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Lectures & Presentations

This section features a curated selection of lectures and presentations that are included in the HIDVL collections. Some of this featured content also appears in Artist Profiles or Encuentro collections but are highlighted here for users who may be interested in researching education, academic presentations, keynotes or round table discussions of associated artists, scholars, and activists.

HIDVL: All lectures and presentaions (in alphabetical order)



  • Alejandro Meitin: Artistic Initiatives in Community Organizing, and their Metaphorical and Juridical-Social Dimension

    Alejandro Meitin: Artistic Initiatives in Community Organizing, and their Metaphorical and Juridical-Social Dimension

    Photo/foto: Julio Pantoja Artistic Initiatives in Community Organizing, and their Metaphorical and Juridical-Social Dimension This keynote explored transdisciplinary strategies of critical urbanism that integrate artistic modes of thought and action to create contexts of resistance and transform reality. Biography Alejandro Meitin is an artist, lawyer, environmental activist, and co-founder of the art collective Ala Plástica (1991), which is based in La Plata, Argentina. Since 1994 he has been a member of Arte Litoral, an independent network of artists, critics, curators, and scholars interested in new ways of thinking about contemporary artistic practice and critical theory. Meitin has been involved in…

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  • Ana Gita de Oliveira: Safeguarding Cultural Heritage

    Ana Gita de Oliveira: Safeguarding Cultural Heritage

    Photo/ Foto: Julio Pantoja Lecturer: Ana Gita de OliveiraModerator: Octávio Elísio (Presidente IEPHA/MG) Biography Ana Gita de Oliveira holds a doctorate in Anthropology from the Universidade de Brasília. Coordinator of Brazil's Programa Nacional do Patrimônio Imaterial (National Program for Intangible Cultural Heritage) of the Secretaria de Patrimônio, Museus e Artes Plásticas of the Brazilian Ministery of Culture, Ana specializes in research related to themes of intangible heritage, national borders, and indigenous etiology. Academic works include her dissertation O mundo transformado: Um estudo da Cultura de fronteira no Alto Rio Negro. In this keynote address, titled Safeguarding Cultural Heritage, delivered as…

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  • Andreas Huyssen: Natural Rights, Civil Rights and the Politics of Memory

    Andreas Huyssen: Natural Rights, Civil Rights and the Politics of Memory

    Photo/Foto: Paula Kupfer Natural Rights, Civil Rights and the Politics of Memory Human rights and memory discourses must be robustly linked with each other to add a necessary dimension of futurity to memory and of history to human rights politics. Drawing on the early modern notion of natural rights, this paper asks to what extent ‘rights of nature’ need to be considered to nurture the sustainability of human rights as social rights. Biography Andreas Huyssen is the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is founding director of Columbia’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (1998-2003)…

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  • Antanas Mockus: Bogotá: A Case of Cultural Agency

    Antanas Mockus: Bogotá: A Case of Cultural Agency

    Photo/ Foto: Julio Pantoja Lecturer: Antanas Mockus Biography Antana Mockus is a Colombian mathematician, philosopher and politician, Mockus left his post as rector of Colombian National University in Bogotá in 1993, and later that year ran a successful campaign for mayor in the city. He proceeded to preside over Bogotá as mayor for two eventful terms, in which he sprung many surprising and often humorous initiatives upon the city's inhabitants. His initiatives tended to involve grand gestures, often including local artists or personal appearances by the mayor himself – taking a shower in a commercial about conserving water, or walking…

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  • Carlos Monsiváis: Performance as religion, religion as performance

    Carlos Monsiváis: Performance as religion, religion as performance

    Video documentation of Carlos Monsiváis' keynote address presented as a part of the 4th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2003 in New York City, United States under the title Spectacles of Religiosities.Introduction by Lourdes Arizpe. Carlos Monsiváis is a prominent essayist, satirist, and novelist living in Mexico City. Mr. Monsiváis has contributed to Mexican journals such as, Excelsior, Siempre, and Nexos and he currently writes for La Jornada as well as El Financiero. He is the author of more than a dozen books in Spanish, both fiction and nonfiction, including Amor Perdido,…

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  • Conference on the publication of RUPTURA journal (1982)

    Conference on the publication of RUPTURA journal (1982)

