Immigration: Art/Critique/Process

Immigration: Art/Critique/Process

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, 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.

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Immigration: Art/Critique/Process


Organized by James Wiltgen (School of Critical Studies, CalArts) and Beatriz Cortez (Department of Central American Studies, CSUN)




4:00 – 4:30pm Opening Remarks:


James Wiltgen


4:30 – 6:30pm Performance:


Regina José Galindo


Rafa Esparza


Nao Bustamante




Border Crossers


Chico MacMurtrie


7:30 – 8:30pm Reception


8:30pm Documentary:


Frontera: A Sketch for the Creation of a Future Society (77 min., 2014)


A Project by Laboratorio 060


Direction: Lourdes Morales, Javier Toscano, Iván Lomelí


Followed by a Q&A with: Ruth Estevez and Javier Toscano




10:30 – 11:00am Opening Remarks:


Beatriz Cortez


11:00am – 12:30pm Cultural Critique:


Michael Ned Holte


Kency Cornejo


Ricardo Roque Baldovinos


12:30 – 2:00pm Break for lunch


2:00 – 3:30pm Curatorial Practices:


Tyler Stallings


Pilar Tompkins Rivas


Jennifer Doyle


3:30 – 4:00pm Coffee Break


4:00 – 5:00pm Virtual Reality:


Use of Force (2014)


By Nonny de la Peña


Followed by a Q&A with Nonny de la Peña


5:00 – 5:30pm Coffee Break


5:30 – 7:30pm Visual Art:


Louis Hock


Ronald Morán


Harry Gamboa Jr.


7:30 – 8:30pm Reception


8:30pm Keynote: “Scale and Refuge”


Claire Colebrook




Organized by James Wiltgen, of the CalArts School of Critical Studies, and Beatriz Cortez, of the Department of Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge.

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THU 3/17
4:00 pm
$11  $8FREE
FRI 3/18
10:30 am
$11  $8FREE

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff