Sensing Brooklyn, Frozen Lakes and Water : QUINN DUKES [NYC] KUBA FALK [POLAND] and VERONICA PEÑA [SPAIN]
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QUINN DUKES [BROOKLYN, NY] Sensing Brooklyn
Sensing Brooklyn is an interactive performance encouraging participants to activate their memory through the 5 senses. To recall the senses of the seasons, Sensing Brooklyn will take place within Brooklyn's public parks as they have been my sanctuaries during the pandemic. In-person and virtual participants are encouraged to recall sensorial based memories of Brooklyn parks and provide their written memory. It is through collective recall, that we find both commonalities and differences within our community.
What are the sounds, tastes, smells, textures, and sights of public parks in the fall? This particular iteration of Sensing Brooklyn will occur within McGolrick and McCarren Park in Brooklyn's neighborhood of Greenpoint. Over time, the project will expand to encompass all Brooklyn-based parks.
The performance will occur in a few movements:
1. Collection of fall, as it has fallen
2. An Attempted organization of fall
3. Sensory assignment
4. Memory recall with participants
5. Response activation
BIO: Quinn Dukes is a multimedia performance artist, activist, and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work addresses social injustice and ritual. Dukes holds an MFA in Art Practice from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA in Fine Art from Watkins College of Art & Design. In 2014, following a heated discussion about the death of performance art, Dukes founded an online and curatorial based platform, Performance Is Alive. Dukes has performed in galleries and festivals across the globe including Fountain Art Fair (Miami and NYC), Lumen International Video & Performance Festival, Wassaic Festival, Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), Local Project (Queens, NY), Gallery Sensei (NYC), and FIAP Festival (Martinique).
Dukes has received reviews in Flash Art, NY Arts Magazine and WhiteWall Magazine and written for blogs: Art in New York City and Art in Brooklyn. She is a tireless advocate for performance art and higher education via appointments as Performance Art Curator at Satellite Art Show (NYC, Miami, TX), Board Member and Fundraising Committee Chair at Grace Exhibition Space (New York, NY), and the Associate Director at the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY).
Website: www.quinndukes.com www.performanceisalive.com
KUBA FALK [POLAND] SUMMONING THE SPIRIT OF ROSEKILL LAKE (JANUARY 1, 2020)
SUMMONING THE SPIRIT OF ROSEKILL LAKE
This piece was created on January 1st 2020, zero energetic point in time
opening new decade.
Previous night under open clear starry sky
we were observing pure quietness
wishing those spectacular fireworks of distant suns
No more we will give our power to anyone.
Prayers of stillness that covers chtonic chaos of emotions
that are about to burst
into daily lives and deaths of the new time.
Nature is the gate to enter inner universe.
Embraced by the elements in all forms and kinds
I summon the peaceful joy and ecstatic adoration
of life, to come upon us.
We are blessed
Kuba Falk, 2020
BIO: Kuba Falk studied in Cracow, Poland at the Intermedia Department of the Academy of Fine Arts; Stage Directing and Stage Acting at the Academy of Theatre Arts and Comparative Religion Studies at the Jagiellonian University.
KUBA FALK on VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/kubafalk
VERÓNICA PEÑA [SPAIN/USA] THE WATER TANK SESSIONS with TARA GLADDEN [USA] (2020)
THE WATER TANK SESSIONS (I) (SPAIN) in collaboration with TARA GLADDEN (U.S.), curated by Verónica Peña, is a new long-distance series of audio-visual collaborations that invites professional musicians, singers, and sound artists to play and improvise while being inspired by the vision of the submerged human body.
For the first enactment of the series, invited sound artist Tara Gladden and underwater performance artist Verónica Peña collaborate live from different states of the U.S. Using a digital online platform, the artists present the audience with a unique auditory and visual experience that combines respirations, slow movements, and hypnotic sounds with the enchanting vision of the suspended body.
THE WATER TANK SESSIONS wants to foster collaboration among artists in order to promote joy, togetherness, and creativity from our homes. By bringing artists together, and generating distinct audiovisual experiences for the audience, the project wants to help palliate the solitude, sadness, and hard daily circumstances created by the pandemic.
BIO: Veronica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator from Spain based in the United States. Her work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through Performance Art. Peña is interested in global issues such as migration politics, cross-cultural dialogue, peaceful resistance, empathy liberation, and women’s empowerment. Peña has performed/exhibited around Europe, Asia, and America. In the U.S.: Pioneer Works (*2020-postoponed due to the pandemic), BAAD (2019), Smack Mellon (2018), Triskelion Arts, Queens Museum, Hemispheric Institute, SAIC (Visiting Artist), Times Square Alliance, Armory Show, Dumbo Arts Festival, Consulate of Spain in NY, amongst others. In Europe: Museo La Neomudejar (Madrid 2019), Fundacion BilbaoArte (Bilbao 2018), Friche La Belle De Mai (Marseille 2018), Festival Intramurs (Valencia 2018), amongst others. She was selected for the Creative Capital Workshop 2019-20, received a Franklin Furnace Fund (2018), and a Universidad Complutense de Madrid Fellowship. Her performance art work was reviewed by Donald Kuspit, and published at Hyperallergic. She published “The Presence Of The Absent”, a thesis about her body of work; curates "Collective Becoming" to foster collaboration among artists; and is the founder director of “Performance Art Open Call”, a Facebook Community of more than 11,000 members.
http://www.instagram.com/veronica_pena_live_art Performance Art Open Call
TARA GLADDEN in collaboration with VERONICA PENA for THE WATER TANK SESSIONS (I)
TARA GLADDEN is currently Director and Curator for Kohl Gallery at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She began her curatorial activities in New York City, where she co-founded and co-curated the NYC Anarchist Art Festival with Adriana Varella and David Gladden from 2009-2012. During this time, she established an ongoing relationship with historic anarchist theatre group, The Living Theatre and was co-founder and co-organizer of Anarko Art Lab, a monthly, collaborative, interdisciplinary, experimental art happening held at The Living Theatre on Manhattan’s lower east side. In 2014, she began as Galleries Manager at Salisbury University where she was responsible for operations in one off campus, and 2 on campus galleries. During her tenure as Galleries Manager at SU, she curated and/or co-curated over 20 regional, national, and international exhibitions and events in all media across all three of SU’s Galleries, and in additional project spaces. In 2012 for John Cage’s 100th birthday, she cofounded John Cage Memorial Park and Chance House Artist Residency with David Gladden on 4 ½ acres of land in the remote Chesapeake Bay fishing village of Chance, MD. From 2012- 2018 she was a co-founder, co-curator, and collective member of W.O.R.K., a community art space devoted to adventurous art and music happenings on Salisbury MD’s downtown plaza. Website: https://www.ctaragladden.org
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