My Little BEI 🤖🐱: Robot Animal Familiars


The Revolution School is an open collective of artists, magicians, activists, hackers, academics, psychokinetics, witches, scientists, healers, empaths, thieves, chemists, archivists, gamers, freaks, friends, allies, and enemies (aka Superheroes and Scroogers) who believe the primary reason someone holds onto power and resources is because of unacknowledged, unprocessed, and unloved trauma.

More

Devin Alejandro-Wilder is a Latinx visual artist who moves across media to haunt, inquire, investigate, and confront the beliefs and systems we exist entangled within.

Artist Bio

Drawing from queer life, science, self-help, popular culture, the deeply personal, and fantasy, Jennifer Moon’s work mobilizes possibilities to reconfigure our relationship to power, to reignite the social and political imaginaries, and to stimulate change beyond binaries, hierarchies, and capital.

Artist Bio

Clara Philbrick uses the tools of performance theory and the Montessori adherence to functionality to reflect on art world social and professional practices, and to make the art world a more transparent and sustainable place for artists.

Artist Bio

Imagine a liberated world beyond binaries, hierarchies, and capital—is this possible when our realities emerge from deeply embodied histories of violence and continuing oppression? A BEI 🤖🐙 (Belief Entity Identifier; pronounced ‘bae’) is trauma-informed somatic AI and machine learning in the form of a robot animal. Connecting to our autonomic nervous system, BEIs 🤖🦥 are trusted and beloved companions helping us process cyclical underlying traumas and feelings that are produced by and perpetuate systems of oppression. My Little BEI’s 🤖🦆 ultimate forms are an infinite variety of fantastical, lifelike robot animals—a furry kitten, a scaly companion, a fantastical beast—co-designed with your gut microbiota that performs complex diffractive analysis rooted in quantum physics. As The Revolution School collaborates with computer scientists, bioengineers, neurologists, somatic therapists, robot engineers, etc., we will emerge as BEIs 🤖🐛 for each other before we co-produce one.


Award Year
2022
Status

In Progress

TheRevolutionSchool-badge-large_credit Rino Kodama and Kristen Mitchell

The Revolution School

The Revolution School is an open collective of artists, magicians, activists, hackers, academics, psychokinetics, witches, scientists, healers, empaths, thieves, chemists, archivists, gamers, freaks, friends, allies, and enemies (aka Superheroes and Scroogers). The collective began in August 2020 as a Commonwealth and Council Summer School program, “The Revolution: Operation Scrooge and League of Superheroes,” facilitated by Jennifer Moon.

A Scrooger is someone who actively befriends their traumas and, therefore, can have expansive relationships with another person’s traumas. A Superhero is someone who actively offers alternatives to carceral-based institutional apparatuses that have become naturalized. Rev School has since expanded to process, inspire, support, and facilitate actualizing projects by members that embody and animate The Two Principles of The Revolution: (1) Always* operate from a place of abundance** and (2) Always choose the most expansive*** route. *“Always” means pertaining to any manner of actions that can be deemed revolutionary. **“Abundance” is knowing you are enough for the mere fact that you exist. ***“Expansive” is reaching beyond binaries, hierarchies, and capital. The Revolution believes the primary reason someone holds onto power and resources is because of unacknowledged, unprocessed, and unloved trauma.

The Revolution School BEI Badge, designed by Rino Kodama and Kristen Mitchell


Individual Bios

Drawing from queer life, science, self-help, popular culture, the deeply personal, and fantasy, Jennifer Moon’s work mobilizes possibilities to reconfigure our relationship to power, to reignite the social and political imaginaries, and to stimulate change beyond binaries, hierarchies, and capital.

Clara Philbrick uses the tools of performance theory and the Montessori adherence to functionality to reflect on art world social and professional practices, and to make the art world a more transparent and sustainable place for artists.

Devin Alejandro-Wilder is a Latinx visual artist who moves across media to haunt, inquire, investigate, and confront the beliefs and systems we exist entangled within.

