Coco Fusco is a Cuban-American multimedia artist and writer, whose work incorporates digital media and performance ranging in format from large-scale projections to interactive live performances streamed online. Fusco’s work often comments on systems of gender, race, politics, war, and identity.
Fusco will visit campus this Thursday to give a talk at 4 p.m. in the List Art Center auditorium, room 120. The event is free, but tickets are required.
Fusco received her AB in Semiotics from Brown in 1982, going on to get her MA in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford (1985) and her PhD in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007). Fusco, currently MIT’s 2014-15 MLK Visiting Scholar, has taught at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, Columbia, and Parsons The New School for Design. Her work has been exhibited at two Whitney Biennials (1993 and 2008), the Tate Liverpool, the MoMA, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. She is the author of several books, including English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995), which examines the tension between cultural identity and visual politics, and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008), which addresses the exploitation of sex and sexuality in the military for interrogation techniques.
Fusco’s work often combines digital media with performance, dealing with themes of colonization, gender, racial stereotypes, immigration, and surveillance, among others. Her most recent performance, Observations of Predation in Humans: A Lecture by Dr. Zira, Animal Psychologist, appropriates the character Zira from the Planet of the Apes as an expert in human behavior. In a live lecture/Q&A format, Fusco, in character as Dr. Zira, shares observations on human aggression, behavior, and predation.
If you are like me, and are a bit ?¿¿???¿?¿??¿ about what her work means, make sure to get tickets for her talk this Thursday. Fusco is very smart, very bold, and very Brown. Her talk is sure to be a wild, enlightening experience.
A select number of free tickets for seats in List 120 are available through Eventbrite, and an additional 70 non-ticketed seats will be available at 5pm on the day of the lecture to view the lecture via simulcast in List 110.