POWER Project 2018 Program Descriptions

June 2, 2018

Workshop Series: Which Ancestors Week 1
June 2, 2018  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 

Designed for those who struggle with their privilege as well as discomfort with being seen as they are. Conversation will center around the forces of assimilation, how to counter them, and what reclaiming one’s cultural heritage without taking up all the damn space. Participants will be led through a series of exercises designed to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Taking place over three sequential Saturdays, this series is an intensive designed to support spiritual stamina and emotional resilience.

Screening / Reading: Preetika Rajgariah: Chai Time

June 2, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Artist Preetika Rajgariah screens her film How About Now?, a powerful visual about the weight of tradition and pressures placed on South Asian women to marry. Preetika will also share readings from her short story collection Chai Time, which brings contrasting worlds together with nostalgia, humor, and bittersweetness.

June 3, 2018

Lecture/Screening: Out the Vault: Screening and Talk w/ Sarita Hernández
June 3, 2018  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us In a conversation about the art and practice of local artist Sarita Hernández. For this opening screening and discussion we’ll view and discuss samples of work from legendary documentarians Sylvia Morales and Lourdes Portillo as relates to Hernández' own art making process and beliefs. Join us in unpacking the women-centered, feminist and Chicana practices of Sylvia Morales and academy award nominee Lourdes Portillo and learn more about their contributions to documentary and Chicana film/video herstory

Listening Session: Empathic Economies: A Listening Session for Dr. Candice Nicole's "Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma"
June 3, 2018  4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

 The Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma is a 17 minute guided meditation using mindfulness, affirmation, and metta (loving-kindness) developed by Dr. Candice Nicole as her contribution to the Movement for Black Lives. In her practice, she employs guided meditation as “one way to assist in calming a heightened state of distress, affirming one’s value and humanity, and recentering with love for Black people.”

During this listening session, participants of the Time Salon will share space while engaging the guided meditation in order to disrupt a history devaluing and marginalizing Black life as preparation for developing new measures and mechanisms of exchange which value life, community, ecology, and consensus.

June 4, 2018

Lecture: Gift Economies of Scale: Readings and Reflections on Lewis Hyde's "The Gift"
June 4, 2018  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In “The Gift”, Lewis Hyde mines the history gift, social, and tribal economies as a method for understanding how the artistic creation is not a quantifiable commodity. “The Gift” provides us with a way to understand indigenous economic frameworks and the elements that remain in our modern informal and social economies.

In this Time Salon, select passages from “The Gift” will be employed a springboard for discussion on ways that we can disrupt our existing practice and understanding of economics in favor of more just and holistic methods of exchange.

June 6, 2018

Screening: Disappearance and Video as Document Screening
June 6, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This screening and conversation will continue from the opening discussion, unpacking excerpts of Lourdes Portillo’s extensive body of work. Excerpts viewed will touch on the intimate nature of documentary, auto-ethnography and home video aesthetics. Grappling with death and trauma these works engage histories of disappearances such as those of Mexican women along the U.S.-Tijuana border and the Plaza de Maya Mothers movement redressing those disappearances of Argentinian youth throughout the C.I.A. sponsored Operation Condor and Operation Central America. Also known as the Dirty War, exported intelligence and counter-insurgency techniques, including the use of torture, kidnapping and the disappearance tactics were used by the Argentine dictatorship from 1977 to 1984. What do these cases of disappearance have in common and how can we make connections between the national expulsion of homosexuals from Cuba, their sentencing to prison work camps known as Military Units to Aid Production (UMAP) in the 1960s, and the current Narco violence and mass disappearances, including those of 43 students in Iguala, Mexico in 2014.

June 7, 2018

Workshop: Collaborative Economies: A Screening of Katie Teague's "Money & Life"
June 7, 2018  5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

“Money & Life” is a film about transforming our relationship with money by mining the recent history of economic crises for lessons on what it can tell us about human behavior and how the design money incentivizes many of our most destructive impulses. In “Money & Life”, Katie Teague employs expert interviews, testimonies, and dynamic animation in order to craft a new narrative of money which requires humanity to adjust our interaction with the environment and shift our understanding of prosperity in order to build more beautiful possible futures.

