:: States of Anxiety

Sexuality and Identity published 19/04/2018

I chose the black penis as my current subject because I feel it needs to be seen in its beauty and outside a pornographic or purely sexual context. It can be seen political, especially nowadays where racial tensions are on the rise and unarmed black men keep getting killed by white cops. Why? Is there a hidden inferiority complex  nobody wants to talk about? The black men I talked to felt pleased that the black male sexuality found its way into the arts, as they felt that Black people have been vastly underrepresented as artists and subjects.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Eva Mueller.

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Between Worship and Consciousness published 11/02/2018

My work explores the construction of the feminine. I am a fond believer of writer and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir’s infamous quote: “One is not born a woman, one becomes a woman”. I take inspiration from imagery from our contemporary world as well as ancient myths. I look at the concepts of pin-ups and femme fatale in film noir as well as the mysterious legends of women healers and warriors and tend to investigate the lines between worship and consciousness.

My work explores the construction of the feminine. I am a fond believer of writer and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir’s infamous quote: “One is not born a woman, one becomes a woman”. I take inspiration from imagery from our contemporary world as well as ancient myths. I look at the concepts of pin-ups and femme fatale in film noir as well as the mysterious legends of women healers and warriors and tend to investigate the lines between worship and consciousness. This takes the form of performances with specific female character types, such as erotic, ethereal or mythical. The idea is to activate the sensibility of the viewer from a passive observer to a tangible being in a subtle manner, almost unconsciously.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Coco Dolle.

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Identities of a Feminist Performance Artist published 20/01/2018

I really want Universal Basic Income, Universal Health Care, and Child Care. I want abortion on demand and without apology, I want an ERA. I want an end to poverty and the mass incarceration of black men and an end to voter suppression. I want everyone to have time for contemplation and walking, for pleasure in living.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Christen Clifford

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Performative Trance Trauma published 10/12/2017

My work often hangs out in the discomfort, the simultaneous alienation and implication of the viewer. Show them something raw, show them a trauma and show them a trance, amplify the calamity of being a woman, let them think what they want but make. them. think.

[Image: Antoine S. Lutens]

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Leah Aron.

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Utopian Ensemble published 09/09/2017

Puppets and dolls are the gateways between human beings and objects. There are tons of cliches to spout about puppetry and animism, the primacy of the object, attacking anthropocentric worldviews, etc, and while there were always puppets around, I started working with them to deal with the times I knew I wouldn’t be able to collaborate with other humans, to have a team. I try not to project too much narrative identity onto them, but one thing that I always come back to is the seemingly constant overlap between puppetry and radical politics that I think has to do with how it obviates control.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Kalan Sherrard.

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Pleasure Pusher published 27/08/2017

Queer theory is incredibly complex and a relatively new field of study. I’d like to think there are some aspects of queer theory in what I’m doing. Theory is certainly of interest and always will be. For me, I think it translates when the naked body is explored outside of hetero sex, the possibilities to investigate non normative behavior regarding sex are very exciting and becomes queer automatically.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Trish Nixon.

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Infinitely Replicating published 08/08/2017

Over the past few years, my site-specific installations have been themed around surveillance. There is no issue more relevant to the future of positive creativity than preserving the independent voice. Thus, I use code, live video and installation to illustrate the disconcerting nature of unsecured data in works such as Data Log and PentAutomaton. I siphon unprotected webcam feeds found by browsing the internet into projection-mapped light sculptures, which also reflect live webcam feeds of their audiences, juxtaposing the playful nature of selfie culture with the unease inherent to viewing people who are not aware they are a part of the installation. I ask the viewer to ask themselves, how much of yourself are you willing to give to the cloud?

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Julia Sinelnikova.

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Reclaiming Female Sexual Power published 16/07/2017

I like to think I’ve inspired women to be more authentic and embodied in their power and leadership. In terms of changing the way people look at art I want to restore our faith in holistic art – TOTAL ART – that which is for and by the community; interdisciplinary art that occurs in sacred, transformative spaces where artists hold court as paradigm shifters and leaders.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Katie Cercone.

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Wild Torus published 04/07/2017

New York City has so many artists but too often it seems like we are all competing for money and recognition. Having united ourselves, and erasing our individual egos, we wanted to see what would happen if we could unite people through performative interaction and cooperation. The idea that individual personal expression inhibits true enlightenment, led us to work as an open collaborative entity. Beyond the actual performance, our main mode of artwork is creating connections between people.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Wild Torus.

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Nightmares. Chaos. Exhibitionism. published 25/06/2017

I certainly acknowledge the potency of sexuality, as well as the creative forces involved. Some people perform rituals to conjure or attract sex partners, but I’ve found that going out and meeting people is a much more practical way to get laid…. for me, anyways. If you want to hit a bullseye, it makes more sense to throw a dart, than to coerce or invoke an elemental to magically place a dart on the bullseye. No judgement, of course….

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Josh Kil.

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