PhD, Performance Studies. University of California, Davis, expected Winter 2013. Designated Emphasis in
Feminist Theory and Research, and in Studies in Performance Practice as Research.
B.A. with Honors, Intermedia Arts, Mills College, 2006.
Presidential Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, UC Davis, 2007-2011
Dean’s Scholarship, Mills College, 2004-2006
George Kingdon Memorial Scholarship, Mills College, 2005
Puffin Foundation Award, 2004
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center Travel Grant, 2004
Creative Capital Foundation Award, 2002
Zellerbach Family Fund Award, 2002
Nominated for a Rockefeller Award, 2002
Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, New Langton Arts, 2001
Creative Work Fund Award, 2000
Commission Award, Fruitvale Historic Tile Public Art Project, City of Oakland, CA, 2000
Master Residency Award with Pepon Osorio, MACLA Center for Latino Arts, 2000
Historic Preservation Award, Oakland Heritage Alliance, Fruitvale Public Art Project, 1999
Environmental Web Site Award for www.artactivist.com, 1999
Activist Web Site Award for www.artactivist.com, 1999
Fluxus Award, Fluxus Hawaii, 1999
Commission Award; Fruitvale Public Art Project, Oakland, CA, 1998
SELECT PERFORMANCE PROJECTS
2010-2012 “BOT I”
Galeria Studio Cerrillo, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Radical Philosophy Association Conference: Violence,” University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
Arena Theatre, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA
Actions of Transfer: Women’s Performance in the Americas, UCLA, CA
2007-2012 "The Cyborg Soap Opera/SARLAR Presents
Center for Sex and Ecology, SF, CA
Galeria de la Raza, SF, CA
Counterpulse, SF, CA
21 Grand, Oakland, CA
"DADA Cabaret," UC Davis, Davis, CA
2006-2013 “The Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno,”
Multispecies Salon, City University of New York Graduate Center, New York
Cosmopolitics Conference, City University of New York Graduate Center, New York
NatureCulture Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
University of California at Davis, Davis, CA
Bay Area Now 5, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, San Francisco, CA
Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA
Mills College, Oakland
Seminar in Experimental Critical Theory, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
2004-2009 “Computers Are A Girl’s Best Friend"
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden
MACLA/ISEA Zero One Festival, San Jose, CA
State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York
Cyberimaginaries: Decolonizing the Future Conference, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social University of Washington, Seattle
The LAB, San Francisco, California
Le Local, Studio XX, Montreal, Canada
1999-2003 “Los Cybrids: La Raza TechnoCritica”
University of San Francisco; SF, California
Brown University; Providence, Rhode Island
Carnegie-Mellon University; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles, California
Arizona State University; Phoenix, Arizona
The LAB Gallery; San Francisco, California
Galeria de la Raza, SF
Modern Times Bookstore, SF
SF Museum of Modern Art, SF
Potrero Nuevo Fund Award Performance, Lilli Ann Mural, SF
LAB Gallery, SF
1998-2000 “The Hexterminators”
San Francisco State University, SF
National Association of Broadcasters, Moscone Center, SF
Galeria de la Raza, SF; KPFA Radio
Fairmount Hotel, SF
Radical Performance Fest, SF
UC Berkeley, Berkeley
SELECT SINGLE PERFORMANCES
2008 “We Remember The Sun: 9/11/1973,” San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2007 “Cabaret Marx,” Humane Slaughter Acts Performance Festival, Healdsburg, CA
“Broom Ceremony: Tierradentro,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Arizona
2006 “SPEC.FLIC 2.0,” Infospherian character, ISEA/Zero One Festival, San Jose, CA
“San Francisco Address: The School of Panamerican Unrest,” Museum of African
Diaspora/Mexican Museum, SF, CA
