we will share with you our nature as artists and our perspective as human beings. —Erin White

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WORD UP

SCENE TAKES OVER ATLANTA LITERARY WRITER Caroline Huftalen PHOTOGRAPHERS Sean Gemmel As the writing department grows at SCAD, so does the literary scene in Atlanta. With events like Carapace, WRITE CLUB and Solar Anus it is once again cool to be wordy. Atlanta’s cultural influence has often been underestimated and unrecognized, but it is hard to ignore the power of language that is pulsing from the readings, events and spoken word series popping up from Decatur to Midtown. As students here at SCAD Atlanta, it is more than necessary to immerse ourselves in the field of our choice to make contacts, build our communities and find our own place in the realm of working artists. If you attend one of these mainstays, and you will realize that all of that networking comes in an fun-packed-package that holds more than just business card exchanges and cold handshakes.

and Jay Bowman

WRITE CLUB Yes, you are right to think of “Fight Club,” except instead of fists and blood, think brilliant writers bringing their best for nights of showmanship and wit. Founded by Ian Belknap in Chicago in 2010, WRITE CLUB Atlanta, headed by Nick Tecosky and co-produced by Myke Johns, held its first show in June of 2011 at Push Push Theatre in Decatur. Each month three pairs of writers are pitted against one another with assigned opposing topics. Each gets seven minutes to read their piece and the audience chooses the winner

at the end of each bout by applause. It is all in the name of good deeds and good times though. The funds raised during the night go the each winner’s chosen charity. WRITE CLUB has since launched two new events: Syllabus and Naked City. Syllabus, occurring the fourth Wednesday of every month at 9 p.m., is set up like WRITE CLUB except the battles are based off of lectures that revolve around a certain “major” ( The Apocalypse, Science etc.). Naked City is held the first Monday of every month at 9 p.m. and is an open mic night for writers to bring it. There are prizes and consequences to not pleasing the crowd. As with the other events, there is a chosen topic for the night. “The WRITE CLUB Atlanta family shows one not your typical reverent coffee housestyle poetry readings. There’s a bar, there’s loud music, and the audience is expected to make a lot of noise. The exciting and perhaps intimidating nature of the shows are healthy writing challenges. Because the prompts change every month, it makes sense for writers to craft new material specifically for the show (and make no mistake, it is a show),” Myke Johns, co-producer and WRITE CLUB Consigliere said, “And because of the raucous nature of the events, they tend to attract diverse audiences outside of those who might typically attend a literary event” (www.WriteCubAtlanta.com).

Naked City, photographer: Jay Bowman

Naked City, photographer: Jay Bowman


Carapace, photographer: Sean Gemmel

True Story True Story is essentially show and tell for grown ups. After moving back to Atlanta, Kate Sweeney found herself missing the literary community she had been a part of while receiving her MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She started True Story, a bimonthly reading series dedicated to nonfiction, as a remedy. “At each reading, three rogue writers and nervy journalists tell true tales and share artifacts from their past,” Sweeney said. “True tales might mean personal essays, chapters from books, and even journalistic nonfiction. In other words, it’s more than essays with the personal ‘I’ perspective.”

Along with the reading of the piece, each writer shares an artifact, hence, the showand-tell aspect. Examples of past artifacts are embarrassing teenage diary entries, baby teeth, VHS tape of baseball highlights and a Viking helmet. The readings are held at Kavarna, 707 East Lake Drive in Decatur, and the next reading will be Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. featuring Philip Gerard, Laurel Snyder and Rachael Maddux (truestoryga.blogspot.com).

Stories on the Square What began as an informal bimonthly get together at a pub, turned into the monthly storytelling performance series known as Stories on the Square held at Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. Mcdonough St. in Decatur.

