Action by: 100 Days Action
Date(s) - 03/17/2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
3030 20th St , San Francisco, CA, 94110
ACTION: FIND REFUGE IN THE STORIES AND SOUNDS OF MIGRATION
An evening of spoken words and live A/V performance
Readings by Balitronica Gomez & Vernon Keeve III
A/V Performance by Surabhi Saraf + Dorothy Santos (Featuring movement by Shinichi Iova-Koga)
Working with sound composition, poetry, and moving image, Body in Transit explores the ways in which the human body travels through physical and imagined spaces. With the current political and cultural climate in the United States as countless individuals grapple with the imposed immigration ban, the pieces presented embody the anxiety and disorientation of displacement through transit and forced migration.
(Baruch Porras-Hernandez, originally scheduled unfortunately had to cancel due to sickness)
Balitronica Gomez is a cyborg poet, performance artist and queer radical currently living between Mexico City and San Francisco. She was born and raised on the San Diego/Tijuana border where she was part of the punk and literary underground scene. After receiving her BA in Writing and Literature from San Diego State University she then lived in Paris in a 17th century Dominican convent researching nun culture and expat literature. She holds an MFA in Poetry/Writing & Performance from Mills College. As a photo-performance artist she has worked with various photographers and painters such as Manuel Vason, RJ Muna, Herani Hache, and Marcos Raya. For the last 4 years, Balitronica has toured with Guillermo Gómez-Peña and is a Core Troupe Member of the legendary performance troupe La Pocha Nostra.
Vernon Keeve III is a black and queer writer from Virginia, and a high school teacher in Oakland, CA. He has been featured at the SF Poetry Jazz Festival, the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and the Oakland Book Festival. His writing has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Online Journal, Black Girl Dangerous, Entropy, Foglifter, Buck Off!, and Blues Arrival: Stories of the Queer Black South and Migration; he received the Zora Neale Hurston Award from Naropa University in 2012. His book of poetry and essays, Southern Migrant Mixtape, will be released in the spring of 2017 with Nomadic Press.
Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts.
Surabhi Saraf is a media artist, composer, and performer based in San Francisco. Surabhi has performed solo at Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Biennial, Greece, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, SF and her collaborative work has been performed at NETMAGE 10 International Live Media Festival, Bologna, Soundwave Biennial ((5)), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Surabhi is the recipient of Eureka Fellowship Award 2015 by the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artist award and was nominated for the SECA Award 2012, SFMOMA. Her videos have been shown at TIMES SQUARE, New York, the Hunter Museum of American Art Chattanooga, TN and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Vojvodina, Serbia. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 with an MFA in Art and Technology. Surabhi Saraf is represented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai and Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco.
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