Y-Exchange - Talking About Art and Science

August 28, 8-9:30 PM at ODC Dance Commons

Y-Exchange is a monthly series of presentations about performing arts, technology and science and how they intersect and inform each other, in which selected artists and scientists are invited to talk about their life and work. This month Y-Exchange is proud to present Mugwumpin Artistic Director Natalie Greene and Mabel Valdiviezo (with Travis Bennet and Juliana Mendonca) Mugwumpin and Mabel Valdiviezo & Co. both are current Combustible Resident Artists at CounterPulse. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Mugwumpin creates live art that ignites radical collaboration, empathy, and curiosity. An award-winning San Francisco-based ensemble, Mugwumpin has a 15-year history of creating original performance works that push against formal boundaries and create sensory rich, physically rigorous, and theatrically innovative performance experiences for audiences. Situated at the intersection of dance, theater, and visual art installation, Mugwumpin shows consistently deliver breathtaking artistic experimentation that is grounded in research and deep intellectual investigation of a subject. Through the Combustible Residency at CounterPulse, Mugwumpin is currently investigating the intersection of truth, lies and technology, with lead artists Michelle Talgarow, Ray Oppenheimer, Wolfgang Wachalovsky, and artistic director Natalie Greene. mugwumpin.org

Mabel Valdiviezo is a techno-shaman who employs the arts as a means of expression to achieve cultural, community, and gender healing. She creates immersive works through film, dance, video art, and painting to explore transnational migration and women’s spirituality. www.arts4healing.org

Travis Bennett is a Bay Area web content creator, immersive technology researcher, and technical artist. His work explores the nature of society’s relationship with emerging technologies; such as AR, VR, motion capture, and human movement. openperform.org

Juliana Mendonca is a Venezuelan contemporary dance performer, choreographer and teacher based in Oakland. Juliana co-founded Raíz de Agua, a live music and dance company that creates projects inspired by nature and our relationship with it. raizdeagua.com

This event is made possible with the support of ODC and The Djerassi Resident Artist Program