Category

Video

Sunday Service: Shawné Michaelain Holloway Presents…

By | Video | No Comments

ARTISTS

David Ian Bellows/Griess, Nia Nottage, xtian w

Join us for the final Sunday Service of the Spring season, curated by shawné michaelain holloway! In a round-robin style format inspired by Chicago’s DIY scene, artists David Ian Bellows/Griess, Nia Nottage, and xtian w bring an evening of video, movement, and poetry works in response to the following prompt:

“Caged. Restricted. Routinized. Disciplined. Landlocked. Bound. Promised. Abiding. For keeps, keepsakes, being kept. Domestication. Wrangling. Being a pet. Seclusion. Saving. No matter where you go, it’s there. New construction. Bauhaus. Lucid dreaming. Sleep paralysis. Barriers. Doors. What’s on the other side? Claustrophobia. Warmth. Wonder. Silence. Cushion. Bed. Returning to reflection. Alone time.”

About the Artists

David Ian Bellows/Griess (born Omaha, NE 1984) explores themes of control, labor, and sexual play through DIY surveillance to relay the physicality and the resilience of the body and what might be possible/impossible for the body to sustain.

Nia Nottage is a performance artist and founding member of performance collective Steph Christ – https://stephs.net. Recent projects include POSSESSION (2017-8) at Real Estate Fine Art, Device Controlled (2016) at Panoply Performance Lab, Gloss (2019) at Shawn Escarciga’s Inaugural Hallway Show, LOVE LETTERS//TIME ALONE (2018) at Human Trash Dump, Frances Yeoland: Circula (2018) at 959 Kent Ave, You Should Wake Up Earlier (2017) with No Total, Programs Associate at Artists Space, Dysfunctional poetry reading at MoMA PS1 (2017), and Curatorial Fellow at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program (2019).

xtian w is a non binary trans femme writer and performer. Their poems and essays appear in [PANK], No, Dear, VIDA, Bone Bouquet, Jaded Ibis, and Hematopoiesis Press, among others. Current creative—life interests include Medusa, hysteria, Trans sensorialities, weaving and braiding, coriander, ancestry, gut bacteria, ghazals, list poems, friendship beyond heteronormativity, boundaries, and houseplants. An Aquarius sun/ Capricorn moon/ Virgo rising, xtian is an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU and paints their nails in Brooklyn.

About the Curator

Shawné Michaelain Holloway is a new media artist using sound, video, and performance to shape the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power. She has spoken and exhibited work internationally in spaces like The New Museum (NYC, NY), Sorbus Galleria (Helsinki, Fi), The Kitchen (NYC, NY) Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (Chicago, IL). Currently, Holloway teaches in the New Arts Journalism department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About Sunday Service

Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the exploration of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson. Stephanie Acosta is an interdisciplinary artist who places the materiality of the ephemeral at the center of her work, questioning meaning-making and manufactured limitations through her multiple practices. Alexis Wilkinson is the Director of Exhibitions and Live Art at Knockdown Center.

Sunday Service: Yanira Castro Presents…

By | Video | No Comments

Artists: Martita Abril, Rosana Cabán, Cori Olinghouse, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Tara Sheena

May 5, 2019

To commune is the essential action in performance. Bodies converge in time and space. A word close to commune is to commingle. Commingling makes me think of fluids and also of immersion and dinners without agenda: the ebb of them, the constant shifts of center–who is speaking, laughing, cooking, dancing, yelling, crying? Fred Moten in The Undercommons: “We are committed to the idea that study is what you do with other people. It’s talking and walking around with other people, working, dancing, suffering, some irreducible convergence of all three, held under the name of speculative practice.” How does your practice commune? How does it commingle (or not)? Shift the center? Pour out of “boundaries”? How do you think about the complications of being together in performance?

About the Curator

Puerto Rican choreographer Yanira Castro is a Bessie-award-winning artist. In 2009, she formed the interdisciplinary collaborative group, a canary torsi. Castro’s work borrows from dance, performance, and visual art often utilizing interactive technology to form hybrid works. With her collaborators she has developed over ten projects for the stage, gallery and non-traditional sites ranging from video installations, performances and text-based computer games. The work was been presented most recently in NYC at The Chocolate Factory, The Invisible Dog, Abrons, and Danspace Project. Currently, she is a 2018/19 New York Live Arts’ Live Feed Artist, 2018 Yaddo Fellow and Marble House Project Artist-in-Residence. She has received various awards including NYFA’s Choreography Fellowship, NEFA’s National Dance Project, and a 2019 NYSCA Theater Commission

About the Artists

 

Martita Abril is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist from the border city of Tijuana, México. She earned her BFA from San Diego State University and works with dance artists and companies throughout México and the US, including projects and performances with Lux Boreal Danza Contemporánea, Allyson Green, Yanira Castro / a canary torsi, Mina Nishimura, Rebecca Davis, Daria Fain and Rober Kocik, Cori Olinghouse, and Will Rawls. She recently was a performer in Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions at the Museum of Modern Art. She’s been named a PECDA Scholar as a “Young Creator”, a FONCA fellow, and Fresh Tracks Resident at NYLA. She’s also served as a mentor for the NYFA Immigrant Artist Program in 2015, 2016, & 2018. In 2014 she was named Outstanding Alumna by SDSU. www.martita-abril.org

