Artist: Alyssa Taylor Wendt
"Good Mourning Tis of Thee" Alyssa Taylor Wendt + + + + +
"Good Mourning Tis of Thee"
Opening Reception: Friday, October 13th, 7-11pm
FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING ARTISTS, PERFORMANCES, WORKSHOPS, SCREENINGS, AND EVENTS COMING SOON!
@ Co-Lab Projects' DEMO Gallery
721 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Open Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12-6pm
www.co-labprojects.org @colabprojectstx #DEMOGallery #GOODMOURNINGTHISOFTHEE
"Good Mourning Tis of Thee" is a performative visual art installation, directed and curated by the multimedia artist Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Co-Lab Projects' Executive Director and Curator Sean Gaulager. This interactive experience will address topical issues such as grief, death, architecture, development, and transformation, showcasing both local artists and performers from Austin as well as from around the country, specifically New York and Detroit, where the artist is developing various projects. Staged in an old building shell in downtown Austin currently being used by Co-Lab Projects as their gallery space, visitors will be able to move around the exhibition through areas devoted to themes of grief, chaos, death, mourning, and transformation. This innovative piece will incorporate provocative visuals, durational performances and address topical issues about architecture and development that concern many urban centers, including Austin. The show will ultimately be demolished along with the building at the conclusion of the exhibition to make room for a planned development on this site.
The concept behind this show, conceived of by Ms. Wendt, looks at death as a positive agent and component of change. American culture has few rituals around death and passing and she hopes that the artists involve will bring not only their own ideas, superstitions and rituals around dying, but also those of different cultures and belief systems. We all have the capacity to use such markers of change as vehicles for new beginnings and transformative magic. In a time when the country is grieving so many things we take for granted and grappling with an unpopular and oppressive political administration, we need to look for avenues of transformation and how we can use the alchemy of art and community for processing such grief. Referencing such exhibitions as Mike Nelson’s "A Psychic Vacuum", produced by Creative Time in New York in 2003, the curators are using an existing building in its purgatorial state with a specifically built art environment so that the two were indistinguishable and each portion of the show is subjectively ambiguous, pushing questions about space and perception rather than providing dogmatic answers about how to look at art.
The main space will consist of a large variety of installations addressing death and grief, including a salon style gallery with 2D works by over 40 artists that illustrate death and sorrow in various presentations. The basement will exhibit a darker side of this metaphorical passage and the back area will be reserved for magical and transformative pieces, so each participant and attendee will have the option of moving in between these spaces in no particular order, ending with the message implied by the title, that each one of us is a source of positive change through cycles of ending and new beginnings.
Curated by Wendt and Sean Gaulager, with a grant from the city of Austin, have chosen a specific group of artists and performers to create the immersive environment including: Jules Buck Jones; Joseph Keckler; Paul Soileau; Angelbert Metoyer; Michael Anthony Garcia; Katelena Hernandez; Colin McIntyre; Bruce Lee Webb; Steve Wiman; Ryan Hawk; Gail Chovan; Jardine Libaire; Benjy Russell; Scott Hocking; Chris Carlone; Frank Haines; Hollis Hammonds; Seth Orion Schwaiger; Robert Melton; and many others. Their contributions are sexually, ethnically and artistically diverse and will help illustrate the diversity necessary to understand and broaden our thinking about difficult subjects such as death and gentrification.
Ms. Wendt has a long history with both visual art and performance. A unique project for Austin, the piece uses her artistic concerns, while provoking ideas concerning urban redevelopment and surrounding death and grieving. She believes that both the fear of death in our culture and the lack of concern for history and preservation in an age of rapid development and gentrification is a conversation that she is exploring with this exhibition. There will be a complete schedule of events including a drawing workshop, a panel discussion, and film screenings, as well as multiple performances, both day and night during the run of the show.
Exhibition image artwork: Benjy Russell, "Transformation of a Broom #2"
"HAINT" Alyssa Taylor Wendt + Chamber/Antechamber Productions + + + +
Pop-Up @ Canopy (916 Springdale, Building 2, Gallery 103, Austin, TX 78702)
Experimental Narrative Feature Video
72 minutes long, work-in-progress
Screening: Sunday, September 27th, 7PM
The directorial debut from multimedia artist Alyssa Taylor Wendt, HAINT is an experimental narrative feature film that tells the story of a young man in Berlin trying to survive at the end of World War II. The story is a surreal journey through his desires and fears, as he simultaneously confronts and bears witness to the slow unraveling of his mother and the neighbors. Speaking to our fear of death, HAINT examines the forces behind our will to survive and what price that may carry. This line between darkness and light blurs as the relationships and stability both dissolve, where the only constant and stable element is Mortality, played with great empathy and gothic beauty by the performance artist Joseph Keckler.
