KaleidoLA Guest Artist Speaker Series: Suzanne Kite and Selwa Sweidan

Friday, February 12, 2021 12:15pm to 1:15pm

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Artist Bios

Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition, an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School, and is a PhD candidate at Concordia University. Kite’s scholarship and practice investigate contemporary Lakota ontologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance. Recently, Kite has been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fibre sculptures, immersive video and sound installations, as well as co-running the experimental electronic imprint, Unheard Records. Kite has also published in several journals and magazines, including in The Journal of Design and Science (MIT Press), where the award-winning article, “Making Kin with Machines,” co-authored with Jason Lewis, Noelani Arista, and Archer Pechawis, was featured. Currently, she is a 2019 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, a 2020 Tulsa Artist Fellow, and a 2020 Women at Sundance x Adobe Fellow.

Selwa Sweidan is a media artist and researcher of emerging technologies. Her work critically probes technologically mediated ways of being/thinking through embodied, and collaborative approaches. Selwa has conducted foresight research in Italy, Japan and the USA across sectors ranging from automated air traffic systems, and smart home, to olfactory technology sectors. Her work has been published in the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Journal and the Design Research Society. Selwa has co-curated media arts symposia and exhibitions including Beyond Embodiment, Performative Computation, STACKED Expo, Super Radiance and Clustering. She was a "Collective Resident" at NAVEL, a postgraduate Fellow at ArtCenter College of Design, an Interactive Design Fellow at Fabrica, and was awarded “Best Overall” at the Microsoft Design Expo ’15. Selwa holds a BA from Smith College, an MFA from ArtCenter College of Design, and is an Annenberg PhD Fellow in the School of Cinematic Arts at USC in Los Angeles. Selwa is Clinical Asst. Professor of Multimedia Arts at Loyola Marymount University.

About KaleidoLA

KaleidoLA is the Department of Art and Art History’s annual guest speaker series and is a featured program of the College of Communication and Fine Arts (CFA). For the past eight years, KaleidoLA has been a vital connection between Loyola Marymount University and the Los Angeles arts community. During 2020-2021, the Department of Art and Art History, in collaboration with LMU’s Laband Art Gallery, will thematically center artists whose artwork and lived experiences foreground issues of racial, economic and social justice. In light of COVID-19 restrictions, all lectures will be delivered live on Zoom.

For more information about this event, contact Karen Rapp, Director & Curator, Laband Art Gallery, karen.rapp@lmu.edu

Presented live online via Zoom.

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