"Your degree of humbleness and willingness to do menial tasks and uncredited behind-the-scenes work should increase in proportion to your privilege and your safety and your history of involvement in organizing. That is to say if you are able-bodied, if you have money, if you have resources, if you are seen as white, hetero, cis, if you have had the opportunity to develop your politics through theory rather than through forced violations against your body and your people, then take that backseat, offer a share of your resources to help organizers and activists travel and stay sheltered, protect and stand with communities you are not from, but do not take up space. Humbleness is what fuels a courageous fight that does not center you as savior."
Check out PRAXIS this week! We will have filmmaker Alex Rivera, digital media artist who uses tactile interfaces to tell stories and make arguments Erik Loyer, and curator of the Black Radical Imagination ProjectErin Christovale. SCI Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts 3470 McClintock Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211
Exhibition: November 7-11, 2016, 10am-8pm Artist Talks: October 10, 6pm (reception at 6, talks begin at 6:30) www.usc-praxis.com
PRAXIS is a series of exhibitions and monthly conversations with media artists, curated by PhD students Biayna Bogosian, Catherine Griffiths and Emilia Yang. The program brings together members of LA's experimental media and design community to engage in a discourse about future cinema and design practice at the edges of the field. This month's PRAXIS will feature artists:
"Despite all its weaknesses, the anthropocene debate should force geology to confront investigators’ relationships to processes of geological change they measure, akin to the challenges posed by quantum mechanics to physics at the dawn of the nuclear age. It should reckon with the field’s colonial inheritances, which make geology, like all colonial science, an impure science that cannot be understood outside of the context of the relations of place, labor, and production that mobilize it. Geology is a spawn of the colonial capitalist assemblage that is rapidly transforming the planet, and whether or not geologists formalize ‘anthropocene,’ the discipline cannot stand objectively outside the relations that term clumsily attempts to name."
Relevant to our upcoming unit, check out this Machine Project event:
Come to Machine Project Saturday, October 22nd at 8pm for a lecture by Julia Christensen on her project, Upgrade Available, investigating why our relationships with technology are so complex, and how we deal with our electronics once they are obsolete.
Julia has traveled the globe tracking the physical movement of our electronic goods as they transition into e-waste, and examining the cultural implications of this untenable system. Christensen’s talk unravels the narrative of her international journeys and the resulting art works they’ve inspired, tying the global aggregate of e-waste back to our everyday lived experience with technology. More info here.