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Dalida Maria Benfield, Ph.D., (b. 1964) is a visual artist and researcher whose work engages questions of decolonial feminist thinking and doing in the context of global information technology. Her work emerges from the fields of feminist performance and video art, Third Cinema, and grassroots media activism, and includes creating autonomous collectives and open, flexible platforms and networks for the production and distribution of video and digital art.


Gender, Technology, Media: Hypothetical Schmatics

The second symposium is themed Gender, Technology, Media: Hypothetical Schematics and will showcase projects and scholarships that explore the issues related to the interaction between technology and gender in contemporary media arts practices. This theme raises questions regarding the cultural and political representation of the human body, its memories and dreams through technology; the constantly changing gender theories that allow artists to restructure identity parameters according to different cultural contexts and the multiple possibilities and limitations generated by technology developments in the media arts world. We are seeking works in different formats and mediums that deal with the above issues, question the normative notions of gender representation and offer new approaches to identity politics. 


Los Archivos Del Cuerpo (Body Files)


This work by Dalida Maria Benfield is a collective archive of various materials that constitute "the files of the body." Including video, sound, pictures, drawings, and written texts, made by the artist, or contributed to the project by other artists, writers, and the public, Los Archivos Del Cuerpo reveal in a global, horizontal and decentralized way - open and in process - a new vocabulary of being and thinking. Our bodies carry the memories of our ancestors and the stories of the world – we are full of precious knowledge and possibilities for the future. The various materials included in the work reveal that the body is a site of struggle between the friction of hegemonic globalization, social movements, nationalism and indigenism, sexuality, and constructions of gender and race. What the body knows reveals strategies to define and redefine itself, freeing the senses and opening epistemic understandings.