2005 “PornOrchestra,” Bay Area Bayennale, Oakland Metro, Oakland
2004 "Cabaret Techno" Quartier Ephemere/Darling Foundry, Montreal, Canada
2003 “Juana La Banana,” Dating Game Show, Galeria de la Raza, SF
2000 “May Lowly,” National Association of Broadcasters, Moscone Center, SF
“Dr. Ana Condo” Ese: The Last Mexican; Galeria de la Raza, SF; KPFA Radio
1998 “Lilli Ann Lives,” Chuy Campesano Memorial; CELL Space; SF “
“Cabaret Fatale” ATA Performance Space, SF
1996 “Reversal of Fortune” Galeria de la Raza, SF
2011 "Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno," installation, Multi-Species Salon, CUNY Grad Center, NY, NY
2009 "Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno," installation, Computers & Writing Conference, UC Davis, Davis, CA
2008 "Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno," installation, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, Bay Area Now 5, SF, CA
"CodeSwitching," Swarm Gallery, Oakland, CA
2007 "Social Justice Eco-Art," Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA
2006 "Fronteras Electronicas," MACLA/ISEA Zero One Festival of Art on the Edge, San Jose, CA
Bay Area Artists Exploring Ecological Issues," the
Gallery at Thoreau, Thoreau Center
for Sustainability, San Francisco, CA
“What's Not To Love?: Humor and Satire,” Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA
"Arte Nuevo Interactiva '05 Biennial,"
Centro Cultural Olimpo, Merida, Mexico
Chicana/o Biennial," MACLA, San Jose, CA
"Su Arte Here," Galeria de la Raza, SF
2004 "Empire: Videos for a New World,"
Maryland Institute College of Art , Baltimore
"Picarte: Photography Beyond Representation," The
Heard Museum, Phoenix
2003 "R & D," The LAB, San Francisco
Stitched,” Hiestand Gallery, Miami University of Ohio,
in Digital Space,” Spelman College Museum of Fine Art,
2002 “Bay Area Artists,” 25th Bay Area Playwrights
in Digital Space,” University of Southern California,
Tigers,” Galeria de la Raza, SF
2001 “Techno-Promesas: Putografia Virtual,”
multi-media installation, Galeria de la Raza, SF
in Digital Space,” MIT List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, Boston
2000 “Anima House,”
Residency Award Exhibition, MACLA, San Jose
Solutions,” The Art Gallery at Cesar Chavez, San Francisco
State University, SF
1999 “Polly, Lamb of God?” SOMAR Gallery,
The Aftermath,” Media Alliance Gallery, SF
Artists Television Access, SF
of Bio-Life: Russian Roulette of the Brave New World,”
S.F. Arts Commission, SF
en Claro,” Open Studios, Oakland
Icons, Alter-egos, Redefining Art of Devotion,” MACLA
San Jose, Curator Tere Romo
The Chicano Experience,” Balazo Gallery, SF
Ranch,” Pro Arts Gallery; Oakland
1997 “Fresa Farms:
It’s a Whitewash,” Galeria de la Raza, SF
City of Oakland NPR, Oakland
II,” Four Walls Gallery, SF
1996 “Round Trip Ticket; to the Immigrant Land,”
Folsom Street Interchange, SF
of Fortune,” Galeria de la Raza, catalog.
Saints/All Souls: Altar?ed Images,” Falkirk Cultural
Center, San Rafael
Work,” Can Gallery, Oakland
1995 “Ventanas de Devocion,” Cafe Fanari,
things she left behind,” Belcher Gallery, SF
1995 “The Last Frontier,” Center for Visual
Arts, Oakland; Juror, George Rivera
Life Up Inside Her Head,”” Galeria de la Raza,
Show & Tell Gallery, SF
PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS
2003 “Fruitvale Historic Markers,”
historic tile project, Oakland, CA
Manifest Tech-Destiny,” digital mural, Galeria de
la Raza, SF
Sistema de Vigilancia,” digital mural, Galeria de
la Raza, SF
Divide, Last One is a Rotten Egg,” digital mural,
Galeria de la Raza, SF
2000 “Ese: The Last
Mexican,” digital mural, Uberlocos, Galeria de la
1999 “Fruitvale Plaza
Park.” Design and implementation of site-specific
public art project in Oakland, including broken tile mosaic
work, floor piece, historic narratives, structures. Redesign
of entire site for pedestrian flow, functionality and community
My Oasis,” biodegrading ceramic site installation,
“Fecundo,” biodegrading ceramic site installation; Echo Park, Oakland.
