live radio broadcasts for SUMPTUARY

Mason Brown and I have an installation in the exhibition SUMPTUARY at MINT Gallery until 4/21/2014.

Every Wednesday, during SUMPTUARY closed hours, we are performing live in the space and radio broadcasting live for listening outside the gallery.

Transmission #1: 032614 recording now up on soundcloud:

Check out the Facebook event for more details here.

Check out SUMPTUARY’s full list of artists, performances, and full calendar here.

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Leading DRAW@MOCA: The Mark As Movement tomorrow!

I will be leading a workshop for the series DRAW@MOCA organized by Angus Galloway at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Georgia. This particular workshop I am leading in the series is titled “The Mark as Movement: Bodily Approaches to Mark-Making.”

My statement for the workshop: What is a line? How do we make it? In what dimension does it live? Using the body’s movement and radio transmission as material for creating lines, we will explore the paths our bodies create as they move through the generally invisible and immaterial electromagnetic spectrum that surrounds us.

It should be fun!

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Planes, Papers, and Performances!

A couple updates and more to follow after said events:

1. I will be giving a paper tomorrow morning (November 9th) at the annual National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Oakland, CA titled “Misrecognized Immunity: Gertrude Stein’s Portraits and an Autoimmune Aesthetic” on the panel “Decolonizing Vision: Reading Visual Culture Through a Feminist Lens.”

2. I will also be performing with the Atlanta group OMIGOD HELLO HOW ARE YOU this Saturday (November 10) at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art for its College Night. The performances accompany the current special exhibition Fast Forward: Modern Moments 1913>>2013. My performance title: new descendent on escaleer, no, too.

Documentation and more information to follow!

Southeastern College Art Conference

I presented a paper titled “An Autoimmune Aesthetic” in the panel “Visualizing Disability” chaired by Ann Millett-Gallant from UNC – Greensboro at the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) a couple weeks ago. Ann wrote a book called The Disabled Body in Contemporary Art that I’m really looking forward to checking out. I’m hoping to continue my work on that paper, so I’m not going to post it just yet…

However, I am going to post some links to other projects I found interesting. I went to a panel called “Stoking Hephaestus’ Fire: Linking Art and Science” and saw some interesting art projects presented.

The artist Matt Kenyon’s talk “Techno-Activism and Inverse Biotelemetry” showed projects from his collaborative work with Douglas Easterly “SWAMP“: Studies of Work Atmosphere and Mass Production. One work that I particularly liked was the improvised empathetic device (i.e.d.). This device worn around the arm, tracks the deaths of US soldiers in the Middle East, oftentimes because of improvised explosive devices, I.E.Ds. The device delivers a prick to the wearer when data is updated. (This project reminded me of Wafaa Bilal’s performance piece titled … and Counting where he had the dead tattooed on his back from the war in Afghanistan. However, in Bilal’s piece, he draws awareness to our lack of attention to the deaths of Afghani civilians; he tracks their losses as well as the US’s.)

The next talk in the panel, “Ut Pictura Scientia: The Studio Lab” given by Shona Macdonald, had many projects! I’m just going to list them here:

Katy Schimert, A Woman’s Brain (1995): investigates differences in the brain based on the separate sexes

Marilene Oliver, I know you inside out (2001): a reconstruction of the convicted murderer who was convinced to donate his body to science, becoming the basis of the Visible Human Project.

Margaret Wertheim and Christine Wertheim, The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef: “a woolly celebration of the intersection of higher geometry and feminine handicraft, and a testimony to the disappearing wonders of the marine world.” The project interestingly also involves an appropriation of mathematics in making the crocheted forms.

The next talk was “Leveraging Public Experience in a  Scientistic Approach to the Arts” by Wayne Madsen. He presented his own works, and the one I was most interested in was wiki_panopticon which engages with deleted data that is stored from entries in wikipedia: Art, Artificial Intelligence, Ideology, Justice, Anarchism, Truth, Consciousness, and Tradition.

The last talk was “Printmaking on a Micro Scale: An Art and Science Collaboration” by Al Denyer and Erik Brunvand. This project involved a new technique of printmaking on silicon chips. These are super tiny! Only 300-500 microns large! We’re talking millimeters big. They use integrated circuit manufacturing to make the prints, and it is basically a process of layering metals to create the image.

I thought it was interesting that the approaches to science and technology were so different between the projects. Many of the projects were much more political in their themes whether it be about war and the loss of life, communication and the way data is saved and surveilled, disciplined bodies and biomedicine’s interventions, or environmental disasters. I’m not so sure about the politics of the printmaking on silicon wafers still though; it seems like a more straightforward aesthetic and material enterprise. However I can see a critique of its being problematic in terms of classism (?) – who would be able to own these? What are the conditions of production that make that project possible?

These projects all seem to point to ways that science and technology can both be used and examined in artistic practices. Can we use technology and science in a way that is self-reflexive of its conditions while also talking about something else? Must the artist always need to be aware of the conditions of the material, the technology?

Panel discussion: “The Intersection of Religion and Health Care”

This Sunday there will be a panel discussion titled “The Intersection of Religion and Health Care” at Spertus Institute in Chicago. Some info from the website:

When we need to grapple with significant health issues, what shapes our focus and direction? How do we find comfort for ourselves? How can we be most helpful to the sick? How do we navigate the spiritual needs of family members while making the right medical decisions for ailing loved ones? What role does religion play in our answers to these questions? What roles do doctors and other medical caregivers play? Join Dr. James A. Tulsky, Rabbi Amy Eilberg, and Rabbi Dr. Eleanor Smith as they present their perspectives on how science and faith interact when we face challenging medical circumstances.

