Irena Haiduk writes: "The import-export business of making history demands an equivalence, a loyalty, and a familial solidarity between people and things. Such skills are best honed in conditions of blindness, where we cannot immediately tell what is in the room with us and whether it is alive or dead, person or thing, male or female.
"Blind and non-aligned, the oral corporation extends its incorporation indefinitely. Incorporated in the United States (where corporations are people), launched in Paris and headquartered in Belgrade, she is a copy or avatar of Jugoeksport, a defunct Yugoslav apparel manufacturer and weapons exporter.
"Since the dissolution of Yugoslavia in 2003, `Yug' is a vacant space, and the oral corporation occupies it by returning to the original meaning of yug or jug which is south. The oral corporation mounts production on a sur-national scale from this cardinal direction, from the Balkans and the old Roman trade and military route Via Militaris.
"Welcome to a terrain of production from the mouth." Participating units at UC Berkeley: Arts, Technology and Culture Colloquium, Berkeley Center for New Media, Department of Art Practice Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series
BAMPFA Free admission
Mar 19, 6:30pm to 7:30pm,
West Coast Songwriters
Check out the future when the West Coast Songwriters present their monthly Songwriter Competition, where members take the stage and perform their material live on the Freight stage. Performers sign up from 7:00 to 7:20, and at 7:30 the house lights go down and the show goes on! Guest judges award a "Best Song" and "Best Performance." The most active association of songwriters in the country, WCS is dedicated to providing the environment, opportunities, and tools to nurture and promote successful songwriters. The talent on display is worth checking out, and you might hear a future classic.
Mar 19, 7:30pm to 8:30pm, Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA, 94704