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Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos

Liliana Conlisk-Gallegos

Associate Professor AKA. Mystic Machete, Dr. Machete, Optimus Prime Trauma Transformer


Associate Professor
Communication & Media
Office Phone(909) 537-5899
Office LocationUH-201.08

Office Hours

Tuesday: 10:30-12:00


I am a first-generation artist, curator, writer, and scholar from the Tijuana-San Ysidro border region. I make it my mission to push forth the decolonial option by customizing and hacking as many formats as possible including writing, speaking, producing documentary films, making new media art, art curation (some as live, interactive, immersive transborder rasquache artistic interventions), archiving, and compiling open-access archives and repositories. All my projects intentionally seek to stray away from required expectations or formulas favorited by coloniality. The ongoing technological contributions of minoritized epistemologies have been and continue to be often “overseen” by the limited perspective of Eurocentric modernity. Instead, I highlight the existence of the various iterations (versions) of what I see is a Chicana/o/x “Mestiza” Indigenous spectrum of wisdom by using multiple media tools and technology to make others see, feel, and experience examples of our culturally-specific individual and collective spaces of memory and existence beyond coloniality.

With a transfronteriza (perpetual border-crossing) consciousness, I liken prevailing notions of research, media, and technology to a yonke (junkyard) from which I repurpose elements to free think and amplify individual and collective expression, community healing, and social justice. My new media artwork has been exhibited and showcased by international venues and organizations such as the ARS Electronica festival, the International Society of Arts, Sciences, and Technology (Leonardo), ACM SIGGRAPH, University for the Creative Arts (UK), the Guizhou Provincial Museum (China), the Hunan Museum (China), The Centre for Digital Media (Canada), The García Center for the Arts (San Bernardino, CA), PAMLA Arts Matter of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Human Resources Gallery (Los Angeles), and soon in a forthcoming 2024 exhibition at UCR ARTS and part of the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time (PST) Art x Science x LA.

I have organized and curated over 14 community-centered multimedia, technocultural artivism, critical intervention performances and art exhibitions. In 2022 I curated the first transborder decolonial international digital new media art show The Future Past v. Coloniality: Decolonial Media Art Beyond 530 Years which opened in Daegu, South Korea during the SIGGRAPH Asia conference with a second showing at the 2023 Los Angeles ACM SIGGRAPH conference. Currently, as part of the 2024 PST programming, I am working on a community-centered exhibition hosted between UCR and CSUSB, Momuments to the Pluriverse showcasing VR world making in the style of Xicanx Transfronteriza Immersive Muralism, a new media art formula I was credited with creating in the 2023 ACM SIGGRAPH Autodesk Time Tunnel (featured in Forbes Magazine) exhibiting 50 years of groundbreaking work in computer graphics. 

I am also working on a monograph on the transmedia literary and US mass media archetypical representations of the border city of Tijuana which proposes the existences of a divergent Baja border aesthetics and links it to its deep and organic participation in the decolonial option. My writing has appeared in Critical Storytelling from Global Borderlands: En la línea, Vol. 8, 2022 (Brill Publishers), Re-Activating Critical Thinking amidst Necropolitical Realities: Politics, Theory, Arts and Political Economy for a Radical Change, 2022 (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), A Love Letter to This Bridge Called My Back, 2022 (The University of Arizona Press), Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 3 Vol. 10, 2021 (UC Press), and Journal of Latinos in Education Vol. 20, 2018 (Taylor and Francis).

I am Associate Professor for Decolonizing Media and Communication Studies at CSU San Bernardino, a member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Committee, member of the ACM SIGGRAPH Underrepresented Travel Grant Committee, member of the Leonardo International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST) network, and co-founder/co-director of the CSUSB Women of Color in Academia Institute.


