TUG Collective In Residence at CEREV: February 16-19

We are excited to announce that CEREV will be hosting Gaelyn and Gustavo Aguilar of TUG Collective (University of Maine at Farmington) in our Exhibition Lab for a series of events February 16-19, 2015.

Their primary project will be an installation of Who Eats at Taco Bell?, workshopped at CEREV’s Encuentro session in June.

Who Eats at Taco Bell? is a socially-engaged-art platform for thinking about how the interlocking dynamics of immigration, social race, and economic prosperity in U.S.-American history continue to resonate with personal and political notions of national identity and belonging. Tug collective will be traveling the Lewis and Clark (a trail that was forged by an expedition that took place from 1804-1806), in the summer of 2016 leading up to the 58th U.S. Presidential Election, with a taco bike/cart, making tacos for people with whom we come in contact and activating participation via a multi-sensorial/multimedia installation, all in an effort to seed and extend conversations about what it means to inhabit a place, at this particular point in time.

Who Eats at Taco Bell? will be open for public viewing during the following hours:

  • February 17, 12-3 PM
  • February 18, 12-5 PM
  • February 19, 12-5 PM

On Thursday, February 19, Gaelyn and Gustavo will present Small Acts of Repair in the Exhibition Lab and host a public reception from 5 – 7 PM.

Small Acts of Repair is a participatory, momentary live installation in which elements from a performative multi-media work that was created in collaboration with over 50 citizen volunteers from Brownsville, Texas—a fuzzy frontier that, in the past few years, has been in the crosshairs of U.S. politicians and policy makers who feel pressured to keep inimical forces (such as the movement of human migrants) at bay with the building of a border wall—will be interrupted by action and activity in which participants will be asked to think about something that is broken (something that is just not right) and then to imagine how it might get fixed.

During their stay in Montreal, TUG will also be working with students in Dr. Lehrer’s Curating Difficult Knowledge seminar and be holding an invited critique of their work to meet with and gain feedback from the Concordia faculty community.

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