Performance Art Festival NYC
Nov 14 2015
November 12 – 21, 2015 at Multiple Venues
Saturday, November 14 and Sunday November 15, 2 – 5pm at Queens Museum
QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, a non for profit arts organization established in 2005, brings to New York City the Performance Art Festival, ITINERANT. This year’s festival, organized independently by artist Hector Canonge, will take place in local museums, galleries and public sites in the city of New York. ITINERANT 2015 will host the works of local, national, and international artists working in Performance Art and its various manifestations. The festival will take place from November 12 – 21, 2015, and will feature works that best reflect the city’s diversity and ever growing multicultural artistic concerns and themes: “Race and Corporal Embodiments,” “Queering Gender & Identity,” and “Migratory Patterns”.
ITINERANT at Queens Museum includes participation of local, national, and international artists selected through an open call.
On November 14th, Participating Artists include: Thomas Albrecht (United States); Diane Dwyer (Japan-USA); Sindy Butz (Germany;, Sheree Tams (Canada); Rossella Matamoros (Costa Rica); Asham Halder (Bangladesh); Agnes Yit (Malaysia); Beatriz Albuquerque (Portugal) with Cecily Iddings, Justin Maki, David Moscovich, and Mike Topp (United States); PACHAQUEERS: Fernando Rodriguez & Eduardo Fajardo (Ecuador); and Sandrine Deumier with Philippe Lamy (France).
Featured Image: Ashim Halder, Bangladesh, “Forgive, Forget Not”
About the Artists
Thomas Albrecht, United States, “Waiting,” 2015.
Thomas Albrecht’s performance projects have explored ritual and language in public spaces, galleries, and museums, prodding cultural beliefs and individual doubts. Current interests involve duration and elements of Absurdist Theatre, laying bare contingency in human constructions and slippage between truth and fiction. Albrecht has performed throughout the United States and in Europe, notably at Grace Exhibition Space, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Dimanche Rouge Paris, and during festivals such as the Brooklyn International Performing Arts Festival and Month of Performance Art Berlin. He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University where he served as the Menil Scholar in residence, and his MFA from the University of Washington. He serves as Associate Professor in the Art Department at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Diane Dwyer, Japan-USA, “Art for Reach People to Stand On,” 2015.
Diane Dwyer was born in Japan, and grew up in New England. She lives in Brooklyn, where she hosts projects and events in her apartment including Diane’s Circus and Cloying Parlor.
Much of her performance work consists of interventions and private actions, viewed primarily through documentation, if at all. She develops long-term projects that may, at first glance, appear disconnected. However, in each, she works through issues and questions that have fed her work for years. Through private performances, public interventions, and developed personas, Dwyer addresses a range of subjects, from the experience of alienation, to the seduction of power. Projects include: Diane The American Swimmer (a persona project exploring nationalism and hegemony), Diane’s Circus/cloyingPARLOR (a persona and event series in her home exploring, in part, the negotiation of public and private space), IPhone Surveillance series (surreptitiously obtained images and sounds), and ART FOR RICH PEOPLE TO STAND ON, presented in ITINERANT 2015. Dwyer’s work has been screened in Bulgaria, Cuba, England, Ireland, Montenegro, Russia, and Venezuela. In the USA, she has been included in new genres festivals and exhibitions in Atlanta, Baltimore, DC, Las Vegas, and New York. She received my BFA from The Museum School/Tufts University and my MFA from the University of Connecticut, where she was awarded a teaching fellowship. She is currently a part-time assistant professor at Parsons the New School for Design.
Sindy Butz, Germany, “Phenomenon of Time,” 2015.
Sindy Butz is a German interdisciplinary visual artist and movement researcher based in New York. Butz’s art practice spans the disciplines of performance art, sculptural installation, performance based photography/ video art and coaching and consulting through art and movement. Her work consists of an ongoing research on emotional response, affect, human behavior, forms of memory, perception of time and impact of poetic space. Butz recently received the Artist in Residence Winter Workspace 2016 at Wave Hill New York. Her work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Fountain Art Fair Miami and New York; Select Art Fair, New York; Alice Austen Museum, New York; Museum der Dinge, Berlin among others. She has been awarded Artist in Residence in Schloss Plüschow, Germany (2007), Chill Rialaig, Ireland (2007) and Hwaseong, South Korea (2008). 2009 she was granted a DAAD Jahresstipendium at New York University. In parallel to her art practice, her dance enthusiasm has lead her to the position as a principal dancer at the New York Butoh Dance Company, Vangeline Theater since 2010. She has performed at venues such as the Brooklyn Museum, New York; New Museum, New York and El Museo del Barrio, New York.
