April 29th, 2012, 6 - 9 pm


305 East 140th Street
Bronx, NY 10454


Participating Artists:
Thomas Bell, Christina deRoos and Anya Liftig

Camila Cañeque
Bryon Carr
Irene Chan
Christine Ferrera
Jia-Jen Lin with Yung-Li Chen
Nadja Marcin
Panoply Performance Laboratory
Negin Sharifzadeh
Jess Whittam with Lorelei Ramirez

#6 Train to 3rd Ave/138th St in the Bronx (first stop). Walk 2 blocks on Alexander Ave, turn left on 3rd Ave (Public Library is on the corner).


playing with myself playing with yourself
Thomas Bell, Christina deRoos and Anya Liftig have been working together during the past year on a collaborative project combining live video mixing, live sound composition and live performance.  Anya, Thomas and Christina improvise a unique performance each and every time the three artists work together.  Video artist, Christina deRoos performs live video remixes of performance artist Anya Liftig's previous work along with a live camera feed while sonic artist Thomas Bell creates a unique improvised sound score. Anya, in turn improvises a new performance based on what she sees and hears.  While each artist is improvising off the others to create a unique new work, Anya performs alongside herself allowing self reflection, introspection and interaction with not only her own past performances but with the live camera feed that includes both audience and performers for an intimate artistic experience.  At times, the line is often blurred between what being performed live or in the past or possibly in the future..-UP-


Our Dresses

Camila Cañeque was born in the city of Barcelona. After finishing her education in France, she began her professional career as a photographer and filmmaker, which led her to live in places like Buenos Aires, Alexandria and São Paulo. She progressively started to combine the visual arts knowledge with the embodiment of it. Her early performances such as Rojo, Rouge, Rosso, Rot, Piros, Rdeča, Roşu or Photo-Copy are already time-based and media-based pieces, a double face that characterizes all her works. Faced to the impossibility to change the status quo, Camila introduces herself in the frame of reality (through a very specific mise en scène) and alters the landscape, creating a fictional world around her. In her performances, Camila changes herself adopting personality traits of a fictional character of her own creation or even assuming behaviors of a particular concept. The metamorphosis/performance tend to be long term (24 hours a day for one or more months), decision due to the desire to understand and to assimilate her new identity, to turn into real what is fiction. During the transformation process she makes the recording in photography, film or video, modifying the ephemeral nature of it. After the long performance, she isolates herself. When she has recovered, she starts editing the footage and builds a text about the experience. -UP-


X, Y and B
Bryon Carr has trained, taught and performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. In NYC he has worked with White Wave Rising, Popo and GoGo Boys, Young Soon Kim, The Graham Ensemble, Chen and Dancers and The Erick Hawkins Dance Company.  In 2002 he began showing mixed-media work throughout New York City in venues such as; Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Joyce SoHo, The Wave Rising Series and the Chashama window display series. Outside of New York, he has shown in Seattle, Boston and Berlin, Germany.  Carr is currently in graduate school completing his MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts at Brooklyn College. -UP-


Moon-faced Typecast
Irene Chan, is a multidisciplinary artist who works conceptually in performance, installation, print media, and book arts about Ephemera, Environment, and Experience. Her works are exhibited internationally and are in more than 65 public collections, including those at the Tate Modern, British Library, Victoria & Albert Museum, Walker Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, New York Public Library, School of Design in Basel, Switzerland, and Yale University. In 1995, Chan established Ch'An Press through which she has self-published prints and 28 limited-edition artists' books to date. In her one-person spoken word performance “An ABC (American Born Chinese) ReDiscovers Appearance, she tells personal stories about her warped view on appearance due to Asian American experiences, history, and watching a lot of television. The stories are told with satire song, language play, and sculptural artist books worn on and against her body. She has performed in Stockholm, Montréal, and New York and is the recipient of numerous grants, residencies, and awards, including those from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Arts Council, Washington D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, Women’s Studio Workshop and international artist residencies in Australia, Taiwan, and France. -UP-


Google Performance Art Video
Christine Ferrera began her artistic career by working in traditional mediums such as painting, drawing and printmaking for which she received a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1994. In following years, she completed several series of paintings including works on large wood panels, newsprint collages, hand-painted bottles and artist books. In 2003, she began experimenting with digital media and produced a series of video and performance works dealing with the subject of consumer culture. This new direction led her to pursue an MFA in Imaging and Digital Art at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, which she completed in 2010. During this time, she had the opportunity to intern for Baltimore Public Radio’s (WYPR 88.1FM) The Signal and produce several radio shows for broadcast. In 2007, she was awarded a residency at the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi where she collaborated with local artists on a multi-lingual video project. Since settling in Baltimore, she has had the honor to perform at Centerstage, Transmodern Performance Festival, Videopolis and the Contemporary Museum. Christine is currently the Producer and Coordinator of the New Media Studio located on the campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. -UP-


Dancing with 29 sweaters
A collaborative performance between Yung Li Chen, Huei-Lee Wei, and Jia-Jen Lin. Chen and Wei's choreography responds to Lin’s wearable sculpture to explore a new dialogue between dance and sculpture. Yung-Li Chen is a Taiwanese dancer and choreographer based in New York. Chen received her MFA at SUNY Purchase in 2008. As the founder and Artistic Director of YUNG-LI DANCE, her inspiration is rooted in re-contextualizing a culture’s shared knowledge of social science into wordless physical movement. Lydia (Huei Lee) Wei is a Taiwanese dancer based in New York. Wei received her BA in Dance and M.S.Ed in Early Childhood Special Education from Hunter College of CUNY. She teaches children with special needs in New York City and dances with Seed Dance Company and Naomi Goldberg Haas. Jia-Jen Lin is a Taiwanese visual artist based in New York. Lin received her M.F.A. from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2007. She has developed a series of works integrating sculpture, performance, photography, and videos. She has exhibited internationally, including US, Australia, Taiwan, Germany, and South Korea. Music by David Lang. -UP-


Love’s Surrogates
Nadja Verena Marcin is a New York City-based German performance artist. She focuses on human behavior, elemental emotions and psychological responses linked to role-playing through video, performance and photography. Sourcing autobiographical experience, Marcin drives situations from ordinary to absurd while probing beneath the surface of human interaction. Inflated by playful, vigorous images, poetical texts, and handmade props, her work exposes ambiguities depicting the constructive/deconstructive potential of man's characteristic, often dialectic behavior. Marcin confronts elemental emotions and unleashes psychological mechanism, exposing truths about morals, history, gender and politics inherent in Western culture. Her practice reveals a sharp analytical distance, correlating with high subjective empathy, condensed in a rigorously conceptual form. Marcin received her MFA from Columbia University after graduating with honors from Academy of Fine Arts, Münster. Marcin's creations are exhibited in museums, art spaces/galleries and distinguished collections worldwide. Her work has been selected for grants, global biennials and film festivals, including: DAAD, New York, 2011;'Qui Vive?' Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow MOMA, 2010; ARTWORKinternational, Inc. Grant, 2010; Salon/Screening, ICA Philadelphia, 2010; Uncontrollable Flesh, Berkley Art Museum, 2010; and Short-Term Deviation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York among others. -UP-


Nature Fetish
Esther Neff and Brian McCorkle are the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL). PPL’s performance art operas gather artists and “non-artists” alike, forming works through public devising sessions and critical situations, dealing with the agency of individuals and small groups to cognize and construct their own realities. PPL has worked in-residence at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, on 14 Wall Street through LMCC Swing Space, in two chashama spaces, at IRT, and the cell, and currently through the Performance Project at University Settlement. PPL has performed during FIGMENT, SUPERFRONT’s Public Summer at Industry City, at BOB the Pavilion, Dixon Place, Gathering of the Tribes, Flux Factory, Grace Exhibition Space, Vaudeville Park, Spread Art, ABC No Rio, The Brick, IV Soldiers, and in bars, parkinglots, on rooftops, grassy meridians, in Germany, England, and elsewhere. Esther was a NYSCA Ind-Tier Grantee in 2011 and is a 2012 recipient of the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practices. Brian is also part of Varispeed, recently participating in PERFORMA ’11 and performing all over the city. Together, they also curate PERFORMANCY FORUM, a platform for experimental performance practices, are founding members of the Compendium, collaborating often with other ensembles, individuals, and organizations. -UP-


Even Gray Feels Blue
Negin Sharifzadeh is a New York based artist born in Tehran, Iran. Growing up in one of the world’s most historically and socially complex regions in its wake, she is fascinated by the mechanisms and interplay of different natural, emotional, and political systems. Her work explores how these systems are composed; how information, energy and material are codified within them; and how bodies are impacted by and interact with them. She has explored these themes through multiple mediums including sculpture, performance, installations, and increasingly combining all of these mediums in stop-motion animation. She has shown work in New York at Gallery ELL’s transient landscape; performed in The Odyssey New York Project, performed in Chicago at DePaul University Museum as part of Iran Inside Out; performed at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as part of the Goat Island Performing Summer School and the Abandoned Practices Performance Workshop; shown at Berkeley University as part of the Iranian Women Artists group; shown in Tehran as part of the Contemporary Museum of Art’s Sculpture Biennial, the Art Auction at the Niavaran Art Center, the Haft-samar Art Gallery and the Tehran House of Artists. -UP-


This is the Closeness of Us
Jess Whittam is a Brooklyn based artist working primarily in video, performance and sculpture. Before finishing her MFA at SUNY Purchase in 2011, she received the Dean's MFA Recognition Award, presented at the SUNY Graduate Research Symposium in Albany and was nominated for the Dedalus Foundation Award. Her work was recently exhibited in "It's not me, it's you." MFA Thesis Exhibition at White Box in New York, NY (2011) and GALERIA's "Queer Bodies" and "Genitalia" at Hombres Lounge, Queens, NY (2011).
Lorelei Ramirez is a New York based artist working with performance, video and installation. While in attendance at the School of Visual Arts she has received the Silas H. Rhodes scholarship and Fine art grant. Her most recent exhibitions include “Food Lust: Shock Candy” at Where am I Gallery in Brooklyn, NY (2011) and “Axilectic Group show” at Free Candy in Brooklyn, NY (2011). -UP-






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