June 9, 2018

Workshop Series: Which Ancestors Week 2
June 9, 2018  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Designed for those who struggle with their privilege as well as discomfort with being seen as they are. Conversation will center around the forces of assimilation, how to counter them, and what reclaiming one’s cultural heritage without taking up all the damn space. Participants will be led through a series of exercises designed to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Taking place over three sequential Saturdays, this series is an intensive designed to support spiritual stamina and emotional resilience

June 10, 2018

Lecture/Screening: Burnt Oranges: Screening & Talk w/ Silvia Malagrino
June 10, 2018  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

For this screening and discussion, we will view the film Burnt Oranges and unpack poetics of exile, memory and place with the filmmaker, Silvia Malagrino. Join us in learning more about the artist and educator’s process and insights into her practice. Burnt Oranges is a lyrical documentary about the long-term personal and social effects of Argentina's state-sponsored terrorism in the 1970's. Ilene Goldman writes, “In Burnt Oranges Malagrino negotiates her repositioning into a politically volatile past via a combination of self-reflexive documentary and experimental film forms, using her memories to discover what her “home” has become.” The film, widely acclaimed, was produced with a Creativity Grant in Media, National Endowment for the Arts (2004) with the sponsorship of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Lucius and Eva Eastman Grant (2004), among others. Burnt Oranges has received awards such as the CINE Golden Eagle (2005), and two awards in an international competition: Aurora Platinum Best of The Show Award in the category of Cultural Documentary, and the Aurora Gold Award for Directing (2007).

FRUTAS, Queer Spanish-Language Practice Group
June 10, 2018  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Attending lecture then meeting outside

Lecture: Between Resistance and Resilience: Lessons from Puerto Rico's Mutual Aid Centers

June 10, 2018  4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

In 2017, Puerto Rico was struck a tremendous blow when Hurricane Maria made landfall devastating the physical infrastructure of a country already reeling from a financial crisis. In the wake of these combined crises, they were subject to the residual impact of the phenomenon Naomi Klein describes as “disaster capitalism”. Following several incomplete response efforts by local government, US public and private sector agencies, residents took matters into their own hands with the formation of several Centros de Apoyo Mutuos (Mutual Aid Centers). These centers have charged themselves with meeting the basic needs of local communities, providing visible supportive infrastructure, and coordinating assistance from international partners.

Jenna Anast is an actor, performing artist, comedian, social+emotional educator, & righteous individual whose place on the planet is to empower & inspire. She is a founding member of the #LetUsBreathe Collective and a part of Chicago Boricua Resistance. Chicago Boricua Resistance recently deployed a Solidarity Brigade to Puerto Rico in order to aid in disaster relief efforts. Jenna will join this program in order to help us distill lessons from the Mutual Aid Centers developing throughout Puerto Rico.

June 11, 2018

Workshop: Our Social Economies: A Community Peace Circle on Value and Values
June 11, 2018  5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

While peace circles have recently been used as a locus of restorative justice practice, they are an expansive space where all manner of values can be interrogated and revised through shared dialogue. In the talking circle, communities have a safe space where circle practice and conversation are used to cultivate relationships grounded in shared values. During this circle, we will unpack the nature of value itself and what relationship this bears on the values we bring to our communities. Join us with the questions you have been asking within your own life or use the questions others are asking to investigate your own beliefs.

June 12, 2018

Recording Session: Archives + Futures
June 12, 2018  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Through informal conversations with fellow brown artists about their personal cannons, heroes, and histories, A+F will generate an archive of interviews for future generations to connect to their brown past. During this “soft launch,” Latinx and Native/Indigenous folks are invited to sign up and tell their story in conversation with a panel of their peers. All conversations will be recorded and archived online.

June 13, 2018

Screening: Female Gaze, Death & Queerness Screening
June 13, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

From the tragic suicide of famed “spit-fire” Lupe Velez the Mexican-born stage and screen actress, comedian, singer and dancer best known for her work in vaudeville and Hollywood come inspiration and reverie by video artists including Ximena Cuevas and Rita Gonzalez. In this screening and discussion we will also investigate duel reflections on death and spirituality from Chicana video artist Osa Hidalgo-de la Riva.

June 14, 2018

Workshop: Mapping Experimental Economies: A Brief History of Big Ideas, Excess Capacities, and Unmet Needs
June 14, 2018  5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Chicago has historically been home to several experimental economies. The Kola Nut Collaborative has launched an independent research effort to document and develop a shared historical narrative which displays the relationship of these efforts to the present revival of timebanking in Chicago. In the view of the Collaborative, each neighborhood is composed of several informal and social economies which would fit within this framework.

