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Monday, March 20

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Beall Center for Art + Technology is proud to present the second event in a four-part series: “LASER Talk: Expressing Gender.” This panel talk and discussion will take place on Monday, March 20, 5:30-7:30pm at The Cove in UCI Applied Innovation, and feature several guest speakers on the subject of gender expression, embodiment, and development. Held in conjunction with the Beall Center’s current exhibition, “Masculine <-> Feminine” (on view through May 13, 2017), “LASER Talk: Expressing Gender” is part of the Leonardo Journal and Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology’s international network of free public engagement events called LASERs (Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous) – an events series that was started by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi in January 2008 as a local forum for presenting art and science projects.

Has the expanded notion of a gender spectrum affected the way we see ourselves? Through the advent of new social, psychological, and technological resources, we have unprecedented ways to discover our identity. Moderated by David Familian (Artistic Director, Beall Center for Art + Technology) and Micol Hebron (Independent Curator, Performance Artist, and Professor at Chapman University), this conversation will unpack the various avenues through which gender can be expressed and defined – including those in art, psychology, evolutionary biology, and the humanities. The LASER Talk will feature a special presentation by contemporary artist, Cassils.

Cassils has achieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture. Featuring a series of bodies transformed by strict physical training regimes, Cassils’ artworks offer shared experiences for contemplating histories of violence, representation, struggle, and survival, often juxtaposing the immediacy, urgency and ephemerality of live performance against constructed acts for camera in order to challenge the “documentarian truth factor” of images. Bashing through gendered binaries, Cassils performs transgender not as a crossing from one sex to another, but rather as a continual process of becoming ─ a form of embodiment that works in a space of indeterminacy, spasm and slipperiness. Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics, Cassils forges a series of powerfully trained bodies for different performative purposes. It is with sweat, blood and sinew that Cassils constructs a visual critique around ideologies and histories.Cassils was born in Montreal (Canada) and lives and works in Los Angeles (CA). Their work appears in the Beall Center’s “Masculine <-> Feminine” exhibition courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York (NY).

Other speakers will include experts from UCI’s departments of Gender & Sexuality Studies, Psychology and Social Behavior, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. A full speaker list will be posted prior to the event.

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Monday, March 20
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


The Cove @ UCI
5141 California Ave
Irvine, CA 92617

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