Powering Up / Powering Down 1/30/04-2/1/04
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A map of ucsd with conference locations and nearby parking lots highlighted.

Auxiliary events:

Thursday, January 29

5 pm Reading curated by Eileen Myles in room 3155 in the Literature Building
7 pm Visiting artist series curated by Roberto Tejada:
Mendi Obadike presents her work at the Visual Arts Facilities' Black box

Act 1

Friday, January 30th
Price Center Theater, UCSD

9 am Registration/Orientation
10 am Welcome/Introduction, with Teknika Radica
10:30 am Keynote Address
Pauline Oliveros:
“Tripping on Wires: the Wireless Body”
  Session I: Whose Technology?
11 am Renee Coulombe
“High-tech/ low-tech: appropriation, re-purposing & creation” (lecture/performance)
  Emily Hicks
“Black Velvet Butterflies in Cyberspace” (performance)
12 pm Lunch
  Session II: Social Circuitry
1 pm Sara Roberts
“Live Data Base” (interactive sound game in Eucalyptus grove)
  The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest
“Social Culture as Technology” (lecture/performance)
  Trevor Paglen
“Listening to Pelican Bay” (lecture/performance)
  Mary Lee Roberts
“We Lose Our Way” (lecture/performance)
2:30 pm Ryoko Amadee Goguen
“Zero, Connected, Empty” (performance)
  Session III: Dislocutions
3 pm Fox Harrell
“The Algebra of Identity” (lecture/performance)
  Talan Memmott
“Dislocution/Translocation/Electracy: The Pro[blem|mise](s) of Electronic Writing” (lecture/performance)
  short break
4:30 pm Shelley Jackson
“The Shelley Jackson Vocational School for Ghost Speakers and Hearing-Mouth Children” (lecture/demonstration)
5 pm Panel Discussion: Dislocutions
Eileen Myles, chair
Nao Bustamante, Shelley Jackson, Talan Memmott, Mary Lee Roberts
6 pm VAF Galleries and Studio A Open
8 pm Concert at the Neurosciences Institute
Blevin Blectum/Sagan, Xavier Leonard, Pauline & friends, Pieter Snapper, Pamela Z

Act II

Saturday, January 31st
Neurosciences Institute, La Jolla

8:30 am - 1 pm Registration
  Session III: Access and Architectures
9 am Ruth Hellier-Tinoco
“Disability/Ability: Proposing Interaction & Challenging Subjectivity through the Soundbeam” (lecture & workshop)
  Sharon Daniel
“Achieving an Aesthetics of Dignity in the Field of the Database” (paper)
10 am coffee break
  Session IV: Technologies of the Body
10:30 am Lisa Nakamura
“The Multiplication of Difference in Post-Millennial Cyberpunk Film: The Visual Culture of Race in the Matrix” (paper)
  Rachel Mayeri
“Stories From the Genome” (Video screening)
  Ron Athey
“Joyce” (artist talk)
12 pm Lunch
12 pm - ongoing Nao Bustamante
“Find yourself through me” (performance/installation)
1 pm Panel Discussion: Technologies of the Body
Mitchell Morris, chair
Ron Athey, Rachel Mayeri, Lisa Nakamura, Allucquère Rosanne (Sandy) Stone
2 pm break
  Session V: Use, Misuse and Appropriation
2:30 pm Mendi and Keith Obadike “The Pink of Stealth” (screening)
  Los Cybrids
“Techno-Santeros: an Appropriated Prayer to the Four Directions” (performance)
3:30 pm Panel Discussion: Use, Misuse, and Appropriation
Adriene Jenik, Chair
Blevin Blectum, Los Cybrids, Xavier Leonard, Mendi Obadike
4:30 pm Gallery open
5 pm Studio A open (Maryanne Amacher performance)
Film screenings in VAF Performance Space
7 pm Concert at the Neurosciences Institute
Monique Buzzarté/Alice Shields piece, Nina Eidsheim with soNu, Anne Lebaron, Miya Masaoka, Kristin Nordeval solo/Zanana, Pat Payne, Juliana Snapper/Sean Griffin, Zanana
9 pm Art Party (Galleries open)
Refreshments served, DJ, dancing
Performances by: Cristyn Magnus and Tracy McMullen, Gascia Ouzounian, Pei Xiang


Sunday, February 1st
Price Center Theater, UCSD

  Session VI: Performing Histories and Imagining Futures
10 am Anna Everett
“Serious Play: Playing with Race and Gender in Computer Games” (paper)
  Leah Gilliam
“My Robot Girlfriend” (video screening)
11:30 am Panel Discussion: Performing Histories and Imagining Futures
Kara Lynch, chair
George Lewis, Leah Gilliam, Anna Everett, Adriene Jenik
12:30 pm Closing Lecture
George Lipsitz
“The Rebellion of Technology: Aesthetics, Destruction, and Democracy”

About the Panels


Dislocution expresses a double disruption of place and speech. How have artists experimented with medium as integral to expressing issues of voice? How have artists used new or appropriated media to describe experiences of exile, migration, separation, unintelligibility, censorship?

Use, Misuse, and Appropriation

What happens when we misuse technology? (What happens when we follow the uses it suggests? Does it become responsible, in some sense, for aspects of our work?) What are the advantages to working with tools as an “outsider” or amateur? (What are the advantages of working as an insider/professional?) How have queered uses of --or alterations to-- existing objects, programs and ways of doing things impacted institutionally recognized arts practices and aesthetics? What are the limitations to DIY circumvention? How does appropriation interact with the market? with identity? community?

Technologies of the Body

How do we experience and describe our bodies in relation to, and in interactions with, technologies? How do technologies articulate our bodies? Where do design, architecture, or interface implicitly or explicitly racialize, gender or age the user? How are our voices and expressive energies mediated through the technologies we use? How have technological metaphors (the cyborg, posthumanity, virtuality, Afro-futurism) influenced the ways we understand human-ness? hybridity? How do our interactions with technologies influence the ways in which we understand connection? interconnectedness? Have our relationships with and through technologies shifted the way we talk about the limits of the body (in terms of nature, health, sex, pain, dirt, …)? What happens when we anthropomorphize technology? 

Performing Histories and Imagining Futures

What happens when technologies are used (in sound, visuals, performance, interface, design, …?) to articulate obscured, under-represented or non-existent histories? (What happens when they are used to embed received histories?) How are memory and forgetting engaged in the process? What is at stake when we talk about new technology and progress? How do our images of (digital) technologies, and ourselves in interaction with them, change as they infiltrate our daily and working lives? How have recent artists critically adapted imagery and rhetoric around technologically-founded utopias (or dystopias)?

“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.