Lena Chen & Maggie Oates Freshworks Showing: Only Bans
Friday, April 2, 7:00pm
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Lena Chen is a Chinese American performance artist, writer, and activist raised in an immigrant enclave in Los Angeles who constructs situations of intense yet fleeting intimacy within participatory rituals and one-to-one performances. Maggie Oates works at the intersection of art, privacy, and computing technology, building containers that facilitate collaborative play and intimacy. Building upon work with data literacy specialist Violeta Mezeklieva, Chen and Oates will create a digital performance work, taking the form of a non-linear game that critically examines the policing of marginalized bodies and sexual labor to empathetically teach people about discrimination faced by sex workers on the Internet.
Computer generated captioning will be available for this event!
Read more about sex workers seeking justice online and the work of Lena Chen and Maggie Oates on the KST Blog!
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Lena Chen is a Chinese American writer, multidisciplinary artist, and sex worker. Raised in the San Gabriel Valley, an Asian immigrant enclave in Los Angeles, she is currently a MFA candidate at the Carnegie Mellon School of Art. Experimenting with her own autobiography and identity, she works collaboratively across disciplines and has produced performance and social practice projects with various publics, including trauma survivors, sex workers, and abortion workers. Named “Best Emerging Talent” at the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image (Frankfurt), Chen has performed and exhibited at Transmediale (Berlin), Museum of Modern Art (Antwerp), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Färgfabriken (Stockholm), Tempting Failure (London), and Baltimore Museum of Art, among many others. Her artistic practice has been informed by her experiences as a survivor of revenge porn and cyberstalking, as well as her work as a fetish provider, stripper, and cam performer. During COVID-19, she organized workshops on self-care and digital harm reduction, co-produced a performance event with sex workers across five timezones, and co-organized a summit on health equity for the BIPOC transgender and sex worker community in Pittsburgh. Forthcoming residencies include Millay Colony For The Arts and the inaugural Vance Waddell artist-in-residence program at Wave Pool Gallery. In 2018, Chen co-founded Heal Her, which works with artists, activists, and survivors in seven countries to convene storytelling circles for collective healing from sexual violence. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University.
Maggie Oates works at the intersection of art, privacy, and computing technology. She has collaborated with Bricolage Productions on immersive theater experiences such as Project Amelia and Bazaar. She loves building containers that facilitate collaborative play and intimacy. A computer scientist by training, her research has encompassed agricultural robots, passwords, and data. As the founder of the Ethics for Technologists lecture series, founder of Science, Technology, and Society reading group, and a member of #NoTechForICE advocacy, she is concerned with the ethical implications of carceral technologies.
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