Please join us for the fifth Spring 2022 FVNMA Grad Talk by Maurício Chades and Kelly Xi (Art & Technology Studies) on Monday April 4, 2022. Open to SAIC students, faculty and staff.
Kelly Xi is a systems artist and writer interested in interspecies collaboration and land relations with the living and nonliving, not as resource, inert, or unmined waste material. Moving on from making essayistic machinima installations, Xi turns to soil-building with the help of invertebrates.
In the work, Xi strives to escape petropollutant dependence and material pipelines responsible for impoverishment of livability. To realize a hybrid ecology of appropriate technology, Xi works in sound, smell, fermentation, living and decay, for low footprint and optimal invasiveness.
Xi is a transplant from Baotou, Inner Mongolia, the world’s largest supplier of rare earth metals powering our polished electronics, screens, turbines, and electric engines. Xi’s hometown is the site of the Baogang Tailings Dam, a radioactive cesspool triple the size of Central Park, operated by the Bayan Obo mine of state-enterprise Baogang Steel Group. In 2021, her biodesign work on the mycelial biopolymer PermaPak won the Barilla Prize for Regenerative Living Ecosystems.
Instagram handle: @cortisol.bliss
Maurício Chades is a visual artist and filmmaker from Brazil. Decay, death rituals, speculative fiction, interspecies relationships, and tensions between city and forest are some of the subjects that cross his production. Between moving images, writing, object, graphic, photography, bio-art, projection, public event, performance, and installation, his works permeate different formats as a way to better respond to the problems raised by each project. Master in Art and Technology and Bachelor in Audiovisual from the University of Brasilia, he is pursuing an MFA at the SAIC School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in the Film, Video, New Media and Animation department. In Brasília, he participated in the collectives Espaço AVI, Kinofogo Cineclube and NINHO - Collective for Research in Art, Interactivity and Agroecology. His short films were screened at some of the most important Brazilian festivals, such as the Tiradentes Film Festival, Curitiba International Film Festival, São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro Int’L Film Festival, and Brasilia Film Festival; as well as festivals in the United States, France, India, China, Argentina, and Colombia. He participated in group exhibitions, such as the FILE-International Electronic Language Festival. In 2019, he presented his first solo show, Pyramid, Urubu, at The Brasilia Digital TV Tower.
Instagram handle: @m.chades