The processual dance-opera Any Size Mirror is a Dictator continues, with guest artist David Ian Griess (also check out his videography of the project HERE and more images/art he made HERE). Photos by PPL.

Images from the second week of dance-opera-installation ‘Any Size Mirror is a Dictator’ as it evolves. Photos by Robert Zott.

ASMIAD_PRIMARYPRESSPPL has been processing the processes of a dance-opera called Any Size Mirror is a Dictator in collaboration with Lindsey Drury and a shifting collaborative comprising Jessica Bathurst, Lorene Bouboushian, Lindsey Drury, Paige Fredlund, Matthew Gantt, Kaia Gilje, Rene Kladzyk, Thea Little, Brian McCorkle, Sarah McSherry, Butch Merigoni, Esther Neff, Ellen O’Meara, and Matthew Stephen Smith for years. We are now but one week from the opening party for a 7-weekend exhibition of the work at Momenta Art and our guts are all in a tangle with total excitement! Please join us:

Opening Party: Friday, September 5, 6pm
**OPEN **3-9PM** THURSDAYS, FRIDAYS, SATURDAYS, SUNDAYS through OCTOBER 19***
@
Momenta Art
56 Bogart Street, 1st floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11206
(L to Morgan Ave, right across the street from the Bogart St. station)

WEEK 0 sept 5-7: ACCEPTABLE OBJECTIVES FOR ART
–Friday Sept 5th: Opening Party, 6pm, dictator scores, and roundtable discussion.
–Saturday Sept 6th: 6pm: Lectures by Michael Newton and Joanna Spitzner on “acceptable objectives for art” and dance-opera performance
–Sunday Sept 7th: recursive lecture by Igor Rodriguez and dance-opera performance

WEEK 1 sept 11-14: CONFUSE MEANS TO POUR TOGETHER
3-9pm dance opera performance

WEEK 2 sept 18-21: COGNIZING SELF
3-9pm dance opera performance

WEEK 3 sept 25-28: SIGNIFICANT FORCES OF FEELING
3-9pm dance opera performance

WEEK 4 oct 2-5: I AM ROOTING FOR HIM
3-9pm dance opera performance

WEEK 5 oct 9-12: WHY DO THERE NO MORE HAPPENSTANCE
3-9pm dance opera performance

WEEK 6 oct 16-19: AGENCY
3-9pm dance opera performance

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Many words can be made to resemble our reasons for pursuing these practices. You can find some of them by clicking links HERE and HERE and finding press release language written to appeal within various artistic-discipline dialectics (dance, theater, music, visual arts) and perhaps you can get a sense of what this thing is. Most simply though, it is a series of durational performances (6 hours each open day) that first rehearse and assemble material (i.e. choreographic systems, music and text, objects, ideas, realizations, ideations, etc) and then perform and recurse these.  Never have we been so rigorously excited and dizzy.  Never has an opera been so bestial, burdensome, and bent on self-destruction. This is a structure about structuring, structuralism, and structures which enforce via their existence. It is all very loud and tragic, the best we can do. Fascism, colonialism, capitalism, western civilization, conceptions of self, these we process systematically, looking for flaws where agency might realize a performative (perform-able) constructivity (constructive activity). 

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Institute_Institut is the last piece in the Transformational Grammar of the Institutional Glorybowl trilogy, three works exploring relationships between institutions and embodied selves.

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In December of 2008, PPL co-directors Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle began a process along “documentary” lines, using texts, ideas, and opinions explicitly written/stated by a de-hierarchized body of other humans as scores for attempts to directly perform/act out/embody epistemic currents. We began the trilogy with Schooled and Unschooled (Dixon Place and The West End Theater, 2008), followed in 2009 by Workforce/Forced Work (LMCC 14 Wall Street and chashama’s 42nd St. space, 2009).

By 2010, the research had swallowed us and the work became “operatic” in attempts to reconcile “sensible” institutional schemas with the all-consuming chaos and intersubjectivity of human engagement, participation, and construction, in and of institutions. Beginning to both formalize and destroy our own perspectives and methods (we currently maintain that these are simultaneous and inseparable intentions), for Institute_Institut we conducted a series of “Focus Workshops,” happening-type performances that were open to the public and used theater and movement therapy exercises to reenact emotional and psychological relationships between individuals and institutions. Interviews, in different forms, were also conducted with participants (off the street, invited, and as part of institutional and non-institutional gatherings).

Primary Focus Workshops were held at Surreal Estate in Bushwick, Judson Church in Greenwich Village (during the Anarchist Book Fair), Studio Maya in Prospect Heights, during FIGMENT on Governer’s Island, at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, and Force and Flow Studio in Crown Heights (and elsewhere). Moving through institutional constructs like “the theater industry” and organizations including schools, workplaces, hospitals, churches, government offices and stations (police), and of course our own “nation-state,” debating social institutions like marriage, kinship, religion, language, media, and pursuing “information about” many other areas of semantically tricky institutionality, we began to break down a matrix of considerations and communications which eventually resulted in the opera libretto and music. We then cast and rehearsed the opera over the course of 8 months. Public rehearsals and performances at BOB the Pavilion at Columbia University, during Superfront’s Public Summer at Industry City, LPAC, and incubation and a run of the opera (fully staged) at the cell concluded the project. PPL collaborators on this project included: Megan Cooper, Natasha Missick, Katie Johnston, Matthew Stephen Smith, Brian Rady, Hyatt Michaels, Michael Newton, Kristin Elliot, Ellen O’Meara, Adrian Owen, Andrew Whipple, Dave Ruder, Greg Loewer Jr. and Marie Weigl. Here is a video clip from documentation of that production:

Here is a video: 

