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Lecture by the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow Claudia Zapata
May 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
The UCLA Department of Art History presents a lecture by the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow Claudia Zapata on Tuesday, May 2 at 4 PM in Dodd 275. All are welcome!
Their talk is entitled “Latine/x and Chicanx Artists in Web3.”
Web3 is an aspirational and present technological shift and social movement to create a new internet architecture that emphasizes a decentralized web experience to improve democratization and ownership of data. The movement’s definable characteristics include increased integration of XR (extended reality), an umbrella term for augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technologies; an economic transformation through decentralized finance (DeFi); and the experiential space of the “metaverse,” a real-time virtual territory of social, digital engagement. I examine the Latine/x and Chicanx contributions to this next digital chapter ranging from the XR innovator Nonny de la Peña, top-selling NFT generative artist Itzel Yard, and J. Balvin’s reggaetón metaverse experiences, among others. What kind of traditional art narrative disruption, unprecedented economic access, and activist lens can these new digital spaces provide for Latine/x and Chicanx artists and creators? I navigate a nascent but rapidly changing virtual environment to articulate the next chapter of art media and the ever-pressing need to analyze the impact of this digital expansion in Latine/x and Chicanx art history and visual culture.