Marlo De Lara
Fine Art 1.15
AA Liberal Arts, BA Theatre/Performance (Bard College at Simon's Rock, USA). MA Psychosocial Studies (University of Essex, UK).
My current doctoral research concerns the study of subjectivities within Filipino American cultural texts, with emphasis on personal/social histories, migration and transnational narratives, postcolonial and critical race theory, and psychoanalysis. I received my MA in Psychosocial Studies at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, UK. My work was focused on proposed psychosocial understandings of hybridity and race. My undergraduate work was focused on autobiographical performance arts and creative process.
Masters Dissertation topics: Hybrid identity, hyphenated identity, transnationalism, psychoanalysis of race, and intersubjectivity.
Current research areas: personal and social histories/identities/narratives, postcolonial/postimperial studies, critical race theory, feminism, migration/diaspora studies, transnationalism, Filipino Americans, and psychoanalysis.
I teach personal development and skill workshops in various arenas within sound/performance arts for various UK charities, particularly for women and girls.
At University of Leeds, I have been a teaching assistant/seminar leader for the undergraduate modules:
- Cultural History – This module maps out some of the social and cultural formations underscoring the history of the West since the period known as the Enlightenment. Students interrogate some of the ideological and political assumptions informing modernity. They consider how race, ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality have been figured and represented since the Enlightenment, using a variety of texts in different contexts. The texts that students encounter range from philosophical, legal and sociological writings to autobiographies, short fiction, poems, photography and films. The contexts in which these will be explored include Enlightenment philosophy, the ‘Age of Revolutions’, slavery and colonialism, 20th century war and the modern city. The contemporary legacies of the Enlightenment age will also be examined in relation to cultural memory, postmodernism and post-humanism.
- Introduction to Cultural Analysis I – This module introduces ways of reading different aspects of culture. It should enable students to discuss the full range of cultural forms including film, television, popular literature and music as well as more canonical modes of culture such as opera, philosophy, art and architecture. The module will equip students with the skills to appreciate, criticise, and understand culture through a number of intellectual approaches. The module will cover questions of cultural studies, representation, authorship, meaning, close reading, ideology, race, sexual difference and psychoanalysis. It is intended as a companion module to ARTF1004, however, this connection is not essential for students taking them as discovery modules.
- Keywords-Representation, Form, Context, Interpretation and Power are words one hears often in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (FAHACS). They are heard frequently because they are actually concepts used by teachers and scholars in these fields to analyse works of art and cultural practices whether realised as paintings, texts, buildings, actions or otherwise. What do these concepts mean; how are they used; when and why were they produced; what debates have they stirred? These are the questions that students in this module will engage. Considering various answers to them will enable students not only to be more articulate about the work of cultural analysis and critical practice, but also to understand the conceptual coherence across different programmes in FAHACS. Through reading, writing and speaking students will become active and self-aware participants in the cultural history of the present.
In addition to my teaching, I am part of the coordination team for Works in Progress – “an interdisciplinary collaboration between the School of Sociology and Social Policy (SSP) and the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies (FAHACS). It aims to create opportunities for members of faculty and staff to provide useful feedback and perspectives to presented work in a friendly, workshop-like setting. This initiative brings new perspectives and encourages multidimensional understandings and analyses of society and culture.”
Research Projects & Grants
Since 2015, I have curated an annual screening of films by lesser known filmmakers on the subject of racialized police brutality within the United States. The series is entitled Race and Rupture: Films on police brutality in contemporary America, and is sponsored by CentreCATH.
Research Centres & Groups
I co-convene, alongside Dr. Ben Tyrer, the Special Interest Group on Psychoanalyis and Film for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS).
I am also a co-organizer of the interdisciplinary Women’s Paths Research Group 2017-18. Exploring intersectional feminism, Women’s Paths aims to bridge the gap between women’s issues in the community and feminist scholarship in the academy.
Born in Baltimore, MD, USA, Marlo De Lara is a sound performance artist currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds. Under the Marlo Eggplant alias, De Lara produces textural compositions which develop from microscopic tone landscapes into dense and expansive states of noise and drone. Her works aim to blur the definitions of (un)intentional sound and music. The many noises and tones of De Lara’s live performances are sourced from autoharps, contact mics, vocals and loops, amongst other tools. Her pieces have minimalist origin stories that can be breached through a knowing and often slow-burning approach to improvisation. As curator and organizer of the Ladyz in Noyz (LIN) international compilation series and collective, an ongoing project from 2008 to the present, she continues to promote emerging artists and musicians who are women.
Marlo continues to perform internationally and has toured in Australia, Europe, and the United States. She has played/spoken at the Victoria Noise fest (BC), Norcal Noisefest (US), Denver Noise Fest (US), Titwrench Festival (US), This is Not Art festival (AUS), the extended programme at Colour Out of Space Festival (UK), Threadfest (UK), Electric Spring (UK), TUSK Festival (UK), Fort Process (UK), and various locally curated satellite International Noise Conferences. Current sonic projects have focused on benefit concerts causes to raise money for refugee care and anti-racist/anti-fascist actions as well as tributes to the late Pauline Olivieros. Ms. De Lara is also available as a speaker and provides workshops in regards to the challenges to DIY, feminism, marginalized populations, and music/music technology/music industry.
Her film ‘International Call and Response: Ladyz in Noyz’ (2016) premiered at the 2016 Tusk Festival film programme . The film’s initial public appearance was in the form of a video installation at Women in Sound /Women on Sound June 2016 event at Goldsmiths University. An earlier interactive electronic version of the project was featured at installation at Titwrench Stockholm (2015). Ladyz in Noyz Australia (LINA) launched in 2011 and is spearheaded by curator Lara Soulio. In 2015, Lara invited Marlo to join her in the LINA national tour of performances, speaker panels, and workshops across Australia.