Livestreaming a Convening: Re-Fest 2022

CultureHub presents Re-Fest 2022 livestreaming on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network from Wednesday 16 March to Friday 25 March 2022.

Wednesday 16 March

Dialogue: Ritual, Spirituality, and Healing Practices
9 am PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 pm EDT (New York, UTC -4)

Members of SUPERCOLLIDER’s 2022 SciArt Ambassador Cohort will present and facilitate a dialogue on ritual, spirituality and healing practices in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Artists and artist-curators will present on three projects that facilitate healing in regards to racial discrimination, ecological degradation, and queerness. Following presentations on each project, the audience will be invited to engage in a dialogue around building new community practices for care-taking and healing.

SUPERCOLLIDER SciArt Ambassadors include:
Naomi Stewart on healing for racial injustice
Paige Emery on community gardening and caretaking
Mich Miller on queer joy

The conversation will be moderated by Isabel Beavers.

SUPERCOLLIDER creates immersive science+art experiences—including (inter)nationally curated satellites for pop-ups, festivals, and research institutes—that vividly reclaim our future and explode our present. Located at the Beacon Arts Building in Los Angeles, CA, SUPERCOLLIDER is the Mothership (HQ) for sci+art+tech exhibitions in greater Los Angeles and beyond. We feature bi-monthly exhibitions and extend our curations via satellites to local and (inter)national spaces.

Thursday 17 March

Separation and Reunification: Families, Art, and Advocacy
9 am PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 12 pm EDT (New York, UTC -4)

In this conversation, panelists will discuss their insights surrounding family separation and re-unification and artists’ and art’s role in advocacy efforts. We will also address the current news regarding child separation at the borders in the US

Belén Moyano discusses an advocacy initiative she created with Immigrant Families Together, for asylum-seeking families and children separated from their families at the southwest US/Mexico border. Emilio Williams speaks about his play 3.5 Sister which exists across borders and Zoom screens, involving his own personal separation. Emilio also relates how in the gay community the AIDS crisis created the separation of family lineage, non-biological parents, that we’re just starting to understand now. Carly Pérez Fernández (Communications Director, Detention Watch Network) shares about work with artists on the Free Them All art installation in front of the White House last summer, featuring portraits of formerly detained leaders.

Panelists include Belén Moyano, Emilio Williams, Carly Pérez Fernández (Detention Watch Network), Jane Shim (Immigrant Defense Project), curated by Catherine Filloux.

This conversation is presented in partnership with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CCR is committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. We do that by combining cutting-edge litigation, advocacy and strategic communications in work on a broad range of civil and human rights issues, listed below.

Friday 18 March

Short Performances 3.18

Join us for an evening of short performances curated by Yo-Yo Lin and NAVEL followed by a set by DJ heyLove*. The evening will take place in the Re–Fest virtual venue, a custom built 3D environment that features a virtual gallery of video art installed by DigiAna Group, a collaborative drawing room, and a performance space. The performances will also be livestreamed on the CultureHub watch page.

Performances include: Jose Richard Aviles (Callejera), Anna Gichan (Snippets of Everything is a Speaker), Joselia Hughes, and Yo-Yo Lin.

Access coordinators will be present in the Virtual Venue, which will feature an accompanying Zoom support room. Please contact access@culturehub.org for any access questions or further needs.

Performances by Jose Richard Aviles (NAVEL), Anna Gichan, Joselia Hughes, and Yo-Yo Lin
5 pm PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 8 pm EDT (New York, UTC -4)

Music by DJ HeyLove*
6 pm PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 9 pm EDT (New York, UTC -4)

NAVEL is a Test Site for Kinship. We share space, tools, and resources with artists and cultural workers to nourish kinful and regenerative creative ecologies. Through incubation, partnerships, and events, we co-create experimental spaces in Los Angeles and beyond which imagine and build a more just and collaborative world.

Jose Richard Aviles is a multimedia artist, Urban Planner, and Social Worker based out of Los Angeles. As a former organizer, and a current artist, Aviles is interested in the intersections between space and justice, laughter and resistance, and the magic of the stage. Currently, Aviles is promoting their first published collection of poems, Semilla and developing a new poetry EP, “La Carta Que Nunca Envie”, an homage to Juan Gabriel and the countless lovers that are hidden in the lyrics. “Lo que se ve no se pregunta” -Juan Gabriel

Anna Gichan (she/her) is an east coast dancer and choreographer who uses movement as a means for cultivating relationships with the self, others, and the world around her. She is interested in sensory gains and deprivations which reflects her experiences as a deaf/hoh woman.

Monday 21 March

Agnosis

Colombian artist Fito Segrera will have a conversation around the works Agnosis: The Lost Memories and Datasphere, two portable electroencephalograms that, through machine learning, image processing algorithms and video hardware, reflect on the construction of collective memory and the possibility of understanding technologies as tools to create social fabric.

In the works, the social VR platforms become scenarios to travel through the memories (materialized as ghostly projections) of Afro-descendant communities of the Caribbean worked with whom Segrera during 2013. ? What role have technological tools played in the representation of otherness?

In this conversation, the artist will exchange ideas with members of the School of Digital Arts-SODA, Manchester Metropolitan University and Hyphen Hub. Panelists include: Fito Segrera, Asher Remy-Toledo, Dr. David Jackson, Marsha Courneya, and Valentino Catricalá.

This conversation is presented in partnership with the Hyphen Hub and SODA (School of Digital Arts) at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Fito Segrera (b. 1983, Colombia) is an artist and creative technologist working at the intersection between art, philosophy and technology. Segrera’s philosophical and poetic systems investigate our common models of cognition and perception, the limitations of Mind and our relationship with the world and ourselves. His current artistic practice attempts to use the rationality of artificial intelligence to lift the veil of the irrational by exposing the errors behind machine learning and cognitive computing systems. Segrera’s installations and sculptures act as instruments for understanding the limitations of human perception and our ideas about the nature of reality.

Friday 25 March

Short Performances 3.25

Join us for an evening of short performances featuring B. Dunn Movement, Vir-Amicus, and Mikhail Torich, followed by a set by Sunken Cages, DJ Ripley, and Art Jones. The evening will take place in the Re–Fest virtual venue, a custom built 3D environment that features a virtual gallery of video art installed by DigiAna Group, a collaborative drawing room, and a performance space. The performances will also be livestreamed on the CultureHub watch page.

Performances include: The Xaelon Manifesto + Mikhail Torich ft. Vir-Amicus (curated by BAAD!) and B. Dunn Movement

Access coordinators will be present in the Virtual Venue, which will feature an accompanying Zoom support room. Please contact access@culturehub.org for any access questions or further needs.

Performances: B. Dunn Movement and The Xaelon Manifesto + Mikhail Torich ft. Vir-Amicus (BAAD!)
5 pm PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 8 pm EDT (New York, UTC -4)

Music by Sunken Cages x DJ Ripley with Visuals by Art Jones
6 pm PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 9 pm EDT (New York, UTC -4)

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