A Performance Lecture Double Bill

Deke Weaver | Meghan Moe Beitiks

14 - 15 Nov 2015, 7 - 8:30pm

Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Illinois


photo by Valerie Oliveiro


14 - 15 Nov 2015
7 - 8:30pm
Performance Lecture Double-Bill
SAT 14 NOV @7pm
Deke Weaver and Meghan Moe Beitiks present different approaches to ecological issues through performative lecture

Panel Discussion
Conversations regarding commonalities in the recent work of Deke Weaver and Meghan Moe Beitiks including explorations of new materialism, object-oriented ontology, ecological stewardship and political activism.


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Artists Deke Weaver and Meghan Moe Beitiks present performance lectures that explore themes of ecological crisis, charismatic megafauna, communication and the non-human. Followed by a panel discussion with JGV/WAR (Gibran Villobos and William Ruggiero), touching on object-oriented ontology and political activism.

Because of the firing of Stephen Salaita and the subsequent boycott of the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), artist/activist Claire Pentecost was not able to accept the invitation from UIUC art history graduate students to give the keynote speech for the March 2015 New Terrains: The Landscape Reviewed symposium. The University’s attack on academic freedom and free speech has revealed a patronizing contempt for art and the humanities. No surprise there. Although it is not protocol to have a faculty member be the keynote at the institution sponsoring the event, the boycott has required flexibility. The students asked me to give the talk. The past year and a half has had me searching for ways to articulate how art can matter in the midst of slow moving catastrophes such as climate change, mass extinction, and cultural melt down.

This version of Choose Your Grizzly is a hybrid of the original March 2015 performance-lecture and some very early workings of TIGER which was developed as part of Perform Midwest: Incubating Collaborative Research, a project funded by the Humanities Without Walls consortium.

"Discourse:Projector:Plant:Filter" is a performative lecture, an attempt to facilitate a conversation between a laptop, a can of air, a plant and a projector through acts of respiration. Part of a “Discourse” series, the work is be an exploration of communication and its effect on ecologies through art.

In her book “Vibrant Matter,” Jane Bennett asserts “We need . . . to devise new procedures, technologies, and regimes of perception that enable us to consult nonhumans more closely . . . for these offerings are profoundly important to the health of the political ecologies to which we belong.” Moe sees performance as one of these “regimes of perception,” influenced by Karen Barad’s theory of “Agential Realism” and Foucault’s idea of discourse. In Barad’s thinking, all matter is mutually entangled, defined by its “intra-actions,” and for Foucault, it is within discourse that power is created.

The question within “Discourse” then becomes: how are we unconsciously communicating with the non-human– with plants, objects, bacteria? How do human conventions, cultures and memes construct this communication? What impact does this communication have on our relationship to landscape? In "Discourse:Projector:Plant:Filter," these questions are explored through breath and respiration.

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