Date: September 11, 2008
Location: San Francisco Art Institute
We Remember the Sun: 9/11/1973
On September 11th, at 7pm, L.M. Bogad and Praba Pilar performed an original piece commemorating the anniversary of an act of terrorist aggression: the CIA-assisted military overthrow of Chile's democratically elected President, Salvador Allende.
This rooftop ritual remembered the sun of hope and rebellion that shone around the world a generation ago, with its triumphs and failures, its precious solidarity and numerous betrayals.
L.M. Bogad (Associate Professor, University of California at Davis; www.lmbogad.com) works on the intersection between art and activism, and on the role of humor and imagination in organizing social movements. His book, Electoral Guerrilla Theatre: Radical Ridicule and Social Movements, is an international study of performance artists who run for public office as a prank. Bogad has performed in film, theatre, and street theatre across North America, the UK, and Montreal. He was a cofounder of the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army and a writer/performer for Billionaires for Bush and the Oil Enforcement Agency. Bogad's work has received many grants and awards including support from Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the British Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Praba Pilar traverses the roads of performance and politics with satire and analysis. Best known for work merging French theorist Paul Virilio and Mexican comedian Cantinflas, her collaborative and solo work has been featured at Sweden's Museum of World Culture, The Museum of the African Diaspora, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Studio XX, the Darling Foundry in Montreal and the Arte Nuevo Interactiva '05 Biennial in Mexico. Her performances have been presented at universities, galleries and public streets throughout the United States. Ms. Pilar is recipient of multiple awards, including the Creative Capital award and the Creative Work Fund award.