Friday, January 12, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Live Artists Live: Simultaneity
Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, 2018
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, December 12, at 9 a.m. See schedule below for more details. Please check back to RSVP.
Performance artists including Carlos Martiel, Mickey Negrón, Nao Bustamante, Rafa Esparza, Xandra Ibarra, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, and Dorian Wood will come together for Simultaneity, the second iteration of the USC Roski School of Art and Design’s performance-art biennial, Live Artists Live.
In an exciting two days of performances, dialogues, a Long Table event led by Beatriz Cortez, and more, acclaimed artists and scholars will explore the simultaneity that exists within binational and multicultural lives. Diana Taylor, the founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and author of The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas, will offer the keynote address.
About the Participants:
Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist residing in Los Angeles. Bustamante’s precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. She is vice dean of art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. (Facebook, IMDb, Twitter, Vimeo, Wikipedia)
Andy Campbell is an art historian, critic, and curator who focuses on the juncture of identity-based political movements, visual culture, and art’s histories. He is an assistant professor of critical studies at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. (Official website, USC profile)
Beatriz Cortez is an artist and a writer who uses the concept of simultaneity to explore the experiences of migration, living in two places at once (San Salvador and Los Angeles), existing in different versions of modernity, and moving back and forth within different technologies and temporalities. She is a professor of Central American studies at California State University, Northridge. (Official website)
Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based artist from the El Paso/Juárez border who performs under the alias La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses hyperbolized modes of racialization and sexualization to test the boundaries between her own body and coloniality, compulsory whiteness, and Mexicanidad. She is also a community organizer who works within immigrant, anti-rape, and prison-abolitionist movements. (Official website, Vimeo, Wikipedia)
Amelia Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor and vice dean of critical studies at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Her publications include Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History, co-edited with Adrian Heathfield; Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts; and Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories, co-edited with Erin Silver. (USC profile, Wikipedia)
Marcus Kuiland-Nazario is an artist, curator, producer, educator, and experience designer. He is a founding artist or co-founder of Viva! (the nation’s first Latino gay and lesbian arts organization), the 18th Street Arts Center, Highways Performance Space, and Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, among others. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Carlos Martiel lives and works in New York and Havana. His award-winning works have been exhibited and performed around the world. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Mickey Negrón (Asuntos Efímeros) is a Puerto Rican performance artist/ actor/creator who turns to the real in the theatrical in search of freedom and whose actions work to decolonize a strange island body. He is the director and founder of the Puerto Rican performance festival Quiebre.
Diana Taylor is University Professor and a professor of performance studies and Spanish at NYU, and the 2017 president of the Modern Language Association. She is the founding director of the Hemispheric Institute and the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America and The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas, among other works. (Hemispheric Institute profile, Wikipedia)
Noura Wedell is a writer, scholar, translator, editor for Semiotext(e), and lecturer in critical studies at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Her book of poetry, Odd Directions, replays 1970s conceptualist investigations of space and meaning. (Facebook, USC profile)
Dorian Wood uses his corpulent body and booming voice to revel in challenging the artist-audience separation in works informed by his position as a queer man of color and an autodidact without a college education or a strong alliance to any particular community. His work has been showcased in concert halls and performance spaces around the world, and he has released more than a dozen recordings. (Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter, Vimeo, Wikipedia, YouTube)
Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
Photo: Camilo Godoy