Anxious Spaces: Performance Festival
Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst introduces a new generation of artists who are based in New York, partner regularly with alternative event spaces and collectives throughout Brooklyn and beyond, and utilize installation work as a platform for performance. As Knockdown begins its exploration of this very intersection through its ambitious programs and expansive architecture, the exhibition brings a dynamic selection of these artists onto its grounds for a month of on-site development, culminating in this day-long celebration of the work and its fluid transformation from environment to stage.
The event features performances by:
2:30pm Brian Chase @Drum Circle
3:15pm Mummy by Desi Santiago
3:35pm Trabajo @The Ruin
4:15pm Dutch E Germ @Drum Circle
4:55pm Bubbles @Christian Joy's installation room
(5-6:30pm) Self Love Ceremony, VNESSWOLFCHILD (every 15 min)
5:30pm Cloud Becomes Your Hand @The Ruin
6:15pm Tyondai Braxton @Drum Circle
6:55pm Mummy by Desi Santiago
7:30pm VNESSWOLFCHILD @The Ruin
8:00pm Raul de Nieves @The Tomb
8:30pm Mick Barr @Drum Circle
9:10pm Ryan Power @The Ruin
+ Special Guests Performing with Zero to 0
This event requests a suggested donation of $7-15, on a sliding scale. 2-10pm.
Hisham Bharoocha and Ranjit Bhatnagar join forces for Zero to 0, an exploration of the extent to which a machine can replicate and transmit human expression using a basic instrument: the drum. The installation plays on the drum’s role in the origin of music and its fixed place in both a collective and individual awareness of musical history. This connection is questioned in Zero to 0, when the artists test a machine’s ability to distort or comprehend the physical and mental experience of sound vibration. For the exhibition, 20, 20-inch kick drums, are set in a circle in the main space and tuned in an audio gradient within one key. The drums are mechanized to run independently and robotically react to performers and visitors to Knockdown.
Large-scale figurative sculptor, ornamental shoe and garment designer and multimedia performance artist, Raul de Nieves, creates multicolored beaded and plaster sculptural works for the installation of Celebration. His figures take the form of children representing the different stages of life, a developing theme he tackles in the outlandish performance that accompanies the exhibition.
In an off-site “ruin” at the Maspeth space, Ben Wolf constructs Coliseum of Bliss Tint Token, his monument of decadent abandonment. Coliseum of Bliss Tint Token is a site-specific installation that uses the harmonious shape of the ancient yet simple circle. Focusing on the circle as the core defining shape, Wolf uses construction scaffolding to radiate out, engulfing the windows, doorways, and walls of the 100-year-old building known as the Ruin. Although made from rough rusty materials and presented in a massive scale the overall shape and custom angles achieves a surprisingly quiet harmony. Wolf considers this ambitious installation to be an homage to the source of joy and to the allure of time’s mark on material. Experiential/experimental VnessWolfChild performs in Wolf's installation.
Nightlife subculture explorer Desi Santiago creates a massive fallen idol, an all-white mummy with mirror eyes and flowing hair. The decapitated head will lie in Knockdown's great hall until the time of its grand procession comes, at which point the ceremonial parade through the property begins.
DIY guru Christian Joy installs larger-than-life, hanging soft sculptures in Knockdown’s gallery space. Inspired by kids’ bop bags, these “characters” are constructed from vibrantly colored fabrics and incorporate textile designs. For the opening event, the dance troupe Accidental Movement performs in an around the installation wearing full-body, original creations by Joy. Reflecting the shape of the sculptures, these performers move in an alien dance between the static and dynamic elements of the piece.
Performance Comittee: Joe Ahearn, Jordan Michael Iannucci, Hisham Akira Bharoocha
This project is made possible, in part, by grants from The Jerome Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.