Visual Activism

Schedule and Participants

From left to right: Occupy Oakland; Carlos Motta, Deviations to Love # 7; Zanele Muholi; Carmen Papalia, The Blind Field Shuttle
From left to right: Occupy Oakland, November 2, 2011; photo: Salvador Ingram; Carlos Motta, Deviations to Love # 7, 2013; courtesy Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon; Instituto de Visión, Bogotá; Y Gallery, New York; Zanele Muholi; Courtesy the artist and Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg; Carmen Papalia, The Blind Field Shuttle, 2012; photo Jordan Reznick

 

March 14 - 15, 2014
Brava Theater Center

Ongoing Projects

Taking place throughout the symposium

A Grammatical Mood Report

A Grammatical Mood Report

Sofia Caesar and Luiza Crosman, artists

Over the course of the two-day Visual Activism symposium, artists Luiza Crosman and Sofia Caesar collected 321 sentences demanding action for their project A Grammatical Mood Report. The statements were broadcast in chronological order at the end of the symposium. Now, they also appear on a website created by the artists, where they can be read in various ways: as an index, as advice, as a script, as a "how to" manual, as a to-do list, as notations for actions, as conspiracy talk, as resolutions, as omnipresent forces, or as specific requests that demand the wisest and strangest things.

Artist Interventions

Jesus Barraza, Daniel Bouthot, David Burns, GK Callahan, Matthew Contos, Irina Contreras, Nina Diaz, Lex Kosieradzki, Nicole Lavelle, Omar Mismar, and Ranu Mukherjee, students and teachers, Social Practice MFA program, California College of the Arts

Typewriter

Aimee Santos, artist


Friday, March 14

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Registration

   

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Introduction

Julia Bryan-Wilson, associate professor of modern and contemporary art, UC Berkeley
Jennifer A. González, associate professor of history of art and visual culture, UC Santa Cruz
Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SFMOMA

   

10:00 - 11:30 a.m

Environment, Justice, Inequity

Moderator: Julie Sze, director of American studies, UC Davis

Nathalie Mba Bikoro, artist
Mel Chin, artist
Veejayant Dash, artist
Michael Gerace, architect and curator, ReLocate Project
Tracy Perkins, Ph.D. candidate, UC Santa Cruz
Sofia Varino, artist and curator
Syd London, photographer

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Keynote: Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta, artist

   

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Queer Tactics

Moderator: Macarena Gomez-Barris, associate professor of American studies and ethnicity, USC Dornsife

Jaime Cortez and Pato Hebert, author and editor, Sexile
Avram Finkelstein and Robert Vazquez-Pacheco, artists and activists, Gran Fury Collective
Gayatri Gopinath, associate professor of social and cultural analysis, New York University
Video by Mlondi Zondi, artist, UC Irvine

   

3:20 - 5:15 p.m.

Networked Activism

Moderator: Karl Mendonca, filmmaker and new media artist, UC Santa Cruz

Elisa Adami, cofounder, Mnemoscape
Robin Oppenheimer, lecturer, University of Washington
Lisa Parks, professor of film and media studies, UC Santa Barbara
Jerome Reyes, artist, Stanford University
Nine Yamamoto-Masson, artist and scholar, University of Amsterdam
Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi, curator and scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru Univeristy, India

   

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Clinics and Projects (parallel sessions)
 

Anti-Eviction Mapping

Galeria de la Raza

Erin McElroy, artist and activist

Blind Field Shuttle

24th Street corridor

Carmen Papalia, artist

Futurefarmers: R.U.R.

Brava Theater main stage

Amy Franceschini, Michael Swaine, and Bochay Drum, artists

Gran Fury: Collective Cultural Production

Brava Theater rehearsal room

Avram Finkelstein and Robert Vazquez, Gran Fury members

Militant Research Collective

J Rusten Furniture Studio

Natalie Bookchin, faculty in photography and media, CalArts
Alexandra Juhasz, professor of media studies, Pitzer College
Nicholas Mirzoeff, professor of media, culture and communication, New York University
Joan Saab, associate professor of art history and visual and cultural studies and chair of the Department of Art and Art History, University of Rochester

Radical Colophon

Will Brown Gallery

Anna Moreno, artist

Utopian Dialogues

Adobe Books, 3130 24th Street

Organized by students in the graduate seminar Acting Out: The Politics of Performance, in the Visual and Critical Studies Program at California College of the Arts (instructor: Jordana Moore Saggese, PhD)

   

7:00 p.m.

Performance: Inhabitant

Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre
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8:00 p.m.

End of day

 

Trinh T. Minh-ha, Old Land New Waters, 3rd Guangzhou Triennale, 2008; © Trinh T. Minh-ha and Moongift Films

Trinh T. Minh-ha, Old Land New Waters, 3rd Guangzhou Triennale, 2008; © Trinh T. Minh-ha and Moongift Films

Saturday, March 15

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Registration

   

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.

Preamble

Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center and professor of rhetoric and theater, dance and performance studies, UC Berkeley
Tina Takemoto, associate professor of fine arts and visual and critical studies, California College of the Arts

   

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Conflict Zones

Moderator: Deena Chalabi, associate curator of public practice, SFMOMA

Claudia Bernardi, visual artist and educator
Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen, and Helmut Weber, cofounders, Urban Subjects
Cheyenne Epps and Kyle Lane-McKinley, multimedia artists
Emily Jacir, artist
Amy Lyford, professor of art history and the visual arts, Occidental College
Krista Lynes, assistant professor and Canada Research Chair in feminist media studies, Concordia University

   

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Keynote: Trinh T. Minh-ha

Trinh T. Minh-ha, professor of gender and women's studies and rhetoric and vice chair for research in gender and women's studies, UC Berkeley

   

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

International Association for Visual Culture (IAVC) Annual General Meeting

Marquard Smith, research leader and head of doctoral studies, School of Humanities, Royal College of Art, London
Ines Dussel, researcher and professor at the Departmento de Investigaciones Educativas del CINVESTAV-IPN, Mexico
Lanfranco Aceti, artist and curator

2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Displacement

Moderator: Boreth Ly, assistant professor of Southeast Asian art history and visual culture, UC Santa Cruz

Natalie Bookchin, artist
Michelle Dizon, co-chair of the Visual Art Program, Vermont College of Fine Arts
Terry Kurgan, artist

   

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Discussion: Teddy Cruz and Favianna Rodriguez

Teddy Cruz, co-director of the Blum Cross-Border Initiative and professor of public culture and urbanism, UC San Diego
Favianna Rodriguez, artist and cultural organizer
Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SFMOMA

   

5:00 - 5:45 p.m.

Keynote: Zanele Muholi

Zanele Muholi, photographer and visual activist

   

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Reception

   

7:00 p.m.

Encore Performance: Inhabitant

Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre
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