Last year, Dave Ruder approached us about making a recording of this opera (operetta really). Thus began a process of individually recording each vocal and instrumental part. This took a few months. And then mixing took a few months. Finally, the recording is completed. You can listen to it by clicking:

http://panoplylab.bandcamp.com/album/the-transformational-grammar-of-the-institutional-glorybowl-part-iii-institute-institut

SALLY: Jessica Jelliffe
MOMMY 1: Gelsey Bell
MOMMY 2: Lisa Clair
MOMMY 3: Brian McCorkle
GEORGE 1: Paul Pinto
GEORGE 2: Matthew Stephen Smith
GEORGE 3: Brian Rady
ANIMALS: Baxton Alexander, Jason Craig (documentary voiceover), Kristin Elliot, Ellen O’Meara, Esther Neff, Dave Ruder
GODBRAIN: Adrian Owen
CLARINET + GUITAR: Dave Ruder
VIOLIN: Daniella Fischetti
DRUMS: Cory Bracken
SYNTHESIZER/KEYBOARD: Brian McCorkle

We are also participating in the launch party for this batch of Gold Bolus recordings! Join us next Saturday night, July 26 @ JACK. 

 

Celebrating the second batch of sonic realities being dispatched by the wee Brooklyn label Gold Bolus Recordings (www.goldbolus.com). Featuring sets from four acts who’ve just put out new albums and one with an album on the way, as well as booze, and of course, tin foil. Admission $10 at the door. Performances by:

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Backed up by her horn section, Ellen O’Meara plays tunes from her just released synth pop instant classic, Sparrows and Doves

Why Lie?
http://whylie1.bandcamp.com/
Aliza Simons & Dave Ruder + some guests playing a wide range of songs from their freshly unveiled album Osoitos

Panoply Performance Laboratory
http://www.panoplylab.org/
Two acts from Esther Neff & Brian McCorkle’s 2011 opera Institute_Institut, performed by a stable of the finest singers around

Woody Leslie 
http://woodyleslie.bandcamp.com/
Premiering a live interpretation of his ambitious sonic and visual mapping of each state in the USA

Invisible Circle
http://invisiblecircle.bandcamp.com/
Dave Kadden delivers heavy synth, voice, & oboe tunes from his record, coming this Fall

Thank you for reading, and for listening!!!!!

PPL during Bushwick Open Studios

PPL during Bushwick Open Studios

 

A few weeks ago, Li Cata brought over a bottle of wine and we discussed his questions about what is DIY, politics, aesthetics, etc.  Read the discussion on the Movement Research blog Critical Correspondence HERE!!

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In a similar vein, PPL are looking forward to participating in the undergroundzero festival in July:

Saturday July 12
1:00pm – 8:00pm OUTSIDE ON THE STREET: The New Museum 235 Bowery

Sunday July 13
1:00pm – 8:00pm OUTSIDE ON THE STREET: ABC No Rio 156 Rivington

Monday July 14
4:00pm to 8:00pm OUTSIDE ON THE STREET: Clemente Soto Vélez Educational and Cultural Center 107 Suffolk

Tuesday July 15
4:00pm to 8:00pm OUTSIDE ON THE STREET: Abrons Arts Center 466 Grand St.

CENTER FOR MAROONED CITIZENS is a site-specific amateur psychiatry society that gathers information on individual selves by reducing formal methodologies (including tarot, cognitive therapy, self-help) to performative, arcane interactions. A booth-like “center” will be placed at four different locations in Lower Manhattan across four days, open to the general public.

Results will appear online as infographics and texts dealing with the problematics of information ecology, especially the division of living cultural and social systems into calculable components that can (supposedly) be used to plan for the future of the Lower East Side at large.

Created and performed by Panoply Performance Laboratory (Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle). http://www.panoplylab.org/
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The undergroundzero festival is an international laboratory, cooperative, and platform for adventurous, independent, risk-taking artists in the fields of theatre, dance and live arts. It was founded in 2007 by Artistic Director Paul Bargetto and has been presented in numerous venues in New York City including Collective:Unconscious, Manhattan Children’s Theater, The Flea, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center and the Living Theatre.

SEE THE FULL LINEUP FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAK, BUY TICKETS, AND SUPPORT:
http://undergroundzeronyc.org/

 

 

In ongoing dealings with performance art and its modes of production,  PPL release the Summer 2014 Open Call.

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DEADLINE: JUNE 19, 2014
EXHIBITION: JULY 19, 2014

Can performance artists “emerge”? Are we looking to “establish” and “become visible?” (if so, what do we mean by this?) Are we trying to become famous? Is your cause an emergency? Do you need something? Do you have something you want seen? We coin a term, “EV” (“Emergency Visibility”) to describe, in general and in specificity, the ways in which live performance art problematizes these concerns and often subverts conceptual, economic, and other formal paradigms.

PERFORMANCY FORUM is a platform, it holds you up, but only so that you can be seen as part of an immediate situation by a living witnesses, who exist with you in the here and now. There is no visibility beyond the present tense, no life to the work beyond it’s liveness. There may be taken photographs or video. There may be post-performance discussion. But there will be only subjective schemas by which you may measure whether or not the performance you made became visible.

Please make proposals (ideally in debate with the above) for performances to occur on SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014 at Panoply Performance Laboratory in Brooklyn, NY.

ⓞINCLUDE IN YOUR PROPOSALⓞ

duration
tech needs
description
links to past work

in an email to: PANOPLYLAB@GMAIL.COM

FIVE ARTISTS will be selected to create performance works for the evening at PPL.
Preference is given to artists who have not performed here before (NEW BLOOD).

Artists receive all donations from the door and free beer all night + a souvenir screenshot of the Facebook event page*

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*Unfortunately we do not have funds to support travel to or housing in NYC, we are a studio space run by artists, not an institution.

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