Muck Studies Dept. performs music and monologues, the articulated findings from their residency in New Orleans and surrounding areas. They search for n.o. stars in the ground to make a way out of no way. The “muck” in Muck Studies pulls from the idea of the Muck Raker, a turn of the century American figure of truth-teller and investigative reporter, intent on exposing the corruption in industry and government.
Muck also refers to the artists’ grappling with identity and place in (black) history — as a white passing black transexual demon, the artist feels completely insane most of the time, and is trying to age out of caring about all this shit but it’s not working. They listen to the muck for n.o. stars as a way to find a language for their own history and the history of the land in connection to capital and the brutalizing political projects of race, class, and gender. They attempt to find healing in the water, but also in the muck under the water, which contains gas (methane) generated from dead plants. Stars are rocks surrounded by gases.
Free and open to the public.
Suggested donations $10. All proceeds go to the black trans femme community of New Orleans.
The artist would like to thank: Jay Tan, Brandon King, Nia Umoja, Elijah Williams, Maaike Gouwenberg, Kari Robertson, Maggie McWilliams, Maria Levitsky, Edge, Yamil Rodriguez, Aretha Franklin, the Lower 9th Ward of the city of New Orleans, and the neighborhood of West Jackson, Mississippi for the opportunity to be here and do this work.
Lazy Larva is a performance by Eglė Budvytytė channeling multiple entities and ideas bruised by modernity and extractivism through a form of a song. The work explores the potential of rhyme, repetition, sonic alteration of the voice and the proximity of the performer to induce the audience into collectivity and singing.
Medusa: A Tender Version is a performance by Eglė Budvytytė and Tomislav Feller, attempting to reconnect Medusa’s body back to her head. The gaze, the hair, the snakes, the stones, the gods—they all enter the space of a performance in no particular order to celebrate the agency and the voice of a female monster.
Eglė Budvytytė is an artist based in Amsterdam. She graduated from Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in 2008, and since then has been working at the intersection between performing and visual arts. Her work was shown amongst others at Lofoten International Art festival; Block Universe Festival, London; Art Dubai commissions 2017; Liste, Art Basel; 19th Biennale of Sydney; De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; CAC in Vilnius;and Stedeljik Museum in Amsterdam. Budvytytė was resident at Le Pavillon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2012 and at Wiels, Brussels, in 2013.
Tomislav Feller is a choreographer and performer based in Amsterdam. He graduated from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in 2010, and since then has been making collaborative projects, giving workshops, and exploring states of body through movement. Tomislav works between Amsterdam, Zagreb, and Los Angeles and has performed for for many influential international choreographers and artists such as Steve Paxton, Deborah Hay, Tino Sehgal, Jeanine Durning, Ame Henderson, Mala Kline, Matija Ferlin and Martin Nachbar.
Presented in collaboration with Dawn DeDeaux / Camp Abundance. Supported by Mondriaan Fund, Jacuzzi, and from the Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in New York.
An image-rich talk on queer time by Simon(e) van Saarloos and performance by Maryboy.
When: Tuesday April 9th, 7pm
Where: SALON artist residency, Canal Place (333 Canal St.), second floor next to Anthropologi
Big Thanks to PARSE NOLA for lending their equipment.
Can a 30 year age difference between two lovers result in something other than ‘having a past’ versus ‘having a future’? Inspired by Jack Halberstam’s quest to illegibility and to live a life that cannot be traced, Simon(e) celebrates her invisible lover (because woman, because older, because queer). When together, random people identify them as mother and daughter. Simon(e) reappropriates the apparent incestuous outlook of her relationship as she tries to imagine a non-linear future.
Drawing from Denise Ferreira da Silva and Paul Preciado as well, Simon(e) questions how time approaches us and how we approach time.
Maryboy is a genderqueer, andro glam drag star based in New Orleans.
Simon(e) van Saarloos is a US born writer and philosopher, living in Brooklyn, NY and Amsterdam, NL.