    In 1982, CADA published the journal RUPTURA, printing 200 copies. This video footage shows a discussion around the journal in a meeting of artists.In part 1, the discussion centers on the inclusion in the journal of an interview with visual artist Ernesto Muñoz. The inclusion of this interview generated a heated polemic because this artist was rejected by the liberal/leftist political milieu in which CADA participated. The interview was considered a wrong move. CADA members Raúl Zurita and Diamela Eltit defend and explain CADA's decision to publish the interview.In part 2, they discuss the homage that the journal decided to…

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  • Dan Fishback: Prostalgia

    Dan Fishback: Prostalgia

    Performance artist and playwright Dan Fishback works out some of his anxieties about queer history, gay representation, male protagonism, and the limits of the queer imagination in this vaguely academic (but not really) captial-T 'Talk,' theoretically leading toward some thoughts (and hopefully some revelations) about queer ennui, queer depression, and how the adult queer universe can strategize to prevent queer teenage suicide. Along the way, he discusses Lady Gaga, prostalgia (pro-active nostalgia), David Halperin's How to Be Gay, and Fishback's own book-in-progress, Thirtynothing, based on his solo performance of the same name. Thirtynothing explores the legacy of gay artists who…

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  • Diamela Eltit 30 Years of CADA's 'NO+' (2009)

    Diamela Eltit 30 Years of CADA's 'NO+' (2009)

    In this introduction to the 30-years celebration of the first public CADA’s ‘acción,’ Diamela Eltit reads a text in which she highlights the political relevance of this collective in relationship with the Chilean dictatorship, and the hegemonic cultural domination against which CADA performed. CADA’s ‘acciones de arte’ functioned as an archive and artwork simultaneously. Their members wanted to make a strategic material from the excerpt; in this sense, their methodology is based on a fragmented reality, and heterogeneity. The well-known intervention ‘NO +’ was the opening to a rebel narrative, and also opened a space for the word from the…

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  • Diamela Eltit: Folds in the Body

    Diamela Eltit: Folds in the Body

      Photo/ Foto: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio   Folds in the Body: The Symptoms of Power Read this keynote in e-misférica 4.2 Abstract This intervention intends to approach, somewhat arbitrarily, the effects of the body (of certain bodies) in the political arena and in aesthetic spaces. It also posits the body as a symptom and an effect, examining the trail of power it leaves in its wake. Biography Diamela Eltit is a distinguished Chilean performance artist, novelist and cultural critic. Winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship and numerous other awards and appointments, Eltit was a member of the acclaimed Colectivo de Acciones de Arte…

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  • Diana Taylor: The Politics of Passion

    Diana Taylor: The Politics of Passion

    Photo/Foto: Julio Pantoja The Politics of Passion What options for political and economic justice do people have when the electoral process has been violated or corrupted, the media sequestered in the hands of power-brokers, and official institutions cannot adjudicate in a way that is seen as transparent and legitimate? "The Poltics of Passion" explains the resurgence and even centrality of the body in politics. As political parties fail to represent their constituencies, people are re-learning to represent themselves. Biography Diana Taylor is University Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU.  She is the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama…

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  • Dr. Robert Venables: Indian Land Claims

    Dr. Robert Venables: Indian Land Claims

    Historian, Dr. Robert Venables is professor and Director of American Indian Studies at Cornell University and a well respected member of the New York Native community. Dr. Venables' lecture discusses the cultural differences between European and Indian concepts of land and land ownership. These differences, coupled with the illegal and unjust taking of Indian land have over the years led to many Indian land claims against the United States government. In 1946 Congress created the Indian Land Claims Commission to adjudicate the overwhelming number of cases Indians had filed and were continuing to file. By the time the commission expired…

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  • Encuentro 2013 Institutional Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Senior Fellows Awards

    Encuentro 2013 Institutional Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Senior Fellows Awards

    Vivian Martínez Tabares is a critic, theatre researcher, editor and Professor. She holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre and a doctorate in Art Sciences at the Instituto Superior de Arte. Editor of the journal Conjunto and director at the Casa de las Américas and Mayo Teatral. Her most recent book is Escena y tensión social. Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani (Peru) is a collective formed in 1971, who travel paths sustained by theatrical performance research conducted from the perspective of a group culture with diverse roots both traditional and contemporary. Their works have resulted in unique processes going far beyond the material…

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  • George Lewis: Living with Creative Machines