During this Time Salon, we will share some of the narratives drawn from this research. Participants will discuss their own connection to these experimental economies and use this insight as a way to map our current aspirations. We will also determine what assets we already possess within or around us and what assets have not been identified.This mapping process should bring us closer to making our ideas a reality.

June 16, 2018

Workshop Series: Which Ancestors Week 3
June 16, 2018  1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Designed for those who struggle with their privilege as well as discomfort with being seen as they are. Conversation will center around the forces of assimilation, how to counter them, and what reclaiming one’s cultural heritage without taking up all the damn space. Participants will be led through a series of exercises designed to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Taking place over three sequential Saturdays, this series is an intensive designed to support spiritual stamina and emotional resilience.

June 17, 2018

Lecture: Confined Terrain: The Brown Body in the Landscape, Detention, and Technology
June 17, 2018  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Risa Puleo and Mev Luna will present their respective research into contemporary conditions of incarceration and engage in a dialogue with each other and the audience afterwards. Puleo looks to the borderlands and the work of the art collective Postcommodity (Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist) to examine the means by which one enters an institution of confinement. While Luna critiques the enthusiasm of technology to “democratize” both the Prison Industrial Complex and Healthcare system, often targeting the same demographics.

Workshop: The Currency Of Social Structure: A No-Money Marketplace
June 17, 2018  4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

While peace circles have recently been used as a locus of restorative justice practice, they are an expansive space where all manner of values can be interrogated and revised through shared dialogue. In the talking circle, communities have a safe space where circle practice and conversation are used to cultivate relationships grounded in shared values. During this circle, we will unpack the nature of value itself and what relationship this bears on the values we bring to our communities. Join us with the questions you have been asking within your own life or use the questions others are asking to investigate your own beliefs.

June 18, 2018

Pop-Up Gallery: Future Fugitives
June 18, 2018  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Getting free ain’t easy. With increased surveillance and widespread domestic militarization, in the real and online, freedom comes in the little moments - on accident and often with trouble. Whether it be a shared glance, a skipped line of code, a long walk, a distorted image, these loopholes of retreat - a term coined by Harriet Jacobs - are the tools we have to imagine our freedom here and across time. These artists are fugitives, creating refuge and release with their. Each carves out the complex layers of Blackness in otherworldly, virtual, and existential conditions - the types of deep and wide imaginations that can escape the confines of any system meant to destroy or demolish black people.

June 19, 2018

Panel: Underground: Black QT Freedom Spaces
June 19, 2018  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This panel will explore the underground homes, celebrations, and spaces that love us for all we are. Discussing trans/gnc/queer nightlife, ballroom, and our free spaces away from cis and straight bs. Topics will include changing the landscape of these spaces, chosen kin, and where we see our freedom spaces co-opted or stolen in mainstream culture.

June 20, 2018

Screening: Lesbian Longing & Queer Diaspora Screening
June 20, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This program will examine the exile of queer Cubans, Puerto Ricans and Argentinians from the lens of lesbian and diasporic filmmakers Susana Blaustein Munoz, Frances Negrón-Muntaner and Kelly Anderson. Unpacking the sense of remorse, loss and isolation felt by displaced queer peoples from Latin America and the Caribbean, these video works provide unique and powerful voices as declarations of queer pride and resistance while intersecting narratives of Afro-latinidad, immigration and resilience.

June 21, 2018

Workshop: Britt Julious: From the Journal to the People: a Writing & Creativity Workshop for Newbies
June 21, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this informal writing workshop, writer Britt Julious will help participants turn their personal memories, anecdotes, and experiences into universal pieces of writing. Britt will lead two quick writing exercises teaching participants how to turn everyday situations, experiences, and objects into fuel for telling stories about one's life. Later, participants will utilize writing prompts focused on mindfulness and self-care to unlead the untapped creativity coursing through all of us. Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook of their choice. Non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, and a take-home guide will be provided.

June 22, 2018

Workshop: Udita Upadhyaya: Of Rest And Repair
June 22, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This participatory workshop tends to the tiniest tingles. It brings us together in our longing for comfort and solace. It hopes to gift moments of generosity to the self, to friends, to collaborators, to the audience, and to the space itself.

