The Permanent Imminence of the Fatal


BIM, Biennial of Moving Image, Museum MUNTREF, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires, curated by Gabriela Golder and Andrés Denegri, October 29th to December 20th, 2016

The question of fear is a gaudily well-trodden terrain. In the everyday we tend to relate it to our present condition and no doubt we say: we live in fear today. This is immediately followed by a consensus that fear is a phenomenon of our hyper-informed age. In this respect, the mass media plays a fundamental role at the service of power, for whom it is desirable to have a meek society, placated by a conspiracy of fears. It sounds coherent, but wasn’t fear widespread before the internet, before television, before radio and newspapers? It’s true that the presence of the media intimidates us, but what then can we think of the idea of God, dead today but nonetheless omnipresent? And what of that vast, overwhelming Nature before him? And as part of that, the Other, always lying in wait. MORE

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.

 

EMPAC screening tomorrow night 1/31/15

“Presenting five dance films, commissioned or developed at EMPAC. Three of the works are supported by the DANCE MOViES Commission—experimental dance works for the screen, which vary widely in content and form, yet are united by the fact that they are crafted by a choreographer or movement-based artist.”
For more info: EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission

I’m very excited to see WARD OF THE FERAL HORSES on the big screen tomorrow night at EMPAC. I spent the past month with sound collaborator and mixer Timothy Korn and Editor Jeremy aka the EnHancer to engage you sonically and visually. Tristan Kneschke helped us harmonize the color space, and many more people like DP Chapin Hall and choreographer Kate Corby, actors and dancers have been engaging participants. It’s been a beautiful ride. I recently realized this celebration is rooted in Tropicalia, of which I learned from an inspiring friend — Ju. Scroll all the way to the beginning of this blog and you will find her.

work in progress: EMPAC commission

i’m finally posting some production images from the new project. i spent almost two weeks in residence up in Troy, NY with the wonderful EMPAC team lead by Ash Bulayev, along with my dear friends choreographer Kate Corby, DP Chapin Hall, and Assistant director James Francis Cerretani. as always, the cast and crew are all fantastic people. lucky bastard. we had a ton to get done, and we did it all. wish you could have been there.

for a few months now, i’ve been editing with the Jerrrs C-hance and Anne-Laure, and making all original sounds with forever Tim Korn at the Dungeon. i’m even singing! we’ve been sculpting the cut and going back and forth between the edit and sound composition. our timeline is a mess, and they want to kill me. stay tuned.

a couple of weeks ago we received a grant from the Ostrovsky Family Fund to make a three channel iteration of the project. we shot with three cameras, so we are all set to make you go cray. thank you, Ostrovsky ladies. you rock and once again you make wrong be right. molto danke.

Max Cosmo Cramer in (new title,yes!) WARD OF THE FERAL HORSES

Max Cosmo Cramer and Doug Barron in WARD OF THE FERAL HORSES

L. and R. aka Max and Doug

DANCERS:
Joanna Kotze, MCC, Brittany Engel-Adams, Or Reitman,
Cara Angela Liguori and Pascale Seigneurie (not pictured)

WARD OF THE FERAL HORSES

 

 

CROSSBREEDS 14 Austria

Please join Im_flieger in the former Stollwerck chocolate factory in Vienna’s 12th district for a screening of VIVE LE CAPITAL.

CROSSBREEDS 2014 is in search of time. Neoliberal politics has destroyed all forms of time standing in the way of the logic of efficiency and capital. Contemporary man faces the challenge of managing the number of possible situations and their varying time shapes. In order to do this, he continuously moves between internalized rhythms and routines, and the flexible and reflexive creation of individual time structures.
We’re addressing contemporaries and contemporary witnesses who guide or accompany us on historical paths. We attempt time jumps into the future and let ourselves be abducted into fictions of the present. We investigate the city’s body, we embody time. Together with time workers we surrender to sweet idleness and let the continuous bustle of everyday life come to a standstill.
Our stories are mixed with history. We keep claiming our place and at sunrise and sundown visit strange animals in Vienna’s first urban national park. Walking, we meet other cities and times, focusing the unnoticed, and in the walk-in archive we blend Yesterday with Today. We unfold to become an urban stage, let the flow change direction and appropriate Revolution 1934 playfully. Blind between glances, we are ready for the zombie’s slow pace, holding our breath for 5 minutes. Ceaselessly we caress the cheek and dissolve in whiteness or listen to the timeless transformation.

KINO DER KUNST

 

VIVE LE CAPITAL has been selected to screen at KINO DER KUNST—a first time event presenting films by visual artists who take cinema beyond its traditional boundaries and explore new narrative forms. I’m humbled to show alongside some of my favorite artists like: Rä di Martino, Guido van der Werve, Uriel Orlow and Omer Fast.

KINO DER KUNST: April 24 to 28, 2013 in Munich, Germany.

VIVE LE CAPITAL exhibitions

I’m very pleased to announce that VIVE was chosen for the 18th edition of Videobrasil. 90 works were selected from 2000 proposals from 34 countries. Videobrasil will take place in São Paulo later this year.
Happening soon:
The SF Indie Film Fest: Showing under the shorts screening, Defying The Limits at the Roxie theater. Sun, 2/10 2:46 PM / Tue, 2/12 7:15 PM
Still ongoing:
MACRO Museum, Rome: Curated by Micol Di Veroli Through 17.03.2013
And in NYC with the non-for profit No Longer Empty in LIC: Through 03.13.2013

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.

please join us saturday for live music and performances hosted by my friends chris and owen aka Critter & Guitari at Cristin Tierney Gallery. our 15 minute long performance includes a video projection and live music. we are featuring two beautiful dancers: Netta Yerushalmy and Lily Baldwin. this is a collaboration by myself, editor Jeremy C. Hansen and musician Timothy Korn.

ONOMONO
cristin tierney gallery
546 West 29th Street
SATURDAY, dec 17, 2011
doors 8pm/performances 9pm
hosted by critter & guitari
[ this collage is from a photo of cappadocia that i took in miniatürk. the dancer is netta yerushalmi ]