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CREATRIX CULT by Jana Astanov (published 30/11/2018)


Jana Astanov: Creatrix Cult
On view: November 28 – December 1, 2018
Local Project Art Space http://localproject.org
Performance Night NOUMENA: SheUniverse Sat December 1, 7 – 9PM

Local Project Art Space presents Creatrix Cult by Jana Astanov from November 28 to December 1. The exhibition features an installation consisting of photography sculpture, video, performative objects and poetry. The environment grounded in the concept of art as spiritual practice transforms the gallery into a place of worship celebrating the feminine and its connection to the natural world.

Yannanda The One That Speaks With The Stars, installation view

The focus on performance art that allows the connection with the audience occurs as a real time interaction and personal response, which are essential to Astanov’s practice. At the center of her work she constructs the temple “Light of Her Consciousness” as photographic sculpture, curating a rich selection of her performative practice works.

The video sculpture utilizes Astanov’s project from 2016 “Contemporary Landscape of Ecofeminism”, created as part of Red Temple performance community that gathered on New Moons from 2015 to 2016. The artist sees women as deeply connected to the cycles of the moon, nature and life-giving forces. This connection is reflected in the first religions that worshiped the Great Mother, which have largely been lost in our culture with the rise of monotheistic religions praising “god” as the omnipresent authority figure. This conveyance of monotheism is reflected in the culture of our societies, its economy and politics, giving men the privileged role of lawmakers, and culture generators.

Our civilization argues against the sacred value of nature and instead harnesses the environment and consumes its resources. The natural abundance has its utilitarian value and the nature is no longer revered as the sacred source, humans are separated from the natural world, they conquest it in the same warlike logic as the victorious nation that colonizes a subjected peoples.

Contemporary Landscape of Ecofeminism

On the opposite spectrum of war and conquest are the ancient civilizations that have survived into contemporary times. These societies, which almost always live in harmony with the environment, have diverse spiritual practices that usually involve psychoactive natural alkaloids of some form – peyote, ayahuasca, psilocybin in naturally occuring mushrooms. However, when it comes to Western world spirituality, not only do we deny the nature its sacred place but we do the same with the feminine presence. While western civilization suppressed the feminine power, casting women off the world stage throughout the entirety of the political and religious systems, eastern philosophy holds a pantheon of powerful feminine deities that work with the male gods in their own chthonic realm and ritual space. Ultimately everything is derived from The One, and the genders merge again in a spiral dance of yin and yang.

With Creatrix Cult Astanov restores the balance, brings the feminine, bows to the natural world and acknowledges the spiritual thus the connection between us and the cosmic soul. In her work she perceives the feminine as the link between sexuality and spirit, between biological energy and the cosmic soul. Creatrix Cult reflects her continued research and experimentation with syncretic use of visual art, writing, sound and spiritual traditions.

Jana will be performing as her character Yannanda throughout the duration of the exhibition. Yannanda The One That Speaks With The Stars, The Priestess of Cosmic Soul and Destiny offers astrology readings inside her Temple of Art for the Sagittarius season as she brings the fire – the symbol of secret knowledge – to the people.

Jana Astanov is an interdisciplinary artist, living in New York. Born in Poland she studied anthropology, philosophy and linguistics in France, and arts in the UK. Her work includes photography, poetry, performance and new media. She published three collections of poetry: Antidivine (Undergroundbooks.org), Grimoire and Sublunar (both Red Temple Press).


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Performance Night NOUMENA: SheUniverse

Gallery hours Wed – Sun 12 – 6 PM
11-27 44th Rd, Long Island City 11101
SUBMIT your work and donate: http://localproject.org/gallery-submissions/

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L-13 will be taking part in
THE UNCORRECTED independent publishers’ fair SEASONAL EDITION

Hosted by
92 Peckham Road
SE15 5PY
11am – 6pm

Click here for Facebook event details.

