Praba Pilar bio
A Bay Area/Colombian multi-disciplinary artist, Praba Pilar has worked on multiple projects in the public sphere through performances, installations, and interactive projects.
Since 2006 Ms. Pilar has been presenting the Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno, a satiric multi media intervention into the messianic rapture surrounding the singularity and other effects of the technology revolution, at Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, UC Irvine, the Radical Philosophy Association and multiple universities and performance spaces. Recent work has focused on the effects of information and communication technologies on women around the world. She is currently exhibiting work from a series titled Cyber.Labia, which is an extended “cyber-talk” on gender, race and technologies. This series has culminated in prints and an art book of interviews with cyberworkers and theorists, scripts, images and a companion DVD. Over 2004-06 Ms. Pilar toured her solo performance, Computers Are A Girl’s Best Friend to Sweden, Montreal, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Albany. This performance counters the sexiness of the computer industry by disrobing the truth of the exportation of toxic electronic waste to Asia; net based gyno-slavery; net based trafficking, telesexuality; Real Dolls and other extraordinary aspects of the computer revolution.
Ms. Pilar has performed at The LAB, Galeria de la Raza, the SF Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the African Diaspora, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio XX and the Darling Foundry in Montreal, the Museum of World Culture in Sweden, and public streets and universities around the United States. She has participated in panel presentations organized by Teknica Radika, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, The SF Museum of Modern Art, Critical Resistance, the Living Word Festival, the Media Alliance and several universities and galleries locally and around the country. Her work has been featured in MIT's "Race in Digital Space" Conference and in UC Santa Cruz's Social Change Across Borders Conference.
Ms. Pilar is currently in a doctoral program at UC Davis in Performance Studies, with designated emphases in Practice as Research and in Feminist Theory and Research, and is the recent recipient of the UC Davis President's Pre-Doctoral Award (2007-2011), a Puffin Foundation Grant (2004), the Creative Capital Foundation Award (2002), Zellerbach Family Fund Award (2002), the Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize of New Langton Arts (2001) and the Creative Work Fund Grant (2000). She recently completed a Master Residency with MacArthur Fellow Pepon Osorio (2000) at MACLA San Jose, and was featured in a book on inspirational women by Cathleen Rountree, On Women Turning Thirty: Making Choices, Finding Meaning (2000).
Praba Pilar curriculum vitae
University of California at Davis, PhD Program, Performance Studies: Practice as Research; Feminist Theory, 2007-2011
Mills College, Bachelors of Intermedia Art, academic honors; 2006
UC Davis Presidential Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, UC Davis 2007-2011
Dean’s Scholarship, Mills College, 2004, 2005, 2006
George Kingdon Memorial Scholarship, Mills College, 2005
Puffin Foundation Award, 2004
Nominated for a Eureka Fellowship, 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
Honorable Mention, WESTAF/NEA, Regional Fellowships, New Genres, 1996
Residency Grant, Tenderloin Housing Clinic, SF, 1995
2010 "BOT I," University of California at Davis, Davis, CA
2009 "The Cyborg Soap Opera,"
Counterpulse, SF, CA
"DADA Cabaret," UC Davis, Davis, CA
"Computers Are A Girl's Best Friend," UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
2008 "The Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno,"
Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, Bay Area Now 5, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA
Davis Humanities Institute, UC Davis, Davis, California
"We Remember the Sun: 9/11/1973," San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
“SPEC.FLIC: Welcum 2 the Infosphere,” Infospherian character, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
2007 "Cabaret Marx," Humane Slaughter Acts Performance Festival, Healdsburg, CA
"Broom Ceremony/Tierradentro," Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, Arizona
"The First Time," Terry Messman Benefit, Berkeley, CA
"The Cyborg Soap Opera,"
21 Grand, Oakland, CA
Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA
2006 "Computers Are A Girl's Best Friend"
Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, Sweden
MACLA/ISEA Zero One Festival of Art on the Edge, San Jose, CA
“SPEC.FLIC 2.0,” Infospherian character, ISEA/Zero One Festival of Art on the Edge, San Jose, CA
“San Francisco Address: The School of Panamerican Unrest,” Museum of African Diaspora/Mexican Museum, SF
"The Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno,"
Mills College, Oakland, CA
Seminar in Experimental Theory, UC Irvine, Irvine, CA
2005 "PornOrchestra," Oakland Metro, Bay Area Bayenalle.