Rosana Cabán is a Puerto Rican born, Florida raised and Brooklyn based audio engineer, producer, and sound artist. She has performed at the Guggenheim, the Brooklyn Museum, MoMa ps1, National Sawdust, the Fillmore, Webster Hall, and over 80 rock venues across the US and Canada. She was an assistant to Mindy Abovitz’s The Oral History of the Female Drummer where she helped coordinate and allocate positioning 20 drummers throughout the Brooklyn Museum. Cabán also composed one of four movements for 19 drummers titled Roto Hotel which was performed at the lobby of the Ace Hotel in New York and produced by Tom Tom Magazine. Currently, she is a Sound Art MFA candidate at Columbia University where she is experimenting with sculptural sound works inspired by vintage technology, nostalgia, and tech noir.

Cori Olinghouse is an interdisciplinary artist, archivist, and curator. Her works have been commissioned by Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, BRIC Arts Media, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Movement Research, and Brooklyn Museum of Art. Her practice explores gender as the shape-shifting of multiple perspectives—drawing from Lauren Berlant’s ideas of humor as a space for transformation. She is the founder and director of The Portal Project, a living archives initiative dedicated to the transmission of performance through archival and curatorial frameworks. Olinghouse holds an MA in Performance Curation from Wesleyan University and serves as visiting faculty at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.

Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera is a Cuban visual artist, performance artist, and writer prompted by the intersection between being non-binary and Cubanidad. Investigating the ontological labour of queer and trans bodies, Ruiseco-Lombera makes performance, video, and photographs responding to their entanglements with trauma, violence, contact, and intimacy.

Tara Sheena is a dancer, writer, and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. As a performer, she is engaged on upcoming projects with choreographers Ivy Baldwin, Ursula Eagly, Leyya Mona Tawil and Nadia Tykulsker. Recently, she has been involved in the work of Stormy Budwig, Catherine Galasso, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Beth Graczyk, and the feature film Shirley with choreography by Faye Driscoll. As a writer, she has been obsessed with the ways capitalism, race, and performance intersect in dance spaces, what she refers to as “Capital-D Dance.” Her writing has been published in Hyperallergic, the Brooklyn Rail, Fjord Review, DIY Dancer, the Huffington Post, Culturebot and Critical Correspondence. Originally from Michigan, she graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a BFA in Dance and BA in English.

About Sunday Service

Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson

Sunday Service: ray ferreira Presents…

By | Video | No Comments

Artists: KT Pe Benito, Lindsay “Londs” Reuter, Aldrin Valdez, Nicki Wong

April 14, 2019

Moving through the city, a slow blink gives way to blur gives way. To a discontinuity, bodies shifting, slipping through each other. The bass moves through fleshy fluid —vesicles on vesicles on vesicles. Histories spiral though. Crests and throughs distorts them chemical laced semipermeable membranes. Bodies of water, heavenly ones, the monstrous no place from island to island. A body is only neat when bleached by white light. Sharp, the street lamp provides a pain without pleasure, safety —a static condition. Separateness and particularity —a discontinuity to not make. I try and return to blur, but it is not a state.

About the Curator

ray ferreira w h e n a m i blaqlatinx from occupied Lenape lands called New York, N Y: the illegitimate EEUU. An o the r Corona, Queens a spacetimemattering a materialdiscusive (dis) continuity: [the Caribbean, the Greater Antilles, Hispañola, the Dominican Republic —> Corona, Queens] : history.
w h e n a m i a performer of sorts aka multidisciplinary artist aka polymath. She stays playin : the dance between materiality<->language through her body w h e n a m i where histories are made and remade. She plays with iridescence, text, rhythms (aka systems), to cruise a quantum poetics. Englishes, Spanishes, and other body languages spiral, dance, and twirl to create a banj criticality: that turnup w/the grls; that swerve past white cishet patriarchy. wh e n ami

About the Artists

KT Pe Benito is a nonbinary queer Filipinx, a Filipino man, and a white woman. Their work in writing and interdisciplinary art making is diaristic, but concerns larger systems and complexes at work around them in their daily life such as politicizing their late Filipino grandmother’s hypothesized existence, sustaining victim.survivor Filipinx futurity, and recognizing U.S. colonization onto a queer hapa body. They’re interested in the interpolation of the somatic shape they were born into and how it continues to stereotype (read: determine) their labor, their lovers, their online personas, and real life’s path.
Website: ktpebenito.com

Lindsay “Londs” Reuter makes performances that question materiality, family, and bravery. Londs has received support from New York Live Arts (Fresh Tracks 2014-2015), Danspace Project (Food for Thought), and Movement Research at the Judson Church. She has been in residence at Ponderosa (Queeries Residency), the Space on Ryder Farm, and will be in residence at Snug Harbor Cultural Center this May. Londs is an M.A. candidate in Disability Studies at the City University of New York.

Aldrin Valdez is a Pinoy writer and visual artist. They are the author of ESL or You Weren’t Here (Nightboat Books, 2018). Aldrin has been awarded fellowships from Queer/Art/Mentorship & Poets House. They’ve co-curated two seasons of the Segue Reading Series with fellow poet Joël Díaz.

