house of flying bøøbs

“At the breast of history I sucked and pissed.”
—Jiang Qing, Nixon in China (John Adams, 1987)

House of Flying Boobs is a performance art cabaret interweaving four distinct acts and several visual and performing arts genres: opera, theatre, burlesque and contemporary dance that burrow into a bewildering range of topics: the force of capitalism in Europe’s financial and humanitarian crisis; the sexual and political agency of women from the age of myth and biblical tales to Surrealism and the Cultural Revolution; the fabrication of discourse in the artist interview format.

Featuring: Nadim Abbas, Orit Ben-Shitrit (video artist/choreographer), Rainer Ganahl, Mary Notari (activist/stage actress), Tuo Wang, Mo Zhou (theatre/opera director), among other musicians, designers, composers, and performers. Curated by Xin Wang.

More information here.

Nov 12, 2015 Thursday at Nuyorican Poets Café (7:30 pm) | 236 E 3rd St
Nov 16, 2015 Monday at Bowery Poetry Club (6:30pm) | 308 Bowery

Originally conceived and performed in 2012, AUCTIONING OFF THE GREEK DEBT negotiates the European debt crisis by creating a new financial tool—a commodity derivative—by the two most powerful entities in the EU: Germany and France. Three dancers: German, French and Greek enact an abstract financial scenario involving their respective languages. The qualities of the Greek dancer are bundled and sold as commodity derivatives by Germany and France. The performance, now re-staged with an uncanny sense of relevancy, is a set of actions that trigger a chain of responses and interweave/interfere with the cabaret’s various acts. All is told through choreographed movement, combined with language phrases spoken with an Economy of Consonants—a restricted form of communication. The performers punch a time clock to underscore the movement transactions. Dancers: Martina Potratz, Sandra Passirani and Dafni Mari.

Conceived, sound collaged and choreographed by Orit Ben-Shitrit.

 

performance stills from an hour long durational performance at ISCP, May 13, 2012:
(TIME: MECHANISM) + WORK = AUCTIONING OFF THE GREEK DEBT
in addition to being told by movement, the story is combined with language phrases spoken with an economy of consonants—in each of the three dancer’s respective languages. (L to R) Martina Potratz, Sandra Passirani and Savina Theodorou
Sandra Passirani with the auction hammer
above: Savina Theodorou
a special thank you to Kari Conte, ISCP Program Director

(TIME: MECHANISM) + WORK = AUCTIONING OFF THE GREEK DEBT

LIVE PERFORMANCE
Sunday May 13th, 3:15pm
Commissioned by ISCP
International Studio & Curatorial Program
1040 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Time, unlike space, only flows in one direction. We can experience space walking forward, sideways and back, but we only experience time as it moves toward the future. In addition, different cultures experience time at different speeds, which might be a source for conflict.

AUCTIONING OFF THE GREEK DEBT negotiates the European debt crisis by creating a new financial tool—a commodity derivative—by the two most powerful entities in the union: Germany and France.

Three dancers: German, French and Greek enact an abstract financial scenario involving language. The qualities of the Greek dancer are bundled and sold as commodity derivatives by Germany and France. All is told through movement, combined with language phrases spoken with an economy of consonants—in each of the three dancer’s respective languages.

The performance is a set of actions that trigger a chain of responses and activate the gallery space and hallways. The performers punch a time clock to underscore the movement transactions.

With Sandra Passirani, Martina Potratz and Savina Theodorou.

For more information and complete weekend lineup see the e-flux announcement.

onomono performance stills

The word ONOMONO is a palindrome—it can be read forward and back. The video begins and ends with the same visual note. The sound is created using alive-feed into a Kaleidoloop—a recording device that can manipulate speed, pitch and direction. During the performance, I sampled sounds live—some by recording the audience—which I then played back, forward and in reverse at different speeds and pitch to create the soundtrack.

ONOMONO depicts a circle of destruction. It captures the ailments of our society through various archival footage, such as gruesome animal experiments, depression-era economic graphics, schizophrenia and OCD patients. this is what happens when you soak up the coming insurrection.

This experiment was preformed at Cristin Tierney gallery NY, on Dec 17, 2011. It was a collaboration with two of my friends—Jeremy C. Hansen and Timothy Korn.

EMERGENCY INDEX 2011 ~ The Launch Party
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York
7 – 9pm Tuesday March 20, 2012

Please join us at the Kitchen to celebrate Emergency INDEX, a new yearly publication documenting performance. Our recent performance, The TYRANNY OF TIME is included in this volume. Editors: Matvei Yankelevich and Yelena Gluzman.