JANUARY 27, 2017 – Tisch School of the Arts, 12th floor, 721 Broadway, New York City


Artists Candice Lin and Xandra Ibarra; Mel Chen (UC Berkeley) C. Riley Snorton (Cornell), Aime Bahng (Dartmouth), Jasbir Puar (Rutgers), Mark Rifkin (UNC), Ivan Ramos (UC Riverside)

The Department of Art & Public Policy and NYU Tisch School of the Arts sponsor a symposium pairs recent work in critical indigenous and race studies with disability and queer theories. We will work through important provocations by recent humanists and artists who have turned to the formation of the New World in order to better understand our contemporary moment. These turns force us to account for a deeper sense of history, along with the aftermath of colonization, enslavement, resource extraction, and the disablement of bodies/communities. We will explore how to imagine new world orders and futures. What is the responsibility of the humanities and the arts to move forward with the reverberations of the New World? What new world orders can emerge by contending with the “old” New World? Event is free to the public, please register

sfmoma_openspace_robbiesweenyphotoFEBRUARY 4, 2017 – SF MOMA Open Space Panel at Counterpulse, 80 Turk Street, SF, California


Artists Annie Danger, Xandra Ibarra, Monique Jenkinson, Rhodessa Jones, Keith Hennessy, Brontez Purnell, Helen Shumaker, Amara Tabor-Smith

New York is one epicenter of HIV/AIDS in America. The other is San Francisco. As a bicoastal collaboration with Danspace Project, whose Platform series Lost and Found: Dance, New York, HIV/AIDS, Then and Now ran October 13th through December 19th, and in partnership with CounterPulse, SFMOMA’s Open Space gathers an intergenerational group of artists to explore various themes, questions, histories, and lineages as they relate, directly and obliquely, to the impact HIV/AIDS continues to have on dance and performance in the Bay Area and beyond. The afternoon event, which features Annie Danger, Xandra Ibarra, Monique Jenkinson, Rhodessa Jones, Keith Hennessy, Brontez Purnell, Helen Shumaker, and Amara Tabor-Smith, will include discussion, screenings and performative moments. Audience members are free to come and go as they please, and are also encouraged to visit the Lost and Found series on Open Space for related content.

[Photo: Amara Tabor-Smith, performing at the West Wave Dance Festival. Photo: Robbie Sweeny.]

MARCH 7, 2017 – 6pm at Counterpulse, 80 Turk Street, SF, California

MATCHBOX SALON with artists Marpi & Xandra Ibarra

Matchbox is a monthly salon, a forum for the open exchange of art and ideas and seeding new cross-disciplinary collaborations. CODAME and CounterPulse have selected digital artist, Marpi, and performance artist, Xandra Ibarra,  to have a an evening discussion on insects: real, imagined, and simulated. From evolution to ecdysis, what can we learn about simulating creatures virtually and performatively? In Marpi and Ibarra’s investigations of each other’s practices, the artists have found winding interest overlaps around symmetry and behavior as programming. Expect an evening of curious and critical inquiry into these ideas through the lens of bugs and creatures. Free event, please register here.

MARCH 29 – APRIL 15, 2017 – Rond-Point Projects, Marseille, France


The exhibition is co-produced with and takes place at Rond-Point Projects, an independent arts space occupying a former pharmacist’s shop in the La Plaine neighborhood of the city of Marseille. A series of videos by Jody Wood, Kambui Olujimi, Kerry Downey, Sand E. Smith, Ana Maria Gomes, Dania Reymond, Kumi James, Mathieu Abonnenc, Fayçal Baghriche, and Xandra Ibarra. Exhibited at different scales — the installation tries to think moments of encounter between the body and the work in a way that mirrors our everyday encounter with representations of violence. To the same effect, the works or excerpts are shown here, on this site, because it also true that today we encounter so much visual material online. One way of watching does not replace another; they each fold out from the same seam. Three cycles, each composed of three or four artists, are planned over the course of the late winter and early spring 2017. The exhibition is a research project held in common, a threshing floor, with both video and interviews between us. One evening of performance or debate will be planned in conjunction with each cycle of the project. For more information visit here.