ASAP/13 Conference,  September 15-18, 2022


We Won't Move podcast episode 1


Kearny Street Workshop presents its first podcast about Bay Area Asian Pacific American arts, activism, and dreaming. Hosts Michelle Lin, Dara Del Rosario, and Kazumi Chin talk about the genesis of the podcast, the significance of “We Won’t Move,” and what it means to create a living archive. They sit down with curator and feminist scholar Thea Quiray Tagle to discuss her most recent curatorial project AFTER LIFE (we survive), an exhibition at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts spotlighting queer resilience and the work of artists creating radical forms of relationship and care.

“Poetry and Place: Al Robles &Barbara Jane Reyes”
Keynote for The Rule Is, Do Not Stop: A Filipino Literary Symposium
Pilipinx American Library / The Asian Art Museum
San Francisco, CA, August 25, 2018

State of the State: Contemporary Filipino/American Art in the Bay Area
Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, May 21, 2015

Drawing its title from a painting by the late Carlos Villa, this roundtable conversation ruminates on the aesthetics and ethics of contemporary Filipino American art in the Bay Area. As one of the first sites of Filipino settlement in the United States—and a place where Filipinos have long fought to remain—San Francisco is an unusually fertile ground for Filipino/American artists and performers to hone and exhibit their craft. From the fight to save the International Hotel (an SRO housing elderly Filipino and Chinese men) from demolition in the 1970s, to the ongoing crises in housing and higher education, Filipino American cultural workers have continued to play a central role in inciting social change in the city. The methods and forms through which they do that, however, have taken very different form from what is generally understood as the genre of “protest art.” In bringing together a small group of San Francisco-based artists, art educators, and cultural workers, we consider the state of art making in the city and discuss how new directions in Filipino American art are redefining notions of identity and community across the canvas, in the black box and in the streets. This program was organized and moderated by Thea Quiray Tagle, in conversation with artists Jenifer K. Wofford, Eliza Barrios, Michael Arcega, Cece Carpio and Lordy Rodriguez.


“A Slow Procession in the Visayan Sea: Martha Atienza’s Our Islands and the Training of Radical Relationalities for Indigenous Survivance,” invited lecture presentation for Unmoored, Adrift, Ashore symposium, Emily Carr University and Or Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada, May 19, 2022

Artists in Conversation: Dialogue Between Thea Quiray Tagle and Dakota Gearheart. Living Room Light Exchange, San Francisco, April 19, 2022

“Developing Ethical Collaborative Research Practices and Supporting Communities in Place-Based Struggles.” Hope in the Humanities Seminar Series, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Humanities, University of Massachusetts Boston, March 23, 2022

“Speculative Resurgence, Art/Aesthetics, and Asian American Cultural Critique.” Invited keynote co-speaker with Dr. Aimee Bahng for the 31st Annual Cultural Studies Symposium, Kansas State University Dept. of English, March 3, 2022

“Relational curation as a mode of curatorial activism.” Guest lecture for A Producer Prepares: Curation, Ethics, and the Entrepreneurial Practice of Arts Programming. Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies, Brown University, November 30, 2021

 “Visualizing and Curating Transpacific Futures.” Invited panelist for “Fashioning Futures,” Feminisms Unbound Panel Series, Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women & Sexuality (GCWS), MIT, November 17, 2021

AFTER LIFE (we survive): curation and visualization of marine lifeworlds and waste in the Pacific.” Guest lecture for Duke Marine Lab seminar in Oceanic Art: Indigeneity, Diaspora, and Migration, Duke University, November 10, 2021

 “Relational curation amidst and beyond pandemic, ecological collapse, and political crises.” Invited panelist for “Global Museum Work in Light of the Pandemic and Protest,” Global Work Speaker Series, Center for Global Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 20, 2021

“’I Will Always Love You’ and other queer Filipinx speculative performances.” Invited panelist. Virtual book launch for Q+A: Voices from Queer Asian North America, San Diego Public Library, October 19, 2021

“Asian American Speculative Fiction and Queer Worldmaking in AFTER LIFE (we survive).” Guest lecture. Literary Criticism and Analysis undergraduate course, Department of English, University of Texas at San Antonio, April 29, 2021

 AFTER LIFE (we survive): Curating Queer, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Art During Extraordinary Times.” Invited lecture. Asian American Studies Speakers Series, Fresno State University, April 26, 2021

AFTER LIFE (we survive): Curation During Times of Ecological Crisis and Collapse.” Invited lecture. EnviroLab Asia Speaker Series on Environmental Justice, Claremont Colleges, April 13, 2021

