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Jessica Borusky: detail from "CalicoEconomies" historic downtown Las Vegas strip. Part of the Queer-A-Fest Destiny Project; ongoing. (Photo Justin Favela) http://jessicaborusky.com/
Saturday, November 5th 2016

****FREE MARKET SELF PROMO MONTAGE DOUBLE-DUTCH LIPSTICK BANDANA POLITIX BLOOD GLITTER MUD MURDER PUNCH ME VOTE FOR ME HEARTZ HEARTZ HEARTZ***** 

5-8pm: Coloring Coorain/Harness Cannons
Coorain Devin
Jessica Borusky

8-11pm: Labor-Supreme/Electives
Geraldo Mercado
Benjamin Lundberg
Arantxa Araujo
Ayana Evans

FIVE TO EIGHT PM: 
Artists Coorain Devin and Jessica Borusky create a collaborative performance work within the context of Devin’s online TV show, Coloring Coorain. The television program’s mission and purview is summarized in this one minute video: https://vimeo.com/132027363. For this event, Coorain will attempt to recreate the look and feel of the show, as well as imitate television for the audience. Coorain will introduce themselves and the show, interview guests, report news, as well as introduce a special segment, Harness Cannons, Borusky’s performance within a performance. A LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE IS WELCOME. 

https://vimeo.com/user7122487
http://jessicaborusky.com/

EIGHT TO ELEVEN PM:
Four short-form performance art works push bodies to their limits in extreme acts of elective strength and power, navigating self-presentation and media. 

https://geraldomercado.com/
http://www.jointhebenjam.org/
http://www.arantxaaraujotoca.com/
http://www.ayanaevans.com/

REMAINING/REMINDING/REMAINS/REMAINDERS

Saturday, October 1st 2016 to Sunday, October 2nd 2016

REMAINING/REMINDING/REMAINS/REMAINDERS
is open 11am-7pm on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2

+ IV CASTELLANOS + AYANA EVANS + ZACHARY FABRI + DAVID IAN BELLOWS/GRIESS + JON KONKOL + GERALDO MERCADO + HIROSHI SHAFER + NYUGEN SMITH + KIKUKO TANAKA +

Bushwick: long ago defaced and degraded by "mural style" ads, Bichon Frise shit, bro vomit, and crêpe trucks, we perch on the edge of an almost-imaginary recent past, clinging to an old lease as "postmodern mediterranean" buildings march us shoulder to shoulder towards total erasure. This exhibition briefly stages the melancholy, mortification, embattlement, righteousness, humor and violence of artists who were working in performance art before it became a joke on TV, artists who use "recycled materials" because they are free, artists whose politics, identities, and "socio-ethics" are core elements of practice not marketing tools. 

REMAINING/REMINDING/REMAINS/REMAINDERS is visual works and video by artists who celebrate no "post" (gentrification)(modern)(colonial)(structural), working through ongoing colonial, imperial, and capital-driven histories, leaving remainders of performances, using remains and scraps of materials used for other purposes, providing reminders of what matters. 

PPL is a BOS Hub site.

PERFORMANCY FORUM: Electronic + Technologic Semiotics of the Bodily

Thursday, May 5th 2016

a technology can be as simple as a spoon
as sonic as a breaking trust
as somatic as a sprain
as symbolic as a noise
as sculptural as electrons making their way through muscles

6pm: Plural Authorship Collective (A. Liparoto & Z. Morales) lecture/performance “I want to agree with you but you are making it really hard for me”

7pm:
Kristin McWharter
Bobby English Jr., Esther Baker-Tarpaga, Austin Blakely
Luke Mannarino
Davindar Singh
Ayana Evans

http://www.performancyforum.net/

Device controlled: NIA NOTTAGE//FRANCES YEOLAND

Thursday, April 7th 2016 to Sunday, April 10th 2016

Device controlled. A collaboration between two artists (Nia Nottage and Frances Yeoland).

THURSDAY, APRIL 7: Opening, 8pm
FRIDAY, APRIL 8: Activations of the installation, 8pm: Geraldo Mercado, Ivy Castellanos, Amanda Hunt, Kaia Gilje
SATURDAY, APRIL 9: Activations of the installation, 8pm: Thea Little, David Ian Griess, Ayana Evans
SUNDAY, APRIL 10: Video/Film, 6pm

A constructed platform for experiencing physical sensation that is foreign to everyday physical perception. Hold/release, hold/ release, hold/ release; an apparatus for tension control.