This film was originally designed as a three-channel video installation. The filmmaker is currently developing one channel of the production into a narrative feature to bring this vision to a wider audience and to develop the depth of the story itself. In development for four years, the project was greatly inspired by the conflicting stories her dying father told her about living through the end of the war in Germany and subsequently moving to America and serving as not only anarchitect, but supposedly an operative for the CIA. HAINT explores recent themes in her artistic process including monuments, decay, memory, cycles of history, perceived grandeur and parallel realities.
The film is due to be completed by November 2015.
ALYSSA TAYLOR WENDT (Director, Writer, Producer, Art Director- HAINT) works as a filmmaker and multimedia artist and lives in Austin, Texas. She has performed on record, in films, on stage and with art while living in the West and earned her MFA in 2008 from Bard College with the Directors Award. Evolving out of a photographic and video background, she now concocts films, installations and multimedia pieces that speak about an ongoing legacy and personal cosmology through ritual appropriations, experiential spaces, collaborative work and non-linear narratives. Showing in both national and international exhibitions, she has performed at envoy gallery, Location One, Fusebox festival, St. Cecilia’s and CoLab space, among many others, and completed residencies in both Iceland and Norway. This fall in Austin, she will be screening a sneak preview of her experimental non-linear narrative HAINT, participating in POP Austin, ArtBash, EAST studio tours and having a solo show at Women and Their Work. HAINT is her first feature and more of her work can be seen here: www.alyssataylorwendt.com
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
"I, Daughter of Kong: Primum Movens" Organized by IDOKCFR + Alyssa Taylor Wendt + + + +
Project Space (613 Allen) On view during events and by appointment only
It has been brought to our attention that since the 1970 discovery of the film fragment showing the half-blonde woman, half-ape creature we call I, Daughter of Kong, a number of cults, religious sects and fringe groups have appeared, around the figure of Her. Primum Movens or “unmoved mover” is the term Aristotle used to describe a being perfectly beautiful, indivisible, and contemplating only the perfect contemplation: itself contemplating. IDOKCFR found this to be a common departure point for these disparate groups: I, Daughter of Kong as first or final cause, literally or figuratively the next Messiah, a thought-poem from the collective unconscious, a cosmology mapping gravitational forces and light—a central sphere around which all celestial bodies revolve. IDOKCFR found willing disciples, former-practitioners & citizen scientists to assist with the collection of information about these groups and their practices. This exhibit features the results of these efforts.
The I, Daughter Of Kong Center For Research (IDOKCFR) was founded in Rio Vista, California in 1978. At IDOKCFR we are devoted to active education and research pertaining to the existence and life of I, Daughter Of Kong. IDOKCFR has informed the public through traveling exhibits and screenings around the globe including Galerija Miroslav Kraljević, Zagreb, Croatia; ACRE_TV live stream, Mana Contemporary, Chicago, IL; Recitation Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, DE; Pixilerations [v.9], New Media Fringe Festival @ First Works & Brown University, Providence, RI; Big Muddy Film Festival 34, Carbondale, IL; Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA; Inquiry Toward the Practice of Secular Magic, Co-presented by Los Angeles Filmforum and the Disembodied Theater Corporation, Los Angeles, CA; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY and The Lab, San Francisco, CA.
Contributors: Lara Allen, Skye Ashbrook, Marian Barber, Jeffrey Beebe, Emily Cayton, Wendy Farina, Colette Gaiter, Sarah Glanville, Wayne Grim, Billy Beasty, Katelena Hernandez, Amy Hicks, Steve Jones, Alexis Karl, Kurt Keppler, Abigail King, Kristin Lucas, Colin McIntyre, Cynthia Mitchell, Moira Murdock, Robyn O’Neil, Jamie Panzer, Sandi Petrie, Marijana Riminic, Jovi Schnell, Carrie Mae Smith, Phoebe Tooke, Anjali Sundaram, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, Jade Walker, Bruce Lee Webb, Caroline Wright
Come tell us what you know.
"Low Lives 4" Group Show + Alyssa Taylor Wendt + + + +
Co-Lab Project Space
Networked Performance Festival
Global Festival of Online Performance Art Comes to Austin, TX
Featuring “magnus retwined” : Alyssa Taylor Wendt
Co-Lab Projects and Fusebox Festival are pleased to announce their participation in Low Lives 4, an international exhibition of live performance-based works transmitted over the web and projected in real-time at multiple venues around the world.