∙2024. “Race, Virtuality & Decolonial Identities in the Global Community Online” Forthcoming in M. Hand, B. Sandwell, & V. Szabo (Eds.), Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Visual Culture Vol. 3: Digitisations, Transformations, & Futures. Bloomsbury Publishing.
∙2022. “Remember, roots still grow beneath: Learning from Conscious Transfronteriza/o/x Trauma.” In C. J. Braniger and J. Enriquez-Ornelas (Eds.), Critical Storytelling from Global Borderlands: En la línea. (Vol. 8, pp. 13-22).
∙2022. “Epilog: Coloniality Incarnate: Conversational Assemblage with Liliana Conlisk Gallegos, Omar Pimenta & Julio Enríquez-Ornelas.” In C. J. Braniger and J. Enriquez-Ornelas (Eds.), Critical Storytelling from Global Borderlands: En la línea. (Vol. 8, pp. 157-164). Brill.
∙2022. “Thinking Coloniality of Power, doing Matrix of Power and the Agents of supremacy (the Everyone that is no one).” In M. Gržinić and J. Pristovšek (Eds.), Re-Activating Critical Thinking amidst Necropolitical Realities: Politics, Theory, Arts and Political Economy for a Radical Change. (pp. 8-36). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
∙2022. “Nochipa ipan noyoltsin (Always in my heart) – Batallas cotidianas.” In g. wilson, J. B. Acuff, and A. M. Kraehe (Eds.), A Love Letter to This Bridge Called My Back. (pp. 56-66). The University of Arizona Press.
∙2021. “Methodology of the repressed- in faculty hiring / Upcycling coloniality into research production for social justice and change.” In D. Chawla (Ed.), Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (Vol. 10, issue 3, pp. 65-81). University of California Press.
∙2021 [2018]. “Somos la dignidad rebelde: On Mexican indigenous praxis of resistance through pedagogy and its misappropriation by US ‘innovative’ pedagogical methods.” In E. Murillo (Ed.), Journal of Latinos in Education (Vol. 20, issue 1, 32-47). Taylor and Francis.
∙2022. “El pasado futuro vs. la colonialidad: Arte decolonial de medios más allá de 530 años.” Arte en Resistencia. December 11.
∙2018. “‘El muro y el machete’: No hay más ruta que la nuestra / There is no other way than ours.” Cholla Needles vol. 22: 65-72.
∙2017. “Remembering What We Were Never Taught: How Unearthing Oppressed & Hidden Knowledge Can Liberate and Heal Students, Communities, Professors, & Academia.” Bringing Theory to Practice National Newsletter of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).


∙2023. Critical notes on Phoenix of Gaza XR Project and Website. By Naim Aburaddi, Ahlam Muhtaseb, and James Trotter. Published as an expert review on the website.
∙2021. Book review of A Woman’s Story by Francine Rodriguez. Madville Publishing. Published with the book.
∙2017. “A transdisciplinary and divergent approach to the complex relations found between Latin American human rights and identity art media in After Human Rights: Literature, Visual Arts, and Film in Latin America, 1990-2010 by Fernando J. Rosenberg.” Confluencia: Revista Hispánica de Cultura y Literatura 32 vol. 2 Spring: 247-252.
∙2011. “Porque me faltan alas: Historias de la vida del inmigrante mexicano.” Ventana Abierta: Revista Latina de Literatura, Arte y Cultura 9 vol. 31. January. Center for Chicano Studies: 6-11.


∙2012. Days of Wrath (Dies Irae). By Vincent Joseph Escartí. Publication of eHumanista, University of California, Santa Barbara. (Catalan to English, in collaboration with Antonio Cortijo Ocaña). Novel.


The Future Past v. Coloniality: Decolonial Media Art Beyond 530 Years.
International Transborder Decolonial New Media Arts Exhibition. The Digital Arts Community of ACM SIGGRAPH. Curator, Designer, and Coordinator. 
▾Los Angeles Convention Center, USA (August 9-13, 2023).
▾Daegu Exhibition & Convention Center (EXCO), Daegu, South Korea (December 6-9, 2022).

