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In Performance: BACKSANDEDBYLUTZKINOY at X Initiative (NYC)

A project of interdisciplinary artist and Emily Roydson, Ecstatic Resistanceis a project, practice, partial philosophy, set of strategies, and group exhibition(s)” beginning with a pair of ’sister shows’ here in New York at X Initiative and in Kansas City, MO at Grand Arts. According to Roydson, the project, aims to “think about all that is unthinkable and unspeakable in the Eurocentric, phallocentric world order.” (You can read Roydson’s Ecstatic Resistance essay on website.)

Matthew Lutz-Kinoy Studio Danse 2006 video [large detail of still from video installation]Friday, December 11 Roydson presents Matthew Lutz-Kinoy’s BACKSANDEDBYLUTZKINOY, a video, sculpture, and dance performed for and in response to a Fred Sandback sculpture.

Taking action from everyday life, with a disregard for nuance, the dance takes its movements from pantomime and everyday actions. These recognizable movements create a theatrical presence of the performer as well as a presence as a dancer. The Sandbank is installed along with a sculptural response. The performance is a translation of an emotional reaction towards an artwork. Engaging the sculpture, the dance creates an environment with multiple characters including architecture and objects.

The response is from life, specifically our relationship with electronic mediation (cell-phones, internet, digital music), and with these contemporary objects’ planned obsolescence. During the performance I transition through stages of embodiment, using pantomime, musical synchronicity and lip-syncing. These acts further the discussion of our relationship to mediated electronic experiences. Because of the way we relate to electronic mediation, physically responding to objects insights becoming: of one’s body being in transition towards a new state of communicating

BACKSANDEDBYLUTZKINOY plays for 2 performances on Friday, December 11 at 6:30 and 7:00 pm

X Initiative
548 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011

The performances are free, seating is limited to 150 people on a first come, first served basis.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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