In Performance: RU EVENT: INTERPERSONAL DISTANCE, a performance by Jolanda Jansen (Brooklyn/NY)


Residency Unlimited (RU) EVENT: INTERPERSONAL DISTANCE, a performance by Jolanda Jansen.

Please join us for Interpersonal Distance, a new performance by Dutch artist Jolanda Jansen. In her carefully constructed but often wild performances, Jolanda submits her body to various transformations, or rather deformations, to engage with the possibility of self-reinvention and release from cultural determinations. Her work often stages the passage from a sexualized female body to an animal-like corporeality as a way of challenging constraining definitions of self and of femininity. And it is not only her own controlled body that the artist hopes to disorganize and transform; her performances also intend to provoke viewers out of their routine bodily behaviors. To do so, she often uses the camera as a tool to invade the viewer’s personal space and engage with issues of voyeurism and gender power relations.

This performance at Residency Unlimited is inspired by a scientific study that explored the correlations between interpersonal distancing behaviour and a variety of factors including gender and personality traits. It is conceived as a sort of experiment in group behavior in three parts with live video feedback.

Her residency is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

Tuesday Feb 12, 2013, from 6.30 to 8pm.
Free and open to the public.
Location: Residency Unlimited
360 Court Street (green door),
Brooklyn, NY 11231

The Kentucky Connection: In November 2012, Brooklyn-based Residency Unlimited launched a Kentucky-based initiative is called I.D.E.A.S. 40203 (International Dialogue and Engagement Art Space + Zip Code). The mission of this artist led initiative is to build sustainable relationships between Kentucky, New York and international contemporary artists.

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Born in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky to a Scotch-Irish-Cherokee family, I spent the first 35 years of life pursuing the corporate path to happiness. Today, I am an transdisciplinary artist devoted to investigating the path of individual self-actualization both inside and outside conformist-based societal norms. Outsider positioning within the dominant cultural narratives, queer politics, neuro-architecture, pop-mythology and shamanism are major themes in my work. I am currently completing my MFA at University of Kentucky and collaborating on a new work of experimental theater with internationally acclaimed writer, performance artist and cultural icon of the New York Underground, Penny Arcade.

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