Politics/Activism

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Moderators

 

Panelists

 

Biographies


Luis Guillermo Nugent is a historian at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He attended his graduate courses in Mexico and the United States. He is a Professor at PUCP, Universidad de Lima and the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Peruvian University of Applied Sciences). He is a contributor to the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Peru. He is the author of "El Conflicto de las sensibilidades"(The conflict of sensitivities), "El Poder Delgado", "El laberinto de la Choledad"(The labyrinth of Choledad), "Composición sin título"(Composition without a title) about the forms of representation of power in Peru and Latin America from the perspective of oral, written and audiovisual communication. He's currently a researcher for DESCO, in Lima, Peru.

Jesusa Rodríguez is an actress and director. She was born in Mexico in 1955. She was awarded Best Actress for El Concilio de Amor at the Montreal's Festival de Las Americas in 1989. In 1990, she was awarded with a Guggenheim grant. In 1994-1997, she received an Arts ad Humanities grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Along with Liliana Felipe, she renovated the Teatro la Capilla and founded the cabaret El Habito in which she has acted and directed more than 320 productions in ten years (1990-2000). In 1996, she directed a video version of Mozart's opera Cosí Fan Tutte and Da Ponte. In 1997, she directed a version for the opera Primero Sueño de Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz's first dream). In 1998 and 1999, she acted in "Las Horas de Belén" in Mexico and New York. In 2000, she presented José Ramón Enríquez's El Fuego (The Fire). Renato Leduc's Prometeo Sifilítico (Prometeus stricken with syphilis) and adapted Esquilo's Prometeo Encadenado (Prometeus in chains). In 2000, along with Liliana Felipe, she was awarded with an OBIE from New York's The Village Voice. In 2000, Ms. Rodríguez opened the Teatro Brava, in San Francisco, CA, with her play Belén. At present, she is working on Shakespeare's Macbeth.

 

Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), the group that developed Virtual-Sit In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He is Senior Editor of The Thing (bbs.thing.net). He is a former member of Critical Art Ensemble (1987 to 1994), the originators of the theory of Electronic CivilDisobedience). He recently presented a 12 hour streaming media net.performance with Coco Fusco, entitled ÒDolores from 10h to 22hÓ from Finnish Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, in Helsinki (www.kiasma.fi/ars/dolores), 2002. Ricardo was a Fake_Fakeshop Worker from 1997 to 2000 (www.fakeshop.com), a hybrid performance group, that was one of the first net.art projects presented at the Whitney Biennial 2000. Dominguez has collaborated on a number of international net_art projects. His first digital zapatismo project took place in 1996 - 97, a three month RealVideo/Audio network project: The Zapatista/Port Action at (MIT) with Ron Rocco. His essays have appeared at Ctheory (www.ctheory.org) and in "Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas," (Routledge, 2000), edited by Coco Fusco. He edited EDT's forthcoming book Hacktivism: network_art_activismÓ, (Autonomedia Press, 2002)

Las Agencias is not a closed collective group of artists and political activists. It is a movement that was originated in Barcelona more than a year ago. People from different cities and countries - with experiences in intervention art - got together to share a mutual interest: to investigate the ways of making art where the most creative and ambiguous trends of political activism feed the contemporary tactics and artistic techniques. Las Agencias create, grow and destroy themselves in due time according to the projects they are involved in. Thus, the Agencia Grafica played an important role in the campaigns "Dinero Gratis", "BCN2001 - Contra el Banco Mundial, or "La Bolsa o la Vida." The Agencia de Medios was quite important in the gestation of IndyMedia in Barcelona. The Agencia de Moda y Complementos worked on projects such as "Prêt a Revolter" or the "tutte bianche" Hispanics. The Agencia Fotografica develops an important work concerning documentation in collaboration with solidarity networks dealing with migrants in the southern border of Spain. The Agencia Espacial has developed a series of vehicles from the ShowBus to the Video-Bicis or the Bicke-writers. The latest developed projects have been "New Kids on the Black Block"(www.newkidsontheblackblock.com) and Guerra Mítica (www.guerramitica.com). During the summer of 2002, under the title of "Ninguna Persona es illegal"(Nobody is illegal) Las Agencias will develop a project of exhibition and intervention related to migration and globalization issues in Madrid.