February 19, 2016

Immigration: Art/Critique/Process symposium

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Lois Hock, from the “Nightscope Series,” 2006. Inkjet photograph.

In this two-day symposium on art and immigration, leading creative and critical voices come together to move the discussion beyond the territorialization of identity, and focus instead on the dynamic, ongoing processes that continually refashion our common social fabric. Featuring artist presentations and performances, film screenings, lectures and a series of Q&A sessions, the symposium examines the creative endeavor in multiple, simultaneous vectors of collective becoming, and the potentialities in our mutual entanglements and reciprocal imaginaries of the future. Also under examination are issues of biopolitics and the impact of the climate crisis on global migration. Presenters include critical theorist Claire Colebrook; virtual reality and immersive journalism pioneer Nonny de la Peña; cultural critics and curators Kency Cornejo, Jennifer Doyle, Ruth Estévez, Michael Ned Holte, Ricardo Roque Baldovinos, Tyler Stallings and Pilar Tompkins Rivas; and artists Nao Bustamante, Rafa Esparza, Regina José Galindo, Harry Gamboa Jr., Louis Hock, Chico MacMurtrie, Ronald Morán, Yoshua Okón and Javier Toscano.

Thursday, March 17

Opening remarks: James Wiltgen

Performance: Regina José Galindo, Rafa Esparza, Nao Bustamante

Border Crossers: Chico MacMurtrie


Documentary:Frontera: A Sketch for the Creation of a Future Society (77 minutes, 2014), a project by Laboratorio 060 Direction: Lourdes Morales, Javier Toscano, Iván Lomelí
Followed by a Q&A with: Ruth Estevez and Javier Toscano


Friday, March 18

Opening remarks: Beatriz Cortez

Cultural Critique: Michael Ned Holte, Kency Cornejo, Ricardo Roque Baldovinos

Curatorial Practices: Tyler Stallings, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Jennifer Doyle

Virtual Reality: Use of Force (2014) by Nonny de la Peña
Followed by a Q&A with Nonny de la Peña

Visual Art: Louis Hock, Ronald Morán, Yoshua Okón, Harry Gamboa Jr.


Keynote: Claire Colebrook “Scale and Refuge”


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About the MA Aesthetics and Politics Program
The MA Aesthetics and Politics Program offers a one-year degree that encourages interrogations of the arts and politics in an expanded field. Students specialize in Critical Theory, Global Studies, or Media and Urban Studies and get up close and personal with key contemporary artists and thinkers, including next year’s visiting faculty member Santiago Zabala and theorist-in-residence Lauren Berlant.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2016. Financial aid packages are available in the form of scholarships, grants, and teaching assistantships.

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