Curated by Leora Fridman and Ellie Lobovits, Let’s Talk is a three-part live conversation series that will explore and amplify collaboration through a feminist lens. This final part features artists, Liat Berdugo and Margaret McCarthy.
Liat Berdugo and Margaret McCarthy co-created Anti-Trump Aerobics as part of the Bay Area’s 100 Days Action, and have performed the Aerobics routine at locations including Alley Cat Books in San Francisco, and covered broadly by media including Mother Jones, Fusion and Allure. In this conversation Berdugo and McCarthy will debrief the fallout of the online harassment that followed their performance, as well as the responsibilities and repercussions of presenting as women/feminist bodies in action in public and political spaces.
About the speakers:
Liat Berdugo is an artist, writer, and curator whose work — which focuses on embodiment and digitality, archive theory, and new economies — interweaves video, writing, performance, and computer programming to form a considerate and critical lens on digital culture. Berdugo has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, and she collaborates widely with individuals and archives. She is the co-founder and curator of the Bay Area’s Living Room Light Exchange, a monthly new media art salon; co-founder and curator of World Wide West, an annual summit, exhibit, and performative new media event, among others. Her writing appears in Rhizome, Temporary Art Review, Real Life, and others, and her book, The Everyday Maths, was published by Anomalous Press in 2013. Berdugo received an MFA from RISD and a BA from Brown University. She is currently an assistant professor of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco. More at liatberdugo.com.
Margaret McCarthy is a performance artist, activist, nonprofit professional and ten-year San Franciscan. She creates highly participatory performances that break down boundaries between audiences and performers. She is an ensemble member and Co-Artistic Director of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists. Since January 20, 2017, she has been building an on- and off-line alternate reality in which she is the First Female President of the U.S.A. She has read at Quiet Lighting and performed at Klanghaus. McCarthy holds a B.A. in English and Theater from San Francisco State University. She is a 2017-2018 Fellow at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. More at unrulyidiom.com
About the curators:
Leora Fridman is an writer, organizer and educator who works at the intersections of creative work and community care. Leora is the author of My Fault (Cleveland State University Press, 2016) in addition to five chapbooks, and is currently at work on a book of nonfiction. Her poems, prose and translations appear or are forthcoming in Tricycle Magazine, Denver Quarterly, jubilat and jacket2. Leora holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers and from Brown University, and has taught in universities, homes and community organizations across the country. She is a recipient of multiple grants and honors including a 2015 Vermont Studio Center fellowship, grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and a Dorot Fellowship. She collaborates widely with artists and organizations, and co-edits Spoke Too Soon: A Journal of the Longer.
Ellie Lobovits is an activist filmmaker and anthropologist. Her work is one part art, one part social activism, one part cultural theory, and a million parts hybrid. Ellie’s research, writing, and filmmaking focuses on borderlands, the body, and feminist theory. Ellie is also a photographer, farmer, and childbirth doula, and currently studies Visual Anthropology at San Francisco State University.
The Let’s Talk series is supported in part by a grant from the NEA.