    George Lewis: Living with Creative Machines

    GEORGE E. LEWIS Living With Creative MachinesRead this keynote in e-misférica 4.2 Abstract The computer is now an irreversible part of how improvisation has become a site for interdisciplinary exploration, exchanges of personal and cultural narratives, and the blurring of boundaries between art forms. For George Lewis, living, working, and performing with creative machines of his own design is closely intertwined with the study of how improvisation produces knowledge and meaning. Part memoir, part history and criticism, the talk intersects with critical histories of new media and American experimentalism, as well as ethnographic and historical work on improvisation. Biography George E.…

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  • Gustavo Buntinx: Sarita Colonia

    Gustavo Buntinx: Sarita Colonia

    Video documentation of Gustavo Buntinx's keynote address, Sarita Colonia: De icono religioso a héroe cultural, presented as part of the 4th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2003 in New York City, United States under the title Spectacles of Religiosities. Introduction by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett. Gustavo Buntix is an art historian, critic and independent curator, and director of the Cultural Center of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru). A graduate of Harvard University, where he studied Literature and History, he completed postgraduate studies at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He has been…

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  • In the Streets: Contemporary Social Movements in the Americas Round Table

    In the Streets: Contemporary Social Movements in the Americas Round Table

    Photo/Foto: Lorie Novak Jacques Servin: New Frontiers in Humor and RevolutionJade Percassi: Culture and Communication in the Struggle for a New SocietyJuan Marco Vaggione: Sexuality and the Law in Argentina: Challenges and Steps ForwardJulieta Paredes: The Red of Wellbeing, Suma Qhamaña Víctor Hugo Robles: Free Sex Education! Moderator: Nick Mirzoeff Biographies Jacques Servin (Andy Bichlbaum, US) is a co-founder of the Yes Men, a group that has accomplished numerous high-profile media interventions serving to highlight environmental, economic and social injustices and the systemic problems that lead to them. He teaches at NYU and at the Hemispheric Institute he heads the…

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  • Jean Franco: The Second Coming-Religion as Entertainment

    Jean Franco: The Second Coming-Religion as Entertainment

    Video documentation of Jean Franco's keynote address, The Second Coming: Religion as Entertainment, presented as a part of the 4th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2003 in New York City, United States under the title Spectacles of Religiosities. Everywhere secularism is in retreat. Not only are fundamentalists on the rise but also many competing brands of spirituality are now widely disseminated through media, film, best selling fiction and television. While most orthodox religions have always used ritual and performance, telecommunications and televisual effects are transforming religion into religiosity. "The return of religion"…

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  • Jesús Martín Barbero: Arts of Memory and Regimes of Visibility

    Jesús Martín Barbero: Arts of Memory and Regimes of Visibility

    Photo/Foto: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio Arts of Memory and Regimes of Visibility The fundamental issue still pending in Colombia—unresolved in theory, as in action—is the very special relationship between politics and violence in the fabric of its memories and history. It is the density of violence that unfolds throughout the history of what Paul Ricoeur calls the structures of the terrible, those "forces" of instinct and exploitation inscribed in politics from its foundation. The journey of memory, however, defatalizes the past, recuperating its incompleteness (Walter Benjamin). The past is shaped not only by events but also by tensions that destabilize the present…

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  • Leda Martins: Performances of Spiral Time

    Leda Martins: Performances of Spiral Time

    Video documentation of Leda Martin's keynote address, Performances of Spiral Time, presented as a part of the 4th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2003 in New York, United States under the title Spectacles of Religiosities. Africa prints her marks, traces and styles on the American territories, inscribing herself on the palimpsests that, by means of countless processes of cognition, assertion and metamorphosis, both conceptual and formal, transcreate and perform her presence and heritage. The arts and cultural creations colored by the African knowledge ostensibly reveal the ingenious and arduous means of survival…

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  • Maris Bustamante's Lecture/Performance

    Maris Bustamante's Lecture/Performance

    Starting with a semiotic performative that states ‘this is not a performance,’ this lecture/performance is another turn of the screw of RenéMagritte’s ‘this is not a pipe’ and Fernando Muñoz’ ‘this is not a cow.’ The relationship between performance and art tradition intertwines witha constant interpellation of the audience, blurring the boundaries between art and life. In the Q&A, Maris Bustamante renders her understanding of what non-objective arts are, and how gender roles can perform in art. A juicy conversation about her trajectory includes insights about gender and sexuality, feminist art, maternity, and her work with Polvo de gallina negra…

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  • Mary Louise Pratt: Language Ecology, Language Politics-Towards a Geolinguistic Imagination

    Mary Louise Pratt: Language Ecology, Language Politics-Towards a Geolinguistic Imagination

