"Full of beginnings without ends ...."
Ursula K. Le Guin
‘I Just Work Here: Business Unusual’
Duration: 8 hours
I Just Work Here is a series of performances in urban and rural spaces. These performances are informed by my work experiences in blue and white collar settings. The character I embody for the series is a caricature of the working woman, a feminine persona that I have donned for some of my jobs, especially as a woman in the tech industry. Often her office attire is a stark contrast to the landscape in which the performance occurs. This character has a controlled sex appeal that gives her some power by playing into stereotypical gender-roles and engaging the male gaze. The character performs repetitive, physically intense labor and her labor yields no product. In a larger sense, the I Just Work Here series raises questions about what work is.
‘Behind the Table’
Duration: 3 hours
Time serve as a frame to enter a timeless space where the action or actions take their own course spontaneously influenced by all the components present in a given space, times and bodies.
Christine M. Babic
‘Strange Land Sceneries’
Duration: 8 hours
My work, my ideas are rooted in my culture and the land from which I was born. I am always writing and rewriting my voice as an indigenous person; finding ways to evolve as a native woman and expose the American Genocide, termination in disguise, blood quantum & all that
encompasses colonialist narrative; ways to personally and collectively decolonize through poetic image and inherently political actions.
Jordan T. Paul
Duration: 1.5 hours
My work seeks to explore the uncanny distance between measured time and felt duration.
‘The Song of a Soldier on Watch (The Song from the Grave) One Man Opera’
Duration: 7 hours
I fervently believe that performing body can become electrified after certain period of time being in a particular state of mind, affecting and disturbing the molecules of its surrounding. However, I don’t believe that duration, by default, can produce a powerful performance but rather more the possibility of a performer to compress the floating time in singular presence.
Duration: 3 Hours Monday - Friday
I use performance in my work, adopting the pseudonym of The Hobbyist, to activate my created objects and act as a public face to spread a message of environmental awareness and agency. I see most of my objects as props to use in my public performances, creating a handmade environment for my character to exist in: an imaginary world in which humorous and absurd individual actions can make a difference against the gigantic environmental catastrophe we currently find ourselves in. I see my performance work as a re-imagining or continuation of what Mierle Laderman Ukeles started with Maintenance Art, publicly gathering, sorting and washing trash in a highly visible and absurdly decorated jumpsuit.
Syniva Whitney / Gender Tender
Duration: 8 Hours
Living landscapes and portraits inspired by queer history happen in surreal time. Strategies are used to softly sabotage, to melt like butter, to sing like the horizon.
Luke Martin & Aaron F. Breilyn
Duration: 8 Hours
'recursive retent' has several entangled concerns: the poetics and politics of listening, labor (specifically as it pertains to the workday), a negation of capital-based productivity, a situation at once strictly composed and firmly open/experimental, and the mental/physical relationship that develops between performers throughout the piece.
Duration: 37 Minutes
In Paces, all elements of the performance undergo a gradual modulation. What looks like a repetition on first sight, is a minimal alteration of the previous: a continuous exchange of equal values, that gently draws the audience into a space of perpetual movement.
No movement ever to be repeated in the exact same way, no picture ever to be taken twice: we live our lives in the midst of inconstancy. Yet, we get along in a surrounding of constant change: blindly we trust, that also tomorrow we will recognize the world as such.