Photos of Julie Tolentino and The Hard Corps.  Courtesy of Julie Tolentino. 

Photos of Julie Tolentino and The Hard Corps.  Courtesy of Julie Tolentino. 

Julie Tolentino

HMD is pleased to launch the Community Engagement Residency, funded in part by the California Arts Council Artists Activating Communities program, to provide sanctuary and creative opportunity for artists who identify as coming from the margins.  

The 2017 Community Engagement Resident artist is Julie Tolentino.  For a full year, HMD is supporting Tolentino in working intensively with a small cohort of artists, selected by Tolentino herself, to share art practices, investigate ideas of sanctuary, precarity and advocacy, and create new work. Artists participating include Maurya Kerr, Amara Tabor Smith, Xandra Ibarra, and Larry Arrington. 

As part of their year-long engagement, Tolentino, with Maurya Kerr, Amara Tabor Smith, Xandra Ibarra, and Larry Arrington, presented A.U.L.E., an in-process exploration, and offered a public discussion with Tolentino's long-term colleagues, Debra Levine and Scot Nakagawa. This unique event, part of the 2017 Bridge Project, Radical Movements, was Sunday November 12 at the Joe Goode Annex.

Event Description


-an un-named lived experience*

& being with another seems to go by very fast. so much information. so much to tend to think about and the how of time talking thru how we resist,  breakaway then give away. sensing bringing forward slinking back. why and what? stutter gasp. wait. what i wanted to say (because some fumbly dimming) and what that is: to be interested in. drop narrative like how there can be a split in the because. so description does not have a together & becomes again. the title perspectives. thin lines might be imagining the experts - leaning, convening and reverie and skins and what’s missing and all those rising - break - to see the small axis as axes. rushing to get it right. hard corps proposition stained and streaming. herbal opaque judge and unrecognizable currents and cruelty with utopia’s little edges. the separate conversations radiate dark root bodies & instead an aural portal, a vibe. or two or three or four or five or seven of us with each other’s other/s. All together. All a part of this.


*from eve kosofsky-sedgwick

Event Schedule

4-7 PM Practice in Performance Installation
7-8 PM Public Discussion with artists, Debra Levine and Scot Nakagawa (moderated by Hope Mohr)
8-9 PM Radical Movements Reception

This residency is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at All funds from CAC go exclusively and directly to CER artists. This residency program is also supported by a grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, through their new "Investing in Tomorrow" program, to support new models of non-profit leadership. All CCI funds go directly to support HMD Program Coordinator Bhumi Patel, in support of HMD's commitment to shifting leadership to artists of color. 

Tolentino Projects: a.u.l.e. - an un-named lived experience

Nov 12, 2017 practice-in-performance, installation
Participants: Larry Arrington, Xandra Ibarra, Maurya Kerr, Amara T. Smith with Debra Levine, Scot Nakagawa, Patrick Murch, J Tolentino

Part of The Bridge Project's 2017 Community Engagement Residency & The 2017 Bridge Project, Radical Movements: Gender and Politics in Performance