Laila Torres Mendieta ~ Keywords: speculative philosophy, theory-fiction, punk, technology/nature, critical theory, cosmic horror, nihilism
Laila Torres Mendieta (b. 1986) is a Mexican-born artist, researcher, and independent curator. Her work has traveled between Mexico and Europe over the past ten years. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, UNAM (2012), a MA in Art Praxis from the Dutch Art Institute (2015), and a Master HES-SO in Critical Curatorial and Cybermedia Studies from HEAD Geneve (2019). Her research methodology burrows from theory-fiction, punk and satire, tenets that explore socio-political frames, processes of collective entanglement, epistemic brutality, and ultimately the creative embrace of crises from a radical standpoint.
Laila Torres Mendieta uses performance, spoken word, and sonic landscapes to reflect upon the technologies activating exchanges within interdisciplinary praxis. Her research has been present in collective projects such as “traveling communique” (DAI Roaming Academy, in Serbia, Ethiopia, and the Netherlands), “PLUS PLUS ++: Radical Hospitality” at the Black Box Theater in Norway, and “Les Indiennes” featured at LIYD gallery/cultural center in Geneva, Switzerland, and FRI-Art through Plattform20, in Fribourg, Switzerland. The material iterations of her solo work and research have been present in latitudes such as The Netherlands, Switzerland, France and Mexico.
She was the recipient of the ArtEZ Scholarship (2013-2015), the Fundacion JUMEX grant for Foreign Studies (2013-205), the FONCA-CONACYT Scholarship for Studies in Foreign Countries (2017-2019) and the recipient of the 2021 research fellowship at MMCA in South Korea.
Laila Torres Mendieta is currently pursuing a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Media) at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU).Their trajectory focuses on the creative appropriation of Nepantla (the Nahuatl word for in-between) as a phenomenological approach to contemporary cultural and technological individuating processes. Supervisor: Yuk Hui.
Learn more about Laila Torres Mendieta’s 20 minute presentation The Mythical Xeno-Droids for Do The Right Thing! - DAI's 3 day performance lecture marathon, July 2015
Learn more about Laila Torres Mendieta's written MA thesis (DAI, 2015): “The Mythical Xeno-Droids”, Researching the materialization of a genderless feminism
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