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Visual & Media Cultures Colloquium - Cristóbal Martínez

Art is Tecpatl — A Flint Knife Tongue
Wed May 8, 2019, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Porter College Room D245
Presented by: 
Arts Division
Film & Digital Media
History of Art & Visual Culture


In his presentation Martínez will talk about selected works by artist collectives Postcommodity and Radio Healer. As an artist in both these collectives, he will connect their work to theories of indigenous media and sovereignty; discuss art’s role in confronting social, political and economic issues; and share what he believes is required of contemporary art for effective public engagement in a time of economic violence and political instability.

Cristóbal Martínez is an artist-scholar that positions metaphors to mediate complications within sites of dromological, spatial, social, cultural, political, ecological, and economic anxiety. Within these locations, Martínez aestheticizes complexity to generatively engage publics in recovering/connecting knowledge. Martínez is an artist in Postcommodity and Radio Healer. He has exhibited in the 18th Biennale of Sydney, Adelaide International, Contour the 5th Biennale of the Moving Image, Nuit Blanche, Sundance Film Festival, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, 2017 Whitney Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art in General, documenta14, and at the U.S./Mexico border - Repellent Fence.

The annual Visual and Media Cultures Colloquia (VMCC) at UCSC are a collaboration between the graduate programs in the Film and Digital Media Department and Visual Studies in the History of Art and Visual Culture Department. The series brings an array of cutting-edge scholars to speak on a broad spectrum of subjects. Talks are free and open to the public. Parking permit required.