The NO!!!BOT

The NO!!!BOT project visits the unnerving world of Exoskeletons to glitch the corrupted code of the Cult of the Techno-Logic. Across our globe, medical, corporate and military sectors are developing Exoskeletons at a very rapid rate. Some of these, such as the medical ones, help folks with immobilizing conditions regain mobility. Most often, Exoskeletons are being created for much more perverse aims. Corporations make them so they can double or triple the labor of the workers they cannot replace with robotics. But militaries? Theirs massively increase the strength of their soldiers, significantly reduce strain in covering long distances, improve precision in shooting, and technologically enhance the capacity for human bodies to more efficaciously kill other human bodies. Silicon Valley technology companies are only too happy to collaborate on fashioning this stale science fiction reality for our shared present.

 
 

MsUnderstanding Media SERIES. MCLUHAN CENTRE FOR CULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY, uNIVERSITY OF TORONTO. MARCH 12, 2018

 

 Dialogue with T.L. Cowan after performance

Dialogue with T.L. Cowan after performance

 

Photo by Alex Wilson

NEW FEMINIST RESEARCH SERIES. UNIVERSITY OF SASKATOON, Gordon snelgrove gallery, MARCH 7, 2018

Situated Embodied Resistance to 21st Century Necro-Techno Colonialism

A lecture and performance addressing how contemporary necro-techno colonialism adapts the salvation narrative to instrumentalize faith, using the “doctrine of discovery” to undergird a global apparatus of surveillance capitalism that converts bio-life into an extra-judicial colony in service of ruthless intensification of control. 

Sponsored by Women's and Gender Studies and the Role Model Speaker Fund of the College of Arts and Science.


 

vancouver LIVE BIENNALE 2017, October 7, 2017

Premiere of Praba Pilar's own Exoskeleton. Not an acquiescent programmed Robot or a despicable malicious Bot, the NO!!!BOT is an Exoskeleton created out of the impossible desire of a body resisting the supersonic technological rail driving us deeper into militarized neo-colonial relations. This performance is part of a series of experiments hurtling into our own collective imaginaries, hacking these destructive code makers, and generating our own deviant electric dreams.

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national queer arts festival 2017

Presented as a work-in-progress in Right About Now: Queer Artists Confront the “New Normal” at the African American Arts and Culture Complex, San Francisco, CA.

From the event page:

Through stories, performance, and multimedia art, queer artists will square off against post-election realities. They’ll draw inspiration, critical lessons, and tactics from past generations of artist-activists who faced down historic challenges. They will interrogate just what the “new normal” is and ask if it really is all that new. They will demonstrate how we can we marshal queer joy, humor, and resilience in spite of the current challenges. Together, they will imagine a queer future that is informed, fierce, inventive, and visionary. Featuring Annie Danger, Ed Wolf, Jaime Cortez (curator), Marvin White and Praba Pilar.