"Computers Are A Girl's Best Friend"
State University of New York at Albany, Albany, New York
2004 "Computers Are A Girl's Best Friend"
Cyberimaginaries: Decolonizing the Future Conference, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
The LAB, San Francisco, California
Le Local, Studio XX, Montreal, Canada
"Cabaret Techno" Quartier Ephemere/Darling Foundry, Studio XX, Montreal, Canada
“Techno-Santeros, An Appropriated Ritual to the Four Directions,” Powering Up, Powering Down Conference,
Center for Research in Computing and the Arts UC San Diego, San Diego.
2003 “Chicano, Chicana, Hispano, Hispana, Latino, Latina Tech TV,” DSLR-West, Balazo Gallery, SF
“Juana La Banana,” Dating Game Show, Galeria de la Raza, SF
“Futuro Hackeros,” 1111 Minna Street Gallery, SF
“El World Brain Disorder: surveillance.control.pendejismo”
University of San Francisco; San Francisco, California
Brown University; Providence, Rhode Island
Carnegie-Mellon University; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2002 “El World Brain Disorder: surveillance.control.pendejismo”
Museum of Contemporary Art; Los Angeles, California
Arizona State University; Phoenix, Arizona
LAB Gallery; San Francisco, California
“De-Educacion: Computas in the Classroom” Galeria de la Raza, SF
“Techno-Santeros” Modern Times Bookstore, SF
“She-Mob” Starry Plough, Berkeley
2001 “Urban Invasion, The Last Post-Latin American“ Ultrabaroque, SF Museum of Modern Art, SF
“Techno-Santeros” Burrito Performance Series, SF
“High Sweat Tech Shop” Potrero Nuevo Fund Award Performance, Lilli Ann Mural, SF
“La Paparazzi,” Media Bash, SOMARTS Gallery, SF
“Webopticon: Arquitectura of Control,” LAB Gallery, SF
“EduMaquina: De-Educacion” 010101 Exhibition, SF Museum of Modern Art, SF
“Global WarMaquina: The Internet and its Discontents,” LAB Gallery, SF, KPFA Radio
2000 “Dr. Monsanto,” in Biowhore.com; San Francisco State University, SF
“May Lowly,” National Association of Broadcasters, Moscone Center, SF
“Dr. Ana Condo” Ese: The Last Mexican; Galeria de la Raza, SF; KPFA Radio
“Cybrid #3” Internet 2010 Conference, El Rio, SF
1999 “FabRAGE,” Fairmount Hotel, SF
“Hexterminator,” Radical Performance Fest, SF
“Super Seed Woman,” UC Berkeley, Berkeley
“Reclaim Lilli Ann,” Mumia 911 Performance Event; San Francisco
1998 “The Hexterminator” “Biogrrrl” “Super Seed Woman.” Founder of The Hexterminators, performance troupe
of 22 artists and scientists, working on issues of genetics, multiple performances, Seattle, SF, NY.
