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Art is Tecpatl — A Flint Knife Tongue

Friday, September 27, 2019 at 12:20pm to 2:15am

400 Caldwell Hall

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) Speaker Series with CRISTÓBAL MARTINEZ (Cherokee)

Cristóbal Martínez, PHD is an artist in the collectives Postcommodity and Red Culebra, and in 2003 founded the indigenous hacker ensemble Radio Healer. Martinez is the Chair of Art and Technology at the San Francisco Art Institute, and is a scholar in linguistics, rhetoric, art, and technology. Martínez positions metaphors that mediate complexity at sites of dromological, spatial, social, cultural, political, ecological, and economic anxiety. By interrogating our human behaviors within these contexts, his work reveals the complex and often incongruent nature of our memories, behaviors, beliefs, values, assumptions, choices, and relationships.


In Postcommodity, Martinez and his collaborators are recipients of grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2010), Creative Capital (2012), Art Matters (2013), Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (2014), Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (2017), and Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship (2017-2018). The collective has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including: Contour the 5th Biennial of the Moving Image in Mechelen, BE; Nuit Blanche, Toronto, CA; 18th Biennale of Sydney in Sydney, AUS; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Scottsdale, AZ; 2017 Whitney Biennial, New York, NY; Art in General, New York, NY; documenta14, Athens, GR and Kassel, DE; the 57th Carnegie International in Pittsburgh, PA; Desert X, Coachella Valley, CA; Art Institute of Chicago, in Chicago, IL, and their historic land art installation Repellent Fence at the U.S./Mexico border near Douglas, AZ and Agua Prieta, SON. The collective was awarded the Fine Prize for their contribution to the Carnegie International, 2018 titled From Smoke and Tangled Waters, We Carried Fire Home.

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