An Exhibition of Decolonial Transborder Art.
Digital Media Art Exhibition. 119th PAMLA Conference. Co-curator and Co-coordinator. 
▾UCLA Luskin Conference Center, Los Angeles, USA (November 11-13, 2022).

Digital Power: Intersectional Resistance, Advocacy, & Activism in International Feminist Techno-Decolonial Art Digital Media Art Exhibition.
The Digital Arts Community of ACM SIGGRAPH. Co-curator and co-coordinator with Kathy Rae Huffman. 
▾ The Digital Arts Community of ACM SIGGRAPH Website (2021-ongoing).

Technocultura & Resistencia: Otro mundo es possible/Another World is Possible (2018)
VR World, Chicana transfronteriza Immersive Muralism. Spoken word and 3D sculpture.
▾San Bernardino County Unified School District's Superintendent's Student Advisory Board. (November 2019).
▾Create Thirst Academy Moreno Valley. (September 2019).
▾California State University, San Bernardino. Library Wedge. (October 2018).

San Bernardino, Nuestro. (2018).
Community-Centering Performance composed of dissonant VR and Spatial Testimonio Projections.
▾California State University, San Bernardino. Library Basement. (October 2018).
▾California State University, San Bernardino. Library Basement. (June 2018)

The Art of Dreaming (2017)
Four-part series of community-based, pedagogy of liberation praxis, upcycling, artistic production, and multimedia community healing and building.
▾Chicano Movement Poster making session and march. CSU, San Bernardino (Feb 2017).
▾Turning Trash into Art Art-Making Workshop. CSU, San Bernardino (March 2017, Nov 2018).
▾The Art of Dreaming Exhibition. The Garcia Center for the Arts, San Bernardino (May 22-Jun 3, 2017).
▾Gala Silent Auction Event. The Garcia Center for the Arts (Jun 2017). CSU San Bernardino (Dec 2018).


--Before the Sixth Sun: A Codex for our Children (2023).
Textile embroidery, augmented reality, multisensorial experience. With music by Juan Carlos Portillo.
▾Wandering: Digital Art in Historical Spacetime. Curated by Amy Heller (University of Bern, Switzerland, Duan Xiaoming (Director Hunan Museum), and Zhang Xiaotao (Central Academy of Fine Arts). Hunan Museum. Changsha, China. (Jun 30 - Nov 17, 2023).
▾The Land of Milk and Honey. MexiCali Biennial. Curated by Ed Gomez, Luis G. Hernandez, Rosalía Romero, and April Lillard-Gomez with assistance from Enid Baxter-Ryce.
The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art Culture. Riverside, CA. (February 25 - May 28, 2023).
▾PAMLA Arts Matter. 119th Annual conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA). Los Angeles, CA. (November 10-13, 2022).

--La cosmovision del cangrejo / Crab Cosmovision. (2004-2023)
Pastel, chalk, charcoal, acrylic.
▾Farewell: The Unexpected Connection Exhibition. All Eyes on Me Studio & The Little Gallery. (November 18-19, 2023).

