Art/Critique/Process Symposium
17 March 2016 // 4:00 - 10:00 pm
18 March 2016 // 10:30 am - 10:00 pm

In this two-day symposium on art and immigration, leading creative and critical voices come together to move the discussion beyond the territorialization of identity, and focus instead on the dynamic, ongoing processes that continually refashion our common social fabric. Featuring artist presentations and performances, film screenings, lectures and a series of Q&A sessions, the symposium examines the creative endeavor in multiple, simultaneous vectors of collective becoming, and the potentialities in our mutual entanglements and reciprocal imaginaries of the future. Also under examination are issues of biopolitics and the impact of the climate crisis on global migration. Presenters include critical theorist Claire Colebrook; virtual reality and immersive journalism pioneer Nonny de la Peña; cultural critics and curators Kency Cornejo, Jennifer Doyle, Ruth Estévez, Michael Ned Holte, Ricardo Roque Baldovinos, Tyler Stallings and Pilar Tompkins Rivas; and artists Nao Bustamante, Rafa Esparza, Regina José Galindo, Harry Gamboa Jr., Louis Hock, Chico MacMurtrie, Ronald Morán, Yoshua Okón and Javier Toscano.

Thursday, March 17

4–4:30pm - Opening remarks: James Wiltgen

4:30–6:30pm - Performance: Regina José Galindo, Rafa Esparza, Nao Bustamante

6:30–7:30pm - Border Crossers: Chico MacMurtrie

7:30–8:30pm - Reception

8:30pm - Documentary: Frontera: A Sketch for the Creation of a Future Society
(77 minutes, 2014), a project by Laboratorio 060 Direction: Lourdes Morales, Javier Toscano, Iván Lomelí
Followed by a Q&A with: Ruth Estevez and Javier Toscano

Friday, March 18

10:30–11am - Opening remarks: Beatriz Cortez

11am–12:30pm - Cultural Critique: Michael Ned Holte, Kency Cornejo, Ricardo Roque Baldovinos

2–3:30pm - Curatorial Practices: Tyler Stallings, Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Jennifer Doyle

4–5pm - Virtual Reality: Use of Force (2014) by Nonny de la Peña
Followed by a Q&A with Nonny de la Peña

5:30–7:30pm - Visual Art: Louis Hock, Ronald Morán, Yoshua Okón, Harry Gamboa Jr.

7:30–8:30pm - Reception

8:30pm - Keynote: Claire Colebrook “Scale and Refuge”


This event is made possible with support by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Equity and Diversity Committee, and the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts; the Department of Central American Studies, and the Central American Research and Policy Institute at California State University, Northridge.

Tickets available at
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St, Los Angeles, California 90012

Related Link:

Louis Hock
Professor Emeritus,
UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

Image Credit:
Louis Hock, from The Nightscope Series, 12 inkjet photographs, 2006.
Image is courtesy of Artist Louis Hock and CalArts.

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