[-empyre-] Welcome Special Guests Liat Berdugo and Elia Vargas :: On Spellwork -- Technology and Conjurings

margaretha haughwout margaretha.anne.haughwout at gmail.com
Fri Nov 22 02:47:16 AEDT 2019

Dear -empyre-,

Greetings to two special guests: Liat Berdugo and Elia Vargas, who recently
published *Spellwork -- Technology and Conjurings* through their
*Livingroom Light Exchange* publication in San Francisco. I am so delighted
that they are willing to spend some time sharing their thoughts on Magic
and Technology with us today.


Liat Berdugo (US) she/her/hers
Liat Berdugo is an artist, writer, and curator whose work -- which focuses
on embodiment and digitality, archive theory, and new economies --
interweaves video, writing, performance, and computer programming to form a
considerate and critical lens on digital culture. Berdugo has been
exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, and her book, The
Everyday Maths, was published by Anomalous Press in 2013. She is the
co-founder and curator of the Bay Area’s Living Room Light Exchange, a
monthly new media art salon, and one-half of the two person art collective,
Anxious to Make. Her writing appears in Rhizome, Temporary Art Review,
Institute for Network Cultures Longform, and others. Berdugo received an
MFA from RISD and a BA from Brown University. She is an assistant professor
of Art + Architecture at the University of San Francisco, and is currently
writing a book about the weaponization of cameras in Israel/Palestine
(forthcoming, Bloomsbury). More at www.liatberdugo.com/.

Elia Vargas (US) he/him/his
Elia Vargas is an Oakland based, globally situated, artist, curator, and
scholar. He works across multiple mediums, including video, sound,
projection, writing, and performance. He is co-founder of the Living Room
Light Exchange, a monthly salon on art and technology, and a Ph.D.
candidate in Film and Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz. Vargas has a long
history of community radio broadcasting and place-based projects following
an interest in transmission and human/non-human cultural formulation. He
collaborates widely with artists, musicians, and institutions. His current
work argues for refiguring crude oil as media. More at www.eliavargas.com.

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