drawing by esther neff
Photo: Rafael Sanchez, By: Anaze Izquierdo
Friday June 1 | 7pm
Ayana Evans, Jean Carla Rodea, Edward G. Sharp
Saturday June 2 | 4pm
4pm public statements on morality
5pm working group/roundtable
6:30pm Simone Johnson, Nicole Goodwin, Tsedaye Makonnen, Rafael Sanchez
Sunday June 2 | 6pm
Beatriz Albuquerque, Nana Ama Bentsi Enchill, Kaia Gilje, Maria Hupfield, Jenna Kline, Shawn Escarciga.
For this 3-day exhibition of interdisciplinary performance, 13 artists are invited to realize work which structurally and poetically researches their “moralities” and how morals relate to/within their practices. These artists are invited to consider the forms of their processes, interactions and interfacings with audience members/participants/collaborators, and to design relevant modes of production and collaboration. All participants in Moral (En)Compassing will also be invited to critically respond to performance art’s fraught history with being judged “morally wrong,” despotic, deviant. How are we (imm)moral(izing) and/or deemed (im)moral? Artists are often forced to confront this question when faced with censorship, exclusion, and kyriarchal valuation schemas. Here, we attempt to deal with “morality” consciously, anterior to and (ideally/idealistically?) without (and never without) its ways of pushing and pulling, dividing and connecting, inscribing stances and directing movement, compelling and repelling, drawing us and drawn from within us?
All performances and sessions are open to the public and 3-minute statements are invited on Saturday 4-5pm from anyone who wishes to make one, followed by a public roundtable discussion.
Tickets: sliding scale $5-20 in advance or at the door (cash only).
Social Health Performance Club | May 2018 | Bullet Space
Participating for : Citizen Participation: Directives & Diagrams
OPENING: Sunday May 6 at 5:00pm, with a picnic potluck and a performance by the Feminist Art Group at 6:00.
VIEWING HOURS: Sat + Sun 2:00pm — 5:00pm
Wed + Thrs 4:00pm — 7:00pm
Social Arts Practices Network (SPAN)
Harem Haram Hamam (H.H.H. Collective)
Feminist Art Group (FAG)
Social Health Performance Club
Workers Art Coalition
Chinatown Art Brigade
These eight groups will realize work(s) re-imagining the ladder’s depiction of citizenship, direct democracy, and/or power distribution.
Citizen Participation: Diagrams and Directives is a practical exhibition, inviting collectives to consider the aesthetic and political forms of their internal organization and critically investigate citizen control, delegated power, partnership, placation, consultation, informing, therapy, and manipulation (the eight rungs on Arnstein’s “ladder”) through projects and pieces including participatory artworks, installation, performance, and video.
SCHEDULE of EVENTS & PERFORMANCES
(subject to change)
Sunday May 6 (5pm): Opening Picnic Potluck (5pm) and Feminist Art Group Performance (6pm)
Thursday May 10 (4-7pm): SPAN Interviews / (7-9pm:) Occupy Museums
Saturday May 12 (6-9pm): Social Health Performance Club Performances I: Dominique DuRoseau, Ayana Evans, Coco Cafe
Sunday May 13 (2pm and 4pm): Culture Push Mediated Walks
Thursday May 17 (6-9pm): Social Health Performance Club Performances II: Tropical Resources, Geraldo Mercado, Waqia Abdul-Kareem
Friday May 18 (4-6pm): Workers Art Coalition with Queens College Social Practice Program
Saturday May 19 (6-9pm): Culture Push Mediated Walks
Sunday May 20 (4pm): Culture Push Mediated Walks / SPAN Interviews
Citizen Participation: Diagrams and Directives is co-curated and co-organized by ABC No Rio Visual Arts Committee members Steven Englander and Esther Neff in collaboration with the eight participating collectives/groups. In addition to regular gallery hours, the exhibition involves participatory sessions and performance.
Citizen Participation: Diagrams and Directives is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.
ABC No Rio in Exile at Bullet Space
292 East 3rd Street (bet. C + D)
Las Almas Errantes
Rockaway Brewery, LIC, Queens, NY | August 4 & 5 2017
“My body remembers what it means to love slowly, what it means to start from scratch; to soak the maiz, scatter bonedust in the limewater, and let the seeds soften overnight.
(Excerpt from ‘Making Tortillas’, poem by Alicia Gaspar de Alba).
Participating Artists: Catharina Panggabean, Camille Pinto, Stephanie Ospina, Rico Suave, Daniel Valle, Carmen Verdugo, Mauricio Arenas, Lutfi Kurniawan, Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill, Jean Carla Rodea, David Ian Bellows/Griess, Kaia Gilje, Onism, Patricio Arzen, Kyna Damewood, Demetrius Gooden, Sam Irwin, Michael Joyce, Kristin Laughter, Michael Whiteshoes.
Music by: Manufresh Selector, Seleccions by Dayan Silva, MissHap, Shabakano, Maddie Ruthless, Selector Peralta.
Post Dance Symposium | November 17-20, 2016 | Panoply Lab, Brooklyn, NY.
Organizing with Esther Neff/Panoply Lab
Participating Artists: yon Tande, Lindsey Drury and No Collective, Jessica Pretty, Charlie Maybee, lo bil, Alexander D’Augostino and Noelle Tolbert, Rebecca Ferrell, Jumatatu Poe, Mariana Valencia, Zavé Martohardjono, Ni’Ja Whitson, Shawn Escarciga, Lorene Bouboushian, Alex Romania, Kaia Gilje, QUEEFCORE.
Art at AleWife, LIC, Queens, NY | Sept 23 2016
Organizing Exhibition & Performances with Christian Torres.
Participating Artists: Carol Montealegre (Bogota/NYC)
Cecilia Lopez (Buenos Aires/NYC), Jimena Vega (NJ), Erawati Nur (Queens, NY), Anuva Kalawar (Queens, NY), Rico Suave (Harlem, NY), Korce (Brooklyn, NY), David Ian Bellows/Griess (Brooklyn, NY), Julieta Julieta (Buenos Aires/NYC), Beatriz Elena Rodriquez (NY, NY)
Dilemma(s), Derivatively | May 22, 2016 | Long Island City, Queens, NY.
dérive, deriving, dilemmas, delays, durationals, densities, decay, (de)liberations, and the dangerously sharp points of today.
Participating Artists: Tropical Resources, Ni’Ja Whitson & Kirsten F. Davis, David Ian Griess, Lauren Ciarpella, Nao Nishihara, Tsedaye Makonnen, Panoply Performance Laboratory.
drawing by esther neff