curated exhibition

Talking Bodies

CA+T commissioned six Filipino American and Asian American emerging poets and writers to create an audiovisual document of them reading their work.
 
We asked our participants the broad question, How do poets and writers write, think, and visualize bodies, the body, their body? The answers to this question—addressing colonialism, gender, geography, the everyday, the unknown and more—are the foundation for Talking Bodies. As you see, each video captures the creativity of the poets and writers and pushes them to reconcile “voice” and “body” as they focus on the digital screen. 
 
Talking Bodies means literally and doubly.  The contributors are “talking bodies”—bodies who speak—as they record themselves digitally.  And Talking Bodies also “talks [about] bodies.” As these authors write about bodies, they connect theirs to others and to the global and historical processes that have constituted these bodies. These bodies are corporeal, psychic, and epistemic. 
 
This virtual exhibition captures writers as visual artists, especially in the ways they produce themselves speaking their work for the digital screen. 
 
Contributors’ works are published in staggered waves from early June to early July 2016, and the whole exhibition is archived permanently on CA+T’s website.
 
Co-curated by Jan Christian Bernabe and Alex Ratanapratum.
 
Contributors include Kimberly Alidio, Jason Bayan, Rachelle Cruz, Kenji C. Liu, Angela Peñaredondo, and Melissa R. Sipin 
 
Special thanks to the Andy Warhol Foundation and the California Institute of Contemporary Arts for fiscal support.
 
Summer 2016
 

To Become Darna

Rachelle Cruz

2016 Digital video recording Duration: 1m 39s Courtesy of the artist

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Rachelle Cruz

b. 1985

Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of the chapbook SelfPortrait as Rumor and Blood ( Dancing Girl Press, 2012) and coeditor with Melissa Sipin of Kuwento: Lost Things, An Anthology of Philippine Myths (Carayan Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in As/Us , New California Writing 2013 (Heyday Books), the Los Angeles Review of Books , Yellow Medicine Review, Jet Fuel Review, The Lit Pub, The Bakery, Stone Highway, The Collagist, Bone Bouquet, PANK Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Splinter Generation, KCET's Departures Series, and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, among others. She hosts The BloodJet Writing Hour on Blog Talk Radio, and is the Podcast Editor at The Collagist. She is a recent recipient of the Manuel G. Flores Scholarship from the Philippine American Writers and Arists, Inc (PAWA). An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives, writes, and teaches in Southern California.

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  • Born: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Based: Brea, CA, USA

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To Become Darna (screen capture)

Rachelle Cruz

2016 Screen capture of video performance Courtesy of the artist

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Rachelle Cruz

b. 1985

Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of the chapbook SelfPortrait as Rumor and Blood ( Dancing Girl Press, 2012) and coeditor with Melissa Sipin of Kuwento: Lost Things, An Anthology of Philippine Myths (Carayan Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in As/Us , New California Writing 2013 (Heyday Books), the Los Angeles Review of Books , Yellow Medicine Review, Jet Fuel Review, The Lit Pub, The Bakery, Stone Highway, The Collagist, Bone Bouquet, PANK Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Splinter Generation, KCET's Departures Series, and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, among others. She hosts The BloodJet Writing Hour on Blog Talk Radio, and is the Podcast Editor at The Collagist. She is a recent recipient of the Manuel G. Flores Scholarship from the Philippine American Writers and Arists, Inc (PAWA). An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives, writes, and teaches in Southern California.

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  • Born: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Based: Brea, CA, USA

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No Soothing Mother

Kimberly Alidio

2011 Digital video recording Duration: 45s Courtesy of the artist Visual Arts Center (Austin, TX)

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Kimberly Alidio

b. 1971
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Kimberly Alidio is a high school teacher, a tenure-track dropout and the author of a poetry collection, After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and a chapbook, solitude being alien (dancing girl press, 2013). Born in West Baltimore and raised in Baltimore County, Maryland, she lives in East Austin, Texas.

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  • Born: Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Based: Austin, TX, USA

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No Soothing Mother (screen capture)

Kimberly Alidio

2011 Screen capture of video performance Courtesy of the artist. Visual Arts Center (Austin, TX)

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Kimberly Alidio

b. 1971
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Kimberly Alidio is a high school teacher, a tenure-track dropout and the author of a poetry collection, After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and a chapbook, solitude being alien (dancing girl press, 2013). Born in West Baltimore and raised in Baltimore County, Maryland, she lives in East Austin, Texas.

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  • Based: Austin, TX, USA

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Before This Was Texas

Kimberly Alidio

2011 Digital video recording Duration: 1m 3s Courtesy of the artist Visual Arts Center (Austin, TX)

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Kimberly Alidio

b. 1971
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Kimberly Alidio is a high school teacher, a tenure-track dropout and the author of a poetry collection, After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and a chapbook, solitude being alien (dancing girl press, 2013). Born in West Baltimore and raised in Baltimore County, Maryland, she lives in East Austin, Texas.

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  • Based: Austin, TX, USA

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Before This Was Texas (screen capture)

Kimberly Alidio

2011 Screen capture of video performance Courtesy of the artist. Visual Arts Center (Austin, TX)

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Kimberly Alidio

b. 1971
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Kimberly Alidio is a high school teacher, a tenure-track dropout and the author of a poetry collection, After projects the resound (Black Radish, 2016) and a chapbook, solitude being alien (dancing girl press, 2013). Born in West Baltimore and raised in Baltimore County, Maryland, she lives in East Austin, Texas.

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  • Born: Baltimore, MD, USA
  • Based: Austin, TX, USA

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Four on the Floor

Jason Bayani

2016 Digital video recording Duration: 3m 33s Courtesy of the artist

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Jason Bayani

b. 1976
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Jason Bayani is a graduate of Saint Mary’s M.F.A. program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene, and his work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology–– Learn Then Burn—and other publications. As a member of seven National Poetry Slam teams, he’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. His first book, Amulet, was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint. He is currently the program manager for Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American multi-disciplinary arts organization in the country.

Photo credit: Maragrita Corporan

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  • Born: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Based: San Francisco, CA, USA

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Four on the Floor (screen capture)

Jason Bayani

2016 Screen capture of video performance Courtesy of the artist

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Jason Bayani

b. 1976
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Jason Bayani is a graduate of Saint Mary’s M.F.A. program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene, and his work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology–– Learn Then Burn—and other publications. As a member of seven National Poetry Slam teams, he’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit. His first book, Amulet, was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint. He is currently the program manager for Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American multi-disciplinary arts organization in the country.

Photo credit: Maragrita Corporan

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  • Born: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Based: San Francisco, CA, USA

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