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Boston Cyberarts Gallery

I'm very happy to announce that this November "E-Waste" will be traveling to a third U.S. venue: Boston Cyberarts Gallery. Boston Cyberarts was one of the first art and technology organizations in North America and I'm honored to present my work in their Jamaica Plain gallery.

Katherine Behar: E-Waste
November 7, 2015 - December 20, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Details coming soon!

Boston Cyberarts Gallery
141 Green Street
Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130
Located in the Green Street T Station on the Orange Line.

More info: http://bostoncyberarts.org/


After Biopolitics

This year, OOF (a.k.a., Object-Oriented Feminism) will be traveling to SLSA's "After Biopolitics" conference hosted at Rice University in Houston. Amazingly this is OOF's fifth anniversary at SLSA and our theme is "Dead or Alive":

For object-oriented feminism, "after biopolitics" suggests the necropolitical ability of all objects to be instrumentalized, regardless of whether they are human or nonhuman, dead or alive. Object-oriented feminism connects Graham Harman's invocation of tools and broken tools to biopolitical histories of use, exploitation, and resistance. Just as biopower asserts a racial division, what Achille Mbembe calls "a split between the living and the dead," necropower translates the sovereign right to distinguish those who live and those who die differently. Mbembe, writing on slavery, could be describing the brokenness of the tool when he writes, "As an instrument of labor, the slave has a price. As a property, he or she has a value. His or her labor is needed and used. The slave is therefore kept alive but in a state of injury..." He continues, "Slave life, in many ways, is a form of death-in-life."
This panel addresses this "death-in-life" from an object-oriented feminist perspective that extends camaraderie and familiarity to the object world, and mobilizes politically around all objects' dual capacity for self-possessed integrity and mutual permeability. Placing objects on equal ontological footing, object-oriented feminism diminishes distinctions such as organic or inorganic and living or non-living as hierarchical categories of being, and recognizes diverse formations of power as well as power's formative impact in producing difference.

The phenomenal line-up of OOF speakers includes:

Timothy Morton, Rice University
Marina Grzinic, Institute of Philosophy ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana/Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
Patricia Ticineto Clough, Queens College, CUNY
Katherine Behar, Baruch College, CUNY
Chair: Katherine Behar

Anne Pollock, Associate Professor of Science, Technology & Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology
Frenchy Lunning, Faculty, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Adam Zaretsky, Marist College
Jamie Skye Bianco, New York University
Chair: Katherine Behar

Karen Gregory, City College of New York, CUNY
R. Joshua Scannell, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Irina Aristarkhova, University of Michigan
Respondent: Scott Richmond, Wayne State University
Chair: Katherine Behar

November 12-15, 2015
Society for Literature, Science and the Arts
Rice University

More info: http://litsciarts.org/slsa15/biopolitics/


Impatient Flowers at Sector 2337

"Impatient Flowers" is a two-person evening of performance dealing with the nonhuman temporality of plants, curated by Matthew Goulish and Lin Hixson, with works by Joshua Kent and myself. I'm very pleased to have this chance to return to Chicago, to reconnect with my wonderful mentors, Matthew and Lin, to share an evening with Josh, and to share this performance opportunity with Roombas.

I will be presenting High Hopes (Deux), a new version of my project High Hopes, in which dancing Roombas bearing rubber trees vacuum to a Frank Sinatra song.

"Impatient Flowers" is organized in conjunction with "Impossibly Slowly Opening," a exhibition at Sector 2337 curated by Caroline Picard around similar themes. A catalogue is forthcoming from Green Lantern Press

Impatient Flowers: An Evening of Performance
October 1, 2015
7-9 PM

Sector 2337
2337 N Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60647

More info: http://sector2337.com/#impatient-flowers-an-evening-of-performance


Photo: Christine Dalenta

I'm thrilled to present a new lecture, "UNDERHANDED: DIGITAL DIGITS, MANUAL MANIPULATION, AND NONHUMAN ART" at Georgia Tech as part of the GVU Brown Bag Speaker Series.

GVU Center Brown Bag Seminar Series: Katherine Behar
"Underhanded: Digital Digits, Manual Manipulation, and Nonhuman Art"
Thursday, April 2, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM

Georgia Tech
Technology Square Research Building
1st Floor Banquet Hall
85 5th Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30332

More info: http://gvu.gatech.edu/event/gvu-center-brown-bag-seminar-series-katherine-behar


Katherine Behar: E-Waste Eyedrum postcard

I'm excited to announce that next spring my solo exhibition "E-Waste" will travel to Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery in Atlanta. "E-Waste" will be on view at Eyedrum April 3-May 3, 2015, following its premiere at the University of Kentucky's Tuska Center for Contemporary Art November 6-28, 2014.