“Lilli Ann Lives,” Chuy Campesano Memorial; CELL Space; SF
“Spirit of Lilli Ann” Lilli Ann Mural Street Theatre, 17th and Harrison, SF
“Cabaret Fatale” ATA Performance Space, SF
1996 “Reversal of Fortune” Galeria de la Raza, SF
1994 “The Heart of the Matter,” The Healing Fields Street Performance Series. SF
1993 “Roots,” “The Turning,” “Burdens of Blockage.” The Healing Fields Street Performance Series. SF
1992 “Paint the White House Pink,” the Pink Pussy Pranksters, SF
2009 "Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno," installation at the Computers & Writing Conference, UC Davis, Davis, CA
2008 "Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno," installation at 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
2005 "EcoVisions: 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
"The 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
“Sex Stitched,” Hiestand Gallery, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio
“Race in Digital Space,” Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia
2002 “Bay Area Artists,” 25th Bay Area Playwrights Festival, SF
“Race in Digital Space,” University of Southern California, Los Angeles
“Paper Tigers,” Galeria de la Raza, SF
2001 “Techno-Promesas: Putografia Virtual,” multi-media installation, Galeria de la Raza, SF
“Race in Digital Space,” MIT List Visual Arts Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston
2000 “Anima House,” Residency Award Exhibition, MACLA, San Jose
“Environmental Solutions,” The Art Gallery at Cesar Chavez, San Francisco State University, SF
1999 “Polly, Lamb of God?” SOMAR Gallery, SF
“WTO: The Aftermath,” Media Alliance Gallery, SF
“warning:warning:warning,” Artists Television Access, SF
1998 “Carnavale of Bio-Life: Russian Roulette of the Brave New World,” S.F. Arts Commission, SF
“Pasado en Claro,” Open Studios, Oakland
“Saints, Icons, Alter-egos, Redefining Art of Devotion,” MACLA San Jose, Curator Tere Romo
“Cultura: The Chicano Experience,” Balazo Gallery, SF
“Funhouse Ranch,” Pro Arts Gallery; Oakland
1997 “Fresa Farms: It’s a Whitewash,” Galeria de la Raza, SF
“Parturition,” City of Oakland NPR, Oakland
“Post-Postcard II,” Four Walls Gallery, SF
1996 “Round Trip Ticket; to the Immigrant Land,” Folsom Street Interchange, SF
“Reversal of Fortune,” Galeria de la Raza, catalog.
“All Saints/All Souls: Altar?ed Images,” Falkirk Cultural Center, San Rafael
“New Work,” Can Gallery, Oakland
1995 “Ventanas de Devocion,” Cafe Fanari, SF
“the things she left behind,” Belcher Gallery, SF
1995 “The Last Frontier,” Center for Visual Arts, Oakland; Juror, George Rivera
“Another Life Up Inside Her Head,”” Galeria de la Raza, SF, catalog
“Toy,” Show & Tell Gallery, SF
PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS
2003 “Fruitvale Historic Markers,” historic tile project, Oakland, CA
2001 “Humaquina: Manifest Tech-Destiny,” digital mural, Galeria de la Raza, SF
“Webopticon: Sistema de Vigilancia,” digital mural, Galeria de la Raza, SF
“Digital 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 Raza, SF
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 aesthetics.
1998 “Pueblitos: My Oasis,” biodegrading ceramic site installation, Oakland.
“Fecundo,” biodegrading ceramic site installation; Echo Park, Oakland.
