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Eric C. Sloss

For immediate release:
April 9, 2003

Latino Artists' Multimedia Production at Carnegie Mellon Is Confrontation of Politics, Militarization and Comedy

PITTSBURGH—John Jota Leaños, a fellow in Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society, brings a collective of Latino artists, Los Cybrids, to the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery in a lighthearted confrontation of politics, militarization and Latino comedy at 7 p.m. on April 17, 2003.

Los Cybrids: La Raza Techno-Crítica will perform a multimedia theater production, "El World Brain Disorder: surveillance. control. pendejismo" in the gallery located in the Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

Leaños, a member of Los Cybrids, said the performance will, among other things, discuss relationships between universities and the military. Los Cybrids, a collective since 2001, also questions the role of Latinos in the digital world. The collective comprises three artists: Leaños; Praba Pilar, a New York/Colombian multidisciplinary artist; and René Garcia, a multimedia artist and Mexican-American from California.

Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society is a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools, Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the second-largest academic unit at Carnegie Mellon and emphasizes interdisciplinary study in a technologically rich environment with an open and forward-thinking stance toward the arts and sciences.

For more information on the Los Cybrids performance contact John Jota Leaños at 412-268-8151. For more information on the Center for the Arts in Society contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email

Editor's Note: Photos of Los Cybrids are available.

Detailed information about Los Cybrids is on the following page.

About Los Cybrids:

Los Cybrids: La Raza Techno-Crítica is a group of three artists who explore cultural and somatic mutations caused by the implosion of advanced information technology. Amid the tensions of the fast-paced mythologies of the Information Age, Los Cybrids challenges notions that purport a friction-free market, a one-world community and global access at our fingertips. Los Cybrids employs performance, satire and high tech art to undermine the uncritical, passive acceptance of the overarching social, cultural and environmental consequences of information technologies. The collaborative artistic group counters the hyperbolic discourse around "cyberspace."

Los Cybrids: La Raza Techno-Crítica has received a Creative Capital award (2002), Zellerbach Family Fund award (2002), Rockefeller New Media nominees (2002), the Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize (2001) and the Creative Work Fund award (2000). The group has performed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the LAB Gallery in San Francisco and the Race in Digital Space Conferences at MIT, USC and Galería de la Raza in San Francisco.


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