[-empyre-] Introducing Elia Vargas and Atmosphere

Daniel Lichtman danielp73 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 03:14:59 AEDT 2020

Dear Empyre Community,

I'm excited to introduce our last project, Atmosphere, organized by Elia
Vargas. Atmosphere is a speculative fiction exquisite corpse, written
collaboratively by many artist collaborators under shelter in place.

Elia Vargas is an Oakland, California-based artist and scholar. He works
across multiple mediums, ranging from video and sound to writing and
performance, focused on naturecultural media practices. He is a Ph.D.
candidate in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa
Cruz and is the co-founder and co-curator of the Living Room Light
Exchange, a monthly salon on critical, intersectional perspectives of art
and technology. He collaborates widely with artists, musicians, and
institutions, and has worked at internationally acclaimed interactive
design studios. As an educator and organizer, he is a steward for
self-determination through critical and creative practice. His current work
considers the cultural, philosophical, and techno-scientific conditions of
the early American oil industry and argues for refiguring crude oil as
media to decenter anthropocentric representations of nature.

Looking forward to hearing more about Atmosphere!

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