Contemporary Performance announces the festival Special Effects from January 15-17, 2016. The festival consists of artists from the Contemporary Performance Network presenting work at The Wild Project in the NYC’s East Village. Curated by network editors Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson.


Artist driven and oriented, Special Effects gathers experimental performance works by practitioners exploring contemporary issues. Drawing on a network of over 68,000 artists who are part of www.contemporaryperformance.com, the festival samples the diversity and richness of the discipline of performance and presents an open forum for critical thinking on the issues of the day. Tickets are $15-20.

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Schedule

Gray Spaces curated by Eli Steffen
Friday Jan 15, 8PM
The Wild Project

Tickets $20

To be in-between is to embody the potential for connection. Gray Spaces is an investigation of what it means for humans to bridge the spaces and times between people. To seek connection is to look to the future, to what José Esteban Muñoz calls the “not-yet-conscious,” where what we will be diverges from what we are or can be in the present. These five works explore the human instinct to bond, belong and be seen through a wide range of mediums and performance styles. The result of which is a startling complex and beautiful picture of what being human might mean, now and in the future.

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“The Wedding” (Eric F. Avery) is an EXPERIMENT or maybe it’s a ceremony.  No! a ritual. The difference? not sure. The Wedding wants to predict the future… but might actually be the future.  The Wedding isn’t not a performance and a gathering.  ThE wEdDiNg NeEdS tHe AuDiEnCe. No-viewers.  Better: participants.

LAND PROJECT (Lisa Parra and Daniel Pinheiro): Placelessness is a figurative place divided in two by a screen, the binding support of our relationship that is built on different online encounters exploring ways to move and be together while in remote locations.

Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL) performs “Embarrassed of the Whole #15,” a bodily process interpreted from responses to an online survey (www.panoplylab.org/greyspaces). PPL use users and they use us, in a feedback loop of performative association, representation, sonic explication, attempts at conceptual embodiment, and theatrical demonstration.

GENERAL DYNAMICS (Zavé Martohardjono) Welcome to 2016. Your world is digitally generated, politically extremist, resource-depleted, selfie-obsessed, twerk-a-licious, and pushing at the margins of community sanity. Some might even say we no longer await the apocalypse. GENERAL DYNAMICS was developed in residency at Chez Bushwick with Mieke D, Liz McAuliffe, and Chloé Rossetti.

Happy to See You (Cara Francis) In Happy To See You, audience members will act as subject and spectator as they are watched (and watch themselves being watched) by cameras, an audience and a drone. Happy To See You highlights the anxiety that arises from being both entranced by and hyper-aware of your own over-exposure.

The Inscription Project
Renegade Performance Group

Friday Jan 15, 10:30PM
The Wild Project
Tickets $20

 

Description
The Inscription Project looks at the practice of graffiti as tool of AFROFUTURISM. Developed by young Black and Latino’s in the South Bronx in the 1970’s in what would become known as the original Hip-hop movement, the practice would spread globally as a tool of artistic resistance by oppressed people. This piece draws inspiration from the late artist – Rammellzee, whose pioneering philosophy of “Gothic Futurism” influenced what would become known as “wildstyle” and transform graffiti writers into their own artistic canon. Currently and ironically, graffiti – what was once a symbol of blight and dysfunction, is now used as a tool of urban gentrification. However, the roots of graffiti as a messaging system for the oppressed will remain in tact no matter the context, condition, or circumstance of its placement.

David Commander/ Rob Ramirez
January 15th @8pm
January 16th @11am and 8pm
Presented at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St.
Tickets $20
Ralph created a science fiction blog that is popular among a small, over-intellectual sci-fi fan community. After a heated debate with his subscribers on whether time travel is possible or not, he decides to post an open invitation for any time traveler that happens to be traveling in this current time to stay at his small suburban apartment rent free for as long as they want. Immediately after posting the invitation onto the blog, a stranger appears at the door claiming to be from the future. His name is Steve. Ralph had hoped that Steve would confirm his idealistic vision of the future, but Steve ends up being a huge disappointment. He is lazy, uncommunicative, and doesn’t really know much about the future he comes from. He is exhausted by everything and inspired by nothing.

