Glamorgeddon Final Spectacle & Limo Lectures

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Please note: Limo Lectures are now sold out, but there are still performances in the gallery from 7–9pm that are free and open to the public! See the performance times & descriptions below

Glamorgeddon: The Spectacle brings together visual and performance artists in a critical response and free-form celebration of the concept of glamour. It pushes back against the ways in which we consciously or unconsciously accept the logic of prevailing capitalist, media-generated spectacles. Glamorgeddon, a battle for the new territories, examines how glamour has both colonized and empowered us. The exhibition aims to awaken the spectator and create situations that reorder life, politics and art.

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Free live performances in the gallery on January 30th include WIGband (7pm), a legendary, tasteless, feminist performance art cabaret duo created by Johanna Poethig and Barbara Golden in 1985, a new work by sound artist Laetitia Sonami (7:30pm) and Queen Crescent (8pm), a heavy psychedelic flute rock band.

On the same evening, you can circle the city of San Francisco in a garish pink limousine while enjoying one (or more!) of an array of 30-minute performative lectures (5pm to 9pm)  facilitated by scholars, performers and activists.

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Lecturers include Jaime Cortez and Dr. Marcia Ochoa, L.M. Bogad, the Manananggoogle Executive Team, MacArthur Genius Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains and Professor Angelica Muro and Academic Alchemist Dr. Kathryn Poethig.

The immersive experience on wheels costs $20 per lecture and includes drinks and a limo selfie photo op. Click here to purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

You must check in at the reception desk at SOMArts at least 15 minutes before your limo lecture to ensure your seat. Advance tickets are highly recommended– each lecture can accommodate 18 people, and may sell out.


Limo Lecture #1: 5:15–6pm
Dr. Kathryn Poethig, Academic Alchemist presents:
Tiamat: The baseline of the Mystery is the Monster
In this Anthropocene epoch where humans and their juggernaut of capital have radically affected earth’s systems, Tiamat, the goddess, has revived to avenge herself. The new myth, The Glamorgeddon, is the story of the chthonic goddess’ rage and resistance to extraction, commodification and degradation.

The Mystery origin of Babylonian is, at simplest, a battle between the goddess Tiamat and god Marduke. Marduke kills Tiamat, the monster of watery chaos. Her chopped-up body becomes our cosmos. In this era of renewed battle among humans for the earth and her bounty, we desperately need the mythopoesis of mystery again. What are the mysteries, the deep secrets that might help us save each other? We will consider other mysteries, sigils and alchemies of imaginative restoration and resistance.

Limo Lecture #2: 6–6:45pm
Dr. Amalia Mesa-Bains and Angelica Muro present:
It’s All About the Base: Racialized Bodies and the Popular Gaze
This interactive lecture will examine the shift in anatomical desire and the rise of the “booty” with analysis of popular music videos, racialized bodies and historical references to early figures such as the Hottentot Venus, South African women presented as a circus sideshow. Participants will be engaged in discussions of feminism and hyper sexuality in the media. Dr Mesa-Bains will be accompanied by Professor Angelica Muro, a specialist in media analysis.

Limo Lecture #3: 6:45–7:30pm
Manananggoogle Executive Team (Jenifer Wofford, Reanne Estrada, Eliza Barrios)
Manananggoogle’s mission is to organize the world and make it universally accessible and useful. With offices all around the globe, its headquarters remain in Mountain View, California. Certain circles in Silicon Valley have not taken kindly to this powerful company’s formidable influence, and nervous whispers abound: Manananggoogle’s 3 founders and chief executive officers are even rumored to in fact be the legendary, mythical Philippine manananggal–– bloodthirsty, vampire-like creatures.

Manananggoogle’s Limo Lecture promises to inspire you to new heights of corporate achievement, and/or new lows of abject terror. Dress to impress. Diapers potentially necessary.

Limo Lecture #4: 7:30–8:15pm
Jaime Cortez and Dr. Marcia Ochoa
Artist Jaime Cortez and Professor Marcia Ochoa of UC Santa Cruz will elaborate on ideas put forth in Ochoa’s adventuresome new book “Queen For a Day: Transformistas, Beauty Queens, and the Performance of Femininity in Venezuela.” Beauty pageants play an outsized role in Venezuela. The country has won more international beauty contests than any other. Come explore the connections between national femininity and modernity. Cortez and Ochoa will draw parallels between Venezuela’s world-class beauty queen culture and the culture of transgendered women, who make the streets of Caracas site for work and a place to inject fabulosity into the urban imaginary.

Limo Lecture #5: 8:15–9:00pm
L.M. Bogad
L.M. Bogad will guide all intrepid Limo-nauts on a DRIVE-BY AUCTION of cosmic proportions throughout San Francisco. Be prepared to bid! And to sell! This auction within a lecture within a game will ask: what are you in the market for?

Pictured top to bottom: graphic by Johanna Poethig, WIGband pictured, M.O.B./Mail Order Brides pictured