Born in Hong Kong and based in New York, Nicki Wong is an interdisciplinary artist who works in performance, sculpture and social practice. Wong’s movement-based and improvisational works examine the play of language and its meaning and the construction of power dynamics between people and objects. These embodied gestures probe the networks between human subjects and the materiality of objects. Wong is currently a BFA candidate at Hunter College.

About Sunday Service

Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson

Sunday Service: Sarah Zapata Presents…

By | Video | No Comments

Artists: Leslie Martinez, Athena Torri, and Ignacio Torres

March 10, 2019

*Better Pleasures*

Better Pleasures “The here and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalising rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there. Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of this moment, but we must never settle for that minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds.” Jose Esteban Munoz, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity.

For the opening event of the Spring 2019 season, Sarah Zapata brings together four artists who explore identity and geopolitical space, to present an imagined future through the understanding of one’s own position. It is through the examination of past and place that helps transport the ideals of the future to decay current tribulations. We strive for a better society, deeper intimacy, greater understanding, and ultimately a new world.

About the Curator

Sarah Zapata makes work with labor-intensive processes such as hand weaving, rope coiling, latch hooking, and sewing by intersecting theories of gender and ethnicity with pre-colonial histories and techniques. Making work with meditative, mechanical means, her current work deals with the multiple facets of her complex identity: a Texan living in Brooklyn, a lesbian raised as an evangelical Christian, a first generation American of Latin American descent, a contemporary artist inspired by ancient civilizations, an artist challenging the history of craft as “women’s work” within the realm of art. Zapata’s work has been exhibited at the New Museum (NY), El Museo del Barrio (NY), Museum of Art and Design (NY), Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (NY), Boston University (MA), LAXART (CA), Deli Gallery (NY), Arsenal Contemporary (NY), and Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center (NY). Zapata has also completed recent residencies at MASS MoCA (MA), A-Z West (CA), and Wave Hill (NY), and is the recent recipient of an NFA Project Grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Zapata was an artist-in-residence at the Museum of Arts and Design in 2016.

About the Artists

Ignacio Torres was born in the US/Mexico border in El Paso, Texas and received a B.F.A. magna cum laude from the University of North Texas. Currently, Torres lives and works in New York City and is known for his cyanotype portraiture of Latinxs, which have a distinctly cyan blue color. Torres attributes his practice to his border upbringing and the Chicano culture he grew up in. His work involves the use of alternative photographic processes that require extensive manual work. The principal concern of his work investigates identity, othering, migration and the physical or invisible borders that we vacillate between. Torres’s use of botany serves as a symbol to the threat of plant life created by man made borders and references the historical use the cyanotype process. His work was recently exhibited as part of a group show held by JW Anderson in London.

Athena Torri is an Ecuadorian Italian artist. Born in Milan, Torri grew up in Quito, Ecuador before immigrating to the United States. Torri has a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design, and a General Studies Certificate from the International Center of Photography. Her solo show, titled “Land of Opportunities”, was exhibited at Deli Gallery in New York. Conveyor Editions in New Jersey published Torri’s first monograph, The Outsider. Torri’s group shows include exhibitions at the International Center of Photography Triennial in New York, Material Art Fair in Mexico City, Re: Art Show 21 in Brooklyn, NY, Serpentine Galleries in London, and Stitching Electron in the Netherlands.

Leslie Martinez is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised between The Rio Grande Valley of the Texas-Mexican border and Dallas, Texas. They received an MFA from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut in 2018 and a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City in 2008. In the decade between, they worked as a full-time graphic designer in New York City’s apparel industry where computer-aided design and garment construction profoundly transformed their image/object construction methodology paving the way for a radically transformed approach to painting. Martinez is currently developing these emerging forms as an Artist-in-Residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson. Recent group shows include Independence at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, Texas, Heads/Tails at Next to Nothing Gallery in New York City, Way Out Now at Diane Rosenstein Gallery in Los Angeles, California, Kaleidoscope at Kravetz | Wehby Gallery in New York City, and Life and Living presented by Deli Gallery at Hudson Valley LGBTQ Center in Kingston, NY.

María Fernanda (Chamorro) is an early-career poet whose poems and translations appear in The Wide Shore, Kweli Journal, Pa’lante a la luz, and elsewhere. A recipient of Callaloo, CantoMundo, and VONA/Voices fellowships, María Fernanda featured her work at The Brooklyn Museum, MoMaPS1, The Ecuadorian American Cultural Center, The New York Aquarium, and more. She is also a founder of Candela Writers Workshop, a literary arts organization offering programming designed to support Black-Latinx poets through the preservation and the advancement of Black-Latinx literary work. Candela launches in Spring 2019. María Fernanda is a Black Ecuadorian American and Washington, D.C. native.

About Sunday Service

Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson

Sunday Service: Rena Anakwe presents…

By | Video | No Comments

Artists: Sharon De La Cruz, Johann Diedrick, Delphine Fawundu, GENG, Pamela Liou

April 8, 2018

In order to rise
From its own ashes
A phoenix
First
Must
Burn.

