Imaginaries

Imaginarios are conversations through which we seek to establish a dialogue with thinkers and makers whose trajectory and work have detonated worlds of artistic and intellectual practice that have transformed thinking and doing in their respective fields.

During this Encuentro, we believe it is important to explore the non-playful dimensions of “the world upside down.” There is no doubt that violence persists in Mexico today. Kidnapping, femicide, forced disappearance, displacement, and homicide—not only the dissolution of bodies, but of life itself—all continue to mark the political and representational landscape of the entire region. This Imaginary invites us to think and act in the face of past and present violence.

Biographies

Ileana Diéguez is Research Professor at UAM-Cuajimalpa. She holds a PhD in Literature and was a postdoctoral fellow in Art History at the UNAM. Her research topics include art, the body, memory, grief, representations of violence, theatricalities, and social and expanded performativities.

Violeta Luna’s work explores the relationship between theater, performance art, and community engagement. Luna uses her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena. Luna holds a graduate degree in Acting from the Centro Universitario de Teatro, UNAM. Luna performs and teaches extensively throughout the world.

Rossana Reguillo Cruz holds a PhD in Social Sciences. She is a National Investigator (SNI, Level III) and member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. She is Professor-Researcher Emeritus in the Department of Sociocultural Studies at ITESO. She has been a visiting professor at various universities throughout Latin America, Spain, and the United States. She recently published Insurrected Landscapes: young people, networks and revolts in the autumn civilizatorio (Barcelona, 2017).

Rián Lozano (Moderator) is a researcher and Academic Secretary of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas (Institute of Aesthetic Research) at the UNAM and a member of Mexico’s National System of Researchers (SNI). She holds a degree in Art History and a PhD in Philosophy (Aesthetics and Art Theory) from the Universitat de València (Spain).

Necromachines

This panel explores different approaches to the use of humor and laughter as an activist tool while addressing their particularities when deployed in public spaces.

Biographies

Jacques Servin began his current adulthood by inserting a swarm of kissing men to a shoot-'em-up video game just before it shipped to store shelves. Finding himself fired and momentarily famous, he opted to go into weird activism. Since then, as co-founder of the Yes Men (www.theyesmen.org), he's worked for entities such as Exxon, Dow, Monsanto, and the US Chamber of Commerce, as well as for the New York Times, the New York Post, and the Washington Post, all without their approval.

Ana Francis Mor (Ana Francis López Bayghen Patiño) was born in Mexico City on July 11, 1973. She studied acting at the Foro Teatro-Contemporáneo and received her degree in Performing Arts at the Universidad de Guadalajara. She was awarded the 2011 Omecihuatl Medal for her work as an artist and LGBTTTI feminist activist. She is a co-founder of the performance company Las Reinas Chulas, which counts 50 theatrical productions among their many accomplishments. At the end of 2014, the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City awarded Las Reinas Chulas the Medal of Merit in the Arts for over 15 years of work promoting culture in the nation’s capital.

Arturo Hernández was born in Mexico City. He is the mastermind behind “Supercívicos.” He is a true Chilango (born and raised in Mexico City), and was one of the first VJs for MTV Latinoamérica. He worked for Sony Entertainment Television and the Discovery Channel before creating his own content. His production company was in charge of producing Comedy Central Latinoamérica’s ROAST with actor Hector Suárez. “Houston tenemos un programa” (Houston, We Have a Program), was one of the earlier iterations of “Supercívicos,” which became an internet phenomenon after it was canceled for its high level of political critique. @arturoelpantera

Marlène Ramírez-Cancio is Associate Director, Arts & Media, at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. In her role, she heads up the curation and production of Hemi’s large-scale, biannual Encuentros; curates HIDVL, a growing digital video library that archives and circulates the work of politically engaged artists; directs EMERGENYC, Hemi’s emerging artist program focused on art and activism; initiated and runs Hemi’s Artist Residencies for local NYC artists; and has co-created initiatives like the Helix Queer Performance Network, supporting queer artists of color and fostering intergenerational mentorship.

Public Space, Laughter, Activism