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Trauma Salon : friction & fiction

Thursday, May 26th 2016

it happened to this day. the same goes for tomorrow, and the day after. it happens every day. it happened all at once. ask yourself : do you actually know what will happen after? will you do it anyway? is anybody watching? 
it could be worse. at least you haven't peed your pants. stolen someone's bike. sold your soul. bought facebook likes.
in such a way, we endlessly reflect.

rudi salpietra 
TRAPped (Medea, 2016) attempts to open the Pandora vase on the traumas of unwanted motherhood and the stigma it still carries in contemporary society.
In its fragmented anthology of abortion stories, it merges biographical performance, psychodrama, participatory ritual and performance art creating a collective exorcism in which shame and guilt are purged.

amanda miller 
Writer/performer Amanda Miller is premiering her clown piece, The New York Office of the Professions is Trying to Kill Me. For anyone who’s ever been torn apart by a bureaucratic nightmare. 

garrett burrell

hector canonge

marita isobel solberg

andrew spano/huisi he
beer provided by brooklyn brewery

De lo Lejano (of the Distant): HECTOR CANONGE & VERONICA PEÑA

Friday, May 20th 2016

De lo Lejano (of the Distant): HECTOR CANONGE & VERONICA PEÑA
Durational Performance, 2016

6pm - 12am
Panoply Performance Laboratory
Beverages lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery

De lo Lejano (of the Distant) is a durational performance that explores human (dis)connections and (un)common practices found in daily tasks. The performance is structured in three independent yet related parts with actions that develop into an immersive sensorial environment. Using everyday materials, the artists establish a dialogue of constant transformation and ludic tension with unpredictable explosions of self awareness. De lo Lejano (of the Distant) proposes reflections on living patterns, new structures of communication, individual liberation, and mutual understanding. 

De lo Lejano (of the Distant) is the second Performance Art collaboration project between artists Hector Canonge and Verónica Peña. After meeting in 2014 and coinciding in festivals such as the Month of Performance Art in Berlin, the International Performance Art Festival ITINERANT 2015 in New York City, and various other programs in Europe and Latin America, Canonge and Peña started to collaborate in 2016 with the project “De lo Ajeno” (of Others) presented at LiVEART.US hosted at the Queens Museum. Their collaborative work is grounded on their concerns about identity, migration, and cultural relations. This new performance further advances their research and praxis in corporeal expressions related to human connections, symbolic tasks, and personal experiences. 

Brief Briographies:

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, performance, and socially engaged art to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes. Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His installations, interactive platforms, and performance art work have been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge created, and organizes independently the annual Performance Art Festival NYC, ITINERANT. He started projects such as ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB), an initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe, NEXUSURNEXUS a virtual platform for Live Action Art, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. Canonge co-founded QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, a non-profit arts organization in Queens, NYC, and as curator, he has organized exhibitions at Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Queens Museum, Space 37 Gallery, and Visual AIDS. He created programs such as the monthly artist dialog series A-LAB Forum at Crossing Art Gallery, and the monthly independent LGBT film series CINEMAROSA. Canonge’s work has been reviewed by The New York Times, ART FORUM, Art in America, New York Daily News, Manhattan Times, Hispanic Magazine; by major networks ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, UNIVISION, etc., and online by Art Experience NYC, Hyperallergic, Turbulence, Art Card Review, and New York Foundation for the Arts’ bulletin NYFA News
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Verónica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist from Spain based in the United States. Peña’s work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through performance art. Her recent work consists of experimental participatory performances that create shared moments amongst strangers. Peña earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at The Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. She earned her Master of Fine Arts at Stony Brook University, New York, focusing on installation and performance art. Peña has exhibited in Spain, Germany, Italy, South Korea, and the United States. In New York, her work has been featured at the Queens Museum, Grace Exhibition Space, Momenta Art Gallery, The Lab Gallery (for Installation + Performance Art), Times Square (Times Square Alliance), at the Armory Show 2010 (Gabarron Foundation), in the “13th DUMBO Arts Festival (DUMBO Arts Center), and numerous not-for-profit galleries. In Spain, her work has been exhibited at Casa de America (Madrid), Fundacion Antonio Saura (Cuenca), Museo Orus (Zaragoza), and Fundacion Caja Rioja (La Rioja) amongst others. She has been a recipient of the Socrates-Erasmus Grant, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid Fellowship, and a candidate for the Dedalus Foundation Grant. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Vermont Studio Center, United States. She curates “Collective Becoming: The Urban Caress”, an initiative to make of the streets of our cities a place less hostile. She has published “The Presence Of The Absent”, a thesis about her body of work.
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Trauma Salon : thrill-seeking & thrombocytopenia

Thursday, April 28th 2016

start over again. collect no more than you absolutely require and make more noise this time. bring nothing but instruments and fill in all the gaps.
ethics are bogus. relationships are jeopordized if you don't share similar eating habits. there is no good reason for any of this and if there was, you definitely won't find it on facebook since you can only tell 50 fucking people the news. however we know, immediately and uniquivocally, when it's worth it.
in such a way, we endlessly decrypt. 

