|PPL co-directors just got back from the midwest. We got good and close to the void and whilst we were there we started a new project-ion called Any Size Mirror is a Dictator.A home-made catapult, hamburgers, canning jars, budweiser cans, contact mics, Big Boy, false teeth, castors, palm-sized objects, clear plastic tubing, model-train mini pine trees, morgue tags, music, public actions, interventions, and texts become a sequence of signifiers and series of performances structured situationally and contextually into a durational practice of theorizing that indeed, any size mirror is a dictator. Said more simply, we will go here and there with this project, as invited, as uninvited, in public, in private, and so on, adapting to the context, the crowd, the site, our adaptive processes a state of antithesis to perceived social structures/family-style restaurant protocols/epistemic geneologies of the hamburger chain. We begin this series of performances with:
Monday, August 27, 2012>7pm-late
Borts Minorts, that bastion of frenetic insensibilityis leaving NYC! This show, curated by mythical music-art seamstress Valerie Kuehne marks his last appearance here as a local artiste. Sad, but also DAMN this is going to be an interesting show…
BORTS MINORTS, YVA LAS VEGASS
, CARY BURTT
, ANYA LIFTIG
, RACHEL MASON
, PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LABORATORY (Brian McCorkle and Esther Neff)
, MATTHEW SILVER
, VALERIE KUEHNE
, PAUL PINTO
, and MORE tba.We (Brian and Esther) fully plan on embarrassing ourselves as severely as possible. The other music and art will smack your pants off with its intellectual tomfoolery and excruciating sincerity. Donations will be suggested. Drinks will be 2 for the price of 1. The Delancey
is on Delancey street in Manhattan.
iCan VIDEO FOR YOU TO WATCH!!!! Made by Geraldo Mercado.
In the midwest, we stuck out like the proverbial sore thumbs. We breathe sighs of relief to be back in Brooklyn, but also recognize our villainous positions as transplants, gentrifiers, loathed “artists.” We are welcome nowhere, nobody wants our carefully-molded bean-and-tofu veggie patties. “Economies” of attention, survival, resources, and value mirror us during the iCan project, we perform Thursday, August 30>8pm at IV Soldiers Gallery. performances you should definitely attend happen EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT in September and the last Saturday as part of BARTERTOWN. We will further inform you in the September PPL newsletter unless you unsubscribe from this list before then. The organizing and performing/activating/project-ing artists, however, are: Chloe Bass, Ivy Castellanos, Quinn Dukes, Miao Jiaxin, Anya Liftig, Geraldo Mercado, Panoply Performance Laboratory (Brian McCorkle and Esther Neff), Itzy Ramirez,Hiroshi Shafer, and Matthew Silver.
SAVE-THE-DATE for PPL’s second Performance Art Open Mic, Sunday, September 2> 5pm sign-up, 6pm start. MC’d by the Fool of our tragic hipsterdom, Matthew Silver. This Open Mic was born out of the anxiety of discipline (kissing cousin to anxiety of influence) to help us cognize ourselves. Does it matter if the term “performance art” is bandied about? Is it fear of a lack of respect for or knowledge about the history, dialectic, methodology, ideologies, and theories of performance art that really gets our goat sometimes? Or should we just take a chill pill and provide a space for people with all sorts of practices to have at it in a “performance-art context” (and what is a “performance art context” and how is such a context constructed?) Does Marina own our souls?? The theory here is that YOU get to decide what performance art is. NO tech, mess quite allowable. 10 minutes per slot. (RIGHT>> Anya Liftig dressed for her performance The Anxiety of Influence)
THEN the very next day, Monday, September 3>7pm-11pm
PPL hosts PERFORMANCY FORUM XXIII: Process vs. Product, Labor Day Edition, for the critical discourse section. It is a similar indulgence to be so very focused on the phenomenology of our very states of practicing performance. We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting this platform with and for Caridad Sola (NYC) and London artists Bean, Benjamin Sebastian, and Poppy Jackson from [performance s p a c e], who are in residence in September at Grace Exhibition Space with their iaround mapping project (OPEN CALL HERE) + Grace directors Erik Hokanson and Jill McDermid, The Illegal Dads (Ellen O’Meara and Matthew Gantt) and PPL current artist-in-residence Joey Molarino with a small division of locally-collected performers.
Finally, here is a little heads-up for people who’ve read all the way through this e-mail: the first Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival has been scheduled for July 4-July 28, 2013. Want to get involved? Sure you do…email Esther at firstname.lastname@example.org to get put on the organizational meeting list (Artist Almanac) and you’ll be kept in the loop. Official letters to galleries are going out early September 2012 so get your performance proposals sent in to those places that occasionally curate performance art.