    Photo/Foto: Paula Kupfer Language Ecology, Language Politics: Towards a Geolinguistic Imagination What will the world look like linguistically a hundred years from now? The use and distribution of languages across the planet is changing so quickly that even experts cannot answer this question. This lecture will discuss some of the processes of change that are under way, including language death, language migration, and the formation of lingua francas and interlanguages. It will ask what the idea of rights can and cannot do in this context and consider what an ecological approach to language might involve. Biography Mary Louis Pratt is…

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  • Mary Schmidt Campbell: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Crisis

    Mary Schmidt Campbell: The Role of the Arts in a Time of Crisis

    Lecturer: Mary Schmidt Campbell Biography Scholar, author and former New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner, Ms. Campbell is Dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. As head of this pre-eminent art school, Dean Campbell oversees all phases of its ten professional training programs, as well as its two scholarly programs. Dr. Campbell began her career in New York as the executive director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, widely regarded as the principal center for the study of African and African-American Art. Dean Campbell, who authored several catalogues on African-American artists, and frequently curated major…

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  • Megaron Txucarramãe: The Indigenous Question in Brazil

    Megaron Txucarramãe: The Indigenous Question in Brazil

    Photo/ Foto: Julio Pantoja Lecturer: Megaron TxucarramãePresenters: Aílton Krenak & Prof. Terence Turner Biographies Megaron Txucarramãe is one of the most important native leaders in Brazil, with outstanding performance on behalf of his people, M_kragnotire, and of other Brazilian native people. Working at Funai, he acted in Contact Fronts of the Ikpeng and Panará People. In 1984 he took part in the setting of the land boundaries of the Native Land Kapôt - Jarina and, in 1992/1993, of the Native Land M_kragnotire. He was a FUNAI supervisor of the Parque Indígena do Xingu (Xingu Indians Park) from 1984 to 1994…

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  • Miguel Rubio & Teresa Ralli: Keynote Address (2000)

    Miguel Rubio & Teresa Ralli: Keynote Address (2000)

    Peru's most important theater collective, Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani has been working since 1971 at the forefront of theatrical experimentation, political performance, and collective creation. "Yuyachkani" is a Quechua word that means "I am thinking, I am remembering"; under this name, the theater group has devoted itself to the collective exploration of embodied social memory, particularly in relation to questions of ethnicity, violence, and memory in Peru. Their work has been among the most important in Latin America's so called "New Popular Theater," with a strong commitment to grass-roots community issues, mobilization, and advocacy. Yuyachkani won Peru's National Human Rights Award…

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  • Mini-Seminar: Manifestations of the Divine-The Body

    Mini-Seminar: Manifestations of the Divine-The Body

    Video documentation of the Manifestations of the Divine: The Body mini-seminar, presented as a part of the 4th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2003 in New York City, United States under the title Spectacles of Religiosities. Moderated by Gisela Cánepa Koch. Joseph Roach is the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Theater and English at Yale University. Roach has chaired the Department of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre at Northwestern University, and the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. His books and…

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  • Mini-Seminar: Religious Fervor and Popular Culture

    Mini-Seminar: Religious Fervor and Popular Culture

    Video documentation of the Religious Fervor and Popular Culture mini-seminar presented as a part of the 4th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, celebrated in July of 2003 in New York City, United States under the title Spectacles of Religiosities. Moderated by Ulla Berg and Alyshia Gálvez. Silvia Spitta, is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Dartmouth College. Her field of interest ranges from contemporary and colonial Latina/o American writers, theories of transculturation, and narratives of mestizaje or miscegenation. Author of Between Two Waters: Literary Transculturation in Latin America, Spitta is currently working on a book…

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  • Nelly Richard: Feminism's Right to Be an Other to Itself

    Nelly Richard: Feminism's Right to Be an Other to Itself

    Photo/foto: Julio Pantoja Feminism's Right to Be an Other to Itself Without relinquishing the sociopolitical force of its struggles against gender discrimination, feminist theory today also defines itself as cultural critique. This allows feminism's emancipatory potential to encompass imaginary and symbolic configurations of subjective economies that exceed those categories of "identity" and "difference" preconfigured by the sociology of gender. Feminism's new critical and cultural orientations allow us to conjugate the politics and poetics of the self by mixing different registers, crossing civic militancy with intellectual-theoretical interventions and university activism with aesthetic passions, without fear of gender problematics that speak multiple…

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  • Opening remarks for the 1st Hemispheric Institute Encuentro

