The first program dedicated to the discussion and exploration of various themes in Performance Art, TALKaCTIVE, begins its 2018 season series with the presentations of “Performing Gender.” This month’s conversation focuses on the works of guest artists who explore aspects of identity and corporeal resistance, while addressing performative notions of “feminine” / “masculine” embodiment. Their investigation of GENDER and Gender Based Actions in today’s socio-political climate reference, and express modalities of the performative. The presentation of documentation of works will be followed by a panel conversation and Q&A with attending audience.
IV CASTELLANOS is an abstract performance artist and sculptor based in Brooklyn, NY. They have performed at the Queens Museum, Gruentaler9 (Berlin), DFBRL8R (Chicago), Grace Exhibiton Space, IV Soldiers, Dixon Place, PPL, Gallery Sensei and Rosekill (Kingston, NY). They founded the F.A.G. (Feminist Art Group), 2016 with co-founder Esther Neff, which has alternating performers.
MARCELLINE is an interdisciplinary performance, sound and video artist currently based out of Philadelphia. Born in Cameroon, Marcelline often explores the spiritual nature of self-determination — often finding balance in response to the immediate community and in reflection of the tools present in the environment to facilitate the process of healing. Marcelline is currently working on cultivating Black joy from within so that they can help share that vibration with others more freely.
About the Program
TALKaCTIVE is a new program that fosters dialogue and exchange among Live Action Art practitioners, encourages commentary about Performance Art, and prompts reflection about performative processes, methodologies, and styles. Every session is organized around a relevant topic in Performance Art, and the presentation of works by a group of selected artists who share their work, discuss their approach to Live Art, and engage in open conversation with critics, curators, and attending audience. The monthly series consists of a presentation, panel, and open Q&A session where participating artists screen documentation of their work, a curator or critic contextualizes the works presented, and a moderator mediates the exchange of information and resources. TALKaCTIVE is an independent initiative created and organized by artist Hector Canonge. Hosted at the Queens Museum, the monthly series is free of charge and open to the general public.
About the Curator / Moderator
HECTOR CANONGE (creator and curator of TALKaCTIVE) is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, media educator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, Live Action Art, and Social Practice to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration. He has exhibited and presented broadly in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge created and directs the annual Performance Art Festival of NYC, ITINERANT. Among his cultural and artistic initiatives, he started the programs: ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB), an project to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA, NEXUSURNEXUS a virtual platform for Live Action Art, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. After living abroad for almost 3 years, Canonge returned to the USA in late 2015 to continue with his projects, exhibitions, and presentations: TALKaCTIVE, performance art series, CONVIVIR, international residency program at his new space, MODULO 715 in Jackson Heights, Queens, and LiVEART.US a program focusing on featuring artists exploring live art . The artist is currently at work for his upcoming presentations in the city.
Featured Image: IV Castellanos, “Battering ram tube for a performer to enter and carve their way out.”
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