--The Coyolxauhqui Imperative, 2020 (2020).
Xicana/o/x Indígena Transfronteriza Immersive Muralism. Traditional painting, ancient codices, 3D objects/sculpture, Spanglish and Nahuatl spoken word, ancient Mexica Tenochca musical reproduction by Juan Carlos Portillo and background minimalist score by Cory McCormick. VR experience and immersive short film.
▾Digital Capture: Southern California and the Origins of the Pixel-Based Image World. Curated by April Baca and Nikolay Maslov. Getty’s Pacific Standard Time (PST) Art x Science x L.A. initiative. UCR ARTS. Riverside, U.S.A. (Forthcoming Fall 2024).
▾Fission: The New Wave of International Digital Art. Curated by Birgitta Hosea, Zhang Xiaotao, and Li Fei. Meixihu International Culture and Art Centre. Changsha, China. (July 15 -Nov 30, 2023) – postponed.
▾Fission: The New Wave of International Digital Art. Curated by Birgitta Hosea, Zhang Xiaotao, and Li Fei. Guizhou Provincial Museum. Guizhou, China. (April 29 - August 31, 2022).
▾Canto Sin Fronteras Radio Show, KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara, 93.7 FM San Diego, 99.5 FM Ridgecrest/Chine Lake, (July 25, 2020).
▾Chicana/o/x Latina/o/x Poetry Slam. Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. The University of New México. Albuquerque, NM, USA. (November 12, 2020).
▾Solo exhibition. Centre for Digital Media, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. University of British Columbia. Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Oct 21, 2020).
▾Etno-Channel. Curated by Juan Carlos Portillo. Virtual and Mexico City, Mexico. (June 22, 2020).
▾Digital Power: Activism, Advocacy, and the influence of women online. Curated by Kathy Rae Huffman. 47th International ACM SIGGRAPH Conference. (August 17-28, 2020).

--Ni una más: para todas todo, nada para nosotras /Not one more: for all of us everything, nothing for us or Tra(d)ición Americana. (2021)
This multimedia video painting delves into the politicized Feminist Chicana Indigenous mestiza consciousness, exploring intergenerational healing from colonial violence through feminine resistance in the Americas, building bridges to comprehend Women of Color's encounters with colonial institutional violence.
▾ Among the Unrest. Curated by Juan Delgado and David John Boyd. PAMLA Arts Matter Gallery Exhibition. 118th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. Virtual and Las Vegas, NV. (November 11-14, 2021).

--Nuestra America (2017).
Multimedia spoken word, digital/live hybrid live performance in collaboration with Juan Delgado
▾Human Resources Art Museum, The institute of Ceramics and Alliance (2017).

Literature de Baja California Website previously housed by SDSU Language Acquisition Resource Center (LARC). Curation, recovery, preservation, incorporation of immersive technologies and extended realities
in collaboration with Dr. José Mario Martín Flores. (In Progress).

∙“TransBorderscapes: Decolonial Media.” YouTube Channel (2019 – Ongoing). Curated repository of multimedia decolonial transborderscapes happening in multiple and diverse dimensions.
The collection includes a series of lectures on decolonial theory, history, Xicanx, Latinx media and communication studies presented by decolonial media artists around the world. 

∙“TransBorder New Media Art.” Short Presentations of Artworks and Research for the Kindred Spirit (SPARKS). ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community. Co-Moderator Kathy Rae Huffman. July 21, 2023.

∙“New Media Architecture(s): A Speculative Vision of Change in the Arts, Design, & Sciences.” Short Presentations of Artworks and Research for the Kindred Spirit (SPARKS). ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community. Co-Moderator: Gustavo Alfonso Rincón. December 9, 2022.

∙“Decolonial Media Art Beyond 530 Years.” Short Presentations of Artworks and Research for the Kindred Spirit (SPARKS). ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community. Co-Moderator Kathy Rae Huffman. April 29, 2022.

∙“Digital Power - Intersectional Resistance, Advocacy, and Activism in International Feminist Techno-Decolonial Art.” Short Presentations of Artworks and Research for the Kindred Spirit (SPARKS). ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community, Co-Moderator Kathy Rae Huffman. August 13, 2021.


University of California, Santa Barbara -- Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literature emphasis on Media Arts and Technology, Latin American Studies, and Chicano Border Studies

San Diego State University -- M.A. Spanish emphasis on Tijuana Border Literature

University of California, Berkeley -- B.A. in Rhetoric and Writing

Studied Abroad 
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico for B.A.

Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain for M.A.

Universidad Estácio de Sá, Río de Janeiro, Brazil for M.A.