    Opening remarks for the 1st Hemispheric Institute Encuentro

    The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics held its first Encuentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2-15, 2000. Participants included artists, scholars, graduate students, and activists. This eclectic and culturally diverse group, from countries throughout the Americas, captured the spirit of Encuentros: to provide a forum that encourages an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between performance and politics from diverse cultural perspectives. This is a video documentation of the opening remarks by Zeca Ligiéro, Diana Taylor, Luis Peirano, and Javier Serna, who introduce the general theme of the first Encuentro, ‘Performance and Politics in the Americas,’ as well as…

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  • Performance Art Roundtable

    Performance Art Roundtable

    Photo/Foto: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio Presenters: Gonzalo Rabanal, María José Contreras, Nao Bustamante, Nicolás Dumit Estévez Moderator: Antonio Prieto Stambaugh Biographies Gonzalo Rabanal (Chile) studied Audio Visual Communication at the ARCOS Institute, where he began to develop a way of working that projects from individual to collective, opening up space for an expressive multiplicity. In 1989 he received a grant from the ANDES Foundation and in 2010 another from the Ford Foundation. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Visual Art at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile. María José Contreras Lorenzini (Chile) is performer and Doctor of Body Language and…

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  • Performance Artist Roundtable

    Performance Artist Roundtable

    Photo/foto: Julio Pantoja This roundtable offered an opportunity for discussion with - and between - selected performance artists who presented work at this Encuentro. These artists reflected upon their own process and production, and commented on the relationship of their work to the larger themes of the Encuentro. Wilson Díaz presented a retrospective of his visual arts work, which reveals recent Colombian struggles with violence and drug trafficking. His images related to natural coca leaves contrast with cocaine, its derivative chemical drug that engenders violence. Rocío Boliver performed an act of ventriloquism to make an artist statement, and to share…

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  • Regina Galindo's 'Experiences' at the Hemispheric Institute

    Regina Galindo's 'Experiences' at the Hemispheric Institute

    This is a video documentation of Regina José Galindo’s artist talk ‘Experiences,’ presented in the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Galindo offered a retrospective of her performance art work, from 1999 to the present, speaking about pieces of art that she links with vital experiences: ‘I have experiences with life’s episodes. I don’t know if these are sad or not. They are simply experiences, and these have shaped me. They have been the fountain of my wisdom, the fountain of what I can speak, of that I know.’ Galindo presents her body as a site of conflict and violence;…

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  • Rossana Reguillo: Condensations and Displacements

    Rossana Reguillo: Condensations and Displacements

    Photo/ Foto: Julio Pantoja Condensations and Displacements: The Politics of Fear on Contemporary Bodies Read this keynote in e-misférica 4.2 Abstract “The dreams of reason produce monsters”—two centuries later, Goya’s foresight affirms the nightmares of contemporary reason. In a context characterized by the unequal distribution of wealth and, especially, of risk, the politics of fear make themselves felt on the bodies of citizens. Rooted in the socioanthropology of affect, this lecture examines the centrality of fear/terror/panic and the affect they produce (hatred, rage, sorrow, hope), in/between/on the social body. More than an inventory of traits and attributes of a threatening contemporaneity,…

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  • Sérgio de Carvalho: Group Theater in São Paulo and the Commodification of Culture

    Sérgio de Carvalho: Group Theater in São Paulo and the Commodification of Culture

    Photo/Foto: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio Group Theater in São Paulo and the Commodification of Culture The recent capitalist development in Brazil generated an institutionalization of cultural production in the country. The research in the arts, which previously operated against the grain of dominant logics, now frequently becomes a conformist site of alternative inclusion in capital’s ideological order. Dissonant voices in this process, including the voices of some theater groups in the city of São Paulo, look for critical ways of confronting the general depoliticization and commodification imposed by the bare necessities of survival. Biography Sérgio de Carvalho is playwright and director of…

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  • Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui: Sociology of the Image. A View from Andean History

    Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui: Sociology of the Image. A View from Andean History

    Photo/Foto: Frances Pollitt Sociology of the Image. A View from Andean History This keynote offered a reading of the iconography of Guamán Poma de Ayala (17th century) and Melchor María Mercado (19th century) as exponents of a theorization of Andean reality in colonial and republican times, focusing on their use of images. These images constitute a hidden text that reveals aspects not directly addressed in their writings. Building on these reflections, the speaker will argue the need to consider non-alphabetic forms of Andean discourse as a path toward understanding colonial and postcolonial experience in the Andes. Biography Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui…

