Public Space, Laughter, Activism

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.

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