Digital Power – Intersectional Resistance, Advocacy, and Activism in International Feminist Techno-Decolonial Art

Coordinated by: Kathy Rae Huffman and Liliana Conlisk Gallegos

Event Date and Time: 13 August 2021 : 9:30 – 11:00am PDT


Colonialism refers to the materialization of the irrational concept of expanding european exceptionalism through the invasion, enslavement, and exploitation of Indigenous lands and peoples around the world from the 16th century onward. Coloniality refers to the colonial ideals, concepts, formats, and organizations which, like the undead, continue to eat at our brains and abilities by limiting our perception through binary and hierarchical thinking. The propagation and production of decontextualized knowledge continues to ignore that there have always been other ways of doing, thinking, valuing, and even being. Decoloniality may sound like something new due to this decontextualization. Yet, decolonial consciousness and praxis has been a true art form for surviving and resisting white supremacy and eurocentrism for over 520 years and beyond! In this encore panel talk to the Digital Power online exhibition , selected artists will give 3-5 minute talks on how their artwork is influenced by decoloniality, what this means, and how in many ways decoloniality can come as second nature particularly to those who personally know the burden of coloniality and its effects on the world. Discussion to follow.

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Video: https://vimeo.com/599723252




Kathy Rae Huffman

Kathy Rae Huffman is a writer, producer, researcher, lecturer, prolific public speaker and a pioneering curator of video art, media art, online art, interactive art, installation and performance art. She was Chief Curator at the Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, California from 1979 to 1984, where she established LBMA Video as a regional center supporting early video art. From 1984 to 1991, Huffman was Adjunct Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Massachusetts and curator/producer of The Contemporary Art Television Fund. From 1991 to 1998, Huffman worked as free-lance writer, curator, lecturer, producer and consultant, based in Austria. During this time, she co-founded FACES listserv. After two years from 1998 to 2000 as an Associate Professor of Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she was the director of Hull Time Based Arts, UK from 2000 to 2002 and the Visual Arts Director at Cornerhouse in Manchester from 2002 – 2008. Since 2008, she has curated major exhibitions for EMAF, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, Transmediale and The Getty.

Liliana Conlisk Gallegos

With the goal of advancing the certain decolonial turn, Dr. Machete’s (Liliana Conlisk Gallegos) live, interactive media art production and border rasquache performances generate culturally specific, collective, technocultural creative spaces of production that reconnect Chicana/o/x Mestiza Indigenous wisdom/conocimiento to their ongoing technological and scientific contributions, still currently “overlooked” through the logic of the decaying Eurocentric project of Modernity. As a transfronteriza (perpetual border crosser), to her, the current limited perceptions of what research, media, and technology can be are like a yonke (junkyard), from which pieces are upcycled and repurposed to amplify individual and collective expression, community healing, and social justice.