curatorial

I believe in creating intellectual, creative, and hybrid communities. Much of my curatorial work includes the intermixing of science/art, politics and aesthetics, bodies and memory. Please see below for a selected list of my curatorial work.

“On Body & Banning: Honoring Kathy Acker and Questioning the Sexual and Racial Borders of Censorship”

“Banned Books” – West Hollywood Book Festival, 2015

Featuring: Ron Athey, Raquel Gutierrez and Michael Du Plessis

Moderator & Curator: Margaret Rhee

“Machine Dreams: A Symposium of Robots, Arts, and Difference” 

UCLA, 2015

Co-curated with Margaret Rhee, Lucy Burns, and Neil Aiken

Robots are not only contemporary figures of fascination; they have been a source of awe, intrigue, and trepidation for several centuries. In Machine Dreams: A Symposium on Robots, Arts, and Difference, we approach robots and other machines through a creative and critical lens, with a special emphasis on the exploration of difference making. As our keynote speaker, historian Minsoo Kang writes in his monograph, Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: “Ultimately the real importance of the automaton idea lies in the crucial role it has played as a conceptual tool with which Western culture has pondered the very nature and boundaries of humanity.”[i] In our gathering, we are interested in the question of the human, and its juxtaposition, transgression, and entanglement with the machine.

The participants of Machine Dreams identify social, aesthetic, and futurist questions emerging alongside technical innovation at the intersection of robots, arts, and difference.The participants in this symposium explore the possibility and limits of the intersection between robots and the arts. In doing so, we provide a set of concerns that interacts with intellectual, artistic, and ethical questions on robots, machines, and technology.

This symposium will include a special focus on participant development of respective papers and creative works on robots, machines, arts, and difference through discussion, collaboration, and creation. All events will be held at UCLA. We invite you to collaborate in machine dreaming together.

“Manifestos”

Mak Center for the Arts, 2015

Curated by Margaret Rhee, Kathy Acker Fellow, Les Figues Press

November 21 – November 22, 2015

Saturday: 4 pm Reading and performance
Sunday: 1-3:30 pm Writing workshop; 4 pm Feminestos and Open Mic

“Memes”

Mak Center for the Arts, 2015

Curated by Margaret Rhee, Kathy Acker Fellow, Les Figues Press

Memes convened former Los Angeles Queer Nationals to talk about the group’s historic use of slogans and stickers as a form of social protest and aesthetic intervention. The panel discussion was followed by a sticker-making workshop.

Participating Los Angeles Queer Nation activists and authors included: Michael du Plessis, Kathleen Chapman, Judy Ornelas Sisneros. HIV/AIDS activist-scholar  Jih-Fei Cheng of Scripps College also participated on the panel. The discussion was moderated by USC gender studies professor Karen Tongson. Following the discussion, the participatory sticker-making workshop engaged and encouraged brainstorming for the future of queer activism in Los Angeles.

The event focused on HIV/AIDS, art, literature, ephemera, protest, and Los Angeles LGBT history in order to honor queer activism and the diversity of protest expressions—underscoring queer history in our past, present, and future.

“Decolonizing Knowledge” 

Co-curated by Andrew Jolivette and Margaret Rhee

Data Center, 2013

Featuring: Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Dr. Michelle Fine, and Dr. Andrew Jolivette

“Body Maps: A (digital/real) Asian American Feminist Poetics”

La Pena Cultural Center, 2012 images.jpeg

 

Please see this interview on Body Maps at the Poetry Foundation, https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2012/04/margaret-rhee-body-maps-a-digitalreal-asian-american-feminist-poetics/

 

“Mutated Text”

Co-convened by Margaret Rhee and Martha Kenny

UC Berkeley and UCSC, 2012

Could our scholarship take on variable and mutated forms? This cross-genre creative writing workshop aims to support play within academic writing, expressions that may be embodied, emotional, and experimental. How might scholars and artists in Science and Technology Studies, and New Media Studies enter into transdisciplinary conversations around shared matters of the future, form, and care? For this workshop, we invite graduate students, scholars, and artists to participate in a supportive workshop to test boundaries and foster the possibilities of form, content, and context in academic work.

Lunch and parking for out-of-towners will be provided. For information contact Margaret Rhee, mrhee@berkeley.edu.

Sponsored by Science, Technology, & Society Center, Berkeley Center for New Media, Dept. of Gender and Women Studies, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, and the Center for Race and Gender.

http://bcnm.berkeley.edu/2012/05/16/mutated-text-workshop/

“Catalyzing Knowledge in Dangerous Times”

UC Berkeley, 2011

http://crg.berkeley.edu/catalyzing2011

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