Workshops, Talks, Texts

Presentations & Workshops

Encuentro eXcéntrico: dissidence, sovereignties, performance
July 17–23, 2016
Emily Andersen, Rachel Brown, Kyle Depew, Hugo Genes, Mark Read

The Illuminator participated in “Encuentro eXcéntrico,” organized by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, in Santiago, Chile. Our performance project, “Student Debt Rebellion,” was a collaboration with student activists on the issue of educational debt and the government’s proposed educational reform. During two nights of urban intervention, we worked with students in the Confech, Deuda Educativa as well as technical institute students and anarchists, representing a broad spectrum of opinions on the complex situation. We also spoke on a Round Table: Street Artists.

Allied Media Conference (AMC)
June 18-21, 2015
Todd Anderson, Rachel Brown, Kyle Depew, Hugo Genes, Anna Ozbek, Shaun Persaud, Chris Rogy

The Illuminator shared their experience of using projections in public spaces for social justice with Allied Media Conference goers in June 2015. In the workshop “Guerrilla Projection,” the collective taught participants about strategies and skills needed, and led small groups in planning for interventions on local issues. We also collaborated with the People’s Water Board Coalition, We the People of Detroit, and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO) on a projection about the water crisis.

Open Engagement Conference: Place and Revolution
April 17 — 19, 2015
Rachel Brown, Kyle Depew, Grayson Earle, Mark Read, Chris Rogy

Open Engagement is an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations. The theme of the 2015 conference, held in Pittsburgh, was Place and Revolution. The Illuminator’s presentation was entitled “The Battle for Public Visual Space,” in which we presented a history of our work followed by an investigation into our continued battle over the visual environment of New York City and beyond.

REFEST: Hybrid Performance and New Media Festival
November 22nd, 2014
Rachel Brown, Kyle Depew, Grayson Earle, Mark Read, Chris Rogy

At CultureHub’s REFEST, The Illuminator presented some of their recent work to a crowd of artists, activists, and technologists. After the discussion, in the spirit of “surveillance” – the theme of this year’s REFEST – The Illuminator projected a dual channeled video onto buildings on the street below. One channel showed video of US drone strikes from the on-board drone cameras; the other channel showed images acquired from Flickr that were geo-tagged from the same location as the drone strikes pictured. Images of families, birthday parties, landscapes, and normal life of people in the targeted regions.

Encuentro, MANIFEST! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas
June 21-28, 2014
Kyle Depew, Grayson Earle, Hugo Genes, Mark Read, Chris Rogy

The Illuminator participated in “Encuentro, MANIFEST,” organized by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, in Montreal. Our performance project, “Illuminating Protest,” was both a tribute to the recent student-led activism that erupted in the province of Quebec in Spring of 2012, and a potential strategy to navigate the “post-78” landscape, wherein gatherings of more than 50 people in public space had been banned. We also spoke on two panels – Insistence and Possibility & Open Sourcing Public Space – during the week.


"All of our grievances are connected": An Interview with The Illuminator Collective
World Records
Eli Horwatt & The Illuminator Collective
All of Our Grievances Are Connected
Public Arts Dialog
The Illuminator
The Illuminator
First Person Scholar
Grayson Earle