Co-Lab Projects and Fusebox Festival will host a live performance by Alyssa Taylor Wendt as part of Low Lives 4. Alyssa’s performance, along with more than 50 others taking place around the globe, will be streamed online and screened for public viewing at The Fusebox Festival Hub, located at 1100 E. 5th St in the old Tops Used Furniture building. Low Lives 4 will take place at the the Fusebox Festival Hub on Friday, April 27 from 7:30-10:30PM and at Co-Lab Project Space on Saturday, April 28 from 2-5PM. Alyssa will only perform on Friday, April 27th from 9-9:30PM.
Fusebox champions innovative works of art across a variety of different mediums. The festival acts as a catalyst for new ideas, new artistic models, and approaches to help us engage with the issues and questions that define contemporary life.
Co-Lab Projects is an artist-run non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating public projects and exhibiting contemporary works of art, installation, and performance. By operating on an ambitious programming schedule, the organization provides exposure and opportunities for local and national artists to create new and experimental bodies of work on a frequent and flexible basis. Through collaboration, education, and engagement, Co-Lab encourages artistic exploration and dialogue within the community.
About Low Lives
Founded in 2009 by artist and independent curator Jorge Rojas, the annual Low Lives festival highlights works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the potential of networked performance practices. The project celebrates the transmission of ideas beyond geographical and cultural borders, offering global audiences the opportunity to consider live performance in both physical and virtual space.
By organizing performances at numerous venues and then broadcasting them via online networks, Low Lives provides a new model for efficiently presenting, viewing, and archiving live performance-based art. The annual exhibition embraces low-tech aesthetics, such as low pixel images and muddled sound quality, to emphasize the raw, inquisitive quality of the broadcast and reception of the works.
“Over the past four years Low Lives has developed a platform that invites and enables artists, audiences, and presenting venues to “plug in and participate” from anywhere an internet connection exists,” Rojas explains. “Low Lives is not simply about the presentation of performance art at a particular place and time, it is also about exploring the potential of live streaming networks as a medium to connect performance artists with audiences around the world.”
Low Lives has found new momentum after presenting Low Lives Occupy! in New York City on March 3, 2012. Low Lives partnered with Occupy with Art and The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU to present a one-night-only festival of simulcast performances by 36 artists and collectives committed to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The well-received Low Lives Occupy! program offered new perspectives on the Occupy protests and expanded the reach of the movement by broadcasting to an international community.
Now in its fourth year, Low Lives 4 will feature more than 50 live performances over two days, streamed in real-time at 25 venues across the globe. The exhibition will begin on Friday, April 27 from 7:30-10:30PM and continue on Saturday, April 28 from 2-5PM. Low Lives 4 is co-produced by the Brooklyn-based arts organizations Chez Bushwick (www.chezbushwick.net) and SPREAD ART (www.spreadart.org), and by Colombian artist, Juan Obando (www.juanobando.com). Low Lives curator Jorge Rojas will conduct the 2012 festival from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Austin Adkins | Regina Agu | Lindsey Allgood + Amy Luznicky | Emma Alonze | Mauricio Ancalmo | Angela Bartram + Mary O’Neill | Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte | Ruth Vigueras Bravo | Caryana Castillo | Khalil Charif | Matthew Thomas Cianfrani | Gina Cuntstruct | Elwin Cotman | Dance Troupe Practice + Luciana D’Anunciação | Ian Deleon + Kara Stokowski | Stephanie Diamond | Bados Earthling + The Wild Audio Society | Michelle Ellsworth | Ursula Endlicher | Tim Eriksen | Francesca Fini | Les Filles Föllen | Marcel William Foster + Dunstan Matungwa | Future Death Toll | Lawrence Graham-Brown | Alejandro Guzmán | Matt Hawthorn | Joseph Herring | Kanene Holder | James Holland + Alycia Bright Holland | Linda Hutchins | Rima Najdi | Samantha Jones | Igor Josifov | Nathaniel Katz + Valentina Curandi | Elizabeth Leister | Jonathan Lemieux | Gideonsson/Londré | Jonatan Lopez | Tina Mariane Krogh Madsen | Soukei Matsuo | MoTA - Museum of Transitory Art | Nataliya Petkova | Blatta Orientalis | Alexandre Pombo-Mendes | prOphecy sun | Stefan Riebel | Tara Raye Russo | Nuria Guiu Sagarra | Maximiliano Siñani | Jonathan Sutton | Étienne Tremblay-Tardif | Elinor Thompson | Robert Tyree + Andra Rotaru | Marcus Vinícius | A.G. Viva | Alyssa Taylor Wendt | Amelia Winger-Bearskin | Martin Zet |
Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art (Newark, New Jersey); Center for Performance Research (CPR) (Brooklyn, New York); Chez Bushwick (Brooklyn, New York); Co-Lab (Austin, Texas); Diaspora Vibe Gallery (Miami, Florida); Fusebox Festival (Austin, Texas); Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, New York); Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); Little Berlin (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Living Arts (Tulsa, Oklahoma); Mascher Space Co-op (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) (Portland, Oregon); Real Art Ways (Harford, Connecticut); SOMArts (San Francisco, California); Space One Eleven (Birmingham, Alabama): Spread Art (Brooklyn, New York); Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) (Salt Lake City, Utah); Alice Yard (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago); the temporary space (USA/Japan); Yamaguchi Institute of Contemporary Arts (YICA) (Yamaguchi, Japan); Dimanche Rouge (Paris, France); La Maison des Artistes (Paris, France); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Bogotá (MAC) (Colombia); At The Vanishing Point (Sydney, Australia); Small Projects (Tromsø, Norway); Ateliers ‘89, Contemporary Art Institute (Aruba)
A live simulcast of the event will be streamed on April 27 and 28 at www.lowlives.net.
For more information, please visit www.lowlives.net.
About Low Lives Founding Director Jorge Rojas
Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist and curator. He uses traditional and new media, as well as performative elements to investigate communication systems and the effect of technology on artistic production, social structures and communities. Rojas’ work and curatorial projects have been exhibited internationally. In 2009, Rojas founded Low Lives, where he currently serves as director, producer, and curator.
A. T. Wendt was born in 1969 in New York City. She has performed on record, in films, on stage and as art in San Francisco and beyond. Miss Wendt has returned to the fold to earn her MFA from Bard College, recently exhibiting both nationally in New York, Philadelphia and Austin and abroad. She is also published, has performed at festivals and openings, collaborated with an array of talented artists and completed two art residencies in Norway and Iceland. Residing and working in Brooklyn, she is currently conjuring multimedia pieces that reference legacy through ritual and composites, using video, large format staged photography, sculpture, sound landscapes and performance.
"((TRANSFER STATION))" Alyssa Taylor Wendt + + + + +
Co-Lab Project Space
On display also will be a triptych of large format Chromogenic prints by the artist, “illustrating” each of the audio segments with a staged tableau photograph. Participants will have the opportunity to write a caption underneath each piece, addressing the delicate balance or lack thereof between imagery and text.
The artist will be on hand, visiting from New York City, for the duration of the show and in the gallery most days to talk and answer questions.
ALYSSA TAYLOR WENDT
"Hirsute Drosscapes and Cenotaphs: (Finem Respice)" Alyssa Taylor Wendt + + + + +
Project Space (613 Allen) On view during events and by appointment only
In her new installation and participatory performance, Alyssa Taylor Wendt revisits tropes of urban decay, monument and mourning with a multimedia installation in the main space, using a variety of materials, including horsehair. Building large forms that need to be negotiated with, she asks us to consider the materials at hand and question their place as signifiers of both ruin and rebirth. Hairwork has been used to remind us of both the mortality within the very matter of its dead follicles, and the magical living essence of the natural world it hails from and celebrates.
The viewer will have the opportunity to participate in a live ongoing afternoon performance, in which the artist, on leave from her native New York City, will be working on a community hair wreath in the outdoor space at Co-Lab Projects. One can leave a sample clipping of his or her hair in a baggie, with the option to write something personal on a scrap of paper. The artist will use the donated hair pieces and paper to construct a living memorial wreath of hair, binding together strangers on the common grounds that they have an interest in conceptual art. The finished piece will be added to the installation and on view in its final form during the Saturday closing reception.
For more information about the artist: www.alyssataylorwendt.com
"magnus retwined" Alyssa Taylor Wendt + + + + +
Fusebox Hub - Off-site Exhibition
As part of the Low Lives showcase presented by Co-Lab Projects and the Fusebox Festival, Alyssa Taylor Wendt has designed an interactive performance that elicits response by combining planes of energy. Dressed in character, this New York based artist will bind the audience together in a frenetic slapstick string ritual dating back to her childhood. Manning her own live soundtrack, she will be judged by a live panel of nihilists, and ciphers to great amusement for all. Prepare to participate and be united.