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This artist panel with moderator Ricardo Dominguez and artists Gregory Sholette and Ian Alan Paul is the second artist talk of the UNMANNED INTERVENTIONS exhibit that runs Oct. 18 to Nov. 14.

Artist Gregory Sholette is featured in the UNMANNED INTERVENTIONS exhibit. The iDrone is a sort of lumpy, predator drone-like sculpture whose chassis is made of faded documents, images and other archival materials from both the little-known radical past of America and artist Gregory Sholette. Some of these come from his own activist art past, and other documents are things he has researched. Viewers can zoom in on the various archival images and publications, and clicking on certain documents takes viewers to various websites, while clicking on other documents provides a PDF of what is represented. It is all bound together so that the entire contraption hovers so that iDrone becomes our repressed history returning in the form of a weaponized thing. http://www.3das.gr/space/greg.html

Ian Alan Paul, artist and researcher at b.a.n.g. lab in the Fall quarter, will present Do Not Kill Registry, a digital artwork which focuses on the visual rhetorics used to interpolate the human subject as well as post-national expressions of Human Rights.

This is the second of two artist panels of the UNMANNED INTERVENTIONS performative workshop, a month of residencies when the artist and collaborators develop new work in the gallery spaces, using the space as a test site, and with the gallery open to visitors during scheduled hours.

Gregory Sholette is a New York-based artist and writer, who earned his MFA from UC San Diego in 1995. He is a founding member of Political Art Documentation-Distribution (PAD-D: 1980-1988), and REPOhistory (1989-2000), and author of the book, Dark Matter: Art and Politics in an Age of Enterprise Culture, Pluto Press, 2011. His most recent exhibitions include 15 Islands for Robert Moses at the Queens Museum of Art Panorama, and the Imaginary Archive: Galway, Ireland. He is the co-curator with Olivier Ressler of the exhibition Its the Political Economy, Stupid, at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York. An Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Queens College: City University of New York (CUNY), he is a member of Gulf Labor Coalition; The Institute for Wishful Thinking; and an academic adviser for the new Home Workspace Program in Beirut, Lebanon.

Ian Alan Paul is a writer, artist and programmer living in the Bay Area of California. His past work has dealt with the topics of border violence, biopolitics and prefigurative social movements. The current research of Paul focuses on feminist and poststructuralist critiques of Human Rights discourses, and more specifically on the visual rhetorics used to interpolate the human subject as well as post-national expressions of Human Rights. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, Al Jazeera, Le Monde, and USA Today, and has been exhibited in galleries in Asia, North America and Europe. He received his MFA and MA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011 and is in the process of completing his Ph.D. studies in the Film and Digital Media program at UC Santa Cruz. He can be found on twitter at @ianalanpaul.

This artist panel will be moderated by Ricardo Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), a group that developed Virtual-Sit-In technologies in 1998 in solidarity with the Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico. He is co-Director of Thing (thing.net), an ISP for artists and activists. His recent Electronic Disturbance Theater project with Brett Stalbaum, Micha Cardenas and Amy Sara Carroll, the Transborder Immigrant Tool (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S border) was the winner of a Transnational Communities Award funded by Cultural Contact, Endowment for Culture Mexico-U.S. and handed out by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, also funded by Calit2 and two Transborder Awards from the UCSD Center for the Humanities.

Dominguez is an Associate Professor at UCSD in the Visual Arts Department, a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at Calit2 (http://bang.calit2.net). He is also co-founder of PARTICLE GROUP with artists Diane Ludin, Nina Waisman, and Amy Sara Carroll. A gesture about nanotechnology entitled Particles of Interest: Tales of the Matter Market (http://pitmm.net) was presented in Berlin (2007), the San Diego Museum of Art (2008), Oi Futuro, and FILE festivals in Brazil (2008).

The artist talk is Nov. 1 at 5pm. The UNMANNED INTERVENTIONS performative workshop will be open during regular gallery hours from 11am to 5pm weekdays from Oct. 18 to Nov. 14 in the gallery@calit2 on the first floor of Atkinson Hall. Media contact: Doug Ramsey, dramsey@ucsd.edu. To RSVP, contact Trish Stone, tstone@ucsd.edu.