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  • Suely Rolnik: Archive Mania

    Suely Rolnik: Archive Mania

    Photo/Foto: Paula Kupfer Archive Mania Over the last two decades, a compulsion to archive has seized a large part of the globalized territory of art, from academic research to art exhibitions based on archives, provoking harsh disputes among collections over acquisitions. Among the privileged objects of analysis are the artistic proposals developed in Latin America during the 1960s and 70s, when politics became enmeshed in poetics. What has caused this desire for the archive to emerge in the present context? What are the politics of desire driving these initiatives and their modes of presentation? Biography Suely Rolnik has degrees in…

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  • Suely Rolnik: The Return of the Knowing Body

    Suely Rolnik: The Return of the Knowing Body

    Photo/Foto: Fran Pollitt The Return of the Knowing Body The unconscious repression of the knowing-body is the greatest violence of the colonial enterprise from a the micropolitical perspective. Such violence is at the marrow of the modern Western culture, which still structures us. Today, the toxic effects of this unconscious repression have reached their limit, generating the vast crisis in which we are immersed. To create the conditions for a return of the knowing-body —free from the effects of its traumas—becomes, thus, an unavoidable task in the resistance to the actual state of things. It’s not a matter of futurology:…

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  • Tara McPherson: Feminist in a Software Lab

    Tara McPherson: Feminist in a Software Lab

    Photo/Foto: Alexandre Nunis Feminist in a Software Lab How did a feminist film scholar trained in post-structuralist theory end up running a software lab? In answering that question, this talk engages various histories in the  development of computational systems in order to argue that we need more humanities scholars to take seriously issues in the design and implementation of software systems. Biography Tara McPherson teaches courses in the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. She authored the award-winning Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (2003). Her new media research focuses on issues of convergence,…

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  • Urban Interventions Round Table

    Urban Interventions Round Table

    Photo/Foto: Julio Pantoja Presenters: Álvaro Villalobos, Bel Borba, Diana Collazos, Nadia Granados, Tania AliceModerator: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio Biographies Álvaro Villalobos (Colombia/México) holds a Master of Visual Arts from the Universidad Autónoma (México) and from the Facultad de Artes ASAB (Bogotá). His work engages social and political problems through performances, videos, installations and photography. He is currently a professor at UNAM and UAEMéx in Mexico. Bel Borba (Brazil), known as “The People’s Picasso,” has spread his artwork throughout the 500-year-old urban landscape for thirty-five years. In 2012, he participated in the New York City’s Crossing the Line Festival, sponsored by the French…

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  • Víctor Vich: The Poetics of Grief: Memories that Occupy the City

    Víctor Vich: The Poetics of Grief: Memories that Occupy the City

    Photo/Foto: Fran Pollitt The Poetics of Grief: Memories that Occupy the City The Poetics of Grief brings to light deeply discomforting issues and proposes to question citizens through diverse symbolic means. It refers to proposals that intervene in public space calling attention to the dangers of forgetting crucial past events; events which move us away from triumphalism and that insist, over and over again, on the need to continue processing the worst of the past. In this conference, I will analyze three public  interventions, performed in contemporary Peru, that reopened discussions concerning political violence. Biography Víctor Vich holds a doctorate…

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  • Welcoming to the First Hemi Encuentro in Brazil by Marcos Terena

    Welcoming to the First Hemi Encuentro in Brazil by Marcos Terena

    The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics held its first Encuentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2-15, 2000. Participants included artists, scholars, graduate students, and activists. This eclectic and culturally diverse group, from countries throughout the Americas, captured the spirit of Encuentros: to provide a forum that encourages an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between performance and politics from diverse cultural perspectives. This is a video documentation of the welcoming by Marcos Terena, member of the Terena indigenous people, who discusses the political implications in the theorization and practice of ‘indigenous performance’ and intercultural encounters. He remembers the invasions…

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  • Ximena Castilla: Anarcho-Feminist Citizenship

    Ximena Castilla: Anarcho-Feminist Citizenship

    Photo/Foto: Marlène Ramírez-Cancio Anarcho-Feminist Citizenship A discussion that addressed the theme of citizenship from the standpoint of anarcho-feminism, framing citizenship as an ancient, efficient, subversive, and ludic construction. Biography Ximena Castilla is a criminal lawyer from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. She is a defender of women's rights and dedicates herself to human rights cases, especially those dealing with sexual and reproductive rights.

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