José Luis Iñiguez, Ryan Dennison, and I had less than 24 hours to collaborate.
From our original proposal, we wrote:
As artists interested in their respective individual practices as being tools for decolonization and re-envisioning the parameters of what culturally influenced art looks like, this installation will use bright pattern and repetitive imagery to set a visual tone that invokes future hopes, ritual, and individual/collective purpose. This project will enable these three queer artists of color to share work made collaboratively in residency at the Colony, a new international residency for emerging and midcareer artists (Sedona AZ, Summer 2016). Utilizing maskmaking, costume, sound, and movement, the artists will create a new work inspired by place, language, and ritual. When the piece is activated, the group will work with both made and found objects to redefine the notion of fixed viewing in a museum context, using performance to challenge the way we view indigenous peoples and cultures in our contemporary world as often static and linear.
This performance took place last evening with only one audience member. We contact mic'd books and typewriters, working with language, and played a record player as a instrument. When José and I spoke this morning, we shared the words we typed. Ryan's are unknown. All three performers rotated and improvised a set in three parts. The piece was heavy with sound and energy.
We hope to continue this performance and perform it this fall in the Bay Area.