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Katherine Behar: Pings

I'm very happy to participate in an impromptu group show in Miami in conjunction with/response to Art Basel. ICEBERG'S TONGUE is organized by Baris Gokturk and James Weingrod at the YoungArts Foundation Studio in Miami, where James is artist in residence. I will be showing my video series Modeling Big Data. If you're in Miami, please come for a visit. ICEBERG'S TONGUE is one of two concurrent group shows in the same space together with SUNK, organized by General Practice's Carlos Rigau.

The exhibition includes works by artists Emmy Catedral, Katherine Behar, Sarada Rauch, JD Fernandez, Claudia Pena Salinas, Caroline Burghardt, Baris Gokturk, and Becky Brown.

ICEBERG'S TONGUE is free and will be open to the public 7 - 21 December 2014, from 9 AM - 6 PM. The YoungArts Foundation Studio is located at 2144 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami.

Iceberg's Tongue
Exhibition: December 7 - 21, 2014
Opening reception: Saturday, December 6, 3pm-3am

National YoungArts Foundation Studio
2144 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL, 33137

More info: www.youngarts.org/artbasel
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1376909922603089/



Happy to announce that my new video series Modeling Big Data will be included in Re:Collect, a group show at Re:View Contemporary in Detroit. MBD is showing at the invitation of the wonderful Melanie Manos. If you are in Detroit, please stop by. The opening will be held in conjunction with Midtown's Noel Night.

Re:Collect 2014
December 6-21, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 6, 5:00-10:00 PM
Re:View Contemporary
444 W. Willis #112
Detroit, MI 48201
Gallery hours: Wed-Sat, 11:00 AM-6:00 PM

More info: http://www.reviewcontemporary.com/exhibitions/future/


Katherine Behar: E-Waste

I'm thrilled to visit the University of Kentucky this fall, to present my solo exhibition, "E-Waste" at the Tuska Center for Contemporary Art. While at UK, I will be an artist-in-residence at the College of Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Science and will work with students in both colleges.

"E-Waste" is an exhibition of new sculptures and videos. Combining machine-made, handmade, and organic forms, including a "fossilized" 3D printer, the installation offers a meditation on consumer technology's environmental impact, digital labor's perverse acceleration, and big data's corporeality.

"E-Waste" is co-produced by the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Fine Arts in collaboration with CELT (Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching), supported in part by a PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York.

UPDATE: Here is a press release about my visit, and a link to my appearance on "Office Hours" on UK's 88.1 WRFL.

November 6-28, 2014

Opening Reception: November 6, 5:00 PM
Tuska Center for Contemporary Art
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky

Lecture: November 7, 12:00 noon
White Hall Classroom Building, Room 102
Free and open to the public

More info: http://www.as.uky.edu/katherine-behar-e-waste



I'm looking forward to visiting the University of Michigan to speak as part of a FemTechNet video dialogue. I'll be a guest in FemTechNet class co-taught by Irina Aristarkhova and Lisa Nakamura, and will speak along with Marina Grzinic about "Cyberfeminist Creativity."

Cyberfeminist Creativity
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 1:00-3:00 PM
Hatcher Graduate Library, Room 100
Katherine Behar (Baruch College, CUNY) and Marina Grzinic (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna)

Download the flyer: [PDF]


Archives of the Non-Racial

In July, I'm looking forward to my first trip to Africa. I'll be traveling to South Africa and Swaziland, to participate in Archives of the Non-Racial, the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism. This mobile workshop is hosted by WISER at the University of Witwatersrand and will feature a range of local and international speakers and performers.

Participants include: Ahmed Kathrada, Ackbar Abbas, Xolela Mangcu, Ruha Benjamin, Keith Breckenridge, Mwelela Cele, Sharad Chari, Angela Davis, Gina Dent, Philomena Essed, David Theo Goldberg, Siba Grovogui, Ghassan Hage, Salah Hassan, Mlungisi Dlamini, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Richard Quaz Roodt, Premesh Lalu, Achille Mbembe, Dilip Menon, Neo Muyanga, Kelly Gillespie, Deborah Thomas, Francoise Verges, Michael Keith, Alex Lichtenstein, Roberta Estrela D' Alva, Ntone Edjabe.

More info: http://jwtc.org.za/the_workshop/session_2014.htm


Maiden Voyage

Disorientalism is excited to visit Montréal this summer, where we will participate in "Manifest! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas" the 2014 Encuentro organized by the Hemispheric Institute. We will present Maiden Voyage, the third chapter in our series, "The Food Groups."