Hector Canonge :

Jason Anastasoff :

Clay Man :
a duet between dancer/mover Isabel Umali and sound artist/guitarist Dustin Carlson, it is a true collaboration, a piece constructed over the course of many rehearsals, conversations, and shared experiences. The movement and music conjure notions of mortality, the grotesque, temporality.

Feeding Goats :

Andrew Braddock :

Shawn Escarciga :

INCEN•DIARIO, a project of GIRÓN

Thursday, May 22nd 2014

INCEN•DIARIO is an ongoing, traveling event series of both live and video performance art. The curation process includes an open call and select commissioned works. Each exhibition features pieces that communicate labour and physical struggle as a gateway to fantasy and the fantastic. In an art/youth culture that largely tends to veer away from politically-charged and activist work, INCEN•DIARIO exists as an opportunity to showcase artists who are working with radical ideas and addressing the current state of affairs, rather than using their practice as a means to escape it.

Join us at Panoply Performance Lab to witness work by the following artists. We will have beer and INCEN*DIARIO's jalapeño margaritas available for a donation.

$5 suggested donation at the door (all proceeds will be distributed equally among artists and event workers).

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XUPSTAR [USA] "Phase Transition Activity #6: Stretching" (durational)


KELSEY LUDWIG [USA] "The Miraculous"

JODIE LYN-KEE-CHOW [Jamaica /China/USA] "One out of Many One People"

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AIDA MORENO [País Vasco, Spain] "Artistas, Funcionarios y Virtuosos"

ALESSANDRO FONTE & SHAWNETTE POE [Italy / Poland - Germany] "Reverse"

ELLEN MUELLER [USA]"Chief Resource Management Officer Series: Brushing"


HECTOR CANONGE [USA/Argentina] "Coquitos"

MURIEL MONTINI [France] "Constellation"

RAFAEL SCHLICHTING & CLÁUDIA CÁRDENAS [Brasil] "Depositivo cinematográfico: La beauté des images"

OREEN COHEN [Israel] "White Wash"

ZACHARY FABRI [USA/Jamaica/Hungary] "Forget me not, as my tether has been clipped"

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INCEN•DIARIO is an ongoing, traveling event series of live art and video-performance. The curation process includes an open call and select commissioned works. INCEN•DIARIO exists as an opportunity to showcase artists who are working with radical ideas and creating revolutionary performances. This instance of INCEN•DIARIO continues in the spirit of the first. The work addresses political issues, injustices, gender roles, historical incidents with lasting effects, current events, class warfare, and so on. The pieces selected for INCEN*DIARIO II incorporate elements of fitness, stamina, repetition, and endurance as a means to communicate labour and physical struggle as a gateway to the fantastic.


Saturday, April 27th 2013


PERFORMEANDO (Spanish colloquial word for putting an act, an action, a performance) is the first Performance Art program / project focusing on featuring works by performance artists who identify themselves as Latin/o/a or Hispanic.

Created by artist, Hector Canonge, PERFORMEANDO aims to highlight the work(s) of selected artists, serves as platform for dialogue and exchange, and will create a network for future collaborations and presentations. The first installments of the program will take place in Brooklyn, New York City in April 2013. Future presentations through out the season will be announced periodically.

PERFORMEANDO at Panoply Performance Laboratory will feature works by the following selected artists: Yvonne Castellanos (Bolivia), Samantha Galarza (Puerto Rico ), Ricardo Gamboa (Mexico), Maria Fernanda Hubeaut (Argentina), and Benjamin Lundberg (Colombia) note: country in parenthesis denotes Hispanic heritage, and in many instances, not place of birth.

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Saturday, April 20th 2013


SUR is a series of consecutive actions that (re)capture, (re)frame, and (re)constextualize some of the work produced during Canonge's seven month journey in Latin America in 2012.

The live actions will be accompanied by visual excerpts from the artist's work in Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

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