1995 “Encuentro Vivo,” temporary Day of
the Dead installation, Aquatic Park, SF
Teaching Assistant: UC Davis
Performance, Theatre and Culture. Department of Theatre and Dance, 2012, 2010, 2008.
Introduction to Women and Gender Studies. Department of Women and Gender Studies, 2011.
Introduction to Dramatic Arts. Department of Theatre and Dance, 2010.
When the Invisible Punishing Machine is Everywhere. Mabel Negrete, in fulfillment of the Master
of Science in Art, Culture and Technology, MIT. 2011.
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, 2009.
Youth Digital Arts. Horace Mann Middle School, 2006.
Environmental Art Practices. Audubon Society program for youth of color, 2005.
2013 “A Performance Script in Two Parts.” Chapter in Are All The Women Still White: Globalizing Women’s Studies, edited by Janell Hobson. Manuscript of book
currently under review by University of Illinois Press.
2013 “BOT I.” Lateral Journal of the Cultural Studies Association Spring 2013. Thread: In Search of Digital Feminisms.
2011 Paradigm Shifts: Walter McBean Galleries Exhibitions and Public Programs, San Francisco Art Institute
2006-2011. Hou Hanru with Mary Ellyn Johnson. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco.
2008 Bay Area NOW 5 Wayfinder. Catalogue of Bay Area Now 5 exhibition, Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena.
1996 “Reversal of Fortune.” Catalogue of Strawberry Fields exhibition at Galeria de la Raza, SF
1995 “The Healing Fields.” Catalogue of Another Life Up Inside Her Head exhibition at Galeria de la Raza, SF
2006 “A is For Anxiety” entry in Encyclopedia Project: Volume 1, A-E. Encyclomedia: Providence, 2006.
2002 “The Art of Social Justice.” Chapter Interview in The Civil Disobedience Handbook: A Brief History and Practical Advice for the Politically Disenchanted, edited by James
Tracy. Manic dPress: San Francisco.
2002 “Cybridnetics: an Ese from the Other side of the Digital Divide” Tripwire, A Journal of Poetics, Fall 2002
2001 Surveillance: How to Survive, Thrive and Stay Alive, edited by Tiny, aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, Po’ Press.
2000 “Monica Praba Pilar.” Chapter Interview in On Women Turning 30: Making Choices, Finding Meaning,
Cathleen Rountree. Jossey-Bass Press: San Francisco. Pgs 85-94.
2012 “Alter-Ego,” multi-media article. KATALOG, a publication of Central Canadian Center for Performance.
Published September 8, 2012.
“Faith in Machine,” an Interview with Praba Pilar on Localflux.net.
“Ruptures in Technoculture: Technophilic Society and Interventionist Performance.” WEAD Magazine,
Issue 4: No Time For Complacency. Essay.
2011 “Praise the Lord & Pass the Critical Theory: An Interview with Praba Pilar of the Church of
Nano Bio Info
Cogno”. H+ Magazine. by R.U.Sirius and Praba Pilar, published: March 15, 2011
2001 “Tech Flesh 3: The Hexterminators,” interview Eugene Hacker, CTHEORY.NET, May 2001
Artwork Images Publications
2007 Phoenix, 21st Century City. Edward Booth Clibborn, Image.
2005 B/ordering Space (Border Region) by Henk Van Houtum, Oliver Kramsch, Wolfgang Ziefhofer; Ashgate
The Womanist: Mills College Women of Color Journal, Spring 2005, Vol. VIII. Image.
