This free panel discussion focuses on how re-enactments and recordings of hate violence impact society and how empathy can be triggered across differences of sexuality, race, nationality, and culture. This event commences with brief screenings of performance video by the artist Cassils, including Inextinguishable Fire and Powers That Be and concludes with a Q&A. Panelists include: Cassils, whose solo exhibition opens at the SMFA, Sarah Krongard, doctoral candidate in Emerging Media Studies, Boston University, Lionel McPherson, professor, Philosophy, Tufts University, and Paige Gunning, outreach advocate, Violence and Recovery Program at Fenway Health Alliance. Their dialogue will be moderated by panel discussant Mina Tsay-Vogel, professor, Emerging Media Studies, Boston University.

This program is the first of a series of free panel discussions presented in the exhibition “Political Intent”, which directly addresses issues of voice, representation, and dialogue about today’s social politics.


Above: Cassils is lit on fire during their performance Inextinguishable Fire, performed on Nov 8, 2015, at the National Theatre in London as part of SPILL Festival of Performance. Cassils with Guido Mencari © Cassils 2015 Image courtesy of the artist and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts