Two artists straddle the U.S. / Mexico border, tied together across the border fence, in constant view of U.S. border patrol; creating fiber across the border with their bodies and supporting one another as they use a traditional Mayan backstrap weaving technique. Pulsing lights in a public pavilion invite passersby to pause and breathe in sync with each other. Mobile projection instruments transform public spaces into performative and political urban interventions. An Intergovernmental Panel on Capitalism reframes the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, replacing online references to Climate Change with the word Capitalism. When artists step outside of concert halls, galleries, and other ’sanctioned’ art spaces, they become advocates, community builders, and change makers. In this panel discussion, we will hear from artists Ekene Ijeoma of the Poetic Justice Lab at MIT Media Lab, Ali Momeni, Professor of Practice within the Brown Arts Initiative, Tega Brain, Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media, New York University, and San Diego-born, Tijuana-raised, and LA-based artist, designer, craftsperson Tanya Aguiniga, founder and director of the AMBOS project. Part of the Crafting Change Symposium hosted remotely by the Center for Convergence at Oberlin College and Conservatory, Lightning Lunchtime Panels provide opportunities to learn from innovative artists and educators integrating creativity and learning across disciplines.
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