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Sunday, October 7 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Chance & Violence

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The encounter with violence can appear to momentarily abolish chance (where trauma inscribes itself as Fate on those trying to make sense of what happened), or turn the unexpected into a permanent source of terror (leading to the isolation and oppression of portions of the population perceived / described as threat). Responding to the contemporary sacrifice of freedoms and the embrace of fascism, this panel takes on the question of chance and violence to examine the consequences of responses to fear and loss, and explore creative alternatives. Note: the participants will use dice to shape an unpredictable and unique event involving an interactive mash-up rather than clear “turns” / secured borders between four performances.

The Rape Kit: an evidentiary apparatus that names some perps, asking: what is the on-going impact of the violence, how do lingering images change memory, and intimacy, after?

Crimes Against Love: memorializes those lost to homophobic murders, pairing photographs of damaged ancient sculptures with micro narratives. The work struggles to remember: to fight the concerted effort to minimize, dilute, and erase.

Watch Yourself: a mixed-media performance exploring the hyper-vigilant double-consciousness toggling between security guard and security risk / threat, engaging the emotional consequences of attempting to feel “safe.”

Animus: Gestures in the racialized song of a piece of black netting tacked to a wall, the costume of the encrypted accretion of an older man shooter, interpretation of the unchecked proliferator: white bomber, boyfriend, liar. A sonic/ dance/ visual act amongst friends.

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Cyriaco Lopes

Associate Professor - Deputy Chair of Art & Music, John Jay - CUNY
Cyriaco Lopes is a NYC–based Brazilian artist. He has exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in Rio, the Museum of Art of São Paulo, El Museo in NYC, the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis, etc.  He is an associate professor and Deputy Chair of the Art & Music Department at... Read More →

Laura Mullen

Laura Mullen is the author of eight books: Complicated Grief was published in 2015. Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in the anthologies Poesia Visual 5, and Ritual and Capital. An artist’s book, Verge (a collaboration with John David O’Brien) was produced in 2018, and... Read More →

Ronaldo V. Wilson

Ronaldo V. Wilson, PhD, is the author of Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (University of Pittsburgh, 2008), winner of the 2007 Cave Canem Prize., Poems of the Black Object (Futurepoem Books, 2009), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and the Asian... Read More →

Terri Witek

Terri Witek is the author most recently of The Rape Kit, winner of the 2017 Slope Editions Prize judged by Dawn Lundy Martin. Her poetry often traces the breakages between words and images, and she has collaborated with Brazilian visual artist Cyriaco Lopes (cyriacolopes.com) since... Read More →

Sunday October 7, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
117 DeBartolo Hall