Dr. Praba Pilar

  • The Techno-Tamaladas. July, 2019. Photograph by Natalia Mount.
  • The NO!!!BOT. SomARTS Performance Space, SF. 2018. Photograph by Pickles.
  • The NO!!!BOT. Live Biennale Vancouver. 2017. Photograph by Sam Shariati.
  • Semiotics of the Exotic, Winnipeg, 2017. Photograph by Kristin Snowbird.
  • Church of Nano Bio Info Cogno Performance at Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena, San Francisco, California
  • Cyborg Soap Opera Performance at 21 Grand, Oakland, California
  • Computers Are A Girl's Best Friend Performance at the Museum of World Cultures, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Computers Are A Girl's Best Friend Performance at ISEA/Zero One Festival of Arts on the Edge, San Jose, California
  • World Brain Disorder Performance at Carnegie-Mellon University; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With Los Cybrids: La Raza Techno-Critica.

Praba Pilar is a diasporic Colombian artist disrupting the overwhelmingly passive participation in the contemporary ‘cult of the techno-logic.’ Over the last two decades Pilar has presented cultural productions integrating performance art, street theatre, invisible theatre, electronic installations, radio programming, digital works, video, websites and writing. These projects have traveled widely to museums, galleries, universities, performance festivals, conferences, public streets, political meetings, bookstores, bars, and radio airwaves around the world.

Shaped by resistance to the colonial project throughout the Americas, Pilar focuses her solo practice on projects challenging complex state/corporate systems of control, domination and death. She is now in the midst of the Techno-Tamaladas, a multi-disciplinary project of food, generosity, conviviality and dialogue on technologies of life of the Americas. She is co-Director of the Hindsight Institute, is embarked on an all-encompassing post-human/microbiomial multi-species journey with Anuj Vaidya titled Larval Rock Stars; and collaborates extensively on one time events.

Pilar is the recipient of numerous awards, which in 2019 include the City of Emeryville Community Grants Program, the Local Impact Award of the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Past awards include a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities and New Media with the Hub for Innovative Exchange at the University of Winnipeg, the UC Davis Presidential Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the Puffin Foundation Award, the Creative Capital Award, the Creative Work Fund Award, the Potrero Nuevo Fund Award and two nominations for a Rockefeller Award. Her most recent writing has been featured in MAI: FEMINISM & VISUAL CULTURE, Performance, Religion and Spirituality; ROAR; Feminist & Scholar Online; Lateral Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, Women’s Eco Artists Dialogue; Dance Current, KATALOG, localflux, and h+Magazine. She has co-written and solo authored book chapters dating back to 2001. Her work has been written about in journals and books, and she was featured in a book on inspirational women by Cathleen Rountree, On Women Turning Thirty: Making Choices, Finding Meaning (2000).

Pilar has a PhD in Performance Studies, with designated emphases in Studies in Performance Practice as Research and in Feminist Theory and Research from the University of California, Davis; and a Bachelor of Arts in Intermedia Arts from Mills College. Visit her online at https://www.prabapilar.com

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    • Oakland CA

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