June 23, 2018

Performance / Recording: Nabil Vega: Chena: The Moss of Time
June 23, 2018  12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

 Chena: The Moss of Time is a multimedia project that explores image making and oral histories with individuals at the intersections of being Queer, Muslim and South Asian. Nabil has been traveling for 6 months initiating this project in New York, Boston, Toronto, London, Berlin, Dhaka, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.  For The POWER Project, Nabil will be sharing some of the interviews and photographs produced, and set up a space for listening, viewing and image making with the intention of connecting with communities in Chicago. Members of the communities listed above are encouraged to visit and be interviewed by Nabil to grow Chena: The Moss of Time.

 

Workshop: “I’ma Read, I’ma Read, I’ma Read”: collecting a hip hop archive
June 23, 2018  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We just a couple cunts tryna archive; we celebrate trans queer artists in the hip hop diaspora and document/record these moments and movements to combat ongoing erasure and plagiarism. No one else can hold us like us so, we do this to ensure these legacies and legends are remembered. This workshop will explore: What is needed to tear down barriers to sharing & preserving our lives? How do we document in ways that center our pleasure & joy? How do we explore the depths of our stories?

Bring a piece of your knowledge of what’s cunt to share as we continue collecting a living resource and archive of hip hop culture.

PlayShop: Sonal Aggarwal: Sing to Life
June 23, 2018  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We are vibrational beings. We exist in dimensions of light, sound, and touch. As we move through the world, we move through sweet nourishing vibrations of the earth and feel our hearts expand. And we swim through a lot of noise. Often our vibrational centers become disrupted without us ever realizing it. We close ourselves off in an attempt to protect ourselves from the world. This playshop will explore different ways of rediscovering our power to sing our selves to life. Through the voice and exploration with sound, we can restore personal harmony in an often disruptive world. This playshop/presentation will help participants to release limiting belief systems stored deeply in their most vulnerable places, such as the voice. We will rediscover our relationship to sound and the power to touch each other with our vibration.  The earth is not only composed of energetic lay lines, but also song lines. As vibrational beings, is our duty to sing the earth alive.

June 24, 2018

Lecture/Screening: Chicas de Hoy: Screening & Panel w/ Lorena Barrera Enciso, Tamara Becerra Valdez, Giselle Mira-Diaz & Nancy D. Sánchez
June 24, 2018  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Through this screening and panel discussion with several up and coming Latina artists they will share with us various aspects of their practices and insights into making video/film-art in today’s political and artistic climate. Following the screening this facilitated panel discussion with the artist will delve deeply into the many concerns, challenges and the unique gaze of these brilliant makers.

New Works Discussion with :
Lorena Barrera Enciso
Tamara Becerra Valdez
Giselle Mira-Diaz
Nancy D. Sánchez

Teach In: Fat Cunt
June 24, 2018  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Giggle, wiggle and love on all of the bellies, stretch marks, and body rolls! Since the beginnings of hip hop, fat bodies have had a complicated relationship in every form. Typically, it’s about sexualizing thick thighs and fat asses excluding the fat bellies and double chins that come with.

However, the culture has always broken new ground on the celebration of “undesirable” bodies and fatness from booties to bellies. Join us to discuss and learn about the realities of violence, discrimination, and oppression facing fat people globally - otherwise known as fatphobia - from fat bori dyke Mayadet. After, we’ll sit down to ki about fat folk on shutting down the rap game with Mayadet and a special guest emcee.

June 25, 2018

Performance / Recording: Nabil Vega: Chena: The Moss of Time
June 25, 2018  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Chena: The Moss of Time is a multimedia project that explores image making and oral histories with individuals at the intersections of being Queer, Muslim and South Asian. Nabil has been traveling for 6 months initiating this project in New York, Boston, Toronto, London, Berlin, Dhaka, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.  For The POWER Project, Nabil will be sharing some of the interviews and photographs produced, and set up a space for listening, viewing and image making with the intention of connecting with communities in Chicago. Members of the communities listed above are encouraged to visit and be interviewed by Nabil to grow Chena: The Moss of Time.

