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Performance Studies
A Selection of Recent Performative Work Developed at The Watermill Center

December 10, 2009 – February 15, 2010
Watermill Brooklyn Gallery / Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation
111 Front Street, #216
Brooklyn, NY
Curated by Dmitry Komis


Works by:

Maria José Arjona (Colombia)
C. Ryder Cooley (USA)
Robin Deacon (UK)
GIRLMACHINE – Carlos Soto & Charles Chemin / Christian Wassmann / Luisa Gui (USA, France, Switzerland, Italy)
H.E.R.D. Group (Ireland, South Korea)
Implied Violence (USA)
Klingon Terran Research Ensemble (Holland)
Katharina D. Martin (Germany, Holland)
Katherina Radeva (Bulgaria)
Joshua Seidner (USA)
Steven Vega (USA)

The Watermill Brooklyn Gallery is pleased to announce a group exhibition of performance work developed at the Watermill Center during the 2009 Spring and Fall Artist-in-Residence Programs. The exhibition highlights various stages in the residency process; from early workshops and open rehearsals at Watermill, to completed staging and performances at festivals and biennials. Many of these residencies have already gone on to perform in venues across the USA and Europe. NYC audiences may have recently seen GIRLMACHINE at Performa, four Watermill residencies at the New Island Festival (on Governor’s Island) in September, or artists Steven Vega and Joshua Seidner, who performed at the Esquire event at Soho House this October.

Highlights include: C. Ryder Cooley’s lyrical performances, which combine aerial movement with live music and projected visual accompaniment, are shown as performed at Watermill, and later as part of New Island Festival on Governor’s Island. Katherina Radeva’s open rehearsal of Native Birds is exhibited with a future staging at Toynbee Studios, London, alongside original drawings. Implied Violence’s work, developed at Watermill and exhibited as part of New Island Festival, will be presented at the Danube Festival outside of Vienna in the spring of 2010. Maria Jose Arjona’s work has since been exhibited in Columbia and Germany, and most recently at Pulse Miami. Joshua Seidner’s Powderburn , developed in its earliest phase at Watermill, is shown reinterpreted as part of an event at Esquire Soho in October. GIRLMACHINE, workshopped at Watermill, became one of the highlights of the recent Performa 09 biennial of performance art in November. These and other works in the exhibition exemplify the diverse performative strategies developed at Watermill, and the lives these projects have after.

About Watermill Brooklyn Gallery
Watermill Brooklyn Gallery is an exhibition space in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn which brings the events and projects developed at the Watermill Center on Eastern Long Island to a larger audience in New York City. The gallery promotes Watermill’s artists-in-residence, the vast and eclectic Watermill Collection, as well as other events and collaborators at Watermill.

The gallery is operated by the The Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation, a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization chartered in 1969 in the State of New York. BHWMF, as operator of the Watermill Center, seeks to develop new approaches to the arts; to provide young people of diverse cultures with opportunities for artistic growth; and to document the work of its Artistic Director, Robert Wilson, and his contemporaries. In addition to the Watermill Center, the Foundation manages the Robert Wilson Archive and the Watermill Collection. The offices of BHWMF are located in Brooklyn, New York.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, 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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