Encuentros with Antena Project at the Blaffer Museum in Houston

If the weather permits, I will be flying out to Houston this Thursday, February 13th, to participate in a series of encuentros, or public talks and workshops, with the Antena Project at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. I will be one of eleven featured artists who will be participating over the weekend. Antena Project has worked hard to make the encuentros as transnational and multidisciplinary as possible while maintaining their focus on language experimentation and social justice. I am honored to be a participant, to be part of the conversation, and to learn from the other artists and discussants.

To get a sense of the scope of the weekend, here is the list of the featured artists:

Benvenuto Chavajay (Sololá, Guatemala), Jamal Cyrus (Houston), María-Elisa Heg (Houston), Autumn Knight (Houston), Sueyeun Juliette Lee (Philadelphia), Ayanna Jolivet McCloud (Houston), Nuria Montiel (Mexico City), Kaia Sand (Portland), Efraín Velasco (Oaxaca), Cecilia Vicuña (New York/Santiago), and Stalina Villarreal (Houston).

Antena is a language justice and language experimentation collaborative founded in 2010 by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, both of whom are writers, artists, literary translators, bookmakers and activist interpreters. I have known Jen Hofer for several years now–primarily through her Tiny Press Practices class at California Institute of the Arts. She has featured my press, Corollary, for several years now as part of her curriculum.

In addition to performing, I’ll also be leading a one-hour workshop on my creative language practice. I’ll be inviting participants to think about their relationship to the territories they live and move in, and how these spaces structure our psyches. I’ll also be discussing how we can actively seek imaginative elsewheres that can help us transform our inhabitance of these spaces, thereby deepening our ability to be fully ourselves in the world.

Below is the schedule of events. Please also go visit the encuentro website. Antena is dedicated to fostering bilingual conversation, and in that spirit, I present the itinerary in both Spanish and English. If you are in Texas and near Houston, please consider attending.

 

Register online, at Antena @ Blaffer, or at the door.

Inscríbete en internet, en Antena @ Blaffer, o en la entrada.

Before 2/7: $20 (students $10) / Antes de 2/7: $20 (estudiantes $10)

After 2/7: $25 (students $15) / Después de 2/7: $25 (estudiantes $15)

 

ENCUENTRO FULL SCHEDULE:

Friday, February 14
Note: daytime events are open only to registered participants; evening program is open to the public

10:00am – 12:00pm      Panel discussion: Efraín Velasco, Ayanna Jolivet-McCloud, Stalina Villarreal, Benvenuto Chavajay, Tony Macías

12:00pm – 1:00pm         Lunch at Blaffer Café (provided)

1:00pm – 3:00pm           Workshop: Nuria Montiel

3:30 – 5:30pm                 Think, Listen, Make: Group Exercises in Text-based Visual Work: Sueyeun Juliette Lee and Benvenuto Chavajay

5:30 – 7:00pm                  Dinner break (on your own)

7:00pm – 9:00pm            Public presentations/performances @ Blaffer Art Museum: María-Elisa Heg,

Ayanna Jolivet-McCloud, Nuria Montiel, Kaia Sand, Cecilia Vicuña (via Skype)

(Introductions by Antena)

 

Saturday, February 15
Note: daytime events are open only to registered participants; evening program is open to the public

10:00am – 12:00pm       Panel discussion: Cecilia Vicuña (via Skype), María Elisa Heg, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Jamal Cyrus

12:00pm – 1:00pm          Lunch at Blaffer Café (provided)

1:00pm – 3:00pm            Workshop: Kaia Sand

3:30pm – 5:30pm            Think, Listen, Make: Group Exercises in Text-based Visual Work: Autumn

Knight and Efraín Velasco

5:30pm – 7:00pm            Dinner break (on your own)

7:00pm – 9:00pm            Public presentations/performances @ the Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin St.: Jamal Cyrus, Autumn Knight, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Efraín Velasco, Stalina Villarreal, Benvenuto Chavajay

(Introductions by Antena)

TO REGISTER, YOU CAN PAY ONLINE AT ANTENAANTENA.ORG, AT ANTENA @ BLAFFER OR AT THE DOOR.

Before 2/7: $20 (students $10) / Antes de 2/7: $20 (estudiantes $10)

After 2/7: $25 (students $15) / Después de 2/7: $25 (estudiantes $15)

 

ENCUENTRO HORARIO COMPLETO:

Viernes, 14 de febrero
Nota: los eventos durante el día están abiertos solo a participantes registrados; el programa en la noche es abierto al público en general

10:00am – 12:00pm       Mesa de discusión: Efraín Velasco, Ayanna Jolivet-McCloud, Stalina Villarreal, Benvenuto Chavajay, Tony Macías

12:00pm – 1:00pm          Comida en el Blaffer Café  (se proporcionará)

1:00pm – 3:00pm            Taller: Nuria Montiel

3:30pm – 5:30pm             Pensar, escuchar, hacer: Ejercicios de grupo sobre trabajos visuales basados en texto: Sueyeun Juliette Lee y Benvenuto Chavajay

5:30 – 7:00pm                  Cena (cada quién por su cuenta)

7:00pm – 9:00pm            Presentaciones y performances en público @ Blaffer Art Museum: María-Elisa Heg, Ayanna Jolivet-McCloud, Nuria Montiel, Kaia Sand, Cecilia Vicuña

(por Skype)

(Introducciones por Antena)

 

Sábado, 15 de febrero
Nota: los eventos durante el día están abiertos solo a participantes registrados; el programa en la noche es abierto al público en general

10:00am – 12:00pm       Panel de discusión: Cecilia Vicuña (via Skype), María Elisa Heg, Sueyeun

Juliette Lee, Jamal Cyrus

12:00pm – 1:00pm          Comida en el Blaffer Café (se proporcionará)

1:00pm – 3:00pm            Taller: Kaia Sand

3:30pm – 5:30pm             Pensar, escuchar, hacer: Ejercicios de grupo sobre trabajos visuales basados en texto: Autumn Knight y Efraín Velasco

5:30pm – 7:00pm             Cena (cada quién por su cuenta)

7:00pm – 9:00pm             Presentaciones y performances en público @ the Eldorado Ballroom, 2310 Elgin St.: Jamal Cyrus, Autumn Knight, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Efraín Velasco,

Stalina Villarreal, Benvenuto Chavajay

(Introducciones de Antena)

PARA INSCRIBIRSE, PUEDES PAGAR POR PAYPAL ANTENAANTENA.ORG, EN LA INSTALACIÓN DE ANTENA @ BLAFFER O EN LA PUERTA DEL EVENTO.

 

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