Advisory Board

Dr. Lissette Olivares

Lissette Olivares, Ph.D. is a Transmedia Architect of Speculative Pasts, Presents, and Futures.
Lissette is a transmedia storyteller committed to speculative feminism, eco-social justice, and decolonization. As an artist-activist, her work engages cyborg consciousness, postanthropocentric imaginaries, and anthrozoology using diverse technologies that include creative writing, performance, intervention, experimental film, architecture, design fiction, and multimedia installation.
In 2003, together with Cheto Castellano, she cofounded Sin Kabeza Productions, an artist-activist research platform dedicated to the creation and dissemination of experimental transmedia. In 2012, Sin Kabeza Productions was recognized for their activist arts practice through A Blade of Grass Foundation’s inaugural Artist Files Fellow Program; that same year they were invited to participate as artist-researchers in dOCUMENTA(13).
As a curator she investigates corporeality in new media practices using a transnational perspective, most recently in Emergent Ecologies. In 2009, together with Lucian Gomoll, she cofounded the Museum and Curatorial Studies Multi Institutional Research Cluster, a platform responsible for the Task of the Curator conference at UCSC (2010), A Symposium for Curatorial Interventions (2011), a cross-campus initiative with keynote speaker Rebecca Belmore at NYU, and the peer-reviewed online journal Museum and Curatorial Studies Review.
Lissette is a graduate of the Critical Studies Program at the Whitney Museum’s ISP, the History of Consciousness Department at UCSC, Peking University, and Vassar College. She has received the Fulbright, Andrew Mellon, Jacob K. Javits, and NYU Provost Fellowship for Academic Diversity, amongst others. Her interdisciplinary art practice has recently been supported by dOCUMENTA, NGBK, NanoEthics, Institute for Cultural Inquiry-Berlin, Meinblau Project Room, DRIK Magazine, DONAUFESTIVAL, HKW, Terreform ONE, and the Yinchuan Biennale, amongst others. In 2016 she was an affiliated fellow investigating Decolonial Errans at the ICI-Berlin.
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