“Our focus is on the traditional southern story you would hear out on the porch, late at night, where the truth is in there somewhere and half the fun is figuring out where the truth ends and a tale begins,” Shannon McNeal, host and producer of Stories on the Square, said. Unlike some of their counterparts, Stories on the Square gives everyone the shot to take hold of the mic and tell their story. Keeping hold of their original mission, to help storytellers improve their craft by critiquing the stories and performances after the fact, feedback is optionalas is the act of taking the stage. There is no required theme for the night, but one is always suggested and Stories on the Square takes place the second Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. and goes until all stories have been told. (Be sure to visit their Facebook page.)

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and fiction that are stepping outside the box and doing the work that they are compelled to write. (www.beep-beepgallery.com)

Carapace “Everyone has a story. Come out of your shell.” No truer words could be spoken about this monthly series. It began as MothUP Atlanta in February of 2010, before going independent in June 2011 as Carapace. The series is storytelling at its most raw. Ordinary, everyday people take the mic for five minutes each and tell you their story. Some funny, some sad, and some completely relatable, it is about the shared experience of story telling. It is completely back to the basics, as if you were sitting next to a friendly stranger on the bus.

Manuel’s Tavern, photographer: Sean Gemmel

Eyedrum Writers Exchange

Solar Anus

Jeff Dahlgren, poet and visual artist, held the first Eyedrum Writers Exchange in July of 2010 with the purpose of giving experimental writers in Atlanta a place to gather and share. The meet up is now open to all modes of writing, experimental or not, but focuses on the support of innovative thinkers.

Headed by SCAD Atlanta writing department faculty member, Dr. Jamie Iredell, Solar Anus is a monthly reading series held at Beep Beep Gallery, 696 Charles Allen Drive NE. The series has showcased out-of-towners and local writers that are doing work that bypasses safety limits and takes risks. This isn’t your momma’s literary coffee house reading, unless your momma is really freaking cool.

The event is held on the third Tuesday of every month from 8–11 p.m. at the Warhorse Café on the grounds of the Goat Farm, 1200 Foster St. NW. Writers can bring their own work, something influential written by someone else or simply listen in or participate in the conversations. Each writer reads their work and opens up the floor for critique. Each reading is allotted 10 minutes with five minutes for discussion afterwards. “I’ve seen writers receive comments that seemed to open up parts of their heads they had previously been unaware of,” Ed Hall, Eyedrum Literary Committee member said. “Writers Exchange offers a potent and direct way to workshop your own new material or to share good and influential stuff by others” (www. eyedrum.org).

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“If you’re interested in hearing writing that makes you squirm, laugh, cringe, cry, uses a lot of cuss words or descriptions of physical anatomy and/or bodily functions, sex and death, literature that’s at once beautiful and engrossing, we’re your reading series,” Iredell said. The series began, headed by Iredell, Blake Butler and Amy McDaniel, in the fall of 2009 and has hosted such writers as David Lehman, Chloe Caldwell, Kevin Sampsell and CA Conrad. Named for the Georges Bataille piece “The Solar Anus” in which is described “that each thing is the parody of another, or is the same thing in a deceptive form,” the series gives voice to rising talents in poetry, nonfiction

“No other storytelling event in Atlanta is like Carapace, where ordinary people - amateurs - tell true stories from their own lives in the first person, with no poetry, songs, lectures or political rants,” Randy Osborne, creator of Carapace, said, “Carapace very much differs from traditional storytelling, which is often impersonal as well as very rehearsed, with emphasis on gesture, voice inflection and elevated language.” The topic changes monthly and steers the night’s stories in a cohesive direction. The event is free and open to all to participate or to simply sit and stay a while. On the fourth Tuesday of every month Carapace is held at Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. If you’re interested in telling your tale, throw your name in the top hat for a chance to share. (Be sure to visit their facebook page.)


