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Featured Artists Presentation

  • CounterPulse SF 80 Turk Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Lenora Lee has been a dancer, choreographer, producer and artistic director for the past 20 years. For the last 11 years, as the artistic director and choreographer of Lenora Lee Dance (LLD), she has been pushing the envelope of large-scale, site-specific, immersive, and multimedia dance performance that connects various styles of movement and music to culture, history, and human rights issues. These works are set in public, private, and historic spaces, intimate and at the same time large-scale, inspired by individual stories that capture sweeping issues of our challenging world. Her work has grown to encompass the creation, presentation, and screening of films, museum and gallery installations, civic engagement, and educational programming. It integrates contemporary dance, film, music, text, and research, and has gained increasing attention for its sustained pursuit of issues related to immigration, global conflict, human trafficking, and its impacts, particularly on women and families.

John Bohannon is the Director of Science at Primer Technologies, an AI startup in San Francisco. Until 2017 he was an investigative journalist and data scientist writing mainly for Science magazine and Wired. He spent the first half of his career as a foreign correspondent, including as a Fulbright scholar in Berlin. His reporting from Gaza won the Reuters-IUCN Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting from Europe. While embedded with military forces in Afghanistan he engineered the first voluntary release of civilian casualty data by NATO and the United Nations. As a visiting scholar in the Program in Ethics and Health at Harvard University he focused on the involvement of doctors and social scientists in the US government's torture program. He was also the scientific advisor to Isabella Rosselini for “Green Porno” (winner of 4 Webby awards) and “Animals Distract Me” (official selection, 2011 Sundance Film Festival). He is the author of a peer-reviewed study of people’s inability to distinguish pet food from paté, which inspired Stephen Colbert to eat cat food on television. He has a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Oxford.

Earlier Event: August 18
Kinetech Arts 5th Anniversary Party
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MESH by Kinetech Arts