2003 Breaking Ground: Adventurous New Plays from Adventurous Theaters, edited by Kent Nicholson,
Bookspan Press. Cover Image, 2003
Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism, Rebecca Solnit, Verso Press.
2011 “BOT I” Radio 2050 Interview by Darren De Leon, KPFA Radio, Berkeley
2009 “The Church of NBIC” Radio 2050 Interview by Darren De Leon, KPFA Radio, Berkeley
2007 “Computers Are A Girl’s Best Friend” Radio 2050 Interview by Darren De Leon, KPFA
2005 “Sight Unseen,” KALX Radio, October 14, 2005
“Radio 2050,” KPFA Radio, Berkeley, June 5, 2004
“Terra Verde”, KPFA Radio, Berkeley, June 4, 2004
2004 “Computers Are A Girl’s Best Friend” interview - CKUT 90.3 FM, Montréal. May 19, 2004
2003 “On-Air Cyber Chifladas,” Radio 2050, KPFA Radio, May 2003
2001 “Will the revolution be … on the web?” RadioforChange, interview by Becky Bond, May 2001
“Alex Bennet Show,” CNET Radio, July 2001
“GlobalWarMaquina,” KPFA Radio, performance/interview on Los Cybrids by Pratap
2000 “Hacktivism and its Discontents” interview by Public Affairs Director Harry Osibin, 105FM, April 2000
1999 “Super Rat Grrrl,” KPFA Radio, interview on Hexterminators by Pratap Chatterjee
“The Hexterminator!,” KPFA Radio, interview on Carnavale of BioLife by Pratap Chatterjee
“The Other 9/11,” San Francisco Weekly, September 9, 2008
“Picks,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 2, 2008
“Featured Artist,” NewmediaFIX, at www.newmediafix.net, August 2006
“Ecovisions at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability,” Artweek, September 2005
“ClubLand” San Francisco Chronicle, July 31, 2005
“Girls and Their Toys,” Montreal Mirror, May 20-26 2004
“Clean Up on Aisle Six,” Claire Light, Sensor Magazine, Issue No. 1, February 2004
“Civic Planning,” SF Bay Guardian, October 1 2003
“Ciberfeminismo y Arte en Latinoamérica: fusión pendiente” Cindy Gabriela Flores,
“Humaquina: Manifest Tech Destiny,” Stretcher Magazine, www.stretcher.org/cybrids
“Surf This,” Sarah Lidgus, SF Bay Guardian, October 2001
“Art for IT’s Sake,” India Abroad Magazine, July 2001
“A Disturbing Latino View of Tech,“ WIRED Magazine News, June 2001
“Firing Warnings About Information Technology,” El Tecolote, June 2001
“atlas(t),” Critics Choice, SF Bay Guardian, March 2001
“Erasing San Francisco,” San Francisco Chronicle Datebook, December 2000
“Ese Last of His Tribe,” Critics Choice, SF Bay Guardian, September 2000
“To Web or Not To Web,” Media Channel, August 2000
“Blow up The Internet,“ Salon Magazine, July 2000
“Benchmarks,” Artweek Magazine, June 2000
“Assist for Local Talent,” San Jose Mercury News, June 2000
“The Pause That Refreshes,” East Bay Express, May 2000
“Park Here,” Artswatch, Ms. Magazine, February/March 2000
“Once Blighted, Plaza Now Glistens,” Oakland Tribune, July 1999
“Changing more than the face of Oakland,” Oakland Tribune, June 1999
“Developer Whitewashes Mural,” The Progressive Magazine, April 1999
“Super Rat Grrrl,” KPFA Radio, interview on Hexterminators by Pratap Chatterjee, 1999
“Issues of Life/Death,” Znet Digital Magazine; Review of artactivist.com website, 1999
“Hex on the Great White Wall,” Tyche Hendricks, SF Examiner, September 1998
“The Hexterminator!,” KPFA Radio, interview on Carnavale of BioLife by Pratap Chatterjee, 1998
“The Young Americanos,” Dino Enrique Piacenti, Manteca Magazine, 1996
“Que Viva la Vida,” Interview, Cable Broadcast, Channel 25, 1996
Critical Responses to Creative Projects
2013 Latin American Identity Online. Claire Taylor, Thea Pittman. Routledge. Proposed publication, Spring.
2013 Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender. Janell Hobson. State University
Of New York Press. Proposed date of publication is Spring 2013.