A latinx non-binary individual with short black hair wearing a white tank top and jeans stands outside in speckled sunlight in front of a tree at an empty park. Their right arm and hand rest loosely on a tree branch behind them while they look straight into the camera.

Devin Alejandro-Wilder

Austin, TX

Devin Alejandro-Wilder is a Latinx visual artist who moves across new media, performance, and lens-based practices to haunt, inquire, investigate, and confront the beliefs and systems we exist entangled within. Deaf, queer, and non-binary, their work explores themes orbiting around in/visbility, “performance”, collaboration, and the false binary between care/harm. As a studio member at the Museum of Human Achievement, they are also a participant in The Revolution School: Operation Scrooge and League of Superheroes (Los Angeles) and are the founder of the virtual/IRL free skool initiative Free Skool Now.


Member of:

The Revolution School is an open collective of artists, magicians, activists, hackers, academics, psychokinetics, witches, scientists, healers, empaths, thieves, chemists, archivists, gamers, freaks, friends, allies, and enemies (aka Superheroes and Scroogers) who believe the primary reason someone holds onto power and resources is because of unacknowledged, unprocessed, and unloved trauma.

A Korean American nonbinary femme with black stylized hair: oval bangs and long tendrils framing their face. They/she is wearing a dark blue sweater with white speckles. They/she are sitting in a blurred brown with hints of green nature setting looking dreamily off to their left with the sun on their face.

Jennifer Moon

Culver City, CA

Jennifer Moon is a polydisciplinamorous[1] life-artist whose work investigates the co-production of ethico-onto-epistem-ologies[2] via organizing systems (social systems, institutional structures, power relations, scientific theories, emotional frameworks, etc.) and how these various systems are entangled, co-constituted, performed, and perpetuated through bodies (human, nonhuman, material, immaterial). Drawing from queer life, science, self-help, popular culture, the deeply personal, and fantasy, Moon’s work mobilizes possibilities to reconfigure our relationship to power, to reignite the social and political imaginaries, and to stimulate change beyond binaries, hierarchies, and capital.

[1] Polydisciplinamory is Natalie Loveless’s term for an expanded interdisciplinary work informed by ethical polyamory and queer love that acknowledges the inequities among disciplines and refuses to commit to disciplinary boundaries. Natalie Loveless, How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation, Duke University Press, 2019.

[2] Ethico-onto-epistem-ology is a quantum entanglement concept by queer feminist theorist and physicist Karen Barad that insists on the inseparability and simultaneous co-production of the “nature” of being (ontology), knowing (epistemology), and doing (ethics). Karen Bard, Meeting the Universe Halfway: Quantum Physics and the Entanglement of Matter and Meaning, Duke University Press, 2007.

Photo: Elizabeth Preger


Member of:

The Revolution School is an open collective of artists, magicians, activists, hackers, academics, psychokinetics, witches, scientists, healers, empaths, thieves, chemists, archivists, gamers, freaks, friends, allies, and enemies (aka Superheroes and Scroogers) who believe the primary reason someone holds onto power and resources is because of unacknowledged, unprocessed, and unloved trauma.

ClaraPhilbrick Headshots2391-optimized

Clara Philbrick

Long Beach, CA

Clara Philbrick is an East Coast transplant living and working in Los Angeles. Their practice uses the tools of performance theory and the Montessori adherence to functionality to reflect on art world social and professional practices, and to create objects and performative resources to make the art world a more transparent and sustainable place for artists. When not meeting with the Revolution school, they can be found working at JOAN gallery in downtown Los Angeles. They completed their BFA at CalArts.


Member of:

The Revolution School is an open collective of artists, magicians, activists, hackers, academics, psychokinetics, witches, scientists, healers, empaths, thieves, chemists, archivists, gamers, freaks, friends, allies, and enemies (aka Superheroes and Scroogers) who believe the primary reason someone holds onto power and resources is because of unacknowledged, unprocessed, and unloved trauma.