Photo by: Nicolas Savignano, courtesy of CalArts
Founded in January 2017 by Alyssa Manansala and Rosa Boshier, inter/subject is a series of interdisciplinary readings, presentations, workshops, and activism events exploring intersectional feminist tactics. Largely inspired by the ideas of bell hooks and Kimberlé Crenshaw, we are a group contemplating the theoretical and practical applications of intersectional feminism, queer theory, and anti-capitalism discourse, and our goal is to inspire an interdisciplinary mode—as artists, as writers, as thinkers, as activists—of working against systemic methods of silencing and disenfranchisement. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, we are committed to providing safe spaces for marginalized identities to share creative, critical, and activist work, and discuss what actions we can collectively take to resist neoliberal and fascist administrations through unexpected intimacies.
Afraid of Nothing: Art, Activism, & Writing
Jen Hofer, Kenji Liu, and Vickie Vértiz
CalArts, Jan. 30, 2018, 7-9pm
Audre Lorde calls on us to be “deliberate and afraid of nothing.” This workshop centers on writing and conversation to help us develop practices that will respond to Lorde’s charge. How can art and activism activate and nourish each other? How do deliberateness and intuition intertwine in creative practice? Participants will share writing experiments, processes, and influences with the intention of generating writings and actions via poem-making as a form of world-making.
Hip Hop For Change + Douglas Kearney
Thursday, April 13, 5:30pm
24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355
A workshop presentation and discussion by Hip Hop For Change Executive Director Khafre Jay that will focus on the intersection of community development, social justice, and musical craft. The dialogue portion of the event will be moderated by poet and Critical Studies professor, Douglas Kearney.
Hip Hop For Change is a non-profit organization that reclaims the Hip Hop genre by using it as a positive tool for education, community empowerment, and cultural representation/exchange. With Hip Hop values of peace, love, and unity at its core, HH4C: 1) teaches Hip Hop/social justice education to 4,000+ under-resourced youth in over 40 schools, and connects them with mentors in their own area; 2) organizes conscious music events to showcase progressive, local artists, for audiences in the thousands; 3) raises funds for and collaborates with local organizations to address community issues; and 4) uses grassroots activism and community-driven media to disseminate social justice education to the public. Past Hip Hop For Change programming has included the second Annual Independent Hip Hop Festival: Women’s Empowerment, HH4C’s Environmental Equity Summit, and a Latino Heritage Showcase.
A native of the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, Khafre Jay recognized the lack of space for youth and artists to express the daily struggles they face in a positive way. He created an organization of artists committed to using their talents to better their community. In addition to his background in activism, Jay is a veteran of the Bay Area music scene, sharing a stage with world-class acts such as Rakim, Dead Prez, and Hieroglyphics. He has also worked closely with Van Jones, CNN anchor and Founder of Green for All, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Right on a green Hip Hop project. He hosts a weekly radio show on San Francisco radio station KPOO and has been featured in POP VULTURE Magazine, and Musicbailout.
Photos by: Nicolas Savignano, courtesy of CalArts
Cross-Gender and Queer Performance
in Asian and Asian American Communities:
Didik Nini Thowok and Panda Dulce in Conversation
Friday, April 28th at 12pm
Generator Building, room G201, CalArts
Panda Dulce, aka Kyle Casey Chu is a panelist for MTV's Look Different Campaign who also performs with San Francisco's premiere Asian drag troupe, the Rice Rockettes, and works as a correspondent for VICE LGBT.
Didik Nini Thowok is Indonesia's most acclaimed cross-gender dance artist and successor of various Indonesian dying mask and cross-gender traditions. Didik is also Founder and Director of Lakshita Natya Dance School, the Didik Nini Thowok Foundation, and Didik Nini Thowok Entertainment. Event moderated by Angelo Alessandro Rodarte. Hosted by Asian Student Alliance and inter/subject, in collaboration with Queer Arts Collective.
Private is Political
Monday, March 20, 7pm
24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
Butler Building 4, Room D
A showcase of MFA Film and Creative Writing work from students of CalArts and Otis College of Art and Design. Followed by a casual Q&A between writers, filmmakers, and audience. Bios from select participants:
Nicholas Carter is a filmmaker and video artist working at the edges of documentary, essay film, and experimental narrative. With a background in Anthropology, his work—often cross-cultural—explores racial politics, history, spirituality, and the relationships between humans and natural environments throughout North and South America.
lyle kash is a queerdo filmmaker whose work examines themes of mirroring, double-meanings, slippages, and wolves to imagine expansive versions of trans cinema that go beyond identity-based authorship and content.
Regis Armani is a philosopher and poet from Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BA in English and Philosophy from Howard University, and is currently a graduate MFA student at Otis College. He is fascinated with the idea of the 'self' and what it is to 'be', focusing on humans and their limitlessness as beings.
Brittany Williams is an MFA candidate in Otis College of Art and Design's graduate writing program. She's currently writing a novel length manuscript. Her work focuses on all things "other" with heavy emphasis on Blackness and Queerness.
Chenel King is a storyteller. King's art reflects her love of learning, asking questions, researching and her insatiable curiosity. King is currently pursing her MFA at Otis College of Art & Design.
Nicole Bradford is an MFA Candidate at Otis College of Art & Design. Born and raised in Los Angeles, her poetry seeks to occupy the many realms of the brown female body, specifically the fantasies and violence that are affixed to it. She is currently working on a collection of dated poems cataloguing instances of police brutality. It is an ongoing work, as the violence is ongoing.
Amanda Choo Quan is an MFA2 at CalArts. She's a Truman Capote fellow, and thinks asking her from when she is from may be a more useful question. Her relationship with Los Angeles is best described as charged.
Cortez + Serrano
Thursday, February 9, 7pm
As writers/artists/activists, how we can implement intersectional feminist tactics on both theoretical and practical dimensions? inter/subject brings together LA-based artists Beatriz Cortez and Evelyn Serrano who engage in different modes. While Cortez draws from theory on simultaneity, temporality, modernity, and loss in relation to war and immigration, Serrano focuses on creative place-making, social justice, and community arts engagement. Beatriz Cortez will be presenting her project Being Present and Other Time Travels, and Evelyn Serrano will be facilitating a workshop exercise and presenting In Place of Place.
Beatriz Cortez is a writer and an artist. Her work explores simultaneity, the existence in different temporalities and different versions of modernity, particularly in relation to memory and loss in the aftermath of war and the experience of immigration, and in relation to imagining possible futures. She teaches in the Department of Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge. She lives and works in Los Angeles. Cortez will present and discuss her project Being Present and Other Time Travels.
Evelyn Serrano is an LA-based Cuban interdisciplinary artist, educator, curator, and community organizer. Her work in the arts and education stands at the intersection of creative place-making, social practice, and activism. Serrano will present examples of her collaborative work in Newhall, North Shore, and La Habana entitled In Place of Place and facilitate a workshop exercise.