2012 The Technologies of Creativity: Connections between Art and Science in Contemporaneity. Part III:
Evolutionary Views. Perspectives on Beauty, the Truth and the Scientific Method in Contemporary World.
Female Biotechnoactivism: The Church of Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno. Dissertation of Paz Torneo at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
2012 “The Paradox of Evolution - Yes, I am Obsolete Human Being,“ by Paz Torneo. ISEA2012 Proceedings.
Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness | ISEA.
2011 “Techno-Heroines. Transhuman resistances. The example of Praba Pilar.” by Paz Tornero. Feminist
Agency and Empowerment in Visual Arts Symposium. Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, MADRID,
2007 Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads and Cashing in on Internet Sexploration. Audacia Ray.
Seal Press: Emeryville, 2007. Pgs 34-37.
2007 Techknowledgies: New Imaginaries in the Humanities, Arts, and Technosciences. Eds. Mary Valentis,
PhD, Tara P. Monasteros, and Paula Yablonsky. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle, 2007.
Pgs 119-120; 128-129.
2012 Artists Talk, St. Mary’s College, Orinda, CA
2011 Artists Talk, DRA 10 Course, UC Davis, Davis, CA
2010 Artists Talk, DRA 10 Course, UC Davis, Davis, CA
Artists Talk, Galeria Miau Miau, San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
2007 Artists Talk, Mills College, Oakland, CA
Guest Lecturer, “Cyber Realidades,” Laney College, Oakland, CA
2006 Artists Talk, University of California at Davis, Davis, California
Artists Talk, De Young Museum, San Francisco, California
Guest Lecturer, “Interventionist Performance Strategies,” SF State University, SF, CA
Artist Talk, Tactics and Critics Series, University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois
Guest Lecture, “Agent Provocateur: Interventionist Storytelling,” University of Southern
Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois
2005 Guest Lecturer, "MediaScape," State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York
Artist Talk, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York
2004 Guest Lecturer, "PrabATELIER, Interactive Seminar," Studio XX, Montreal, Canada
Artist Talk, Le Local, Montreal, Canada
Guest Lecturer, “From Intervention to Artervention,” John F. Kennedy University, Berkeley
2003 Guest Lecturer, “From Public Art to DSLR-West,” University of San Francisco, SF
Guest Lecturer, “Manipulative, Coercive Landscapes,” San Jose State University, San Jose
Guest Lecturer, “DSLR-West,” Laney College, Oakland
Guest Lecturer, “From Technotopia to Technopocalypse,” Museum of Contemporary Art,
Workshop, “Art Strategies of the Surveillance Society,” Version3.Fest, Chicago, Illinois
Guest Lecturer, “Chicano Collaborations in the New World,” Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
2002 Guest Lecturer, “Histories in Installation Art,” San Francisco State University, SF.
Guest Lecturer, “Fruitvale Historic Markers,” Oakland Heritage Alliance, Oakland.
Panel, “Women in Technology,” Int’l Museum of Women; Inst for Women & Technology,
XeroxParc, Palo Alto.
Guest Lecturer, “Cultural Activism in Global Organizing,” University of California, Davis.
2001 Guest Lecturer, “Culture and Social Change,”Crossing Borders Summer Inst, UC Santa Cruz
Guest Lecturer, “Collaborative Processes,” Graduate Dept of Interarts, SF State University.
2000 Visiting Artist, Graduate Department of Conceptual Information Arts, SF State University.
1999 Guest Lecturer, “Guerilla Modem,” Lecture on Web Artivism at Media Alliance, SF.
1998 Guest Lecturer, “Scratch Disk Lecture Series,” Grad Dept Conceptual Information Arts, SF
Guest Lecturer, “Social Art Tactics” class, MFA Program, SF State University.