The Ethics and Politics of Curation During COVID-19.” Guest lecture (virtual). Graduate Seminar in Sexuality Studies Research Methods, San Francisco State University, January 26, 2021

“Curating AFTER LIFE (we survive) in Seattle and San Francisco.” Guest lecture (virtual). Introduction to Arts Leadership graduate seminar, MFA Program in Arts Leadership, Seattle University, January 14, 2021

“AFTER LIFE: Curating and Art-Making at the End of the World.” Invited lecture (virtual) for The Evergreen State College Artist Lecture Series, January 13, 2021

“The Art of Queer Worldmaking: a conversation between Thea Quiray Tagle and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.” Colgate University Art & Art History Lecture Series (virtual), October 21, 2020

“Taking Carlos Villa Out of the Archives and Into the Classroom: Social Sculpture as a Way of Life.” Invited symposium speaker. Book launch and symposium for Beginning with the Seventies. Belkin Gallery, University of British Columbia, March 7, 2020

POC-led Printmaking Session for The Sanctuary Print Shop Seattle. Facilitator and lead. Wa Na Wari, Seattle, February 29, 2020

“Salvaging Community: Feminist and Queer of Color Praxis in Arts-Based Research.” Invited lecture. Department of Women and Gender Studies, and Program in Community and Critical Ethnic Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, February 27, 2020

“Artists in Conversation: Insitar Abioto, Nadia Alexis, LeLeita McKill, and Courtney Desiree Morris.” Moderator and discussant. Exploring Passages Within the Black Diaspora, curated by Berette Macauley for Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, February 6, 2020

“Salvaging Community: on negotiating complicity and reorienting desires in arts-based research and practice.” Invited lecture. Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, UCLA, January 28, 2020

“Art for Social Action: Housing and Homelessness.” Guest lecture. Artist as Citizen, Department of Art + Architecture, University of San Francisco, August 28, 2019

“More than can be held: Publication Release and Closing Conversation with Romson Regarde Bustillo, Luis Ortega and Thea Quiray Tagle.” Invited speaker. More than can be held at Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University, August 8, 2019

“The Consequence of a Whim: Markel Uriu in Conversation with Natalie A. Martinez and Thea Quiray Tagle.” Panel discussant. An Object Lesson at Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University, May 19, 2019

“Entangled Narratives, Survivance, and Decolonizing Art History.” Invited speaker. Department of Visual Studies, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA, March 20, 2019

“Curating in Times of Collapse.” Invited speaker. Curatorial Research Bureau at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, March 19, 2019

“The ethics of arts writing about and for artists of color.” Guest lecturer for Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Practices, University of Washington School of Art +Art History + Design, November 28, 2018

“Artists Online: How an Artists’ Online Life Impacts Opportunities and Advocacy.” Invited panelist. Sponsored by Artist Up and 4Culture. Seattle, WA, November 14, 2018

Moderator of “Artists in Conversation: Abraham Avnisan, Caitlin Berrigan, micha cardenas, and Patrick Staff” for Between Bodies at Henry Art Gallery. October 27, 2018

“Writing Against Disappearance, Writing About Art, Performance, and Collapse.” Invited symposium speaker. MFA Convergence 2018. University of Washington Bothell, September 29, 2018

“Lessons from Carlos: Social Sculpture as Artistic and Pedagogical Praxis.” Symposium presentation. Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, CA, April 21, 2018

“Revelations of Breath: The Matter of Blackness in San Francisco.” Invited public lecture. Pratt Institute, New York, February 1, 2018

“Minoosh Zomorodinia: Colonial Walk.” Curatorial walk through and lecture with artist. Feast Arts Center, Tacoma, WA, January 27, 2018

“Minoosh Zomorodinia: (De)Colonial Walk.” Moderator, organizer, and discussant for artist talk. University of Washington Bothell, January 25, 2018

Indira Allegra: Intervention/Tension as Creative Material. Moderator and discussant for artist talk. University of Washington Bothell, January 9, 2018

“Shaping Memory and Conveying Meaning about Filipino America.” Invited presentation. Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC, December 8, 2017

“The Art of Salvage: Mapping Blackness and Waste Through Michael Arcega’s Nacireman Excavation.” Invited public lecture. Kritika Kultura Journal and the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines, September 8, 2017

“Mapping Leather and Brown in San Francisco’s South of Market.” Public talk for “Bodies and Borders: Performance and Resistance,” IAS Research Colloquium, University of Washington-Bothell, April 18, 2017

Critical Acts: Decoding Art & Performance. Co-organizer and featured forum presenter. School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington-Bothell, March 1, 2017

“Salvaging Blackness: Geographies of Waste and Race in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point.” Public lecture. Department of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 30, 2016