EARTHSEED: THE BOOKS OF THE LIVING
(Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower”, chapter 14)

Our April 8th Sunday Service provided us with an evening of live art and sound curated by Rena Anakwe. Anakwe is interested in the ways in which people manifest their healing. This quote from Octavia Butler’s ‘Parable of the Sower’ speaks of an event of destruction that must first occur before healing and resilience begins in our own lives. We all have our own life experiences, ancestral and present, that form our current healing practices in all forms. While the world spins out around us, the ways in which we ground ourselves, tell our stories and survive are what reconnect us to our humanity and the humanity of others. This Sunday Service offered a glimpse into the ways that five artists evoke their own healing and discovery through various forms of media, storytelling and ritual.

 

Sharon De La Cruz
Sharon Lee De La Cruz is an artist and activist from New York City. She earned a BFA from The Cooper Union, is a Fulbright scholar, and obtained her Masters at NYU’s ITP program (Interactive Telecommunications Program). Sharon’s work ranges from comics, to STEM education, to interactive sculptures. She works at the intersection of tech, art, and social justice. She currently lives in New Jersey and is the Assistant Director of The StudioLab, a creative tech lab, at Princeton University.

Johann Diedrick
Johann Diedrick makes installations, performances, and objects that let people play with sound. He shares his work through workshops, listening tours, and open-source software and hardware. He is a recipient of the Asian Cultural Council Fellows grant and has been featured in Wire Magazine and Musicworks Magazine. He has exhibited internationally in numerous group exhibitions, conferences and festivals, including the Soundscapes symposium at Yale University, the NIME conference in Daejeon and Seoul, Korea, and the Invisible Places conference in Viseu, Portugal. He studied at the ITP program at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU focusing on sound art. He was a researcher at the InterLab at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) in Yamaguchi, Japan and worked as an interactive software developer at Qosmo in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently a senior developer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Delphine Fawundu
Adama Delphine Fawundu is photo-based visual artist and activist born in Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder and author of the book MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. Ms. Fawundu is a New York Foundation of the Arts Photography Fellow.

Her multimedia fine art work uses photography, video and sculpture to interrogate identity with the African African Diaspora.

Her extensive New York City 90’s hip-hop archive includes photographs of artists such as Nas, The Notorious BIG, Big Daddy Kane, Jay Z, Lil’Wayne and Mobb Deep. Since 2008 she’s been documenting the urban music scene in several African cities including Nairobi, Lagos, Freetown, Accra, Bamako, Johannesburg, and Dakar. As an activist, Ms. Fawundu has used art a vehicle to mobilize her community to fight against gentrification through her project, “Tivoli: A Place We Call Home: A Community Faces Gentrification.” She’s collaborated with the Women’s Institute/GMHC create a traveling photographic series “touched: Women affected by HIV” to spread awareness around HIV. She has also organized and facilitated photography and social awareness workshops for women and youth in Nigeria, Colombia and Sierra Leone.

GENG
Geng is a New York City-borne and currently-residing sound artist and founder of PTP (formerly, Purple Tape Pedigree), a collective, plus imprint, acting as “purveyors of weaponized media.” With roots in the city’s underground hip hop and then experimental electronic/metal/punk communities since the mid-90’s, his sonic narrative typically spills forth a cocktail of these influences, with a focus on meditative confrontation of traumatic histories, sleep paralysis, aquaphobia, and the communication bridge between self-actualized identity and spirit. In a live setting, one may be challenged by disembodied vocals piercing through a collage of field recordings, ASMR tape loops, and walls of distorted dread from various hardware – once reviewed as a “brutal ritual … drawn from dystopian nightmares … this is metal machine music meant for catharsis, not escapism” by Washington City Paper.

Pamela Liou
Pamela Liou is an artist and technologist living in Brooklyn, NY. Her work examines tensions between craft, emerging platforms, and pursuit of self-actualization. Through digitally fabricated machines, analog video, and virtual environments Pamela’s work offers alternative modalities for recoupling and reacquainting the individual with a sense of creative efficacy.

Pamela is a former resident at Eyebeam, Museum of Arts and Design, and DBRS Labs. She currently teaches hardware and environment design at Parsons School of Design in the Design and Technology department.

About the Curator

Rena Anakwe is an interdisciplinary artist and performer, working primarily with sound, visuals, and scent. Exploring intersections between traditional healing practices, spirituality and performance she creates works focused on sensory-based, experiential interactions using technology. A member of the artistic collective NON Worldwide, she is based in Brooklyn, New York by way of Nigeria and Canada.

About Sunday Service
Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson, Knockdown Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Live Art.

***

Knockdown Center’s MEDIA page is an ongoing collection of audio, video, writing, and ephemera produced by our arts programming. It serves not only as an aural and visual index of the diverse artistic activities that occur within the space, but also as a resource for artists, writers, curators, and researchers who may be interested in learning more about the practitioners that come through our doors. As a primary source, documents housed within the MEDIA page have been minimally edited and largely unmodified. Audio files link to our Soundcloud channel, where curator conversations, exhibition walkthroughs, panels, and poetry readings can be heard individually, or as select playlists.

Sunday Service: Jess Pretty Presents…

By | Video | No Comments

Artists: Trinity Dawn Bobo, Taylor Crichton, DJ JCLEF, Amanda Krische, Evelyn Sanchez

March 4, 2018

To kick off the spring season of Sunday Service, curator Jess Pretty invited artists to respond to the notion of critical desire and the exploration of radical thriving as a methodology for taking up spaces we claim to reside in.

About the Curator

jess pretty is on a quest for pleasure that transcends time and the spaces she claims to reside in. on her quest for pleasure she makes dances, performs and collaborates with with other artists (larissa velez-jackson, will rawls, leslie cuyjet, dianne mcintyre, cynthia oliver, jennifer monson and niall jones) and teaches dance art based in new york city where she moved after receiving an mfa in dance and queer studies from the university of illinois at urbana champaign. her free time is filled curating methodologies for living past survival through being as unapologetically black as possible.

About the Artists

Trinity Dawn Bobo is a New York based performer, dance maker, and visual artist. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago in Spring 2016. She’s worked with Christina Noel and The Creature, This Is Not A Theater Company, Anna Martine Whitehead, Peter Carpenter, Darrell Jones, and Lisa Gonzales. As a creator, Trinity values the practice of improvisation and is interested in the sensually-potent nature of vulnerability in energy. As a queer person, Trinity is also interested in queering all of the spaces and elevating the voices of under-represented people. trinitybobo.com/

Taylor Crichton is a Brooklyn-based photographer, poet, and arts administrator. Her photography has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and Dance Magazine, among other publications, and her words have been featured in literary magazines, including Otto and The Mosaic. In addition to the arts, she is generally enthusiastic about climbing mountains, drinking hot toddies, and supporting the Oxford comma. taylorcrichtonphotography.com.

DJ JCLEF is a club DJ specializing in queer events. A music geek, with a background in classical and jazz theory, he takes his audience on a musical journey through time and space. He has thrown parties in Philadelphia, Boston, Albany and Burlington VT and presently works all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. As a gay trans man, his passion is uplifting his community and creating safe spaces. He works closely with many drag and burlesque performers as well as throwing parties and private events. jclef.com/

Amanda Krische has performed in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Place des Arts, the YoungArts Foundation Backyard Ball, New York Live Arts, Danspace and the Joyce Theater. She is a graduate of LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts and graduated summa cum laude from Purchase College, SUNY with a BFA in Dance. Supplementary training includes Springboard Danse Montreal, a semester abroad at Amsterdam Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten, and many workshops in Tel Aviv, Israel. While at Purchase College, SUNY she began her research of dance making under the mentorship of Doug Varone. Her choreography has been shown in such venues as LaGuardia High School, the Dance Theater Lab at Purchase College, SUNY, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Gallim Dance, the Actors Arts Fund, and Ailey Citigroup Theater. Amanda is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Bert Terborgh Award, a 2012 YoungArts Winner, and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts.

Evelyn Sanchez Sun moon child, she/her/they/them, Evelyn Sanchez is a complicated happy child just making it up. She started activating space while playing soccer and is now creating the confidence to make and share her own work. Evelyn also likes to play with the Abby Z and the New Utility company AND Jill Sigman’s thinkdance. Evelyn shows gratitude to the lineage of Warrior (womb)yn they come from by continuing to live in laughter (a privilege few get to practice).

About Sunday Service

Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

***

Knockdown Center’s MEDIA page is an ongoing collection of audio, video, writing, and ephemera produced by our arts programming. It serves not only as an aural and visual index of the diverse artistic activities that occur within the space, but also as a resource for artists, writers, curators, and researchers who may be interested in learning more about the practitioners that come through our doors. As a primary source, documents housed within the MEDIA page have been minimally edited and largely unmodified. Audio files link to our Soundcloud channel, where curator conversations, exhibition walkthroughs, panels, and poetry readings can be heard individually, or as select playlists.

KDC Episodes: 40 Volume

By | Video | No Comments

Artist Isaac Pool speaks about 40 Volume, on view at Knockdown Center January 13 – February 25, 2018, with performances January 13th and February 24th.

40 Volume, Isaac Pool’s first solo exhibition in New York, is an installation and sitcom-length play starring three sock-encrusted vases and a head of fennel. In 40 Volume‘s performances, the vessels depart from their place in the adjacent gallery and chat together through filters of personal mythology and melodramatic pop lyrics to find sisterhood. The exhibition includes paintings and sculptures: each character from the play holds a space marked by surfaces of dollar store glitz and janky, poetic objects. The paintings are assemblages of sculptural elements, a mass of accumulated and arranged material that is anchored to the wall; whereas the sculptures, with their humorous constructions, are suggestions for pertinent lifestyle choices. As a study in aspirational whiteness and its discontents, 40 Volume matches its protagonists’ delusions with a tenderness as charming as it is suspect.

40 Volume’s play is performed by Alisa Besher, Zachary Delamater, Scears Lee, Martha Moszczynski, Alejandra Venancio, and Isaac Pool. A version of 40 Volume was originally published in Volume 3 of Haunt Journal (2016). Isaac Pool: 40 Volume was organized by Samuel Draxler.