Artist Panel, “Saints, Icons and Alteregos: Redefining the Art of Devotion,” MACLA San Jose.
1997 Guest Lecturer, “Contemporary Artists Series,” BFA Program, UC Berkeley.
Artist Panel, “Home Grown: Fields of Califas,” Galeria de la Raza, S.F.
1996 Guest Lecturer, “Recent Work,” Folsom Street Interchange Gallery, S.F.
Artist Panel, “Go Unnoticed; Images of Regeneration,” Galeria de la Raza, S.F.
2011 Panelist, “SARLAR PRESENTS.” Theories of Eco-sex Panel,” Eco-Sex Symposium,
Center for Sex and Ecology, SF, CA
2010 Panelist, “MultiSpecies Salon.” NatureCulture Conference, Society for Cultural Anthropology, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2009 Panelist, “Sustainable Computing.” Town Hall on Sustainability, Computers & Writing
Conference, University of California Davis, Davis, CA
Panelist, “Global Disconnects: The Internet and Human Trafficking,” UC Berkeley
Panelist, “TechnoIntervention and Reanimating History,” Hastings Law School, SF, CA
2008 Panelist, “Art and Radical Resistance.” Radical Philosophers Association Conference: Art,
Praxis and Social Transformation,” San Francisco State University, SF, CA
Panelist, “Tactical Trade Show,” UCIRA Conference, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA
Panelist, “Performance: Readers, Writers & Technology Conference,” UC Davis, Davis, CA
Panelist, “Identity, Performance, Representation: New Modes of Interpretation in the
Humanities,” UC Davis, Davis, CA
2007 Panelist and Moderator, Eco-Artists Roundtable, The Oakland Museum of California,
2006 Panelist, “Technology in the Service of Social Change,” Seminar in Experimental Critical
Theory, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
Roundtable, “The School of Panamerican Unrest,” Museum of African Diaspora and
Mexican Museum, SF, CA
2004 Panelist “Use, Misuse and Appropriation,” Powering Up/Powering Down Conference on
Radical Media Arts, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
2001 Panelist, “Using Language as a Tool for Social Change,” Living Word Conference, SF, CA
Panelist, “Framed Media Representations of Crime and Punishment,” Critical Resistance
Conference, Berkeley, CA
Panelist, “Restrained Abundance: Social Issues in Latin American Art,” SF Museum of
Modern Art, SF.
1999 Panelist, “Alternative Media Conference,” University of San Francisco, SF, CA
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ACADEMIC SERVICES
2009-2011 Graduate Liaison, Technoculture, Arts and Science Cluster of the UC Davis
2010-2011 Graduate Liaison, Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research, UC Davis.
2003-2006 Board of Directors, Women’s Environmental Artist’s Directory.
2001-2003 Board of Directors, Galeria de la Raza, SF
2001-2003 Advisory Board, Center for Ethics, Economics and Popular Education, SF.
2004 Performance Coordinator, International Museum of Women, San Francisco, 2004
2003 Curatorial Committee, Department of Space and Land Reclamation - WEST, SF
2000 Curatorial Juror, Elmhurst Public Art Project, Oakland
1999 Curriculum Committee, “Arts On-Line,” program for artists of color, Media Alliance, SF
1998 Curatorial Advisor, “Your Mama’s Tongue” benefit, bilingual ed, Proyecto Contra SIDA Por Vida, SF
2002 Advisor, Black Box Theatre and Gallery, Oakland
1998-1999 Advisory Board Member, “Regeneration Project,” exhibition curating, events and workshop
1997 Advisor, Lunasea Women’s Performance Project, SF
Gender and Performance, Critical Race Feminisms, Environmental Justice, Technocultural Studies.
Feminism and Digital Cultures, Technologies and Gender, Women and Performance, Queering Technology, Environmental Justice, Social Justice.