FIVE Independent Publishers
* L-13 Light Industrial Workshop *Make Mud Press * Open Pen Books * Tangerine Press * Walden Press *

Please note: The fair is on BOTH Saturday and Sunday but L-13 workers are on WEEKEND STRIKE/lazy slackers so will only be present on Saturday.

L-13 table will include

First copies of JIMMY CAUTY
Advanced Acoustic Armaments COOKBOOK REGULAR EDITION





Remaining Copies


Sunday 9th December
L-13 will be at the Art Car Boot Fair
26 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG
Advance Tickets available from artcarbootfair.com

Friday 14th December
Not Not Banksy Rat With Black Square Exhibition at Blasé
55 Wallis Road, London E9 5LH

More details to follow.


LIVEWIRE NYC NOVEMBER (published 13/11/2018)

LIVEWIRE is a monthly tour of shows, exhibitions and events around town. Expect performance art, politically engaged art, photography, poetry, and magic. By @JanaAstanov.


Pratt Performance and Performance Studies Salon
Tue, November 13 at 6:30PM
Pratt Institute Chapel 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn


EXPERIMENTS & DISORDERS Curated by Tom Cole & Christen Clifford
Tue, November 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Dixon Place 161A Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

Fiction, nonfiction, poetry & performance texts by the most adventurous, cross-genre established & emerging writers. FeaturingTony Stinkmetal and Valerie Ellis.

Website: http://dixonplace.org/performances/experiments-disorders-11-13/


Narcissister Organ Player a film by NARCISSISTER
Screening until November 20
Film Forum in New York

An eye-opening self-portrait by Narcissister, the Brooklyn-based performance artist whose work explores race, sexuality, and body image with infinite candor and grace. A former dancer, Narcissister’s live shows amuse, shock, confound, and enchant in equal measure. With familial roots that are Moroccan, Jewish, and African-American, she explores the intimacies of her relationship with a mother whose influence and support were critical in shaping the artist she is today.

Tickets: https://filmforum.org/film/narcissister-organ-player


November 1 – 18
Local Project Art Space 11-27th 44th Rd, Long Island City, NY 11101

¿Tres Marias, Donde esta mi Felicidad? (Three Marias: Where Did My Happiness Go?) asks the three stars in Orion’s Belt: Where did my happiness go? Historically, the Three Sisters, also known as Las Tres Marias, have been timekeeping markers as well as guides for orientation. In this installation of new works, Liebana questions traditional notions of objectivity and the trustworthiness of perception. The life-size sculptures and ceramic self-portraits represent her identity as a female artist of color, and how society shapes her awareness of herself and her value in a capitalist patriarchy.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/356940648379069/


MIAO JIAXIN: Performance Art at GLASSHOUSE Rear Window series
Thu, November 15, 2018 at 9 PM
Glasshouse 246 Union Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211

Glasshouse is thrilled to present ‘Next Performance’ a live performance by Miao Jiaxin, part of ‘Rear Window’- a monthly program of performances by emerging and established performance artists happening in the residential space of Glasshouse viewable through the rear window at their backyard.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2159119664312958/


Dance performance: CONTOUR
November 16th, 10PM
Czech Center New York

Choreographed by Jiří Bartovanec and performed by National Theatre of Brno; full of beautiful movements and dancers who put their hearts into the performance.

The production is the author’s commentary on the marginal events that have influenced the direction of society. The perfromance is the contour of the present, where freedom means to overcome our own fears, express our desire to exist and in accordance with everything that determines and surround us. We consider freedom as a complex, conscientiously powerful, equally well-grounded and intuitive form of dealing with the present.

RSVP link and more information on CCNY website here:

METaMORPHOSIS Panoply Performance Laboratory
November 16 – 18
Panoply Performance Laboratory, 104 Meserole St, Brooklyn, New York 11206

The garage at 104 Meserole Street has been “art space” since the ’90’s. In 2012, Spread Art relocated to Detroit and passed the site to Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL). In December, 2018, the site will be transferred into the hands of IV Castellanos and Amanda Hunt, changing names from “PPL” to “IV Soldiers.”