NIA NOTTAGE
Performance artist | Detroit
nianottage.com
Romance lives in the gap between reality and the dream world.
You don’t have to be miserable to be deep, relationships with objects teach us a lot about ourselves, libido is only demonized b/c it’s a powerful tool for haptic touch that can inform corporeal understanding and cause alternate perceptions of happiness. Nia Nottage is a performance artist.

FRANCES YEOLAND
Visual artist | Sydney
francesyeoland.com
Human attempt at understanding is about ownership, and labeling is a symptom of this failure. This work is a composition of material that asks for meaning from the viewer based on its appearance of logic and rationality. It's is an absurd puzzle of familiar, tactile and industrial materiality. It is a system of symbols taken out of context, reframing our perception of value and meaning.

What It Is or What It Ain't* a one-night performance art exhibition

Thursday, December 17th 2015

6pm: Roundtable discussion moderated by the artists

8pm: Performances by Helina Metaferia (San Francisco), Tsedaye Makonnen (Washington, DC), Dell M. Hamilton (Boston), and Ayana Evans (Chicago/NYC)

Four artists come together to publicly deal with their agencies as performance artists working within and beyond institutions and artworlds. The evening begins with a public discussion sparked by examples of artists leveraging their own careers in critical ways, like Adrian Piper's pulling out of the exhibition of black performance art Radical Presence, and by the participating artists' own experiences as professional artists, educators, scholars, and curators navigating ethical, political, social, and practical decisions.

The public discussion is followed and framed by performance works by Helina Metaferia, Tsedaye Makonnen, Dell M. Hamilton, and Ayana Evans.

This evening as a whole debates four solo artists' relationships with their own practices, through both artworks and discussion of artworking, providing a public forum for performance practices that deal with beliefs in the strength in the collective voice of black people/women (even if those voices disagree or contradict) as well as resistances to processes commodifying and objectifying identities and artists.

*The title of the evening quotes curator Valerie Cassel Oliver's catalog statement from the 2013 Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art exhibition: "The intention here is to resist reductive conclusions about blackness: what it is or what it ain’t. What is clear is that it exists and has shaped and been shaped by experiences. The artists in this exhibition have defied the ‘shadow’ of marginalization and have challenged both the establishment and at times their own communities.” (2013)

A donation of $5-20 at the door is requested to provide barebones honorariums to the participating artists though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

dellmhamilton.com
helinametaferia.com
tsedaye.com
ayanaevans.com

Bushwick Open Studios: PERFORMANCY FORUM: CACHE IN

Saturday, June 6th 2015 to Sunday, June 7th 2015

PPL Space is a Bushwick Open Studios Info Hub ("B") see map HERE. We will be hosting a two-day exhibition, 1pm-8pm both days. 

CACHE is value given to something, something that deserves to be hoarded or mediated due to its high desirability. "Cache" synonyms include: hideout, hoardings, repository, stash, stockpile, wealth, accumulations, heirlooms, treasures, wealth, assets, kittys, supplies, treasury, drop joint, hiding place.  

ARTISTS: Ivy Castellanos, Anya Liftig, Ayana Evans, Edward G Sharp, Geraldo Mercado, PPL, tozz buttz, Ultras, Batya Goldberg, Felix Morelo.  

THIS IS A DAYTIME EXHIBITION OF INSTALLATIONS, VIDEO, DURATIONAL ACTION, SCULPTURE, BOOKS + MORE. FREE TO ENTER, DRINKS FOR SUGGESTED DONATION, BATHROOM, BOS MAPS + INFO AVAILABLE.

TIME DISTORTION AND THE BODY: Performance Art Exhibition

Thursday, July 24th 2014

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Durational, looping, dual, excruciatingly precise; presence is maintained and contained to the space but time itself is altered by the tension between the performing body and those witnessing and by physical, psychological, and emotional pain, strength, and focus.

Four performances: Ayana Evans Phillip Fryer A.E. Kingsmill Future Death Toll +++ SPECIAL GUEST!! Uniska the Performance Body, Barney, or who???

