Broad Topics is excited to kick off this exciting series on femme-spectrum Canadian media artists with a talk and performance by the inimitable Maya Ben David. Join us at Satellite Project Space to witness the wonders of Ben David’s video performances and get the chance to see “Snake Moses” IN THE REAL!
Broad Topics.01: Maya Ben David – Artist Talk and Performance
Presented in partnership with Satellite Project Space
Saturday April 28, 2018:
Artist Talk with Q&A – 2:00-3:00pm
Performance with Q&A – 7:00-8:00pm
121 Dundas Street London ON
Admission by Donation (suggestion of $3-$5 but no one is turned away!)
In costume, Snake Girl as her alter ego ‘Snake Moses’ will give a performance/close-read of the film “The Prince of Egypt”. She will discuss the aesthetics of slavery and the politics of Moses as Deliverer, Shepherd and prophet caught between identities.
Maya Ben David (MBD) is a Toronto based video performance Jewish-Iranian Anthro Plane. Ben David creates worlds and characters that explore concepts such as anthropomorphism, cosplay and performative personas. Ben David’s characters origin stories are established via video performance and are performed on a ongoing basis through her online presence. Her characters inhabit alternate universes but also interact with each other and already established nostalgic universes such as Pokemon and Spider-Man. In addition to this, Ben David is also a character know as “MBD” who feuds with the many manifestations of herself and the art world. Most infamously, MBD is known for inciting online feuds with other artists such as Jon Rafman and Ajay Kurian.
Broad Topics: A Matrilineage of Media is an intersectional series of artist talks with additional screenings, performances, and workshops featuring regional, provincial, and national Canadian femme-spectrum media artists.
SATELLiTE Project Space is a dynamic partnership between three significant London, Ontario, arts institutions: Fanshawe College, Museum London, and Western University. The mandate of SATELLiTE is to provide a flexible space for new and temporary projects, collaborations, and experiments in the arts and culture.
London Ontario Media Arts Association (LOMAA) is a regional, emerging non-profit, artist-run organization focused on the exhibition of alternative and experimental time-based and media art. With an emphasis on progressive contemporary Canadian practices, LOMAA supports the presentation of local, national, and international artists in the areas of moving images, performance, new media, and sound art.
LOMAA would like to thank Canada Council for the Arts for their support of this program, as well as Ontario Arts Council and London Arts Council for this continued backing.
Image Credit: Maya Ben David, The Prince of Egypt, Bunker Projects. Shot by James Grayson.