It should be pretty interesting. Sunday, June 26th, 2pm. 610 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL. $18 for general public and $8 for students.

To visit Spertus’ website for more information, click here.

Opening this weekend!: Symptoms Variable

I am in a show opening this weekend! The show, Symptoms Variable, opens this Friday (May 6th) at Roxaboxen Exhibitions in Pilsen: 6-9pm, 2130  W 21st Street (near the Damen stop on the pink line).

Description of show:

Eight artists expose and confront the symptoms of social phenomena in a thoroughly interdisciplinary exhibition, combining digital and craft works with graphic design and interaction. Symptoms, a vague term meaning simply “signs of evidence of phenomena,” is used to describe critical situations in medicine, politics, and economics. Variable symptoms occur sporadically, confusing diagnoses and complicating interventions. Symptoms in the exhibition indicate problems of taste, identity, economics, and culture, treatable through three imaginary medications:

AccumulofetishixTM: Manages anxiety associated with advertising immersion and hyperbolic growth. Images and merchandise form an adhesive bond upon contact with computer paint tools, subcultural icons, high school yearbooks to corporate logos.

BodaceptTM: Heals the hard to define space between the self and the other in physical space and psychological experience. Site-specific installations and projections interact with architecture and large jacquard weavings to invade and control the human body in both unusual and everyday experiences.

PlacebexTM: The Placebo category recontextualizes everyday interactions with ambient noise and decoration through interactive pieces using sound, gravel, pottery, and macaroni and cheese.

The artists are members of the 2011 Master of Arts of Visual and Critical Studies class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and will present their thesis research in a symposium on May 12 from 6-9 pm.

Participating artists include: Sara Clugage, Christine Elliot, T. Brandon Evans, Meredith Kooi, Lauren A. Ross, L.C. Parker, Jeremy Shedd, and Dustin Yager.

Artists websites: www.meredithkooi.us, cargocollective.com/laurenaross, and www.ceramicsandtheory.com

Roxaboxen Exhibitions is an artist-run gallery and performance space in the heart of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. www.roxaboxenminicastle.com

Episode 3: Radius

Coming up next week!: be sure to check out the latest episode of Radius, an experimental radio  broadcast platform in Chicago. The episode will feature work by Andy Ortmann. It’s going to be a great, and really intense, listening experience.
Information is posted below. To check out Radius, click here.
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Episode 03 will host Andy Ortmann. Andy has been making eclectic electronic experimental music since 1990. His early efforts yielded abrasive synthesizer and electro-acoustic recordings where the more recent albums are of higher concepts and technical execution. Andy curates Nihilist Records label, performs with the noise project Panicsville and produces a radio show for WFMU called The Eternal Now.
Radius will be premiering his newest work RAPE OF NANKING. In anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre, Ortmann constructed a three hour piece of electronic music that in some minor way, reflects on and/or interprets the inhumanity and abominable brutality of which humans are capable. RAPE OF NANKING will run for two consecutive Monday and Wednesdays on March 21, 23, 28 and 30 at 6pm CST.

Radius is an experimental radio broadcast platform based in Chicago, IL, USA.The goal is to support work that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Radius features a new project semi-monthly with statements by artists who use radio as a primary element in their work. Radius provides artists with live and experimental formats in radio programming.

Radius is administered by Jeff Kolar.

 

Benlysta, a Lupus Drug, Is Approved by F.D.A. – NYTimes.com

The first drug since Eisenhower for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus for short) has been approved by the FDA. The drug, Benlysta will be marketed under GlaxoSmithKline, but was developed by Human Genome Sciences. The drug was developed through the  discovery of a protein, the B lymphocyte stimulator through “sifting through its database of human genes,” that could then be inhibited by a monoclonal antibody – which is the drug Benlysta, or belimumab. This discovery made by exploring human genomic data makes this drug one of the first “to emerge from the genomics revolution.”

Interestingly enough, the drug is administered via intravenous infusion every 28 days, so about every month, and would end up costing around $35,000 a year. With this cost, it seems unlikely that the drug would be administered widely, especially since the cost of steroids and anti-malarials is so cheap. Another complicating factor in this drug approval is that it is not necessarily approved for African-American patients. It was said that African-Americans “did not appear to respond to the drug,” and the FDA claimed that “there were too few African-Americans in the trials to draw a definitive conclusion.”

The discovery and approval of this drug are more socially, racially, economically, and sexually complicated than one might think at first glance. One needs to keep in mind the demographics of the disease: an overwhelming majority of lupus patients are women, and of that number, a majority is African-American or Hispanic. Not to mention the price of the drug – it is hard to imagine that those with severely active or debilitating lupus who might be on disability or can’t work full-time would be able to afford such a drug. The steroid here may win out yet again and the push for newer, costlier, and more effective drugs to treat lupus may dwindle. (And, then, I am not even sure about the complicating factor of human gene research used to create this drug. That seems to bring up a whole other set of issues…)

To read the article printed in the NY Times, click here: Benlysta, a Lupus Drug, Is Approved by F.D.A. – NYTimes.com.

To check out the Lupus Foundation’s response, click here, and FAQ about the drug, click here.

Evolution may have pushed humans toward greater risk for type 1 diabetes

Evolution may have pushed humans toward greater risk for type 1 diabetes.

This article makes the case that humans may actually be evolving towards some autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Supposedly there is a connection between RA and tuberculosis. It’s interesting to think that some of these autoimmune diseases that cause so much pain and are potentially fatal, may in fact be (somewhat) necessary violence. Is the body reconfiguring itself to prevent firm distinctions between self and other? What can this mean for the rhetoric of the autoimmune condition? Is the ability to recognize self not always needed?