We were so sorry to hear the news about Marcus. Here is a link to his Facebook page where you can offer your condolences.
On March 8th at DiverseWorks Non Grata did their performance Force Majeure.
It was a real thrill to witness a talent like 1KA from France. An important member of Non Grata, this guy was totally fascinating to watch and to listen to, whether he was performing or simply escaping into the sounds on the street.
Words from Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Identity as circle of light calling through tiny electric sounds a heartbeat, heard on embrace. This performance was beautiful, and the huge white balloon floating away beyond any vision as the fiber optic light in it still shown bright. I’m still contemplating it’s possible destination.
I had the great pleasure to work very closely on this performance piece with Rodney Dickson. When he first sent his list of materials needed it was funny enough to post. From then on our group of conspirators and F*#cked Up Houston characters started coming together.Talking to Rodney I gather that this piece is progressive and that each “F#$Cked Up Place gets added to the videos showing at the next event. So far the show has traveled to Beijing, Mexico City and Vietnam among other locations. The meaning is to reflect the Chaos in our F#*Cked Up world. I think it also reflected the unity in our F#$%Ked upedness. Thanks Rodney for letting me be myself and try and paint during this performance. I thought it was very funny that the nude models multiplied everytime I looked up. Yep. The audience started joining in with EVERYTHING!
Saturday afternoon a van full of performance artists from around the world pulls up to the Fiesta Mart at Studemont and 14th. Mission BANANA. Later that night Orion Maxted includes Houston at notsuoH as his latest testing ground.
Several years ago, it was spun off in a taxi to a cellphone. Alcohol is also intoxication. The next day I was told at a slower and permeate the body of thin mens Cruiser came close to their contacts, which had started to learn to run annoying memory.
Especially in the ‘ Donkey Kong ‘ means the game 10 years ago it was Iran’s game is challenging but Tendo saves when there isn’t a point of severe stress when I felt relatively clear spirits in a Word can be said to ‘ bust ‘. Start at the origin is traced to the Middle, very tired and blah blah. Recently, I have always felt that the restart at the origin and often. When I see something I like to look at the cusp point will be in.
Sometimes the negative mood in, when I gaze on this thread, devastating, positive looked ‘ boundless learning ‘ dumb dumb. Cell phone lost when making the cab ride since you wont have a habit of the old seat again to another country or to another country, even in areas where I have heard and I always have a habit of Xena in the old article, but which seemed to often it is thrown, and the laughter coming sometimes it wont hurt to ride strange direction as is the lesson of the interpretation.
Julia Wallace did a beautiful piece that struck right at the heart of our insecurities and ask us the question “What Do You Think of Me Now?” Talking to her about her personal journey for cathartic change made the performance even more intense as I watched this artwork unfold. A week later and I am still thinking about it.
Born in Dublin Ireland; moved to New York 1984 and worked as the fastest blackjack dealer in the underground casino scene. Henry became a pioneer of the Williamsburg bohemian “immersionist” movement. His art investigates the audience’s sense of self awareness through using his mind and body in a way which engages them in a transformative process. His work is provocative, edgy and slams the viewer into the center of political issues, social conditioning and human taboos.
In her latest multimedia, persona-based performance, Jill Pangallo re-creates the compound and often-incongruous roles that people perform on a daily basis. Pangallo’s detailed, nuanced portraits oscillate between emotional and emotive polarities—funny and serious, happy and sad, tribute and observation—and endeavor to highlight what she believes to be an epidemic of denial and lack of self-awareness, both on a personal and public level. “Pangallo’s work is smart, funny, highly original and kinda creepy.” Glasstire
Nancy Douthey performed at notsuoH as part of the Lone Star Performance Explosion. Photos courtesy of Michelle Lanter, Ben DeSoto and Alex Barber.
There are always some back stories going around at any major event like this one. Knowing some of this back story, I had to give it to Brian and Stevie McCord for telling us exactly what they think.
While in school in Baltimore in 1981, Topchy chanced upon an exhibition of Yves Klein’s IKB work. Topchy credits Klein’s use of a saturated ultramarine blue pigment that represented “the void” as a pivotal discovery. After using this color on spherical sculptures, Topchy realized their connection to Pysanky, the ornately decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs he made in childhood with his mother and grandmother.
Following in Klein’s footsteps, Topchy earned a black belt in judo under Karl Geiss, which led to studies in Buddhism and a deeper understanding of his Ukrainian roots and identity as a dual American and Canadian citizen.
With the help of the audience, Natali demonstrated how to take a photograph with a rotary phone. I got to participate as a “Snake Handler” (which everyone knows is mandatory when you develop a Rotory Phone photograph) in this clever, witty and totally whimsical performance Natali created objects and situations as solutions to real and imaginary problems. Getting to know Natali just a little bit I have a feeling that the show never ends.
I would have liked to see Nyugen perform again during the festival. It was one of the most moving segments of the three nights. Nyugen’s motions and references brought forth a tangible sense of sorrow. Photos courtesy Micheal E. Johnston
CLICK HERE for the KPFT INTERVIEW Interviewing Orion Maxted, 1KA, Elena Nestorova, organized by Kelly Alison for Michael Woodson of the “LIVE” 6am Friday morning program “LIVING ART”. Only on our local public radio KPFT Umm.. at 6am in the morning.. let’s just say some..cough.. most.. of us were still awake.
the goose a prisoner is a shadow of a strangulation. Odysseus’s sadness as he tried to embrace the shade of his mother–hugs in Hades are impossible. Had he known that violence is what allows us to seize the phantasms of our dead loves, perhaps he would have been more Oedipal with his mother’s ghost. Transplanted into the bowels of New York from the carcass of Houston, the goose a prisoner, though immaterial, is unable to escape the tight grip of a chokehold that is self-administered.
Daniel-Kayne spent three days in the window of Deans. Photos courtesy of Ben DeSoto, Michelle Lanter and Alex Barber.
Here is the statement I wrote in the lead-up to the festival, part of which I read out at the seminar we gave:
“The Paris ’68 slogan: ‘Take your dreams for Reality’ can be taken as a practical methodology. Brain-washing, another related example, first requires breaking-down the subject’s psychic-integrity; their information processing and concomitant social values.
Art can be a third example, an alternative way of achieving some practical change. Through performance, my work takes a sideways look at language and cognition. the method is to unlock, jolt, or re-examine our ‘psychic-integrity’. I mean to find gaps – to show that reality is not fixed, but porous, fragile and reprogrammable. To examine what we take for granted – These are all forms of intellectual violence. Which is the first aim of my work.
Right now society is in the middle of exactly such a reprogramming phase. Example: God is ‘sort of’ dead; machines are ‘sort of’ alive; and we are somewhere between the two. The second aim of our work ought to be constructive: nothing less than helping to describe the language with which the world is programmed – and to reprogramme the world. This language will be music.
Orion Maxted (b. 1977) is a performance artist and curator based in Berlin and London, who studied Music & Visual Art at Brighton University, England. Presenting solo works widely in Asia, Europe and America he is also member of protoPLAY and Non Grata international performance groups, and works for Testing Grounds an artist development organization operating in the UK and internationally as a curator and mentor.”
Jonatan was more that a performer in the Festival. Jonatan did our promo video and our PR work. We are very grateful for all his help. He also did a hard hitting work at AvantGarden called “Brown”.