Sheree Tams, Canada, “Dropping Stitches,” 2015.
Sheree Tams is an artist, performer, playwright and designer who is based in Toronto and works internationally. This past summer she represented Canada at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in the Czech Republic. Tam’s practice makes connections between objects and memory through space and time engaging with audiences through smell, touch, taste, images, sound, and text. She also creates sculptural art interpreting time though movement phases questioning the traveller in all of us. She uses performance to discover new pathways to memory and identity.
Rossella Matamoros, Costa Rica, “Corazón (Heart),” 2012.
Rossella Matamoros was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. Her multidisciplinary art practice involves drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, set design, dramaturgy of dress, performance art, and video. She has a degree in Fine Arts from Universidad de Costa Rica, and obtained her MFA, with a Fulbright scholarship from George Washington University, in Washington DC. She was the recipient of the scholarships by French Government and by Japan Foundation. Licentiate in Visual Arts, University of Costa Rica. Matamoros was awarded the Costa Rican National price Aquileo J. Echeverría, 1998 & 2003; the PROARTES, Costa Rica, 2010; and Chapingo Biennial, México, 2008, among others. She has exhibited, individually and collectively, in more than 135 exhibitions for over 30 years, in Costa Rica, the United States, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Peru, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru & Guatemala. She has participated in the Venice Biennalef, Italy; San Juan Bienal, Puerto Rico; Tijuana Bienal, Mexico; Chapingo Bienal, Mexico; Costa Rica, Bienarte y Valoarte; El Salvador, Marte & Idearte, Honduras.
Asham Halder, Bangladesh, “Existence of Identity 2”, 2015.
Ashim Halder known as ‘Sagor’ is a visual artist from Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 2006 he completed his BFA & in 2008 MFA in Ceramics from the Faculty of Fine Art, University of Dhaka. He has participated in numerous workshops and exhibitions in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Canada, London, USA, Washington DC, Slovenia, Japan and Netherlands. He has done 1st & 2nd Solo titled ‘Philology of Time’ &‘Contemporary Artifacts’ at Zainul Gallery, University of Dhaka & II International Triennial of Ceramics Unicum 2012, Ljubljana, Slovenia. KUNSTVLAAI Festival of Independents at Amsterdam. Netherlands.Fourth ASNA Clay Triennialat Karachi, Pakistan. Oita Asian Sculpture Exhibition organized Asakura Fumio Memorial Sculpture Museum, 2012. Annual MONITOR 6 & 9: New South Asian Short Film and Video screening, Toronto, Canada 2010 -2013. Ashim’s participation in recent exhibitions includes 15th &14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh and 19th National art Exhibition 2011organized by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Raku Workshop Outcome Exhibition, 2008 & 2010, Mechanical Fantasy: Print Workshop ’09, Video Art Workshop’s open Studio ‘08 / 09, He has taken part in Sandwich Inc. & Tokyo Wonder Site Residency Program ’2013/14, Japan. Britto Students’ Residency 2009 at Rajshahi University & CRAC International Art Camp 2010 & Remarkri Art camp 2013.
Agnes Yit, Malaysia, “The In Between,” 2014.
Agnes Yit is a multidisciplinary art and design practitioner born in Malaysia and raised in Singapore. She studied and lived in the United Kingdom for 4 years (2008-2012), where she graduated with a Masters degree in Architecture from The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. She was awarded both the AA Diploma in Architecture and the ARB/ RIBA Part 2 Qualification from the Royal Institute of British Architects in the UK. Professionally, she specialized in Architecture, Urbanism, Research and Planning with nearly 14 years of her contribution in the design industry, in-concurrent with Art practice. Her performance works often present the link between art and architecture working within a spatial context, and taking into consideration site-specific qualities as a whole.
Beatriz Albuquerque with Cecily Iddings, Justin Maki, and David Moscovich, Brazil and United States, “Un-language,” 2015.
Beatriz Albuquerque is an interdisciplinary Portuguese artist living in New York. She is known for her interdisciplinary practices between performance and cross media. Awards include the Breakthrough Award for the 17th Biennial Cerveira; Myers Art Prize Award from Columbia University, New York; and the Premio Ambient Performance Series, PAC / edge Performance Festival, Chicago.
Cecily Iddings’ first book is Everyone Here (Octopus Books, 2014). Her new chapbook, Is To: As: Is To:, was just published by Spooky Girlfriend Press, and her poems have recently appeared in Atlas Review, the Heir Apparent at the Volta, Prelude, and Sixth Finch. She lives in Brooklyn.
