[WEBCAST] Diverse Discourse Lecture with Adriel Luis: Memory TransplantVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Co-presented with DiverseWorks
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
6:30 p.m. Online Lecture
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What makes a place? What are the elements that constitute a sense of here? As of late, most of the sites that surround us seem as remote and inaccessible as anywhere else in the world. Meanwhile, we have learned to forge intimacy and share experiences that transcend space and borders. But can any measure of technology, online interaction, or knowledge accumulation from afar instill a pulse of a city, a familiarity with culture, and a notion of having been there — in the absence of physical presence?
In Memory Transplant, writer and curator Adriel Luis attempts to form a relationship with Houston through a series of virtual studio visits with artists, video chats with community, and research online. Through this process, he reflects on the obstacles and opportunities of building community in an age of social distance.
Luis shares his thoughts on technology and the arts in this short interview with the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage:
About the Speaker
Adriel Luis is a community organizer, artist, and curator who believes that our collective imagination can make a reality where we all thrive. His life’s work is focused on bridging artistic integrity and social vigilance. He is a part of the iLL-Literacy arts collective, which creates music and media to strengthen Black and Asian American coalitions; is creative director of Bombshelltoe, which works with artists to highlight marginalized communities affected by nuclear issues; and collaborates with dozens of artists and organizations through his curate and design engine, Phenomenoun. Adriel is the Curator of Digital and Emerging Practice at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, where he advocates for under-served communities to be treated and represented equitably by museums and institutions. He and his team have been curating Culture Labs — an alternative to museum exhibitions, built on community-centered beliefs.
About Diverse Discourse
Established by DiverseWorks in 2013, Diverse Discourse brings national curators, artistic directors and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with Houston-area artists, performers, and writers. Diverse Discourse provides a significant opportunity for area artists in all disciplines to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals, fostering a cultural exchange across the nation between artists and cultural producers. Since 2013, DiverseWorks has hosted 19 visiting lecturers who have conducted more than 100 studio visits with Houston artists.
The Fall 2020 Diverse Discourse Lecture & Studio Visits will be conducted virtually.
Exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Nancy C. Allen and Leslie and Brad Bucher. Major support comes from Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen and Mary Lawrence Porter, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc., The Hearst Foundation, Houston Endowment, and the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Generous funding also provided by The Anchorage Foundation of Texas, The Clayton Fund, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Wortham Foundation, Inc., the Franci Neely Foundation, Olive Jenney, Nanako and Dale Tingleaf, and Ann Wales. United Airlines is our official airline partner. Funding is also provided through contributions from the Exhibitions Patron Circle, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional visual art to Asia Society Texas Center.
Nancy C. Allen
Leslie and Brad Bucher
Chinhui Juhn and Edward Allen
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