Quinn Dukes is a multimedia performance artist, activist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work addresses human connection, social injustice and ritual. In 2014, Dukes founded Performance Is Alive a website and curatorial project devoted exclusively to performance. She is a tireless advocate for performance art and higher education via appointments at Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), the School of Visual Arts (New York, NY) and Satellite Art Show (Miami Art Week).
Kris Grey is a New York City based gender-queer artist whose cultural work includes curatorial projects, performance, writing, and studio production. Grey earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Ohio University. Grey was a Fire Island Artist Residency recipient, a resident artist for the ANTI Festival for Contemporary Art in Kupoio, Finland, and a teaching artist at The International Centre for Training in the Performing Arts in Brussels, Belgium. In addition to their individual practice, Grey collaborates with Maya Ciarrocchi under the moniker Gender/Power. Gender/Power has been awarded a Baryshnikov Art Center residency, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency, a Franklin Furnace grant, and a MAP Fund Grant. Recent curatorial projects include Queer Objectivity at the University of Maryland, MIX NYC Experimental Film and Performance Festival, and the Queer Culture Performance and Lecture Series at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Grey’s writing has been published in print and on the web for Huffington Post and Original Plumbing; their latest writing, Trans*feminism: fragmenting and re-reading the history of art through a trans* perspective, written in collaboration with Jennie Klein, was published in Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories.
NATALIE BREWSTER NGUYEN
Natalie Brewster Nguyen is a multi-disciplinary performance artist, writer, actor, movement artist, educator, and musician. She is passionate about social justice, community living, acroyoga, slacklining, humor, and radical co-parenting. She currently works as an acrobatic performer and creative director with Flight School Acrobatics, and currently collaborates with Cirque Roots, La Pocha Nostra, Borderlands Theater, New ARTiculations Dance, and TapRoot productions. She has been blessed to collaborate with some of the most brilliant minds in many artistic fields, and has shared the stage with Marina Abramovic, Margaret Cho, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, and other very exciting people. Someday, she intends to be able to get away with as much as they do.
1) Love Letters Leave No Trace – MOCA An interactive installation
Love Letters Leave No Trace is a lifelong collaboration between Natalie Brewster Nguyen, and her daughter, Sula. It explores the emotional, environmental, and psychological impact of human celebration. Inspired by the imagery of children’s birthday parties, the artist created a ritual, site-speci c installation with the collaboration of her 5 year old daughter. The artist would choose a text related to childhood development and the topic at hand. They ranged from blog entries, to poetry, to history, to science. Then, the artist would explode the text onto the balloons, writing the whole selection in fragments. The balloons were installed in various locations, and their installation, interaction, and deconstruction was documented. InLLLNT-MOCA, The text the artist has chosen is her own, it is a narrative poem about raising children as a sex worker. The text is exploded onto balloons weighted with a single key card from a hotel room, each one collected from a night she spent in a hotel, working, away from her children. The balloons act as tarot cards. They are influenced by the breath, the heat or cold, and the movement of bodies in space. Notice what balloons come to you, what balloons move away. Notice repetition, and influence. Enter, and deduct your own weightlessness.
2) Tasty Asian Foxes
TAF is a live, roaming, installation performance created by Natalie Brewster Nguyen and Serena Tang.Theperformersareshape- shifters, alternately foxes, poets, acrobats, painters, and waitresses. You may accept a fortune cookie, or have your order taken, or be a visual canvass for nourishment related poetry.
MOLLY JO SHEA
Molly Jo Shea is an interdisciplinary artist focusing mostly on performance, object making and creating interactive experiences. Growing up as a daughter of an opera singer and a special effects artist her work is a combination of decadence and horror dragged through a hall of mirrors. Interested in manipulating systems, Shea creates environments and characters that pervert the familiar and provide new experiences for community engagement. She has combined Pick-up artists and Trappers, lounge singers castrati and hosted seminars on humiliation from a stockade in order to explore how we observe things like gender and power in a shifting world. She is currently pursuing her MFA at CalArts. For this performance, Shea will train recently defrosted cryonically frozen people how to adjust to life being just a head.
Nathaniel Sullivan is a creative non-fiction artist. His research into the lives of real people and events combine documentary realism and rational processes with conjecture and desire. He makes videos and multimedia lecture performances that blur the line between subject and performer. He has created performances and videos about former French president Francois Mitterrand’s last meal, basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain’s sex life, and the love letters of JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. Sullivan has screened and performed his works at festivals, conferences, and in art galleries and museums in the US and in Europe. Most recently he has shown work at American Medium in Brooklyn, The San Diego Art Institute and in a program of short videos at Documenta 14. He has received a special mention prize at the Montreal Film Festival, a festival prize at the FilmWinter in Stuttgart, Germany and an audience award at The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His performance work has been written about on Hyperallergic, and an 11-page spread of his latest work, Before the Nation Went Bankrupt was featured in Vice. He has been an artist in residence at Contemporary Arts Center in Troy, New York, at I-Park in East Haddam, Connecticut and the Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska. For this performance, Sullivan will perform “While The Nation Went Bankrupt”, a multimedia performance lecture that tells the story of the financial crisis through the fictional love letters of JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. The performance is in part an alternative and more libidinal history of our current financial crisis, and an exploration of the metaphoric creep of the neoliberal ideology into all areas of life. Not quite fiction and not quite satire, the letters are a cry in the dark from an insular world that brought us all to the brink of financial, physical and moral ruin.