[Free State Festival 2016]: A(R/C)T: Art and Activism, Wednesday, June 22, 6:00-7:15pm
Indigenous Activism, Art + New Media
Explore the major theme of Free State Festival 2016, “A(R/C)T” explores how artists in Lawrence have used
their creative practice to advance a variety of political, social, and cultural issues. This panel considers whether
or not art should be a medium for activist messaging, and asks whether or not there is still a place for art for
art’s sake. Join in the conversation.
Joshua Miner came from the University of Iowa last year to join KU as an Assistant Professor of Film & Media
Studies, where he specializes in global Indigenous activist media, network culture, and transmedia poetics. His
recent projects explore how tactical practices in digital art, video, and game design generate new protocols for
Indigenous resistance to U.S. and Canadian environmental policy.
Marta Caminero-Santangelo has a BA in English from Yale University and a PhD in English from UC Irvine. She
came to KU as an Assistant Professor in 1997. Her work on 20th century U.S. literary studies considers the
conjunction between literature, group identity, and activism. In the last ten years, her research has focused on
how these issues play themselves out in U.S. Latino/a literature.
Julia Cole is an interdisciplinary public artist, educator and community strategist. In addition to her oversight of
the regional Rocket Grants program that she will discuss today, Julia’s personal work also focuses on
community interventions designed to arouse imaginative social and political engagement. She is part of a
collaborative public art team, is the co-founder of an experimental learning program called Rad School, and
teaches classes about Critical Making and Radical Optimism at KCAI.
Sydney Pursel is an interdisciplinary artist specializing in socially engaged, activist, performance, video and
new media arts. Through art she explores contemporary Native American issues and identity. Some of Sydney’s
projects are used to educate others about food politics, language loss, appropriation and history in addition to
projects amongst her own community focusing on language acquisition, culture and art. Sydney is a current
MFA student in Expanded Media at the University of Kansas.