Videography by Mehmet Salih Yildirim

Sunday Service: Camilo Godoy Presents…

By | Video | No Comments

Artists: Ella Boureau, Miguel Angel Guzmán, Eduardo Restrepo-Castaño, Mike Funk, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Xavier Valcárcel

December 1, 2017

For December’s Sunday Service, curator Camilo Godoy presented “We have to live differently,” bringing together artists to explore ideas of “difference.”

The title is borrowed from Alice Walker’s poem “Calling All Grand Mothers.” This program projects a video piece by artist Eduardo Restrepo standing with their gender-nonconforming self in front of a cathedral, writer Ella Boureau reads excerpts from her lesbian erotica, poets Jorge Sánchez and Xavier Valcárcel read about homosexual encounters, love, lust, and Latinidad, dancer Miguel Angel Guzmán improvises various movement phrases throughout the space to interrogate how the body moves, and artist Jordan Demetrius Lloyd performs a scored improvisation solo about blackness, sensuality and the audience’s gaze. This program confronts questions of gender, sexual, and racial difference to insist that we live differently.

About the Artists

Ella Boureau is an NYC based playwright, director, essayist, and short-story writer, as well as the Awards Coordinator for Lambda Literary Foundation. She founded and ran the online magazine and reading series In the Flesh for several years. Her writing has been featured in Guernica, Tin House, Slice Magazine, and Full Stop, and her first play, Helps to Hate You a Little: A Lovestory debuted at Cloud City in November 2016.

Miguel Angel Guzmán is an independent dancer and actor residing in New York City. He has lived and performed in Mexico, Tel Aviv and Berlin, and continues to travel extensively to make work alongside artists from various disciplines. His most recent collaborations include work with choreographer Coco Karol as well as with musicians Lady Rizo and Amanda Palmer. He will been seen next in Romanian choreographer Alexandra Pirici’s commissioned piece at the New Museum of Contemporary Art at the beginning of February 2018.

eduardo restrepo-castaño generates surreal narratives through a practice that draws from academic research and lived experience, to delve into sites where social constructions around nature, gender difference, and the diasporic condition overlap. Co-founder of curatorial platform Sweety’s, as well as participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, restrepo-castaño has exhibited in spaces such as SOMA (Mexico,) Musée de l’Élysés (Switzerland,) and Bruce High Quality Foundation (New York,).

Mike Funk is a writer who draws. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and makes comics, music and time for his cat.

Jordan Demetrius Lloyd is a NYC based artist living in West Harlem. Originally from Albany, NY he is a graduate of The College at Brockport. He has collaborated with and performed for Karl Rogers/Red Dirt Dance, Netta Yerushalmy, Tammy Carrasco/Wild Beast Dance, Brendan Drake and David Dorfman Dance.

Xavier Valcárcel is a Puerto Rican writer and editor. In 2009, he founded in San Juan, along with Puerto Rican poet and translator Nicole Delgado, the editorial project Atarraya Cartonera, the first Cartonera project in the Caribbean. He has published seven poetry books to date and his work has been translated to English, German and Portuguese.

About the Curator

Camilo Godoy is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice is concerned with the construction of political meanings and histories. His work engages with conceptual and choreographic strategies to negotiate questions that confront the politics of citizenship, imperialism and sexuality. Godoy analyzes and challenges past and present historical moments to imagine different subversive ways of being. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is based in New York, United States. He is a graduate of The New School with a BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2012; and a BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 2013. Godoy is currently a resident at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) and was a 2015-2017 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence; 2014 Keyholder Resident, Lower East Side Printshop; 2014 Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program Fellow, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU; and 2012 Fellow, Queer Art Mentorship. His work has been presented at venues such as Center for Performance Research, New York; Judson Church, New York; La Mama Galleria, New York; Donaufestival, Krems; and Mousonturm, Frankfurt, among others.

About Sunday Service

Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

***

Knockdown Center’s MEDIA page is an ongoing collection of audio, video, writing, and ephemera produced by our arts programming. It serves not only as an aural and visual index of the diverse artistic activities that occur within the space, but also as a resource for artists, writers, curators, and researchers who may be interested in learning more about the practitioners that come through our doors. As a primary source, documents housed within the MEDIA page have been minimally edited and largely unmodified. Audio files link to our Soundcloud channel, where curator conversations, exhibition walkthroughs, panels, and poetry readings can be heard individually, or as select playlists.

Sunday Service: J.Soto Presents…

By | Video | No Comments

Artists: Miatta Kawinzi, IV Castellanos and Amanda Hunt, ray ferreira, Keijaun Thomas

November 5, 2017

For November’s Sunday Service, curator J.Soto invited Miatta Kawinzi, IV Castellanos and Amanda Hunt, ray ferreira, Keijaun Thomas: the artists are performers, dancers, video makers, object makers. They are connected through their individual approaches to their material and expressiveness of embodied existences, and through the sinuous tendons of queer, black, and and POC communities. Using their work as they use tools to build, frame, practice, and to repeat; to create approaches that are textual, aware, speak-out-wards and in preservation.

Edging upon the deep areas in-between documentation, performance, and gesture the work is alive. These are approaches, unlanded, yet, this is what I hope we are working towards in community, in fortification. In fortification of our own communities.

Don’t Fall Back
A program dedicated to remaining in the moment, aware, and offering no apologies.

How is Queer (self)love a form of resistance? What shapes and objects does that take on and what images does it conjure?

What can be the practice of Queer, Transgender and Gender-nonconforming community care across POC communities, now?

How will we combat Queer, Transgender and Gender-nonconforming POC histories and perspectives being invisibilized?

Dedicated to creating existences that are not polite; that are not apologetic and care for eachother.

###

About the Curator

J.Soto is a queer brown transgender interdisciplinary artist, writer, and arts organizer. He has curated and performed work for The National Queer Arts Festival (San Francisco), Links Hall (Chicago), as well as Vox Populi (Philadelphia) among others nationally. His collaborative writing project, “Ya Presente Ayer” can be found in Support Networks, Chicago Social Practice History Series (University of Chicago Press). His organizing projects include the Latinx Artists Retreat (LXAR), which he recently launched with a group of Latinx artists and administrators and the Latinx Artist Visibility Award (LAVA) for Ox-Bow School of Art in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also a recent Fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI). His recent writing can be found in Original Plumbing and Apogee Journal: Queer History, Queer Now Folio. He is currently Programs Coordinator for Equity & Inclusion Initiatives at Movement Research and Production & Access Coordinator at Eyebeam.

About the Artists

Miatta Kawinzi is a multi-disciplinary artist. She explores the figure, the inner & outer landscape, and culture as sites of re-imagination & possibility. She works with images, objects, sound, space, the body, and language. She was born in 1987 in Nashville, TN to a Liberian mother and Kenyan father. Based in NYC, she received a BA in Interdisciplinary Art & Cultural Theory from Hampshire College in 2010 and an MFA in Studio Art from Hunter College in 2016. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Bag Factory (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha, NE), Beta-Local (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Greatmore Studios (Cape Town, South Africa), IAAB (Basel, Switzerland), Flux Factory (NYC), and the SOMA Summer program (Mexico City, Mexico). She has received additional awards from the NY Community Trust Foundation, Hampshire College, Hunter College, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant in 2017. Recent exhibition sites of her work include the Studio Museum in Harlem (NY), Aljira Center for Contemporary Art (NJ), and the FNB Joburg Art Fair (SA).

The artists IV Castellanos and Amanda Hunt explore the continuous catching and falling of one another’s bodies. With this idea, that takes many aesthetic forms, aim to define arrival as reciprocity. This work of jumping, catching, holding, climbing, falling and/or dropping, and dragging one another on repeat, is juxtaposed with task based labor driven work.
Hunt and Castellanos have performed at Highways Performance Space Los Angeles, CA the AHA Festival Santa Fe, NM, Gibney Dance, Dixon Place Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Lab and at Dance Space, NY in collaboration with the Feminist Art Group.

ray ferreira w h e n a m i blaqlatinx from occupied Lenape lands called New York, N Y: the illegitimate EEUU. An o t the r Corona, Queens a spacetimemattering a materialdiscusive (dis) continuity: [the Caribbean, the Greater Antilles, Hispañola, the Dominican Republic —> Corona, Queens] : history.
ray ferreira b.1991 w h e n a m i a performer of sorts aka multidisciplinary artist aka polymath. She stays playin : the dance between materialitylanguage through her body w h e n a m i where histories are made and remade. She plays with iridescence, text, rhythms (aka systems), to cruise a quantum poetics. Englishes, Spanishes, and other body languages spiral, dance, and twirl to create a banj criticality: that turnup w/the grls; that swerve past white cishet patriarchy. wh e n ami

She can be located museum educating at the Studio Museum in Harlem, as well as floating through other museum education departments. In addition, she lead teaches at the Octavia Project, and freelances for various artists. w h e nam i Other intersections of space|time|matter residencies at the Institute for Electronic Arts and EmergeNYC, performances at the Segue reading series, Dixon Place, and La MaMa, slightly different performances at the Queens Museum of Art, and differently different in Femmescapes: Vol 2. whenami She has performed two durational performances to obtain an expensive pieces of paper: a BA in Studio Art from SUNY Geneseo, and an MFA in Combined Media from CUNY Hunter College.

Keijaun Thomas creates live performance and multimedia installations that oscillate between movement and materials that function as tools, objects and structures, as well as a visual language that can be read, observed, and repeated within spatial, temporal, and sensorial environments. Her work investigates the histories, symbols, and images that construct notions of Black identity within black personhood. Thomas is reimagining, reworking, and reconstructing notions of visibility, hyper-visibility, passing, trespassing, eroticized, and marginalized representations of blackness in relation to disposable labor, domestic service, and notions of thingness amongst materials. Thomas earned their Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Thomas has shown work nationally and internationally in Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; Portland, ME; Chicago, IL; Saugatuck, MI; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Miami, FL; and Taipei, Taiwan; Paris, France; Mexico City, Mexico; Santiago, Chile; Istanbul, Turkey; Beirut, Lebanon; Saskatchewan and Vancouver, Canada; and the United Kingdom.

