Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 Visiting Artists

Spring 2021

'Islands in the Matrix': Maria Maea and Micaela Tobin in Conversation

This event is sponsored by the Nick England Intercultural Arts Project

Maria Maea is a multidisciplinary artist working in production, installation, and performance. Through film, sculpture, and movement she deepens her connection to source. She explores shadow and play through a range of meditative, durational, theatrical, and actionist modes. Maea builds structures across mediums and creates games to open herself up to participation. She investigates the ways we engage and view ourselves within the realities constructed for us and by us. As Samoan-Mexican American straddling different layers of identity. Maea's work operates as an illumination on the brown body’s (dys)function as capitalist commodity, as a resistance to somatic fixity, an examination of the multiplicities of consciousness, and survival as immigrants and first-generation Americans.

Micaela Tobin is a soprano, sound artist, and teacher based in Los Angeles, Calif. who specializes in experimental voice and contemporary opera, composing under the moniker White Boy Scream. Within this project Tobin dissects her operatic and extended vocal techniques through the use of electronics. Tobin’s most recent full length release, BAKUNAWA (Deathbomb Arc) is part sonic ritual, part diasporic storytelling. Of the album, Steve Smith of The New Yorker Magazine asserts that “opera would do well to pay attention.” Tobin is turning the album into a cinematic opera entitled BAKUNAWA: Opera of the Seven Moons. It will have its virtual premiere at REDCAT on May 1, 2021.

All are welcome! Please RSVP here to join!

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