State of the State: Filipino/American Contemporary Art in the Bay Area. Lead organizer and roundtable discussion  moderator. Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA, May 21, 2015

“Critical Art History Pedagogies and Participatory Teaching Praxis.”  Workshop. Artists Teaching Art, Department of Art & Art History, San Jose State University, April 13, 2015

“Worlds in Collision: The Life and Work of Carlos Villa.” Lecture. Filipino American Arts, Department of Art,University of San Francisco, February 17, 2015

Lav Diaz’s Norte, The End of History Post-Film Deep Dive Discussion. Moderator and discussant. 2014 New Filipino Cinema series, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, June 21, 2014

“The Fall of the International Hotel and San Francisco’s Asian American Movement.” Lecture. Filipino American Arts, Department of Art, University of San Francisco, February 27 and March 4, 2014

“Blues Narratives and Indigenous Imaginaries: On a Critical Filipino/American Poetics of Place.” Invited presentation. Mapping Colonial Amnesia: Filipino/American Cultural Landscapes. Center for Race & Gender, University of California, Berkeley, October 18, 2012

“Yellow Power: The Asian American Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.” Lecture. Introduction to Asian American Literature & Cultural Studies, Literature Department, UC San Diego, February 16, 2012

“Queering Filipino America.” Lecture. Introduction to Asian American Studies, Department of Ethnic Studies, UCSD, February 2011 and November 2009

“The Borders between Bakla and Gay.” Lecture. Introduction to Critical Gender Studies, UCSD, February 2009

“Women of Color and Third Wave Feminisms.” Lecture. Introduction to Critical Gender Studies, UCSD, November 2008

“Environmental Abuse and Women: Case Study of Guimaras.” Lecture.  Environmental Racism, Department of Ethnic Studies, UCSD, August 2008

“Militarization and Women’s Resistance in the Philippines.” Lecture. Asian and Latina Workers in the Global Economy, Department of Ethnic Studies, UCSD, July 2008

“Dare to Struggle: Militant Queer Mass Solidarity Organizing in the US and Philippines.” Workshop. Tongue 2 Tongue Queer Women of Color Conference, Los Angeles, September 2007

“Globalism, Invisibility, and Visibility of Pinays.” Lecture. Special seminar on “Pinayism,” Department of Ethnic Studies, UCSD, February 2007

ACADEMIC CONFERENCES: Paper Presentations, Roundtable Discussions, Panel Moderation

Carlos Villa: Worlds in Collision. Panel organizer and moderator. College Art Association Annual Conference, February 19, 2022

The air we breathe: aesthetics and politics of the breath in transpacific and transatlantic visual cultures.” Panel co-organizer and participant. Diasporic Asian Art Network (DAAN) sponsored panel, College Art Association Annual Conference, February 18, 2022

“Salvaging Practices in the US & Philippines: Photography, State Violence, and the Aesthetics of Breath.” College Art Association Annual Conference, February 18, 2022

“Relational Curation as Curatorial Activism.” ASAP Annual Conference, October 29, 2021

Shifting Curatorial Ethics: on Pedagogy, Relation, and Publics. Panel organizer and participant. ASAP Annual Conference, October 29, 2021

AFTER LIFE (we survive): Curation and Survival Amidst Pandemic and Ecological Collapse.” American Studies Association Annual Conference, October 14, 2021

“Y’all Better Listen: Queer Punctuations of Public Space During Crisis.” Pop Convergence (PopCon), April 24, 2021

Visual Art and the Asian American Artist. Chair. Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, April 9, 2021

“The Non-Place of the Pacific Garbage Patch and the Queer Work of Camille Hoffman’s Pieceable Kingdom.” College Art Association Annual Meeting, Online, January 10, 2021

“I’ve Been Tired: Teenage Soundscapes of Queer Filipinx Desire and Disconnection.” Pop Conference (PopCon), Online, September 9, 2020

in the teeth of empire. Moderator and presenter. Queer Caucus for Art-sponsored panel, College Art Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 14, 2020

“Stuck Between the Teeth: Survival Practices of Conviviality, Solidarity, and Holding.” Queer Caucus for Art-sponsored panel, College Art Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, February 14, 2020

“Unsettling the Peaceable Kingdom: Manufactured Archipelagoes Across America and the Pacific.” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI, November 9, 2019

AFTER LIFE (what remains): Asian/American and Indigenous Arts of Survivance.” College Art Association Annual Meeting, New York, February 13, 2019

“A Clean Sweep: The Optics of Home(lessness) in the San Francisco Bay Area.” American Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 10, 2018

