:: States of Anxiety

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: Wet n Wild A Baptism]

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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The Refugees Route published 19/06/2017

I personally admire artists that are expressing our societies’ struggles and inequalities through their art. I strongly believe that is the artist’s responsibility to express their times and speak up against injustices. For me, the artist must have the role of a journalist to varying degrees. Art ought to prevent people from forgetting the struggles of humanity. Humans have a fallible memory. We tend to forget. A short and forgetful memory of our history has proven to be very dangerous for humanity’s future.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Georgia Lale.

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Al Paldrok Non Grata published 11/06/2017

One can direct a performance totally separate from one’s body, using only one’s brain. To create a non-carnal space, a virtual performance or global catastrophe where performative activities start functioning on their own, disconnected from body. As brain is still a material part of one’s body, a thought originating from there is already a compromise between an idea and materialized reality.

Questioning everything is our main philosophy and it is also the difference between art and entertainment. Of course, I have grown up in one authoritarian regime and also seen its fall. In these systems your reality is twisted. Everybody knows that there is real life, which they live with their friends and families and then there is another one, the official artificial reality, in which you take part outside of the home. This experience has probably given me this attitude, to always be sceptical about surface issues.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Anonymous Boh.

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Jump On The Bed Happy published 04/06/2017

Tableau Vivant inspired me when I saw Carolee Schneemann’s “Interior Scroll” and the audiences adverse reaction to it, while they had none to Chris Burden sitting in his own excrement for days, or shooting himself in arm, or nailing himself to a car like Jesus and backing it out of driveway. No, the audience was more horrified when a woman pulled a harmless scroll out of her vagina and read from it.

Continuing the States of Anxiety series, Jana Astanov interviews Gabriel Don.

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