Biobodies Salon

Kira O’Reilly and Shannon Bell
Thurs. Jan 31 2013
8:00 – 10:00 pm
Villains Beastro
256 Pelissier
Windsor, ON, CANADA

Kira O’Reilly and Jennifer Willet: Refolding (Laboratory Architectures Twins), 2010.

The BioBODIES SALON is an event featuring two extraordinary speakers addressing new bioart practices at the intersection of Art + Science + Technology. Jennifer Willet from the University of Windsor and the INCUBATOR Laboratory will host theorist and artist Shannon Bell (York University) and artist Kira O’Reilly (Queen Mary, University of London) in exciting presentations and discussion about the transformation of bodies through bioart and biotechnological practices. The night will conclude with cocktails and casual conversation with the speakers.

The BioBODIES SALON is sponsored by INCUBATOR Laboratory, INTERMINUS Research Group, and The School for Arts and Creative Innovation, at the University of Windsor and the Art Gallery of Windsor.

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Kira O’Reilly is a UK based artist; her practice, both wilfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined, stems from a visual art background; it employs performance, biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around The Body. Since graduating from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff in 1998 her work has been exhibited widely throughout the UK, Europe, Australia, China and Mexico. She has presented at conferences and symposia on both live art and science, art and technology interfaces. She has been a visiting lecturer in the UK and Australia and U.S.A in visual art, drama and dance. Most recent new works have seen her practice develop across several contexts from art, science and technology to performance, live art and movement work. She is currently an AHRC funded creative fellow at Department of Drama, Queen Mary University of London.

Shannon Bell is a performance philosopher who-lives-and-writes philosophy-in-action.

Her books include: Fast Feminism (Autonomedia, 2010), Reading, Writing and Rewriting the Prostitute Body (Indiana University Press 1994); Whore Carnival (Autonomedia1995); Bad Attitude/s on Trial coauthored with Brenda Cossman, Lise Gotell and Becki Ross (University of Toronto Press 1997); New Socialisms eds. Robert Albritton, Shannon Bell, John R. Bell and Richard Westra (Routledge 2004).

More recently Bell has been researching extremes in art – particularly bio and hybrid art.

Bell is currently working on shooting theory –– videoing-imagining philosophical concept such as Heidegger’s stillness, Husserl’s epoché, Batiallian waste, Weil’s attention, Deleuzian deterritorialization, Virilio’s vision machine and accident.

Bell is an associate professor in York University’s Political Science department, Toronto, Canada. She teaches modern and postcontemporary theory, cyberpolitics, aesthetics and politics, violent philosophy and fast feminism.