About Sunday Service

Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

***

Knockdown Center’s MEDIA page is an ongoing collection of audio, video, writing, and ephemera produced by our arts programming. It serves not only as an aural and visual index of the diverse artistic activities that occur within the space, but also as a resource for artists, writers, curators, and researchers who may be interested in learning more about the practitioners that come through our doors. As a primary source, documents housed within the MEDIA page have been minimally edited and largely unmodified. Audio files link to our Soundcloud channel, where curator conversations, exhibition walkthroughs, panels, and poetry readings can be heard individually, or as select playlists.

Sunday Service: Alexis Convento Presents…

By | Video | No Comments

Artists: Carlo Antonio Villanueva, Eli Tamondong, Goldie Poblador, Jana Lynne Umipig, Sugar Vendil

September 10, 2017

For the fall season premier of Sunday Service, curator Alexis Convento invited Filipinx artists both from the homeland and the diaspora come together to reclaim, to decolonize, to (re)trace our roots.

“To decolonize is to tell and write one’s own story, that in the telling and writing others may be encouraged to tell their own.” —Leny Mendoza Strobel, “Coming Full Circle”

About the Curator

Alexis Convento is a Filipina-American producer, administrator and manager working within contemporary performance, and is founder and curator of the CURRENT SESSIONS, a platform for emerging and established movement-based artists. Her creative direction has led to sold out houses, close artist relationships, and the cultivation of new audiences with an enduring interest in connecting the performing arts, culture, and community. Additional curation includes La MaMa Moves!, Center for Performance Research’s Fall Movement, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, and Gowanus Art + Production’s FIRST LOOK, among others. Alexis holds a BFA in Dance from Fordham University with the Ailey School. Alexis’ work seeks to activate new conversations between genres which strengthen the relationship between art production and community, doing so through her own practice as well as her commercial efforts. She welcomes inquiries from individuals and organizations whose work also seeks to connect art, culture and the public.

About the Artists

Christina Poblador, sometimes known as “Goldie”, was born in the Philippines and received her MFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design. She is an artist, a scientist, a feminist, and an alchemist. Her work channels narratives from Philippine culture and is inspired by nature and personal history. She brings a new awareness to what is and what can be the possibilities of ecofeminism, sensuality and the politics of immigration and race in a global world. work.goldieland.com

Carlo Antonio Villanueva is a Filipino-American dance artist from New Jersey, now living and working in New York. He often works with friend and collaborator Miriam Gabriel to make performances, and is also a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. mimiandcarlo.com

Sugar Vendil is a New York-based pianist and multidisciplinary artist lauded for “leading the unlikely intersection of classical music and new fashion” (The New York Times). A second generation Filipino-American, Vendil grew up in El Sobrante, CA, a suburb in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her artistic practice is strongly focused on rigorous discipline as a musician and multidisciplinary performance that integrates music, movement, and fashion, and unconventional approaches to the piano. Vendil was a 2017 Summer Labs Artist in Residence at National Sawdust and a 2016 Fellow in the Target Margin Institute for Collaborative Theater Making. Other residencies include Earthdance (E|MERGE Multidisciplinary Residency), the A-Z West Wagon Station Encampment, and Arts Letters & Numbers. She is the founder of The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP), a music ensemble that collaborates with artists such as visual artists, dancers, and fashion designers for its performances. sugarvendil.com

Eli Tamondong is a hybrid artist practicing and performing under the moniker Projectile Imagery. They have been curated by Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Chez Bushwick, Gibney Dance, New York Live Arts, New Dance Alliance; published in SLAG Mag and Polychrome Ink; and posted on Instagram (@projectileimagery). They have been a member of the Dance/NYC Junior Committee (2014-2017), a Chez Bushwick Artist-in-Residence (2014), and a New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Artist (2015-16). Eli is studying Massage Therapy at the Swedish Institute. projectileimagery.me

Jana Lynne (JL) Umipig is a creator – a multidisciplinary artist who uses her talents and skills to create transformative artistic experiences. Her training is rooted in classical and physical theatre work, with formal training from New York University, The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at The University of California, Irvine and The Accademia Dell’ Arte in Arrezzo, Italy. Much of her career has been heavily rooted in collaborative based, applied and experimental theatre that focuses on human rights advocacy, art therapy/ healing connected to the development of her work around “For the Movement Theatre” and “Theatre as Spiritual Practice.” In particular, she seeks to elevate the narratives of Pilipina wom*n- as a reflection of her own life’s journey toward decolonizing, re-indigenizing and humanizing self. She draws her inspiration from being raised by strong wom*n in her family and by countless circles of sisterhodo that have lifted her throughout her lifetime including mentors and comrades from- The Center for Babaylan Studies, Damayan, Af3irm (Gabriela Network), Gabriela NYC, The El Puente Global Justice Institute, and Kababayan at UC Irvine. janalynnecreativeproductions.com

About Sunday Service

Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

Video by James Tate

***

Knockdown Center’s MEDIA page is an ongoing collection of audio, video, writing, and ephemera produced by our arts programming. It serves not only as an aural and visual index of the diverse artistic activities that occur within the space, but also as a resource for artists, writers, curators, and researchers who may be interested in learning more about the practitioners that come through our doors. As a primary source, documents housed within the MEDIA page have been minimally edited and largely unmodified. Audio files link to our Soundcloud channel, where curator conversations, exhibition walkthroughs, panels, and poetry readings can be heard individually, or as select playlists.

Skip to content