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The Crossroads in Morocco: Old Meets New in Tradition and Culture

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eing married to a Moroccan has presented me the luxury of spending much of my vacation time in Morocco. Discovering a country and its culture through close family has its advantages and disadvantages. You are invited “inside” the homes, thoughts and cultural norms of the people, but this also means you are now responsible for your words and actions and how it affects the people you love. You now represent a family. That has been heavy for me, but it has also compelled me to observe more deeply than a tourist. As it happens, the first thing I understood about Morocco is the enormous social pressure to abide by those cultural norms that I was so unfamiliar with as a French-American, and by virtue of my rebellious nature, had some immediate issues with. I am a direct person ... in my questioning and approach to others. In Morocco, you have to learn to meander, delicately and subtly to your goal. Much like the streets and alleys of any Moroccan kasbah, you have to learn to trust the path and enjoy the scenery along the way, even if you’re not quite sure of

the destination. I had to learn quickly to calm myself, be open, and stop fighting. Since my first visit, I have travelled quite a bit in this truly stunning country with its breathtaking vistas and graceful (as well as gracious) inhabitants. Whether you are walking through the densely populated city of Fez or driving through the intense traffic congestion of Casablanca, you learn that gracefulness helps you avoid collision. You have to be alert and you have to be willing to bend. I have found flexibility (or amenability) to be one of their strengths and surviving mechanisms. In fact, you could never drive there without this skill. This also means that you have to learn to tiptoe between social classes. My earliest and strongest impression of Morocco was the severity of contrast in terms of the topography, the cities and the social classes. Moroccan cities are remarkable in their uniqueness. No city is alike. Each one has its own color theme, it’s own odor, and its own energy.

WRITER/ PHOTOGRAPHER

Sandrine Arons

But perhaps what has been most striking and captivating for me is the coexistence of a very poor illiterate population with a significant progressive intellectual class whose entrepreneurial successes afford them some of the most exquisite living standards I’ve ever seen. There are women dressed in a headscarves and djellabas walking alongside other women dressed in mini-skirts and stilettos ... and sometimes these women may be walking together as friends. As you make your way through downtown roundabout during rush hour traffic, you may pass between the most recent Mercedes SUV on the market on one side and a donkey-pulled carriage on the other. Or, you can walk out of the “Morocco Mall” (the biggest indoor mall of Africa that houses an aquarium in the middle where you can go scuba diving) and watch the shepherd bringing in his sheep. It’s as though time just lost all meaning-or else took on much more significance.

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Indeed, Morocco is a country in transformation. There appears to be a desire to move forward while struggling to maintain long-held traditional values. At this point, the outcome of that metamorphosis is not yet clear, but it will be interesting to see how Morocco balances all these elements and remains true to itself. These photos are from this summer’s travels to Asilah, Chefchouen and Casablanca. As I walk through some of these winding streets, I can’t help but hope that Moroccans retain the beauty in their architecture and dress as they go through these changes. It would be a loss to the world if they didn’t.

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Just Trust Me:

Top five places to eat on a student’s budget

PHOTOGRAHPER Jay

Before I force these morsels of knowledge into your noggin’, I want to tell you that I love food. I enjoy eating all kinds of food and will try any kind of cuisine once. With that being said, I like many other college students, end up spending every cent to my name on good food, which may not be the best thing, because as I said earlier, I am in college and should probably be saving my money for books. So, I’ve tried to compile the best of both worlds. In no particular order, great and unique food in Atlanta that you can eat for less than $10, not always including tip and drinks. As you come on this magical journey with me, I suggest you bring a friend. You’ll find out why in a minute.

pretty often. You can get good drinks and food with a great atmosphere as the cherry on top. Tacos are a popular item on the menu with all the traditional options of a Mexican restaurant but with a twist, including different sauces, spices, and meats to excite your taste buds. However, where my heart lies is in the “Bipimbop” with crispy calamari and tofu. If it’s one thing that I’ve learned from being an amateur food trier, it’s that I don’t let names scare me. The “Bipimbop” is actually just a rice dish, but it is an exceptional meal. My steamed white rice bowl comes complete with seared mushrooms, sesame spinach, zucchini, mung beans, fried egg calamari and tofu. I’ve tried different kinds of rice, sauces, meats and meat substitutes to compliment it and I never can finish it all. So, I get a house Takorea and the sesame fries as an appetizer, and I bring a friend to help me out on this $10 bowl, and we “go dutch.”