Marking a state of metamorphosis, PPL (Esther Neff) organizes one last weekend of performances, with some of the artists (a festival including all would take months!) who have been crucial to the operation of this lab site for the past 7+ years.

Website link: http://www.panoplylab.org/
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/502761013560802/


EMPATHY Curated by Gabriel de Guzman
Opening Sat November 17 at 6 PM – 8 PM on display until December 30
Smack Mellon 92 Plymouth St, New York, New York 11201

Divisive rhetoric has reverberated in our current political climate, and empathy has proven to be a challenging sentiment for many Americans to conjure. This exhibition features artists who reveal a capacity for empathy, a willingness to reflect on another’s perspective or to understand those whose backgrounds differ from their own.

ARTISTS: Andrea Arroyo, Corinne May Botz, Sasha Phyars-Burgess, iliana emilia garcia, Beatrice Glow and Alexandre Girardeau, Zac Hacmon, Georgia Lale, Bundith Phunsombatlert, L.J. Roberts, Iván Sikic, Elisabeth Smolarz, Rosary Solimanto, Susan Stainman, Patricia Thornley, Vangeline, Michael Kelly Williams

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/489381828207064/


Krištof Kintera: Do Not Litter, Do Not Feed Birds and Do Not Push the Help Button (Yet)
On view: November 16 – December 6, 2018
Opening reception: November 16, 7PM
Czech Center New York Gallery

Krištof Kintera (born 1973) is one of the most successful and celebrated Czech artists of the youngest generation. His oeuvre is characteristic of a certain doubt concerning the possibilities and role of the arts. He creates sculptures and installations by combining or altering ordinary objects in unusual ways and brings to life very complex installations. Kintera explores the current social issues with sophisticated electromechanical and kinetic-acoustic objects, video, drawing and installation.

The human anthill of New York produces an infinite amount of objects, or material sediments, and subtle messages that Kintera aims to separate, decode and then translate into wall drawings, video screening and the final site specific installation Do Not Litter, Do Not Feed Birds and Do not push the Help Button (Yet)at the Czech Center New York gallery.

Curated by Charlotta Kotik, Independent Curator.


Opening Tue November 20, 7 PM – 9 PM on display until December 1
Local Project Art Space 11-27th 44th Rd, Long Island City, NY 11101

Local Project Art Space presents Creatrix Cult by Jana Astanov from November 20 to December 1. The exhibition features an installation consisting of photography sculpture, video, performative objects and poetry. The environment grounded in the concept of art as spiritual practice transforms the gallery into a place of worship celebrating the feminine and its connection to the natural world.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/338025446930186/


Nov 30 at 6 PM – Dec 1 at 5 PM
Grace Exhibition Space
new address: 182 AVENUE C in MANHATTAN, NYC

PERFORMEANDO, returns to New York City this Fall with the program “Somatopias” centered around notions of corporal adaptability, transformation, (dis)placement, and physical (re)location as explored, expressed and presented by selected artists.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/554036661733194/


WHEN THE ARTIS IS THE ART: Panel & short videos & performances
curated by Vernita N’Cognita and Coco Dolle
Tuesday Nov 27, 2018; doors open at 6:00 PM; panel starts at 6:30 PM
National Arts Club: 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003

This panel will include a short presentation of live performance acts and video works by each panelist followed by a discussion on the evolution and the experience of this practice in our contemporary art landscape. Participating artists: Vernita N’Cognita, Coco Dolle, Quinn Dukes, Verónica Peña & Jana Astanov.

Website: http://atoa.org/Fall2018/November.htm#tix


TOUCHED: a Mythic Bird Performance by JAGUAR MARY
November 30 & December 1,  at 7-8:30PM
Pratt Institute Chapel 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn