[CANCELLED] FEMeeting: Troy | BioArtist Talks

Date(s) - Saturday 03/21/2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
We are so sad to do this but we must cancel our FEMeeting Troy 2020 scheduled for March 20/21st, given everything happening regarding the Covid19 pandemic. We hope to reschedule this FEMeeting Troy for some time in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021.

Join us for a community potluck dinner and public talks by the renowned artists Marta de Menezes (Portugal) and Kira O’Reilly (Ireland/Finland).

FEMeeting: Troy 2020 is organized with Media Sanctuary’s NATURE Lab Initiative (North Troy Art, Technology, and Urban Research in Ecology). FEMeeting’s main purpose is to disseminate projects that are being carried out by women in its broadest interpretation (individuals who identify themselves as women, cis-gender and non-cis-gender, gender-fluid, and independent of their sex and gender) in order to contribute (a) to the development of research methodologies in art and science and (b) to the development of collaboration strategies that can increase knowledge sharing and bring communities together.

Let us remember whose land we are on: just feet from our door, a Mohican village named Unawat’s Castle had a sacred burial ground. The Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans were forced by colonial policies of the United States government, to leave their homes on our shore of the Hudson River, relocated from Troy to Massachusetts to Wisconsin. Mohican means “People from the waters that are never still.”

Schedule 6:00 p.m. | Community potluck dinner
7:00 p.m. | Artist Talks and Community Conversation with Marta de Menezes (Portugal) and Kira O’Reilly (Ireland/Finland)

Artist Talks

Kira O’Reilly What if this was the only world she knew? Perth, 2018 Photography by: Sohan Arial Hayes

Kira O’ Reilly is a London based artist; her practice, both willfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, stems from a visual art background; it employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around The Body. But she is no longer sure if she even does that anymore. Since graduating from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 1998 her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, China and Mexico. She has presented at conferences and symposia on both live art and science, art and technology interfaces. She has been a visiting lecturer in the UK and Australia and U.S.A in visual art, drama and dance. Most recent new works have seen her practice develop across several contexts from art, science and technology to performance, live art and movement work.

Title of Talk: Menopause Batteries and Endocrine Piracy

In the realm of mainstream cultural commentary menopause is enjoying a moment, an important one that dares to speak it’s name, discuss and parlez it’s vicissitudes but generally in terms that do little to change imposed traditional constructions of female corporal experience, ie, symptomising and medicalising. The stoppage of menses and the complex cascades of physiological, psychic and expressive effects and affects are little acknowledged or explored.

My project is one of reframing menopause, a utopian vision and enactment, an extant, celebratory articulating that revels in re-cognising the energetic potentialities of the marvelous shift by holding an embracing and inclusive purview.

Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden. She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures. She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal. http://martademenezes.com

Title of Talk:  Being “Oneself”

Being “Oneself” is inextrincably connected to the impossibility of not changing, about the perpetual impermanence and the process of becoming. As we become aware of the need to change in our world, in our planet, in our lives, it feels to me, that it is necessary to remember that life is a dynamic process. Sometimes things happen to us and have an impact comparable to a transformation. A transformation is an extreme, radical change. The unavoidability of changes is a constant awareness we have throughout our lives. We may not always be aware of it, and often just expend so much energy avoiding this “law of nature” that we forget that it exists and start thriving for stability. Life is a consistent process of transformation and adaptation, of becoming. Art, more than any other human endeavour is a reflection of this aspect of life and therefore the best way to remember the process of being something different, something else, something more, or something less, even while becoming ourselves.
The unavoidability of changes is a constant awareness (maybe unconscious) we have throughout our multiple lives. We are a composite, of things, of beings. We are ourselves, we are others. We are cycles, in perpetual transformation and becoming something else, something that will, hopefully encourage growth and new beginnings, better beginnings.

FEMeeting Herstory
Launched in 2017, the conference “FEMeeting: Women in Art, Science and Technology” was driven by the desire to develop and promote more direct collaboration between individuals who identify as women. The idea behind FEMeeting was orchestrated by the Portuguese artist Marta de Menezes and scholar Dalila Honorato, after realizing that women in the field of Art and Science have an unquestionable presence worldwide. FEMeeting acknowledges the social relevance of a core community and its role for the future. 

The two first FEMeetings took place in Portugal and were organized by Cultivamos Cultura. The outcomes of 2018 and 2019 conferences have been many and, though most are intangible, among the project’s distinguishable objectives there are: (a) a strong personal support through instant internet communication between women doing research work (in the broadest sense of the term) in art, science and technology (b) and the encouragement towards the formation of local nodes to support research and artistic creation developed to enable a wide network of direct communication among them and encourage trust. In recognition of the vital role of grassroots creative praxis in building our growing global network, FEMeeting announces its first community meetings taking place this Spring: FEMeeting: Troy 2020 and FEMeeting: Paris 2020.


FEMeeting Troy 2020
The Friday and Saturday daytime FEMeeting sessions will be private. On Saturday evening there will be a public community potluck dinner and talks by the renowned artists Marta de Menezes (Portugal) and Kira O’Reilly (Ireland/Finland), open to all.


Further background on FEMeeting