praba pilar

Praba Pilar explores emerging technologies and community through performances, street theatre, site works, installations, digital prints, writing and websites. Her wildly diverse work has been presented at museums, galleries, public streets, universities and all kinds of arterventionist/ performalogic spaces, honored with multiple awards, from Creative Capital to the Hawaii Flux Award, and written about in numerous publications.

Praba Pilar at Zones of InhibitionPraba Pilar performing BOT IReverend Praba Pilar
photo credits, left to right: Praba Pilar, Janet Sarson, Kika Hannes

In January of 2013 I began a post-doctoral fellowship in Digital Humanities and New Media with the Hub for Innovative Exchange (HIVE) of the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. I am finalizing a PhD in Performance Studies at the University of California at Davis. My designated areas of emphasis have been: Practice as Research and Feminist Theory and Research. My research focuses on neoliberal capitalist techno-culture and performative acts of resistance.

contact: prabapilar (at)

news and upcoming

May 1-3, 2014, Virginia Tech, USA
I will be performing SARLAR PRESENTS at the Gender, Bodies and Technology: Performing the Human Conference at Virginia Tech.

June 21-28, 2014, Montreal, Canada
I'm working with Roewan Crowe and Javier Serna on the Artists as Repertoire Work Group for the Montreal Encuentro Hemisferico de Performance y Politica.

artistic projects

ifLAB: I am developing a new area of my art practice with a laboratory of feminist practices in techno-culture that I am establishing at the University of Winnipeg through the Hub for InnoVative Exchange (HIVE).

interventionist feminist Laboratory: ifLAB


How does the universe speak? How does it protect what it has created? How does it bear witness? How does it, in all humility, undo itself?  Praba Pilarva and Anuj Larvaidya – we are the twins who hold the larva between us. Born of prophesy, and precipitated by the hubris of man, we bring tidings of a new future – a post-human future. Behold the larva we hold between us – it is the formless, shapeless, and unknowable potential for new life on earth. The post natural post human future is here!  Prepare ye for the larval thrall!

Larval Rock Stars


December, 2013
I was a participant in the Toxicity exhibition, workshop and symposium held by Video Pool Media Arts Center and Plug In Gallery in Winnipeg, Canada. Bio artist Nicki Sperou held a four day intensive bio tech art laboratory workshop - ZONES OF INHIBITION - where we worked with mutliple processes of genetic engineering while dialoguing about ethical and practical issues in the field.

Toxicity Workshop 1 Toxicity Laboratory 2

I also moderated a a panel with Andrew E. Pelling, Jennifer Willet and Niki Sperou. The panelists were consistently involved in democratizing access to the laboratory, disturbing hierarchies of the 'expert' scientists and the public and doing social sculpture in the laboratory.

Toxicity Panel

October, 2013
SAY YES TO BIOSEX!!! Presentation with Adam Zaretsky at the Society for Literature Science and the Arts POSTNATURAL conference at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

Say Yes to BioSex, Praba Pilar and Adam Zaretsky

September, 2013
The ifLAB was a guest host on Black Mask, CKUW 95.9 FM, Winnipeg, Canada. I interviewed Kim Tallbear on genetic testing in indigenous populations, and Adam Zaretsky on upcoming FDA hearings on genetic engineering - with inheritable traits - on the human germline.

The show is available at