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A.E. Kingsmill: "Since moving to London in 2009 to study I have been exploring its underground scene in tandem with feeding my artistic practice. Here I have been able to cross fertilise queer imagery with fine art aesthetics to create arresting endurance works which solicit the body as a platform and often use dressing as a form of three dimensional surrealist collage. As a recent graduate in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins I have performed at Franko B's Untouchables at Mori and Stien gallery and at Peep Anatomy at Edinburgh Fringe. I have performed at the infamous Torture Garden Club and presented my paper, Pervarts along side Annie Sprinkle at the Performing Porn symposium at Performance Space." http://aekingsmill.carbonmade.com/

Born in Cleveland, but raised on the South Side of Chicago, Ayana M. Evans was given a strong sense of Midwestern American culture, which still influences her art making practices today, either as ideals she challenges or as nostalgia for histories she cannot re-create. After receiving her MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University, Ms. Evans moved to New York City where she now resides as an installation/performance artist and accessories designer. Ms. Evans relational performances and installations collaborate in acknowledging, collecting, and creating evidence of her ‘self’, which is often registered to socio-political context; presented as critical or banal queries that involve her body. http://www.ayanaevans.com/

Philip Fryer (Born 1981, Boston MA) is a Boston based artist who explores concepts of mortality, chaos and order, the body as a circuit, and the omnipresence of sound. He works primarily in performance but also utilizes noise, video and installation in his work. His recent exploration has been focused on using lo-fi technologies such as circuit bending and cassette tape loops, both as individual pieces and as elements of performances. Philip is a co-founder of The Present Tense, an initiative that has organized performance events since 2005 and has exhibited the work of over 200 artists. He as also been a member of the Boston based dark ambient project TOOMS since 2012, and performs under the solo moniker Moondrawn. http://PhilipFryer.com

Forged from the figurative beauty that dance and movement provides, FUTURE DEATH TOLL introduces movement, light, sound, rope, markers, fire, sweat, haircuts, phone calls, and flags as a metaphorical stand-in for issues like mortality, death, diseases, prison as a corporation, intellectual property rights, bdsm, and subjective destitution. Pondering questions like: how do we talk about performance art? how can we all hear each other? is silence important? how far does our voice reach? how can we make performances with people not in the same room (would that also work for several performers in several different places)? how can this engage the public? what’s the most minimal amount of material required to conceptually encapsulate the relevant point? how are we going to schedule and choreograph all of this? So in attempt to find some answers FUTURE DEATH TOLL has been writing software that allows for transparent multimedia collaboration amongst a small community of collaborators both near and far. Answers become fodder for group collaboration and idea exchange through tools like open forum discussion, a/v recordings, and video chat. Reading poetry together provides a preemptive meditation that does not exemplify any individual. Black trash bags, heavy breathing, sweat, hair clippers are objects of ephemera & appropriated context; which may or may not be (or become) transcendental; which may or may not be well crafted; which may or may not really exist. http://f-dt.com/

Will our special guest come?

PERFORMANCY FORUM: Intentionality/Intention

Monday, November 11th 2013

Performance art, video of social action, and live music compose the 36th installment of PERFORMANCY FORUM, a platform for experimental performance practices across disciplines.

Each event uses a topic/title as a frame for discussion and analysis of the work. This time, we focus on the intentions of the artist, the intentions of participants, and intentionality as it relates to performance.

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IAN DELEON http://iandeleon.com/

AYANA EVANS http://ayanaevans.tumblr.com/

NATASHA JOZI http://www.natashajozi.com/

ELLEN O'MEARA http://ellenomeara.com/ MATTHEW GANTT http://themoneyjungle.tumblr.com/

******************************************** pay-what-you-can, $5-15 Brooklyn Brewery available for a suggested donation ********************************************

What is an intention? What does it mean to "have" or "not have" one? How are intentions subverted, misinterpreted, appropriated, and invented? To what extent does an artist get to decide what their work is "about" and/or how it operates for a live audience in a live situation? To what extent are intentions "embedded in" or visible in artwork? Similarly, but perhaps more esoterically, what is "intentionality" or conscious action? Are all performed actions "intentional"? Or, as some "anti-intentionalists" argue regarding states of consciousness, can some states of performance become mystical experience or "Pure Consciousness Events" in which awareness exists, but has no object, is not awareness "of" anything?

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