"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) at the University of Kentucky, and is supported in part by a PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York.

Katherine Behar: E-Waste
April 3, 2015 - May 3, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:00-11:00 PM
Artist Talk at 9:00 PM

Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery
88 Forsyth Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/640356592774969/



Disorientalism is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Maiden Voyage, the third chapter of our series "The Food Groups" at ASU's ArtSpace West.

In "Maiden Voyage" the Disorientals track down the Land O' Lakes Indian Maiden, who has been reborn as an empowered executive. Inspired by the Shadow Wolves, an all-Native border control unit of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, they work as migrant day laborers to spy on her. They use low tech and high tech methods including a "Smoke Signals" smartphone app to track her. Unfortunately, like Christopher Columbus, their voyage goes awry: they lose the signal, get lost, and end up with the wrong kind of "Indian." Eventually, the Shadow Wolves become Land O' Lakes employees who organize a union and go on strike.

Disorientalism: Maiden Voyage
Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 6:00 PM
ArtSpace West
University Center Building, room 228
New College
Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ
Gallery hours: noon to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays
Admission is free; visitor parking is $2 per hour

More info coming soon!


Embodied Place

Disorientalism is excited that our video, iSpy, is included in Embodied Place: Observations & Notations, a group exhibition curated by Amy Franceschini and Russell Dudley, at the Garage Door + Tahoe Galleries at Sierra Nevada College.

We will be in town for the closing reception and panel discussion on Friday, February 27, so please stop by if you are in the area, or join us on the panel on livestream!

Embodied Place: Observations & Notations
January 26 - Feburary 27, 2015
Garage Door + Tahoe Galleries
999 Tahoe Boulevard
Incline Village, NV 89451

Closing reception and panel discussion
February 27, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Moderated by Amy Franceschini
Panel Livestream: http://new.livestream.com/snc/indpanel

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/380196995494384/
Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sncfa/sets/72157648424567653/


The Feminist Art Project

I'm honored to have been invited to organize a panel at the Museum of Arts and Design for The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels during the 2015 College Art Association conference. This year the TFAP theme is on "Collaboration and Collectives" and I have invited Stephanie Rothenberg & Jeff Crouse, Larisa Mann, Sydette Harry, and Liz Flyntz to join me in a discussion probing uneven power distribution in collaborative production under contemporary capitalism.

Addressing forms of collectivity not only among individuals, but also modalities of "collaboration" or "working together" with institutions and systems, we will ask, "How can people collaborate toward justice, in undemocratic conditions, with powerful institutions, when systemic and personal interests are not aligned?"

TFAP panels are free and open to the public.

The Feminist Art Project @ CAA
Collective Creativity: Collaboration and Collectives in Feminist Art Practice
Saturday, February 14, 2015

Power, Collaboration, and Lies

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

More info: http://conference.collegeart.org/programs/the-feminist-art-projectcollective-creativity-collaboration-and-collectives-in-feminist-art-practice/


Disorientalism: Maiden Voyage

Disorientalism is excited to participate in Wonder Women, a group exhibition at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Curated by Howard Oransky, Wonder Women presents work by women artists inspired or influenced by comics, animation or popular culture, and related screenings of work by women filmmakers presented by the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul.

Disorientalism will share a portion of our Maiden Voyage project, a chapter from our series "The Food Groups" inspired by the Land O'Lakes Indian Maiden and the Shadow Wolves special unit of the Department of Homeland Security

The "Wonder Women" gallery exhibition includes works by Diyan Achjadi, Alison Bechdel, Dara Birnbaum, Carolina Borja, Nina Braun, Jennifer Camper, Deedee Cheriel, Sally Cruikshank, Jennifer Cruté, Disorientalism (Katherine Behar & Marianne M. Kim), Mary Doodles, Cheri Gaulke, Michela Griffo, Nicole Houff, Anna Hrachovec, Mari Inukai, Maya Kern, Sivan Kidron. Pelin Kirca, Barbara Kruger, Hyein Lee, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Paola Luciani, Lupi McGinty, Stephanie McMillan, Leah Moreno, Jackie Ormes, Rebecca Parham, Sara Pocock, Barbara Porwit, Samantha Rei, Trina Robbins, Betye Saar, Jenny Schmid, Barbara Schulz, Rena Simon-Igra, Ema Smoluchowski, Jen Sorensen, Meni Tzima, Amandine Urruty, The Waitresses (Jerri Allyn & Anne Gauldin)

Wonder Women
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
January 20-February 14, 2015

Closing Reception: Saturday, February 14, 2015
7:00 - 9:00pm Public Reception
7:00 - 10:00pm Fashion Show

Gallery hours:
11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Katherine E. Nash Gallery
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis

More info: https://art.umn.edu/press/wonder-women