David Commander/ Rob Ramirez
January 15th @8pm
January 16th @11am and 8pm
Presented at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St.
Tickets $20
Ralph created a science fiction blog that is popular among a small, over-intellectual sci-fi fan community. After a heated debate with his subscribers on whether time travel is possible or not, he decides to post an open invitation for any time traveler that happens to be traveling in this current time to stay at his small suburban apartment rent free for as long as they want. Immediately after posting the invitation onto the blog, a stranger appears at the door claiming to be from the future. His name is Steve. Ralph had hoped that Steve would confirm his idealistic vision of the future, but Steve ends up being a huge disappointment. He is lazy, uncommunicative, and doesn’t really know much about the future he comes from. He is exhausted by everything and inspired by nothing.

Tightrope Routines
Angela Washko
Saturday 1/16/15 @8PM
The Wild Project
Tickets $20

Tightrope Routines is a storytelling performance based on seven months of exchanges between feminist artist Angela Washko and pick-up artist, author, blogger and notorious manosphere leader frequently called “the internet’s most infamous misogynist. The performance began with a provocation called BANGED.

BANGED was a project initially proposed as a platform in which Washko would interview women who have had sexual encounters with this pick-up artist (a former industrial microbiologist who now writes textbooks or guidebooks dedicated to “picking up girls and getting laid” across geographic and cultural boundaries) in order to produce a parallel book and web-based project to his conquest narratives. This project became problematized when the manosphere leader became aware of it through press online. From then on, she knew the project would have to be in conversation with the PUA himself. The performance outlines this story from research to conducting an interview with the international playboy himself to responses from varied communities to what next (if anything) and serves as a testament to the feminist artist’s experience shifting from activism to ethnography in spaces of extreme hostility toward women (particularly self-identified feminists) and is a document of what tactical media might look like in today’s increasingly stratified media landscape.

Tightrope Routines
Angela Washko
Saturday 1/16/15 @10:30PM
The Wild Project
Tickets $20

Tightrope Routines is a storytelling performance based on seven months of exchanges between feminist artist Angela Washko and pick-up artist, author, blogger and notorious manosphere leader frequently called “the internet’s most infamous misogynist. The performance began with a provocation called BANGED.

BANGED was a project initially proposed as a platform in which Washko would interview women who have had sexual encounters with this pick-up artist (a former industrial microbiologist who now writes textbooks or guidebooks dedicated to “picking up girls and getting laid” across geographic and cultural boundaries) in order to produce a parallel book and web-based project to his conquest narratives. This project became problematized when the manosphere leader became aware of it through press online. From then on, she knew the project would have to be in conversation with the PUA himself. The performance outlines this story from research to conducting an interview with the international playboy himself to responses from varied communities to what next (if anything) and serves as a testament to the feminist artist’s experience shifting from activism to ethnography in spaces of extreme hostility toward women (particularly self-identified feminists) and is a document of what tactical media might look like in today’s increasingly stratified media landscape.

David Commander/ Rob Ramirez
January 15th @8pm
January 16th @11am and 8pm
Presented at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St.
Tickets $20
Ralph created a science fiction blog that is popular among a small, over-intellectual sci-fi fan community. After a heated debate with his subscribers on whether time travel is possible or not, he decides to post an open invitation for any time traveler that happens to be traveling in this current time to stay at his small suburban apartment rent free for as long as they want. Immediately after posting the invitation onto the blog, a stranger appears at the door claiming to be from the future. His name is Steve. Ralph had hoped that Steve would confirm his idealistic vision of the future, but Steve ends up being a huge disappointment. He is lazy, uncommunicative, and doesn’t really know much about the future he comes from. He is exhausted by everything and inspired by nothing.

Steubenville
Eleanor Bishop
Sunday 1/17/15 at 11:00AM
La Mama Galleria
Tickets $20

The first rape in America to be live tweeted took place at a high school football party in Steubenville, Ohio in August 2012. Steubenville is a participatory theatrical event where one performer leads the audience through the material of the Steubenville case, allowing us to reflect on rape culture in our communities and our part in it. The main event is a public reading of the Steubenville trial transcript, with audience members standing in for the lawyers, the court, and the perpetrators.

Venues

The Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
p. 212.228.1195
f. 212.228.1154
*The theater is handicapped accessible.

La Mama Galleria
47 Great Jones St
between Bowery and Lafayette

University Settlement
184 Eldrige St

The Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009
p. 212.228.1195
f. 212.228.1154
*The theater is handicapped accessible.

La Mama Galleria
47 Great Jones St
between Bowery and Lafayette

University Settlement
184 Eldrige St

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