An ongoing video travelogue in which intimate interactions between seeming strangers are staged in public spaces of cities around the world. Cities included to date are: Paris, New York, Barcelona, Bangalore, Accra, and Knoxville. Scroll down for video excerpts.
Video, TRT 15 minutes, Ongoing
Performers: Christophe Counil, Florent Ruppert, Philippe Pasquini & Julie Coutereau, Andy Tesoro, Katherine Brook, Joshua Gelb, Nick Cregor & Serge Stephan, Brinda Jacob, Milan Cariappa, Grace, Mickey, Abigail Lucien, Jessica Gatlin, and Dan Hood.
In this video interviews with women in Indian cities on the subject of gender discrimination are transposed onto the bodies and voices of men. The men, having no prior rehearsal or knowledge of the content of the stories, recite them from a teleprompter, telling the women's experiences as their own.
This tabletop installation highlights the gestural performances in scenes from Bollywood films in which women are caught in fires. My research into this trope in Indian cinema makes reference to the agnipariksha episode of the epic Ramayana, in which Sita is compelled to undergo a trial by fire to prove her purity after she was kidnapped and presumably raped by the demon Ravana.
Tender Comrades plays on the conventions of documentary filmmaking to tell a fictional story of a radical intellectual celebrity named Sophie Vix Maurer and her biggest fan. Shot partially at Occupy Wall Street, the film uses real-life events, fake interviews, and lo-fi re-enactments to illuminate a seldom examined history of anarchism and subversive movements.
For one year I maintained two profiles on a popular breast-implant donation and social networking site: one profile as a "Model" named Sunny, and one as a "Benefactor" named Benny. On this site, (mostly) men offer small donations towards (mostly) women's breast implants in exchange for photos and videos that are usually pornographic. The year of performance research into this unique community, processed through my own analysis of gender, labor, and body politics, is archived as a website which echoes and undermines the original site's aesthetics.
Link and password available upon request.
Performance and interactive website, 2009.
Screenshot of documentation site
programming by Laryssa Husiak
Sunny and Benny, my two drag alter-egos who were born on a website devoted to breast implant crowdfunding, in a scene whose script is drawn from interactions on the site.
Video, 3 minutes, 2009
A coin-operated video booth featuring Sunny and Benny, my two drag personas born on a breast implant crowdfunding site.
Video installation with coin-operator, 2009
Installation view, MAMO 2013
Your Shadow Dances
An interactive projection which attaches a dancing shadow to the viewer wherever they stand on the dancefloor. Made in collaboration with Frédéric Durieu for Concert Hall at the Palais de Tokyo.
Software and video installation, 2014
The Assassin's Last Word
An installation created in Barcelona, based on an incident in local history. The project re-tells the story of Michele Angiolillo, an anarchist assassin who avenged the brutal internment and torture of his comrades in Montjuic Castle, a looming structure overlooking the city which is now a tourist attraction. This intriguing history includes acts of courage and poetic flair, as Angiolillo was remembered both for his bravery and his eloquence. His final word before being executed for the assassination of Spanish Prime Minister Antonio Cánovas was "Germinal." This mysterious watchword invokes the novel by Émile Zola, popular amongst trade unionists across ideologies at the time, as well as an image of resistance as a budding force of nature, germinating under the surface of oppression.
Kinetic sculpture, video, fabric, and zine, 2013
A Drop In The Bucket
video documentation of kinetic sculpture
The Assassin's Last Word
excerpt of looping video
a video installation and performance that asks everyday people to be visionaries and think in terms both grand and immediate about what they want. The video is comprised of interviews in which people were asked to respond on the spot to a single prompt:
Envision fully a single aspect of utopia.
Video and performance, TRT 30 minutes, 2010
photo by Gigi Gatewood
Imaginary Islands (excerpt)
This video was made in response to cautionary tales from women who had been chased by attackers. I decided to practice being chased to prepare myself to also be a victim. The absurd excess of this gesture satirizes the placement of the onus of violence-prevention on potential victims, thus making violence an ever-present specter in the lives of even those who have not (yet) been attacked.
Video, 4 minutes, 2008
The story of Luisa, a young woman who decides to exercise her right to have an abortion. The film uses a number of genres—the musical, comedy, and sci-fi—to engage the issue of reproductive rights.