1995 “Encuentro Vivo,” temporary Day of the Dead installation, Aquatic Park, SF
2008 “The Other 9/11,” San Francisco Weekly, September 9, 2008
"Inside City Limits," Comcast Cable Channel 11, July 21, 2008
“Bay Area NOW Showcases Local Art,” San Francisco Examiner, July 18, 2008
“Picks,” San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 2, 2008
"Radio 2050,” KPFA Radio, Berkeley, July 26, 2008
2007 “The Bunny Show,” Cox 97, Tucson, Arizona, August 11, 2007
"Cyborg Soap Opera," Radio 2050, KPFA Radio, June 2, 2007
2006 “Featured Artist,” NewmediaFIX, at www.newmediafix.net, August 2006
"In 'social cinema,' you have a role," San Diego Union Tribune, by James Hebert, December 31, 2006
“Cyber.Labia Review,” n.paradoxa, Vol 18, p. 95, 2006
2005 “Ecovisions at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability,” Artweek, September 2005
“Sight Unseen,” KALX Radio, October 14, 2005
“ClubLand” San Francisco Chronicle, July 31, 2005
2004 “Radio 2050,” KPFA Radio, Berkeley, June 5, 2004
“Terra Verde”, KPFA Radio, Berkeley, June 4, 2004
Interview on the XX Files - CKUT 90.3 FM, Montréal. May 19, 2004
“Girls and Their Toys,” Montreal Mirror, May 20-26 2004
“Clean Up on Aisle Six,” Claire Light, Sensor Magazine, Issue No. 1, February 2004
2003 “Civic Planning,” SF Bay Guardian, October 1 2003
“On-Air Cyber Chifladas,” Radio 2050, KPFA Radio, May 2003
“Ciberfeminismo y Arte en Latinoamérica: fusión pendiente” Cindy Gabriela Flores, www.artwomen.org
2002 “Cybridnetics: an ese from the Other side of the Digital Divide” Tripwire, A Journal of Poetics, Fall 2002
“Ostrich farm marked on foot-tour of historic Fruitvale,” Oakland Tribune, July 2002
2001 “Surf This,” Sarah Lidgus, SF Bay Guardian, October 2001
“Alex Bennet Show,” CNET Radio, July 2001
“A Disturbing Latino View of Tech,“ WIRED Magazine News, June 2001
“Firing Warnings About Information Technology,” El Tecolote, June 2001
“Dando Advertencias Acerca de la Tecnologia Informatica,” El Tecolote, June 2001
“GlobalWarMaquina,” KPFA Radio, performance/interview on Los Cybrids by Pratap Chatterjee.
"Tech Flesh 3: The Hexterminators," interview Eugene Hacker, CTHEORY.NET, May 2001
“atlas(t),” Critics Choice, SF Bay Guardian, March 2001
2000 “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
“Hacktivism and its Discontents” interview by Public Affairs Director Harry Osibin, 105FM Radio, April 2000.
“Park Here,” Chris Kelsey, Artswatch, Ms. Magazine, February/March 2000
1999 "Once Blighted, Plaza Now Glistens," Laura Counts, The Oakland Tribune, CitySide, July 1999.
"Changing more than the face of Oakland," Laura Counts, The Oakland Tribune Sunday, June 27
"Developer Whitewashes Mural,” The Progressive Magazine, April 1999
"Terra Verde," KPFA Radio Program, interview by Pratap Chatterjee
1998 “Hex on the Great White Wall,” Tyche Hendricks, San Francisco Examiner, Sept 23, 1998
"Terra Verde," KPFA Radio Program, interview by Pratap Chatterjee
1997 "Reversal of Fortune, Round Trip Ticket," Broadcast, Channel 25.
1996 "Que Viva la Vida," Interview, Broadcast, KCAH TV.
2008 Bay Area Now 5 Wayfinder. Catalog of Bay Area Now 5 exhibition.
UPCOMING: Are All The Women Still White? Globalizing Women’s Studies. Essay
2007 Walls of Empowerment, Guisela Latorre, Image
Phoenix, 21st Century City, Edward Booth Clibborn, Image
Naked on the Internet, by Audacia Ray, Seal Press: Review of Cyber.Labia
Cyberlabia: Gendered Thoughts and Conversations on Cyberspace, Tela Press: Chapbook
2005 Encyclopedia Project: Volume I, A-E. Essay
The Womanist: Mills Women of Color Journal, Spring 2005, Vol. VIII. Image
B/ordering Space (Border Region) by Henk Van Houtum, Oliver Kramsch, Wolfgang Ziefhofer, Image
2004 Pangea, Disclosure: A Journal of Social Theory.Cover Image
2003 Breaking Ground: Adventurous New Plays from Adventurous Theaters, edited by Kent Nicholson
Bookspan Press: Cover Art.