“It’s Not Right, But It’s OK: Queer Filipino Performances of (Un)Dead Black Divas.” Pop Conference at the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, WA, April 28, 2018

Pacific Rimming: Sonic and Sexual Fantasies Between Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. Panel organizer. Pop Conference at Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, WA, April 28, 2018

Southeast Asian American Activism and Advocacy Today! Discussant. Southeast Asian American Studies Caucus Official Panel, Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 30, 2018

“Revolutions from the Center: Psychogeographies of Martial Law.” Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 29, 2018

“From Black (W)holes, A Light.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. November 19, 2017

“The Aesthetics of Salvage: Visualizing Life and Death in Neo-Fascist Times.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 10, 2017

“Punk in a Time of Genocide: Filipino/American Sonic Resistance to Marcos and Duterte.” Pop Conference at Museum of Popular Culture, Seattle, WA, April 21, 2017.

Fostering (Un)Disciplined Scholars Online: A Filipina/o/x/American Studies Roundtable. Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, April 15, 2017

“Archipelagic Visualities: Methods of Reading Transpacific Contemporary Filipino and Filipino Diasporic Art.” Palimpsests 2 Filipino Studies Conference, San Diego, CA, October 15, 2016

“Salvaging the Bayview: Repurposing Blackness and/as Waste in San Francisco Artist Residencies.” Session organizer and presenter. Association of Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, April 30, 2016

Asian American Sexualities and the Reproduction of Misery in US Popular Culture. Panel discussant and chair. American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, October 8, 2015

 Desiring, Writing, Thinking, Recording: The University in the Asian American Literary Imagination. Participant, closed seminar. Cultural Studies Association Conference, Riverside, CA, May 2015

Multos, Aswangs, and Empire: Decolonial Geographies in Filipino Graphic Novels.” Association of Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL, April 25, 2015

Collaboration, Community, and Crisis: A Roundtable on Filipino/American Art Now. Session organizer, moderator, and chair.  American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, November 8, 2014

“Performing the Filipino/American Blues: Remapping Histories of Migration and Displacement through the Work of Al Robles and Carlos Villa.” Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, April 17, 2014

“‘I Will Always Love You’: Embracing the Monstrous as a Form of Survival.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 21, 2013

Pacific Crosscurrents: New Scholarship at the Interstices of Filipino and Filipino American Studies. Roundtable organizer and participant. Critical Ethnic Studies Conference II, University of Illinois- Chicago, September 20, 2013

“To Organize the World, To Make It Universally Accessible and Useful: Silicon Valley Monsters in M.O.B.’s Manananggoogle Project.”  Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, April 18, 2013

Proper Document[asian]: Storytelling as Spectacle and Specter of Empire. Panel discussant and chair. Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, April 18, 2013

“Ifugao Spirits in the Opposite of Eden: On a Filipino/American Poetics of Place.” MELUS Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA, April 22, 2012

“’Dear Love… this street is not yours’: Feminist Cartographies of Filipino San Francisco.” Cultural Studies Association Annual Conference, University of California, San Diego, March 30, 2012

“Whose Trail to Freedom? Improper Genres and Cosmopolitan Subjectivities in Kim Sunee’s Trail of Crumbs” Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, May 21, 2011

Area Studies and Ethnic Studies: Epistemic Junctures, (Anti-)Disciplinarity, and the Politics of Division. Roundtable participant. Critical Ethnic Studies Conference, University of California, Riverside, March 12, 2011

“Domesticating the Carceral, Incarcerating the Domestic: On the Production of the ‘Filipino’ Subject.”  Association for Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, April 10, 2010

“Queer Zombies and Electric Dreams: Spectacle, Discipline and Sexuality in the Philippines and United States.” Viral Ports, Virtual Currents: Interconnections between Media, the Arts and the Everyday in Southeast Asia and its Diasporas, University of California, Riverside, October 2, 2009

“Electric Dreams and the Nightmare of Queerness: Performing Filipina/American Identities in the Diaspora.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, October 17, 2008

“Banal Spectacles, or How to Discipline the Filipino/American Body.” Filipino American Studies at the Crossroads Conference, University of California, Santa Cruz, April 5, 2008

“The Thrill of Queering the Diaspora: (Mis)translations between the US and Philippines.” 18th Annual Thinking Gender Conference, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, February 1, 2008

“(Queer) Love in a Time of War, or why talk about queer Filipina/Americans when there are soldiers dying for our freedom?” Queer CUNY VIII: The Twilight of Queerness?, Hunter College, NY, December 1, 2007

“(Dis)figured Subjects: Celluloid Memories of Forgotten Filipinos.” Crossing Borders Graduate Conference of Ethnic Studies in California, University of California, San Diego, March 3, 2007