Justin Maki is a Brooklyn poet and editor whose work has appeared in Blue Lyra Review, Strategic Confusion, Square One and matchbook. He studied writing at the University of Colorado–Boulder and in Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program and has edited books and journal articles related to global media, humanitarian crisis reporting and the politics of representation in foreign news. After four years as a teacher in Osaka, Japan, he currently works in the NYC bureau of a Japanese news agency.
David Moscovich has published in Electric Literature, Painted Bride Quarterly, Madhat Review, 3:AM, Rain Taxi and elsewhere. His novella of one-page fictions, You Are Make Very Important Bathtime, was nominated for a Pushcart and &Now prize. Recipient of a fellowship from New York University and sponsorship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he is publisher of Louffa Press, a micro-press dedicated to printing innovative fiction in collectible, handprinted chapbooks. He lives in New York City.
PACHAQUEER: Fernando Rodriguez & Eduardo Fajardo, Ecuador, “El Milagro Ecuatoriano,” 2015.
PACHAQUEER it’s a rebel, independent, autogestivo & autofestivo project for performance and politics. it’s a transdisciplinary space for artistic creation and cultural re-creation in Quito, Ecuador that questions the violent norms and statutes of capitalism and its binary systems through art and dissidence. They propose queerness, cuir, kuy (or whatever you want) as a chance to live, love, and create community, rescuing ancient principles of solidarity, participation and sharing. Their thoughts and performances have been shared in Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Canada and the United States. On May 4th, 2013 they opened a space right in their living room and named it “PACHAQUEER” to present their performance “Cruz-y-Ficción”. Since then they have collaborated with more than 100 artists from both local and international collectives to widen spaces for critical and political artistic expressions such as performance, painting, poetry, dance, music and many others. On February 2014 they participated in the 5th International conference Queering the Paradigms at FLACSO Quito, Ecuador, presenting a session titled “Mi cuerpo es Queer.” Later in June their performance “Expropriation” was presented at Encuentro 2014 in Montreal, Canada, organized by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics of the NYU. Other performances or presentations of Pachaqueer range from “Kuyay Pichay” at Aphrodisiac Devices, the first International Queer Residency at Valparaiso, and “Macho Mariposa” in collaboration with Casa de Cultura Benjamín Carrión in Quito, Ecuador. Most recently they have released their video performance “91 Degrees [boiling point]” at the XII Arrecheras Heterodisidentes an international festival of short films that took place in Bogota, Colombia on August 2015.
Sandrine Deumier and Philippe Lamy, France, “[Play;],” 2015.
With her dual philosophical and artistic training, Sandrine Deumier constructed a multifaceted poetry focused on the issue of technological change and the performative place of poetry conceived through new technologies. Using material from the word as image and the image as a word vector, she also works at the junction of video and sound poetry considering them as sensitive devices to express a form of unconscious material itself. The process of writing and the mobile material of the image function as underlying meanings of reflux which refer to the real flickering and to their reality transfers via unconscious thought structures. Her work consists mainly of poetic texts, vidéopoèmes, multimedia installations and audiovisual poetic performances in collaboration with composers.
Painting for Philippe Lamy requires great concentration, and must reveal the patterns needed to understand it. His paintings form series that can be arranged in accordance with the place where they are exhibited. He experiments with colours, materials and textures, while at the same time introducing the parameters of time and gravity. His art involves the building up of strata, layer by layer over long periods of time, until he obtains the desired density. Music and painting resonate together, with the same care given to textures, the same attention to events and with that desire to achieve a certain density. Sounds from all kinds of sources (recordings, voices, instrumental sounds, dialogues) are combined to produce an intense experience of immersion. He has made albums on the labels La p’tite maison, High linear music, Nephogram,Nowaki,DataObscura, Mystery Sea, Taalem, Ripples recordings and has participated in mixes and compilations on the labels Bassesfrequence , Audio Gourmet, Future Sequence and Sismografo Escala.
About the Festival
ITINERANT was created in 2010 by artist Hector Canonge. The initiative was a small platform for Contemporary Performance Art, and had its origins in the monthly series A-Lab Forum that Canonge organized at Crossing Art Gallery in Flushing, Queens. Following the growing interest in Live Art, and the need to present performance in the borough, ITINERANT was launched in 2011 under the auspices of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development. In 2012, ITINERANT was recognized by the City of New York as the first Performance Art festival taking place in the five boroughs (Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island) that make the metropolitan region. Following the large scale venture in NYC, Canonge journeyed through Europe and Latin America creating, in 2013, the Spanish edition of the festival and calling Encuentro ITINERANTe, a more fluid version of the festival with public presentations in various cities in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hector Canonge: firstname.lastname@example.org