We'll be showing video with "thangka cloth" portrait banners at the main FOFA Gallery at Concordia.

The Manifest Visual Arts Exhibition includes:
Disorientalism, Maiden Voyage; Laurence Parent, Montréal *In/Accessible; Nikolai Kozak, Cáfila | Cohue | Host; Rafael Gamboa, We (Are) Like You; Zach Blas, Face Cages.

June 21-28, 2014
Concordia University
Montréal, Québec

Opening Reception: June 21, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
EV FOFA Main Gallery
Concordia University
1515 Ste-Catherine St. West
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 2W1
Guy Concordia Metro

More info: http://hemisphericinstitute.org/hemi/en/enc14/schedule-of-events


Quality is Our Recipe
Image: Crystal Pearl

Disorientalism is thrilled to return to our old home in Chicago for the Rapid Pulse festival, hosted by our friends at Defibrillator gallery. We will perform Brown Bagging: Quality is Our Recipe, from "The Food Groups" series.

A live multimedia performance that picks up on the narrative begun in Disorientalism's "Brown Bagging" installation. We find the Disorientals in Wendy's Old-Fashioned Brown Bagging Factory where they play their own avatars in a custom Kinect video game, "Participation May Vary."

Disorientalism: Quality is Our Recipe
Friday, June 6 @ 7 pm
Performance at DFBRL8R Gallery (DEFIBRILLATOR)
1136 N Milwaukee Ave
SE of the Division Blue Line EL stop at the Polish Triangle
Chicago, IL 60642

Personal Mythologies Panel
Saturday, June 7 @ 2-4pm
Society for the Arts
1112 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago IL 60642

More info: http://rapidpulse.org/disorientalism


high hopes

In Jersey City, I'll be presenting a new interactive installation curated by Roger Sayre at The Brunswick Window. High Hopes features a Roomba, a rubber tree, and Frank Sinatra.

THE BRUNSWICK WINDOW presents "Katherine Behar: High Hopes." Behar's work explores excessive and gendered forms of productivity and work in gadget-saturated contemporary life. In High Hopes, an unattended Roomba fastidiously cleans a carpet while balancing a rubber tree plant strapped to its back. It tries against all odds to "move that rubber tree plant," in the words of Frank Sinatra.

Katherine Behar: High Hopes
Curated by Roger Sayre
Open 24 hours; Family-friendly

The Brunswick Window
158 Brunswick St (at 4th)
Jersey City, NJ 07302

"JC Fridays" Opening: Friday, June 6

More info: http://jcfridays.com/the-brunswick-window-katherine-behar/


cultural studies association

Two of my E-Waste sculptures are included in Trash, Toxicity, Transmission, a show organized by Jamie Skye Bianco at the Maker Space at the Cultural Studies Association Conference at the University of Utah. Lateral. We are working with an incredible group of scholar/practitioners (final list of participants coming soon).

Trash, Toxicity, Transmission
Media Interventions curated by Jamie Skye Bianco
CSA 2014: Ecologies: Relations of Culture, Matter and Power

May 29-31, 2014
Lassonde House
University of Utah
105 South Fort Douglas Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84113

More info: http://www.culturalstudiesassociation.org/conference


Jamie Skye Bianco, Karen Gregory, and I have organized a series of panels on the theme of "Hospitality/Hostility" for the "Anthropocene Feminisms" conference at the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

ABSTRACT: "Hospitality/Hostility" takes up one of the conferences key questions: How should feminism in an anthropogenic age take up an altered relation to - an increased attention to or concern for - the nonhuman world? Working with materials, such as digital art, sculpture, text, our panel takes up the theme of "Hospitality/Hostility." Here, we not only evoke and explore the tension inherent in the notion of hospitality, but we attempt to move away from the notion of antagonism (a notion deeply situated in philosophy, ethics, and theories of labor) to consider a fuller realm of "agonists" or agents that work for and against, partially, and inversely among and with each other. Such a move not only draws attention to the plurality and dynamism of the Anthropocene, but helps to resituate feminist thought among, literally, a "host" of other options.


