Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

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Broadcast from a Serpent-Headed Spaceship

Saturday, February 3, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Bemis Center | 724 S. 12th Street
Description: Performance-based lecture by Josh Rios and Anthony Romero

Broadcast from a Serpent-Headed Spaceship is a performance-based lecture that links experimental sound art, academic presentation, gestural action, video, and poetry in order to engage conceptualizations of brown futurities, speculative histories, and U.S.-Mexico borderland culture and politics. As an act of fictocriticism, the performance by Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly exhibiting artists Josh Rios and Anthony Romero draws upon various theories and histories of decolonization, the cyberpunk novels of Chicano author Ernest Hogan, and the University of Chicago’s glass lantern slide collection of Mesoamerican and Aztec artifacts. By challenging the privilege of institutionalized forms of knowledge production, Broadcast from a Serpent-Headed Spaceship seeks to reimagine what kind of narratives and practices get to count as pertinent to the formation of our future.

Josh Rios is an educator, media artist, and writer whose projects deal with the elided histories, archives, and futurities of Latinx subjectivity and US/Mexico relations. Examining the intersections of Modernity, Postmodernity, Neocoloniality, and Latin America, Rios’s projects highlight moments of contact as cultural and national ruptures. Recent performances and projects have been featured at the Art Institute of Chicago, Harold Washington College, the University of Illinois Chicago, Andrea Meislin Gallery (NYC), Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Stony Island Arts Bank, and a collaborative exhibition at Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México featuring the archive of Chicanx SF progenitor Ernest Hogan.

Anthony Romero is an artist, writer, and organizer interested in documenting and supporting excluded communities. His projects and performances have been executed nationally most notably at Links Hall (IL), Antioch College (OH), Andrea Meislin Gallery (NY), the Judson Church (NY), and The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (IL). His writings have appeared in Poetry Quarterly, The Huffington Post, Performa Magazine and the recently published volume on Chicago social practice history, Support Networks (University of Chicago Press).

Free and open to the public.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130