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Pacific Basin Institute Fall 2021 Lecture Series

Indigeneity amidst Spanish Colonization and American Expansionism

For Fall 2021, the Pacific Basin Institute Lecture Series considers the relationship between Spanish colonization and American expansionism in the late 19th century across the Pacific as well as the Atlantic. Through the practices of the featured writers and artists, we navigate the histories of  islands such as Guahan (Guam), Samoa, and Puerto Rico, while also interrogating the Spanish influence on the continent in places such as California and Mexico. We invite you to join us in our centering of indigenous perspectives in this series as we explore the abovementioned intersections of colonization, expansionism, and indigeneity.

September 27 (Monday) @ 4:15 p.m.: Jason Edward Lewis

The Future is Indigenous: Culture, Knowledge and Computation

Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media theorist, poet, and software designer. Lewis is deeply committed to developing intriguing new forms of expression by working on conceptual, critical, creative and technical levels simultaneously. He is the University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary as well as Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal. In addition to being lead author on the award-winning “Making Kin with the Machines” essay and editor of the groundbreaking Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Position Paper, he has contributed to chapters in collected editions covering Indigenous futures, mobile media, video game design, machinima and experimental pedagogy with Indigenous communities. Born and raised in northern California, Lewis is Hawaiian and Samoan.

(Free) registration required (Jason Edward Lewis)

October 20 (Wednesday) @ 4:15 p.m.: Micki Davis

Kao Kåhna Has? How is the One Who Hexes?

Mariquita “Micki” Davis is a CHamoru artist and educator based in Los Angeles. She completed her MFA at the University of California San Diego in 2011. Her work explores notions of artistic collaboration in the contexts of personal, familial, and communal memory. She is a participating artist for the MALI’E performance research project, a 13-moon series of creative development workshops that unites a cohort of culturally rooted Matao/CHamoru artists in the homeland and in the diaspora to produce a traveling exhibit between Guåhan, Los Angeles and Seattle.  She is the co-curator of Pasifika Transmissions, a monthly learning series that invites indigenous artists to visit the archive of the Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum of Long Beach and develop a video “transmission” of this exchange. She is currently a programmer for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and mentor for Armed with a Camera Fellowship program at Visual Communications. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Honolulu Biennial, Vancouver Art Gallery, and UNSW Galleries, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, as well as Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival (YIDFF) and Guam International Film Festival.

(Free) registration required (Micki Davis)

November 10 (Wednesday) @ 4:15 p.m.: L Frank Manriquez

Colonization: Both the Oppressor and the Oppressed

L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachmem), an award-winning Native California Indian artist, tribal scholar, community activist, and language advocate, has exhibited her artwork in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. She has served or serves on a number of boards, including that of the California Indian Basketweavers Association (for 15 years) and the Cultural Conservancy, and is a founding board member of the Advocates for Indigenous California Languages

(Free) registration required (L Frank Manriquez)

November 22 (Monday) @ 4:15 p.m.: Ulrik Lopez

Towards a Non-Absolute Dating: Recent Work Practice

Born in Mexico City in 1989, Lopez lives and works between Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico. He holds a bachelors (BFA) degree in Sculpture and a minor degree in Industrial Design in 2013 from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, and in 2012 took part in the SOMA Summer program in Mexico City and also the independent program La Práctica in Beta- Local, Puerto Rico from 2013 to 2014. He is currently undertaking an MFA at Bard College. He has participated in residencies such as Artist Village, the Warp Contemporary Art Platform based in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, ClockTower+Mana, Miami, USA, Flora ars+natura, Bogota, Colombia, and will be in residence at Delfina Foundation’s Collecting during Fall 2021. López has exhibited work in several galleries, museums and alternative spaces in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Colombia, United Kingdom and USA. His recent shows include Enterrar la Montaña at El Lobi, Puerto Rico, Siembra at Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, and Never Spoken Again at the Jepson Center, USA.

(Free) registration required (Ulrik Lopez)