2002 The Civil Disobedience Handbook: A Brief History and Practical Advice for the Politically Disenchanted,
edited by James Tracy, Manic dPress: Interview.
2001 Surveillance: How to Survive, Thrive and Stay Alive, edited by Tiny, aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, Po’ Press. Essay.
2000 Hollow City: The Siege of San Francisco and the Crisis of American Urbanism, Rebecca Solnit, Verso Press.
On Women Turning 30: Making Choices, Finding Meaning, Cathleen Rountree, Jossey-Bass Press. Interview.
2009 Panelist, " Town Hall on Sustainability," Computers and Writing Conference, UC Davis, Davis, CA
Panelist, " Global Disconnects: The Internet & Human Trafficking" Conference at UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Panelist, "TechnoIntervention and Reanimating History" Hastings Law School, SF, CA
2008 Panelist, "Performance: Readers Writers and Technology Conference," UC Davis, CA
Panelist, “Radical Philosophers Association Conference:Art, Praxis and Social Transformation,” SFState.
Panelist, “Tactical Trade Show," UCIRA Conference, UC Riverside, CA
Panelist, “Identity, Performance, Representation: New Modes of Interpretation in the Humanities,” UC Davis, CA
2007 Panelist and Moderator, Eco-Artists Roundtable, The Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, 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
Panelist, “Framed Media Representations of Crime and Punishment,” Critical Resistance Conference, Berkeley
Panelist, “Restrained Abundance: Social Issues in Latin American Art,” SF Museum of Modern Art, SF
1999 Panelist, “Alternative Media Conference,” University of San Francisco
LECTURES AND ARTIST’S PANELS
2008 Artists Talk, Mills College, Oakland, CA
Guest Lecturer, Cyber Realidades, Laney College, Oakland, California
2007 Juror, The San Francisco Foundation Matching Grants Fund
2006 Artists Talk, University of California at Davis, Davis, California
Artists Talk, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, California
Guest Lecturer, Interventionist Performance Seminar, San Francisco State University, SF, CA
Artists Talk, Tactics and Critics Series, University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois
Guest Lecturer, "Agent Provocateur, Interventionist Storytelling," University of Southern Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois
2005 Guest Lecturer, "Women in Media," State University of New York, Albany, New York
Artist Talk, State University of New York, 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 and DSLR-WEST," San Jose State University, San Jose
Guest Lecturer, "DSLR-West," Laney College, Oakland
Guest Lecturer, "From Technotopia to Technopocalypse," Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois
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, “Oral 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 Artist Panel, “Restrained Abundance: Social Issues in Latin American Art,” SF Museum of Modern Art, SF.
Panel, “Using Language as a Tool for Social Change,” Living Word Festival, SF.
Panel, "Beyond Borders Conference," UC Santa Cruz
Guest Lecturer, Graduate Department of Interarts, SF State University.
2000 Visiting Artist, Graduate Department of Conceptual Information Arts, SF State University.
1999 Artist Panel, “Alternative Media Conference,” University of San Francisco.
Guest Lecturer, “Guerilla Modem,” Lecture on Web Artivism at Media Alliance, SF.
1998 Guest Lecturer, “Scratch Disk Lunch-Box Lecture Series,” Graduate Department of Conceptual
Information Arts, SF State University.
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
Center for the Latino Arts, San Jose, CA.
Web Site Debut; Your Mama’s Tongue; Proyecto Contra SIDA Por La Vida.
1997 Guest Lecturer, “Contemporary Artists Series,” BFA Program, UC Berkeley.
Artist Panel, "Home Grown: Fields of Califas," Galeria de la Raza, S.F., CA.
1996 Artist Panel , “Go Unnoticed; Images of Regeneration,” Galeria de la Raza, S.F., CA.
Guest Lecturer, “Recent Work,” Folsom Street Interchange Gallery, S.F., CA
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