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Almanac 2013: Armando Lopez-Bircann (Washington DC, USA)

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Armando Lopez-Bircann (Washington DC, USA)

Armando Lopez-Bircann (1990) is an interdisciplinary artist currently focused on performative, wearable sculpture and the ceremonial display of identity. He was raised in Dominican Republic and moved to the U.S.A. where he received his BFA in Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2013. He is co-founder of the performance art platform Animals & Fire, which seeks to increase performance art literacy through workshops, site specific projects, exposure and exchange. The artist’s archetypes include the Space Geisha, Pretty Paradise Prince Panache and the ARLOBI brand.

Disciplines: Performative Sculpture, Body-Architecture, Performance, Interdisciplinary

Refraction 2

Refraction 2 . Mixed Media . 2012 The wearable sculpture is engineered to mirror the plumage used by male Birds of Paradise for courtship. It packages the body with male flamboyancy, a characteristic thoroughly feminized in patriarchal societies. The performative sculpture is reliant on a performer for its activation. It unfolds through a ceremonial performance; sculptural actions of expansion and contraction in response to the audience’s gaze.

Keywords: Performative, Wearable, Performance, Interdisciplinary,

Production History: Corcoran Gallery, ConnerSmith Gallery


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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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