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Fractures: Creating Around Devastation

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This virtual event is hosted on Facebook Live and Zoom. RSVP for pre-event reminders.

Featured images

Elisa Harkins, Wampum , 2017–ongoing. Performance
Photo: Ian Byers-Gamber
Elisa Harkins, still from Nettv Espoken, 2021. Video
Photo: Ian Byers-Gamber
Mari Margil
Photo: Hardy Wilson
Chris Juhn, River Reveal, Great River Passage, 2017. Photograph
Image courtesy of Angie Tillges for Great River Passage
Angie Tillges and Saint Paul residents, Community River Poem (single), 2019. Photographed community poetry
Image courtesy of Angie Tillges for Great River Passage

Content Warning

Featured artwork videos by Lampo artists include lights and visuals that may affect photosensitive visitors.

Program Notes

About This Event

Join artists, scholars, and policymakers in a two-day symposium centered around ideas of ecofeminism, architecture, and water. These guiding topics are at the forefront of thinking and work presented by artists at the MCA. Knowing that each of these areas touches all of our individual lives, voices in this symposium help us understand how these urgencies are interconnected, and how creativity helps us imagine a future around devastating situations.

The symposium includes an afternoon and an early evening program on each day. Before each program, Chicago’s own Lampo presents a musical piece inspired by the program topic.

This symposium at the MCA is organized by Gibran Villalobos, Assistant Curator, with Cameron McEwen, Coordinator, Performance and Public Practice.

About the Sessions

About the Sessions

MARCH 4

1 pm: "Collective Contours: Civic Land Policy and Urban Design"
Spaces are built by few to serve many. What does it mean to rebuild space by collectives for public use? Join Ann Lui, previous cocurator of the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and director of Night Gallery as she discusses collective design alongside Angela Tilges, manager of the Great River Passage in Minneapolis along the Mississippi River.

4 pm: "Fluid Fractures: Policy Language and Cultural Change"
Mari Margil is the Executive Director of the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights. In this conversation she is joined by the award-winning film director and producer Jeremy Kagan as they discuss how policy and storytelling is needed to shift culture. How do we think about the protection of water as a cultural change?

MARCH 5

1 pm: "Sound and Language Landscapes"
Thinking about the preservation of Native and Indigenous languages through electronica, musical artist Elisa Harkins walks us through the structures of sound and the written word, in conversation with Marcus "Quese IMC" Frejo and interdisciplinary storyteller Monique Verdin.

4 pm:"Resisting Destruction/Constructive Actions"
In this conversation livestreamed from the resistance camps in Minnesota, join water protectors and artist activists Shanai Matteson and Winona LaDuke, as they provide insight to what is currently happening at the frontlines. In this participatory conversation, they will provide tactics and tools for action and thought around devastation.

schedule of events

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

MARCH 4

12:30 pm: Lampo Musical Interlude
HOBO UFO v. (The New World) by James Hoff and DeForrest Brown Jr.

1 pm: "Collective Contours: Civic Land Policy and Urban Design"
Featuring Ann Lui and Angela Tillges

3:30 pm: Lampo Musical Interlude
Desert Rose by Sara Ludy

4 pm: "Fluid Fractures: Policy Language Problematics"
Featuring Mari Margil and Jeremy Kagan

MARCH 5

12:30 pm: Lampo Musical Interlude
Breaking Breaking by Roc Jiménez de Cisneros

1 pm: "Sound and Language Landscapes"
Featuring Elisa Harkins, Marcus “Quese IMC” Frejo, and Monique Verdin

4 pm: "Resisting Destruction/Constructive Actions"
Featuring Shanai Matteson and Winona LaDuke

Please note all events are presented in Central Time.

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