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Bodily Autonomy

April 4 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Bodily Autonomy by Lauren Lee McCarthy

With her thought-provoking “Saliva Bar” art installation, Los Angeles-based Lauren Lee McCarthy examines the current state of bio-surveillance in times of rapid technological development and increased corporate and government monitoring. At the saliva exchange station, visitors can trade their own samples with one another through the assistance of an attendant, inviting active discussions on data privacy, race, gender and class as they pertain to genetic material.

“Saliva Bar” experience is 15 minutes. Explore the gallery before and after.

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Created by Lauren Lee McCarthy
Presented by UC San Diego’s Mandeville Art Gallery

Lauren Lee McCarthy is an artist examining social relationships in the midst of automation, surveillance, and algorithmic living. She has received grants and residencies from Creative Capital, United States Artists, LACMA, Sundance, Eyebeam, Pioneer Works, Autodesk, and Ars Electronica, and her work is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work SOMEONE was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica and the Japan Media Arts Social Impact Award, and her work LAUREN was awarded the IDFA DocLab Award for Immersive Non-Fiction. Lauren’s work has been exhibited internationally, at places such as the Barbican Centre, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Haus der elektronischen Künste, Seoul Museum of Art, Chronus Art Center, SIGGRAPH, Onassis Cultural Center, IDFA DocLab, Science Gallery Dublin, and the Japan Media Arts Festival.


Thu, Apr 4: 6pm, 6:15pm, 6:30pm, 6:45pm, 7pm, 7:15pm, 7:30pm, 7:45pm

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Enjoy this event at (almost) any time or between your other events! This event is open during the opening hours noted above. No RSVP needed.

Bodily Autonomy marks the official premiere of Surrogate and Saliva, a Creative Capital-funded project.


April 4
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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15 mins

Patron Notes

Ages 18+. This is a participatory experience.


Mandeville Art Gallery
9390 Mandeville Ln
La Jolla, CA 92093 United States
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