Workshop: Diana Rose Harper: TRANSFORMATIONAL TAROT
June 25, 2018  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tarot isn’t just for fortune telling--it’s also a powerful tool for radically transforming and more deeply understanding ourselves and our lives. In this workshop, Diana Rose Harper will lead us through a quick intro to tarot, delve into the “scary” cards (e.g. Death and The Tower), and demonstrate how to use tarot as an aid in self-evolution, life transitions, and attaining greater fulfillment. Bringing your own deck(s) is encouraged but not required--Diana will have a few decks from her personal collection available. Everyone should bring a notebook, though, and readiness to exchange readings with others.

June 26, 2018

Workshop: Adrienne Deeble: FUTILITY I Performance and Empowering Performance Art Workshop
June 26, 2018  5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Historically, salt has been used as a means of purification and protection. In the wake of trauma and loss, FUTILITY I began as a fruitless quest for self-protection and a means of reclaiming space at sites of trauma. Ultimately, the piece became a ritual of security and an exercise in faith outside of a religious doctrine. Throughout the performance of FUTILITY I, Adrienne Deeble uses the mineral to create a ring around her. The surrounding salt will wash away, but the belief that one has power in a world that works against them will persist . Multidisciplinary artist Adrienne Deeble will perform the piece, followed by a workshop on how to safely recreate the performance yourself.

Recording Session: Archives + Futures
June 26, 2018  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Archives + Futures is a podcast series developed by Ivan LOZANO. Through informal conversations with fellow brown artists about their personal cannons, heroes, and histories, A+F will generate an archive of interviews for future generations to connect to their brown past. During this “soft launch,” Latinx and Native/Indigenous folks are invited to sign up and tell their story in conversation with a panel of their peers. All conversations will be recorded and archived online.

June 27, 2018

Screening: Drama 3 : Telenovela’s Trace in Latina Video Art Screening
June 27, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This final screening in our series explores the importance and effect of television culture and gender on the video art practices of several Latina artists. Through this screening, we will discuss works by Cuban-American and Mexican video artists Carmelita Tropicana, Coco Fusco and Ximena Cuevas as they grapple with representation and gender roles in their, at times, severe, campy and hilarious takes on the ubiquitous telenovela and T.V. commercial forms.

June 28, 2018

Pop-Up Shop + Demo: Ball, Gag, & Chain
June 28, 2018  5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Kink and BDSM have left their marks on the backside of hip-hop for decades. From the afrofuturistic visuals of Missy Elliot & Lil Kim to the long legacy of strip clubs and dancers, hip-hop has been in bed with kink and sexual freedom. Cum celebrate sexual freedom for all and bash back at the recent laws that are targeting friends and lovers in the sex trade across hip hop culture and in our communities. Shop and chat with trans & queer makers of color who craft kinky wearables, lingerie, and other goodies to get you off while looking sexy. The evening will end with Mistress Velvet, Chicago’s premiere African dominatrix and a queer black person working in the sex trade as form of reparations, will be giving a demonstration. A portion of money made from everything sold on this night will go to Support Ho(s)e, Alisha Walker’s continued fight against incarceration, and funding sex worker led resilience in the face of FOSTA SESTA.

June 29, 2018

Fashion Show: Liquorice
June 29, 2018  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Queer BIPOC people are fashion innovators, utilizing aesthetic style simultaneously as an expression of political values and as deeply-rooted culture. Fashion can be used as an artistic tool to dismantle cisnormative gender conventions, and reflect our racial and cultural interpretations of our life experiences. This fashion show, featuring designs by Compton Q and Owé Engobor will showcase the brilliance that is queer gender fluid fashion from afrofuturist designers.

June 30, 2018

Party: Mira Mi Pum Pum featuring DJ CQQCHIFRUIT
June 30, 2018  9:00 pm - July 1, 2018  1:00 am

Afro-Caribbeans play an important role in hip-hop, but their contributions are routinely erased in the culture’s history. Dancehall, reggaeton and hip-hop emerged simultaneously as music of socially and politically oppressed people, and have direct sonic kinship with each other. Celebrate the infamous dancehall queens and reggaeton artists whose aesthetics and musical contributions influenced hip-hop culture. Uplift the existence of queer Caribbean people, who are underrepresented in nightlife spaces and wider pop culture. The party will showcase the first dancehall queen Carlene Smith, Jamaican film star Audrey Reid, reggaeton artist Ivy Queen, and soul train dancer Rosie Perez.  Come dressed in your dancehall & reggaeton best.