Marlo De Lara
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.
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.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 was 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. I am also a member of the Leeds Migration Research Network and the British Sociological Association and the Center for Asian American Media. I am active member of Sonic Cyberfeminisms, an ongoing project by an open collective of artists, musicians and writers, which draws upon intersectional feminist praxis and the legacies of cyberfeminism. The project aims to foreground agendas of social justice in the domains of sound, gender and technology and, in doing so, develop critical cultural work.
Born in Baltimore, MD, USA, I am a sound performance artist. My artistic practice works within the realms of sound performance and film. Since 2000s, my films and live improvisations have been screened and performed internationally. Under the Marlo Eggplant alias, my audio/visual compositions aim to blur the definitions of the (un)intentional. As founder/organizer of the Ladyz in Noyz (LIN) international collective, an ongoing project from 2008 to the present, I continue to promote emerging artists/musicians who are women/LGBTQIA+/underrepresented. I am also available as a speaker and provides workshops in regards to the challenges to DIY culture, feminism, minoritized peoples, and music/music technology/music industry.
I continue to perform internationally and have toured in Australia, Europe, and the United States. I have 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) 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.