Fall 2023

Comm 4302 - Decolonizing Chiacana/o/x Latina/o/x Media and Culture
      Online with Zoom sessions

Comm 3102 - Media, Culture, and Society 
      Online with Zoom sessions

Other undergraduate courses taught

Comm 3305 - Digital Media and Society

Comm 3339 - Xicana/o/x Border Film

Comm 3379 - Nonfiction Reporting and Writing – Rainbow Journalism Community-Based, Indigenist, Activist, Multimedia

Comm 4211 - Communication and Gender (my version: Gender, Sexuality, and Communication)

Comm 4391 - Online Reporting and Writing

Hum - The Origin & Contemporary Role of Latinx Culture, (taught on-site in Mexico City)


Graduate courses taught
Comm 6093 - Decolonial Theory/Methods: Epistemology and Praxis, an introduction
Comm 6093 - Decolonizing Epistemology and Pedagogy in Media & Communication


Other courses designed
CAL 3350 - Latinx Border Identity: An immersive transmedia perspective


Independent Studies (samples)
Decolonial theories and methodologies for the study of experiences of WOC in Academia Spring 2023.
Anzaldúan and other Chicana/Latina Decolonial Feminist Transborder Sensibilities Spring 2023.
Learned how to conduct research on mythology and folktales across various cultures. Analyzed media portrayals in the understandings of cultural mythos. Spring 2020
Decolonial Methodologies and Coding Spring 2020
Annotated Bibliography on Prison Reform and Activism Spring 2020.
Collection of sources of decolonial methods pertaining to LGBTQ and Queer critique and analysis. Designed a queer take on the feminist methodologies of pláticas and testimonios. Spring 2020.
Annotated Bibliography: Trans and Genderqueer People in Visual Media Winter 2020
Chicano Culture, Pachucos, Cholos, and Japanese Cholos, transnational intersections Fall 2019.
Decolonizing Communication and Media Pedagogies Fall 2019.
The Effects and Experiences of Colorism on Latinx Self-Identified Passing vs Non-Passing Individuals Fall 2019.
White passing Latinx and other racializations Winter 2019.
Indigenous and decolonial understandings of gender Winter 2019.
A Communication Guide for Ex-Offenders Spring 2018.
Critical Feminist Discourse in Intimate Partner Violence in News Media Spring 2018.
Journalism, PR and Marketing for Social Justice Fall 2017.
Participatory Action Research Fall 2017.
Broken Origins from the Broken City: A Transhistorical Analysis of Community Alternative Journalism in San Bernardino, California Summer 2017.
Archival and Historical Research of Primary Sources of First Mexican Newspapers Published in the Inland Empire Spring 2017 Indigenous Approximations to Pedagogy Spring 2017.
Anticolonial Studies: Philosophical Approximations and Theories from the South Winter 2017.
The Language of Mexican Lucha Libre: El Santo, el Enmascarado de Plata vs. the Perverse Logic of Coloniality Summer 2016.
Coyote Radio en Español Spring 2016.


Tijuana Transborder Literature, Art, and Cultural Production

Latin American Transborder Decolonial Theory, Methods, Praxis, and History

Transborder approaches to Experimental New Media Art Production

Decolonizing New Media Art, Media, and Communication Studies

Baja Border and Mexican Literature

Extended Realities (VR, AR)

Intersectional and Transdisciplinary approaches to knowledge production


Chicana/o/x Transborder Studies

Media Production for Social Justice


Experiential Liberation Pedagogy

Transborder International Art Curation

Community-Based Participatory Research

Gender Studies



Research and Teaching Interests

Transfronteriza Rasquache Literary and Artistic Cultural production

Decolonial theory and History

Decolonial media and communication studies

Experimental Extended Reality Media and New Media Art Production

Digital Media Art Curation

Xicana feminist border studies

Indigenous studies and Indigeneity

Queer Studies

Ethnic Studies

Latin American Studies

Experimental Documentary Film