Panel 1
Karen Gregory: Re-Possessed
Nicole Starosieleski: Calibrating a Sense of Environment: Artificial Cooling and the Biopolitics of Thermoception
Jamie "Skye" Bianco: #saltNsea : just another postnatural clustermuck and paradise
Katherine Behar, Moderator

Panel 2
Irina Aristarkhova: Hospitality, Feminism and Jainism
Paige Sarlin: Vulnerable Accumulation: Accounting for Occupy Sandy
Katherine Behar: E-Waste
Jamie Skye Bianco, Moderator

Panel 3
Heather Davis: The Queer Futurity of Plastic
Rebekah Sheldon: Scavenge
Marina Zurkow: Outside the Work
Patricia Clough, Moderator

Anthropocene Feminisms
April 10-12
Center for 21st Century Studies
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

More info: http://c21uwm.com/anthropocene/


Katherine Behar

I'm thrilled to give a talk about my work at the Department of Media Study at University at Buffalo, SUNY. I'll be presenting in the PLASMA 2014 speaker series on April 7. Other speakers in the series include Cynthia Hopkins, Jay Sanders, Tony Cokes, Katherine Behar, Alessandra Renzi, and Tony Oursler.

PLASMA - Performances, Lectures, and Screenings in Media Art
presents Katherine Behar, Co-Sponsered by the UB Techne Institute

This event will also be streamed here on the night of the event.
601 Clemens Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

More info: http://mediastudy.buffalo.edu/plasma/


Quality is Our Recipe
Image: Crystal Pearl

Disorientalism will travel to Buffalo this spring to participate in "Performing Economies". We will perform Brown Bagging: Quality is Our Recipe, from "The Food Groups" series.

UB will host "Performing Economies," a colloquium of artists, scholars, and citizens exploring the intersection of digital technologies, new economies, and art to further our collective understanding of alternative economic models and their contemporary impact.

Performing Economies
April 4-5
Techne Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies
601 Clemens Hall
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260

More info: http://techne.buffalo.edu/programs/

Karen Gregory has written an insightful and lucid review of this performance, "Quality is Our Recipe: Gaming the Lost Affect of Care" in Women & Performance which can be found here.



I'm very pleased to join a discussion of digital publishing at CAA this February in Chicago:

Chair: David J. Getsy, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Thelma K. Thomas, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Alexi Taylor, Scalar and New York University
Tara McPherson, Scalar and University of Southern California
Katherine Behar, Baruch College, City University of New York
Kirk T. Ambrose, University of Colorado at Boulder

The Art Bulletin's Digital Future?
College Art Association 2014 Conference
February 13, 5:30PM - 7PM
Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor, Grand Ballroom

More info: http://conference.collegeart.org/2014/schedule/program?key=223


oblique strategies

I will contribute a project for "Oblique Strategies" curated by Emmy Mikelson at Pace University's Peter Fingesten Gallery.

"Oblique Strategies" is a set of cards created by Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt first published in 1975. Each card contains a phrase or cryptic remark, which is meant to be used as a catalyst for generating or resolving work.

Artists were invited to make new works, or alter old works, by responding to a randomly assigned phrase taken from the deck of cards. The show considers the structuring of dilemmas as a tool of production and the many approaches it can generate: literal, metaphoric, ironic, critical, humorous, etc.

Oblique Strategies
January 27 - February 21, 2014
Opening Reception: February 5, 5-8pm (NB new date)

Peter Fingesten Gallery
Pace University
1 Pace Plaza
New York, New York

More info: http://www.pace.edu


punctum books

I'm beyond humbled to contribute to this fantastic volume from punctum.

ANNOUNCING: the line up of contributors for Speculations of the Other Woman: New Realisms in Feminist Philosophy edited by Michael O'Rourke, Katerina Kolozova, and Ben Woodard which will be published by Punctum Books in 2015.

Ain't I a philosopher? It's possible that I am one, but ... if I'm a philosopher it is at the price of a tremendous violence, the violence that philosophy constantly does to me and the violence I inflict on it in return. My relation to philosophy looks a lot like a constant, fierce quarrel between a man and a woman. But the outcome of this battle is ever more uncertain and unexpected. As my thinking develops I am un-marrying, de-coupling, divorcing myself a little from philosophy. I am thought absolutely, thought isolated, absolutely isolated. I cross the philosophical field in an absolute solitude. And now there are no more limits, no more walls, nothing holds me back. It's my only chance. Perhaps something will come of this disorientation.
Catherine Malabou, Changing Difference


Katherine Behar
Jane Bennett
Jelisaveta Blagojevic
Rosi Braidotti
Svenja Bromberg
Claire Colebrook
Joan Copjec
Jodi Dean
Lucca Fraser
Marina Grzinic
Eileen A. Joy
Tammy Lu
Frenchy Lunning
Catherine Malabou
Svitlana Matviyenko
Nandita Mellamphy
Luciana Parisi
Nina Power
Nicola Rubczak
Anne-Francoise Schmidt
Rebekah Sheldon
Oxana Timofeeva
Iris Van Der Tuin
Alenka Zupancic

More info: from Michael O'Rourke