Lissette Olivares

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Visiting Instructor Social Science & Cultural Studies 718.636.3567 p Brooklyn Campus, DeKalb Hall 3

Current Course Listing (2)

21/SP-SSWI-222G-02 Making/Faking Nature

20/FA-SSWI-288T-01 Animals:Ethics and Representation

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B.A. Vassar College
M.A History of Consciousness Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
Critical Studies Program, Whitney Museum Independent Study Program
PhD (ABD) History of Consciousness Department, University of California, Santa Cruz
Parenthetical Notation in Latin American & Latinx Studies


Lissette T. Olivares is the co-founder and co-director of Sin Kabeza Productions and SK Symbiotic, activist research platforms developed in collaboration with Cheto Castellano to work across diverse mediums and together with multiple life-forms. As a transmedia storyteller their research engages mestizx, cyborg, and companion species consciousness, postanthropocentric and trans-feminist imaginaries, and more than human ethnography using diverse technologies that include creative writing, performance, intervention, experimental film, architecture, design fiction, and multimedia installation. A co-taught class on Multispecies Storytelling by Donna Haraway and Anna Tsing in 2010 offered the working space to develop a performative approach to naturalcultural storytelling while pursuing a PhD in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Between 2010 and 2012 Mx. Olivares was an Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow at the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies where they were supported by an NYU Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity. In 2012 curator Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev invited SKP to submit a collection of their experimental video and performance works with multispecies justice and SF* themes to The Worldly House: An Archive Inspired by Donna Haraways Multispecies Writings on CoEvolution at dOCUMENTA(13). It was in this same context that SKP produced their first architectural intervention, SEEDBANK: An eco evo devo design fiction in the SF Mode, designed as a living posthumanist research site for dOCUMENTA(13); information about the speculative project was published in the Lodz Museum Urban Ecologies program. After an unexpected encounter with an orphaned hedgehog during their artistic residency in Kassel they became committed to wildlife rehabilitation and more than human architecture and design, working with free roaming Indian dogs, and orphaned raccoons, squirrels, and white-tailed deer. Between 2015-2016 Mx. Olivares was a research fellow at the architecture firm Terreform ONE where they investigated "Speculative architecture and design for a Post Anthropos/Anthropocene." In 2016 they were part of the Anthropocene Campus in Berlin and presented SKPs more than human architectural platform at the Yinchuan Biennale Conference in China, while their designs were displayed at the NGBK gallery as part of the Berlin exhibition Animal Lovers, curated by Matthias Antlflinger, Anne Hoelck, Ute Hoerner, Mareike Maage, and Friederike Schmitz. Recently, their work was featured at the Edith Russ Haus for New Media Art in Oldenburg as part of For Beyond That Horizon Lies Another Horizon, curated by Joanna Sokolowska, a lecture and screening for the Electronic Arts PhD program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a transmedia healing performance for earth beings at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, curated by Ute Hoerner and Mathias Antlfinger. In the Fall of 2018 they will teach "Making/Faking Nature," which offers decolonial frameworks for naturalcultural storytelling in the Social Science and Cultural Studies Department at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Their intradisciplinary research has been supported by the Fulbright Fellowship, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ICI-Berlin Curatorial Fellowship, and A Blade of Grass Artist Files Fellowship, which recognizes socially engaged art production. SKP and SK Symbiotic are currently engaged in a coevolutionary dream that envisions a refuge, research, and rehabilitation center for dis/placed and dis/abled wildlife that will serve as a laboratory for decolonial science and a project space for eco and bio artist activist research.