HemiPress Launch and Reception

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 06:00 - 09:00 pm

Please join us as we officially celebrate the launch of HemiPress! We are thrilled to announce our Gesture series with the release of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab's [({ })] Transborder Immigrant Tool. We will also be celebrating the release of issue 12.2 of emisférica, "States of Devotion: Religion, Neoliberalism, Biopolitics." Reception to follow.

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, fifth floor
New York, NY 10003

HemiPress is the Hemispheric Institute’s digital publications imprint, created to house and centralize our diverse publication initiatives. Using a variety of customized open-source digital humanities platforms, HemiPress includes the Gesture short works series, the Duke U.P./HemiPress digital books, stand-alone essays, and the Institute’s peer-reviewed journal emisférica, alongside interviews, Cuadernos, and other online teaching resources. It also provides state-of-the-art multilingual publication capacities and immersive formats for capturing the “live” of performance, as well as a digital “bookshelf”—the interface that houses all of the Institute’s publications and connects communities of readers across the Americas.

Gesture––the new Tome series from HemiPress––publishes short, evocative digital works that combine multimedia and writing to make an original critical intervention in the fields of performance and politics. “Gesture” performs across various expressive arenas. From Medieval Latin gestūra, gesture is a mode of action. It refers to a movement by the body intended to express a thought or feeling, an emotion, an idea, an opinion, and a political posture. The embodied, communicative, affective, and political dimensions of the word open up an expressive field of possibility, which ranges from the impulse to communicate to the accomplished act. Gestures can be both fleeting expressions and iterable, quotable enactments that cite previous acts and positions. The digital gesture signals a command. Gestures often accompany speech, but they are not reducible to verbal language. Gestures capture the many forms of expression that make up a communicative act. Gesture invites scholars, activists, and artists to submit work that enacts a position, a movement, a critical reflection.

[({ })] Transborder Immigrant Tool: This Gesture foregrounds the mediatic, aural, and poetic dimensions of Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0/b.a.n.g. lab’s Transborder Immigrant Tool project. Incorporating photography, video, audio, poetry, and prose, this Gesture works across four languages of the Americas—English, Spanish, Nahuatl, and Ayuujk/Mixe––to produce a uniquely rich digital experience of this important work at a critical moment of political transformation.

The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings and 20 Cooper Square is a wheelchair accessible venue.