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Blackboard Conversation: Speech, Politics, Activism



Artists Karen Mirza and Brad Butler are joined by New York-based artist Sharon Hayes and sociologist Avery Gordon for short presentations and responses reflecting on the intersections of contemporary politics, history, speech, and radical activism.

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Hayes’ work moves between multiple mediums–video, performance, installation–in an ongoing investigation into the interrelation between history, politics, and speech. She employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from practices such as performance, theater, dance, anthropology, and journalism. Her work has been shown at such venues as the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Guggenheim Museum, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and at Tate Modern in London, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Museum Moderner Kunst and the Generali Foundation in Vienna, and the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin as well as in 45 lesbian living rooms across the United States. Hayes is an assistant professor at the School of Art at the Cooper Union.

Gordon is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and visiting faculty fellow at the Centre for Research Architecture, Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2012, she was the Anna Maria Kellen Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, where she worked on a collaborative project with Ines Schaber that was exhibited at dOCUMENTA (13). She is the author of Notes for the Breitenau Room of The Workhouse—A Project by Ines Schaber and Avery Gordon; Keeping Good Time: Reflections on Knowledge, Power and People, and Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination. Since 1997, Gordon has cohosted No Alibis, a weekly public affairs radio program on KCSB 91.9 FM Santa Barbara. She is also the keeper of the Hawthorne Archives.