Category: fashion/costume

Merry Christmas Mary Boom

After a long spell of letting many-an-event pass without noting it here, I’ve returned to keep you, fair reader, up to date on my goings-on. Up next: The Kate Bush Dance Troupe performs not one but TWO numbers in a very special event on Saturday December 15th. Merry Christmas Mary Boom is a co-production of ESP TV and Dirty Looks NYC which takes as its inspiration many holiday specials that I myself hold dear, including those by Kate Bush and RuPaul. We will perform in front of a live audience against a green screen/psychedelic Christmas backdrop while ESP TV live mixes the footage. Prepare to be dazzled. Check out the teaser below and buy tickets here. Please also visit KBDT’s Facebook page and Vimeo page to stay apprised of our updates. And do tell Kate to tune in to MNN.org on December 25th and January 1st to check out the results of this holiday spectacular. Here is the Facebook page for the event with additional guests and details.

This is Not a Myth @ Kaskadenkondensator, Basel

On my very last night in Basel I had the pleasure of performing at Kaskadenkondensator, a space for experimental performance, also known simply as Kasko for short (the full name translates to “cascade condensor”). I had met Axel Topfer, a German artist living in Basel who worked at Kasko, and together we mounted an installation for a one-night event. The performance combined my usual suspects of music, costume, video, miniature sets, singing, and dancing with a physical set that contained and defined the action within it and utilized many of the physical objects I made during my residency. Though packing and cleaning was an endless nightmare afterward, the event was a sweet ending to my stay, the best kind of farewell.

Read more about the performance and see images on the This is Not a Myth page on my site, including the one below.

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In Search of the Golden Spandex

I’m interviewed in the 6/2011 issue of Kunstbulletin, a Swiss art magazine, and the title – Auf der Suche nach dem goldenen Spandex – is fondly translated above. The article is by Andrina Jorg, and Cat Tuong Nguyen photographed me. Here’s a permanent link to the English translation courtesy of Google – In Search of the Golden Spandex. It can also be read in German HERE.

Cover of the June issue as well as the photo, which is not included on the website.

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Costume-Object Workshop

I’m including here some stills from my current project, Costume-Object Workshop. The project includes several individual pieces I initiated, often not knowing whether the end result would be a costume or an object/wall hanging, with some pieces functioning as both. The video component has been shown in one-channel and two-channel formats and features experiments with the costume pieces which evoke particular character movements and in some cases restrict movement to specific areas of the body. When shown alongside those pieces that ultimately became objects, the shape-characters in the video seem to exert their object-ness. The objects themselves are not-so-distant relatives of decorative home craft items but are elevated as art objects in relation to their potential relation to the body for performative purposes.

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Group Show at Dreispitz, Basel

Below are some shots of my work in the group show of iaab residents at the organization’s new Dreispitz project room. I showed my new video Ode on a Terran Urn as well as a new installation piece featuring video, costume, and wall hangings called Costume-Object Workshop. The other artists in the show are Jan-Henri Booyens, Taro Shinoda, Georges Audet, and Sami Lukkarinen.

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Ode on a Terran Urn – Online Premiere

My new video Ode on a Terran Urn is finally complete and is going up on youtube and facebook in segments. The first chapter was put up last Monday, and you can see it here below or by visiting my magstoriches youtube channel.

I also made a Metalmags fan page on Facebook which includes links to these videos as well as photos and video stills. Go “like” it!

E.S.P. TV, Episode 1 – January 28th

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A few of my short videos will be included in episode 1 of E.S.P. TV – a live taping and screening taking place on Friday January 28th at Louis V E.S.P. in Brooklyn. The show was conceived as a public access type variety show that includes contributions from many artists, including Dana Bell, Colby Bird, Elbis Rever, Ganjatronics, Kate Gilmore, KUNSOLE, Katrina Lam, Derek Larson, Erica Magrey, Rachel Mason, Sam Mickens, Bradford Nordeen, Andre Perkowski, Jonathan Phelps, Sophia Peer, Andrew Steinmetz, Jennifer Sullivan, and Brian Zegeer. The show is curated by Scott Kiernan, one of the proprietors of the space.

Always a fan of public access, I’m happy to have my videos included. The three that will screen are all bumpers from Awesome Music Videos, Vol. 1, a compilation I made of music videos from VH1 Classic, wherein I play veejay and create bumper skits to segue between songs. The compilation also features a xeroxed booklet with short essays on each piece. The three videos can be seen on youtube: Alien Lounge Scene, Untitled (HANDS), and Are You Experienced?

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If you’re in Brooklyn, check out the live taping! No one knows exactly how it will turn out, which makes it all the more fun. I’ll post an air date/time for MNN when I receive notification.

Happy Feminist Halloween – Louise Bourgeois Costume at NADA Halloween Ball

Halloween 2010 seemed destined to come and go without the joys of costuming, as I had been sick all week and had no motivation to whip something up. But lo and behold, I heard the call for costumed artists for the NADA Halloween Ball, as my friend Brina Thurston was assembling well dressed artists for the occasion. Brina’s theme was feminist art of the 1970s, and I decided to recreate a costume from Louise Bourgeois’ A Banquet/A Fashion Show of Body Parts, a performance from 1978 that took place in her piece Confrontation. Many of the artists, led by Brina, posed as Valie Export in her piece Genital Panic, and they were a force to be reckoned with. The rest of us rounded out the posse as Yoko Ono (2 versions – “Cut” and 80s Yoko), Carolee Schneeman’s Meat Joy, Strawberry Switchblade, and Adrien Piper’s Mythical Being. My friend Jennifer Sullivan also came as a Picasso Masterpiece. See pics and links below.

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A Banquet/A Fashion Show of Body Parts, 1978 – Costume from the Performance
photo of original costume next to me in my version:
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Performance at Hamilton Gallery of Comtemporary Art, NY
Photo by Peter Moore, c Estate of Peter Moore/VAGA, NY
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Group Shot – Brina Thurston and Valie Export of the Dolls (photo by Joanne Kim O’Connor)
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Me and Jen (photo by Joanne Kim O’Connor)
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Us posing with Upside-Down Guy (photo by Joanne Kim O’Connor)
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