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Woody’s CheeseSteaks

Located at 981 Monroe Drive Northeast has been, as they so humbly state, “ATL’s favorite since 1975.” These hearty sandwiches are more than affordable and the establishment is right down the street from Piedmont Park so you can walk your meal off. My weakness here is the “Phat Dog.” This mega beef hot dog sliced down the middle with a toasted bun reminds me every time why I cannot be a vegetarian, but much respect to those who are. The relish, jalapeños, onion and mustard dress my freshly made dog like no other. I get my bag of barbecue chips and cup of Sprite and devour this guilty pleasure in my favorite Woody’s booth while looking out at my favorite city. After I have inhaled my meal, I think that this Phat Dog is the best $3.50 I’ve ever spent and I put some monetary love into the tip bowl.

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Takorea This restaurant on 818 Juniper Street is a much younger establishment than No. 1. It has an unlikely but amazing mixture of Mexican and North Korean cuisine and pops up on Scoutmob

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Bowman WRITER Brittany West

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P’cheen

At 701-5 Highland Ave you will find bliss. At P’cheen I love to start off with one of this inventive restaurant’s many concoctions from the “DoubleFisters” menu. I get the Budweiser and the apple pie moonshine for $5 and start understanding the reason for the drink menu name. Next, a friend and I get and the “jerkrock shrimp” appetizer which is jerk shrimp, fried plantain, mango and black bean salad mixed to perfection for $ 9. We also may get the “just trust us” appetizer which changes often. P’cheen says they “prepare a one of a kind starter just for you.” On the menu they urge you to “be unique. be bold.” I won’t spoil the surprise appetizer, but just know that I have just challenged you and you must bring your family honor by trying this mysterious dish for $9. Honestly, after these appetizers I usually don’t get around to the bigger meals, but if you have a little extra money you can check out the dinner menu which ranges from $9 to $17.

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Victory Sandwich Bar

A hop and a skip down the street from No. 3 is this sandwich heaven on 280 Elizabeth Street. At Victory, you have the option of Gluten free bread, salt and pepper chips and a range of yummy $4 sandwiches like the “Hambo” and the “New Bomb Turk.” The Hambo comes complete with Prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula and slices of apples served with salt and pepper chips. If you don’t know what some of that is, suck it up and try it. Remember not to be afraid of different names. Get the “Slushie,”which is Jack Daniels and Coke for $4, if you’re of age of course, and your entire meal will be $8.

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Daddy D’z BBQ Joynt

As I mention this God-sent restaurant on 264 Memorial Drive I wish I could tell you to put the magazine down now and try it. “Soul food” is the business that this gem of Atlanta is into. Whether you want well-seasoned fried zucchini bites, corn bread buttered to perfection, viking portions of barbeque pork or beef ribs, or a slice of homemade strawberry, lemon, or chocolate cake, Daddy D’z is a southern delicacy that you want to experience. The last time I went there I got a sweet tea and the half a slab of beef ribs meal with yams, Texas toast and mac and cheese for $17.49 but my husband and I had to share it and walk around the Pencil Factory businesses after.


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“As the warmth and energy of summer fades out, the eerie specter of the Countess fades in with change of seasons, appearing by chance in the sunset and frozen in time. A fashionable phantasm in the autumn dusk.� Photographer: Brittany Mullins

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STUDENT SHOWCASE

MEET THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Justin Melton

MA Photography, 2012

What defines Justin as an artist?

“Justin is a man of incredible vision, heart and skill. To define him would be unfair; he is so many things as an artist and an individual. It is the sum, not the parts, that make him genius. A magnificent creative partner if there ever were. He’s been blessed with an audacity to dream and the courage to put it on display.” —Shawn Stack

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Stylist: Shawn Stack Photographer: Justin Melton The Mastery Salon & Element Model Management

Stylist: Shawn Stack Photographer: Justin Melton The Mastery Salon & Element Model Management

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Lanvin courtesy of Jeffrey Atlanta Stylist: Shawn Stack Photographer: Justin Melton The Mastery Salon & Element Model Management

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STUDENT SHOWCASE

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