Blinded by the luster of the “new”, the existence of the “first” becomes irrelevant to us. We've lost sight of the fact that many cultures of the developing world are connected to traditions of technological innovation that are thousands of years old. Here's a meditation on the connection between being deemed irrelevant and being encouraged to become invisible.
Xavier Leonard is a composer, multi-media artist, and head of Heads On Fire, an organization teaching multimedia tools to disenfranchised people in turbulent political environments, such as homeless youth and California women prisoners.
“Powering Up/Powering Down” is sponsored in part by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), and the UC San Diego Department of Music in connection with the departments of Visual Arts, Music, and Literature at UCSD along with the UC Riverside and Los Angeles campuses.