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Preyer P-Orridge: Change Thee Way to Perceive and Change All Memory
Exhibition
October 16 – November 13 (Wed-Sun, 12-7pm)

The two activists and performance artists Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge began their collaboration as Breyer P-Orridge in the early 1990s, focusing on a central concern: the fictional Self. Considering “the ‘I’ of our consciousness as a fictional assembly or collage that resides in the environment of the body,” these two Brooklyn-based artists push the limits of body-based genders, ultimately to transcend them. This is the first major exhibition of Breyer P-Orridge in New York.


Film Screening
Sunday, November 6, 8pm

Genesis P-Orridge’s COUM Transmissions: Music for Stocking Top and Stare Case (1974) & Coumdensation Mucus (1975)
Participant Inc.

Alongside Breyer P-Orridge’s exhibition, PARTICIPANT INC. presents this unique screening of two of Genesis P-Orridge’s COUM Transmissions films have never been shown in the US and that were assumed lost until recently discovered in P-Orridges’ archives.

Music for Stocking Top and Stare Case (1974) contains documentation of a time-based COUM performance, staged at the Royal College of Art, London- a film that is a meditative exploration into the intricacies of identity, gender, and traditional male lust and eroticism. Coumdensation Mucus (1975) is a scripted video, commissioned and created with the multi-media department of the Royal College of Art, exploring homoerotic fantasy and fetish.

The films are kindly loaned by the Breyer P-Orridge Archives and Thee Gates Institute, and the screening is for PERFORMA05, by Participant Inc.


PARTICIPANT INC. Program
Especially for PERFORMA05
November 15 ?? 18

PARTICIPANT INC will stage a performance-based installation as the site of durational actions and several evenings of live video and performance including Derrick Adams, Ron Athey and Juliana Snapper (in a SCOUT literary performance curated by Eileen Myles), Charles Atlas with Chris Peck, Vaginal Davis, Lovett/Codagnone, My Barbarian, Luther Price and Katherine Finneran (in conjunction with the Roberta Beck Memorial Cinema), Rafael S??nchez, Julie Tolentino, and Suara Welitoff and Thalia Zedek.

The programming of PARTICIPANT INC, a storefront alternative space on the Lower East Side, is greatly influenced by its urban history and context, continuing to integrate vibrant legacies of underground theater, drag aesthetics, club performance, live film, video, and music into its exhibition platform. For PERFORMA05, PARTICIPANT INC has invited participating artists to create new works, ranging from performing objects to theatrical performances. These artists share an interest in sub-cultural genres that expand assumed limits of exhibition and performance formats.

Presented for PERFORMA05.

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Tuesday, November 15, 8pm
($5) Luther Price and Katherine Finneran: Project Cotton Candy

Luther Price will stage a live performance/film screening incorporating 16mm and Super 8 film, multiple slide projections, texts, lightboxes, and objects to examine parasitic corruption of the American home. In collaboration with Katherine Finneran and organized in conjunction with The Roberta Beck Memorial Cinema (www.rbmc.net)

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Wednesday, November 16, 8pm
(Free)

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Lovett/Codagnone: Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves

The collaborative team, Lovett/Codagnone, continue their ongoing exploration of relations of power. Their strenuous durational performances convey the complicated relationship between two characters, in which power dynamics are constantly shifting. In Each Man Kills The Thing He Loves, only the light from a pair of intertwined neon nooses illuminates the room. A gallows with three steps on each side sits below. During the hour-long performance, the artists sit back to back, their hands tied in front of them. A double leather hood, designed to evoke both executioner and victim, binds them. The sound of a continuous drum roll builds, but never reaches its climax. This sound is layered with the recorded voices of the artists reading an excerpt from The Ballad of Reading Gaol a poem Oscar Wilde wrote soon after he was released from jail.

Wednesday, November 16, 10pm
($5)

Rafael S??nchez: The Three Voices

Rafael S??nchez will perform a new solo work in three parts, The Three Voices. Titled after a poem by Lewis Carroll, Sanchez refers to The Three Voices as ???a study in gravity and its absence, imagined by Centaur at the fountain of Salmacis.???

Derrick Adams: A New

In A New Derrick Adams crafts an animated world populated by pseudo-educational characters ?? a small society in which costumes and environments are frequently reversed (interior/exterior, front/back), manifesting the two-sided nature of seemingly neutral objects. Preoccupied with consumer objects Adams reconfigures familiar items to expose their persuasive and often duplicitous nature.

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Thursday, November 17, 7pm (through Friday, November 18, 7pm)
($10)

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Julie Tolentino: Untitled With You

Tolentino will stage a new one-on-one performance/installation, Untitled With You. An ordinary type of dance occurs within the confines of a small room constructed of one-way mirrors. Viewers can see inside, but upon entry, will join the artist in a mirrored room, lit from above by red lights. Classic slow dance songs continuously play, and a digital projector displays the time on the wall. Viewers are encouraged to participate by entering the space for a dance, whose duration is as long as they wish. The artist, blindfolded, slow-dances alone or accompanied by a solitary viewer for 24 continuous hours. Like the placards surrounding the space of a dance marathon, the question remains, “Ladies and Gentlemen, How Long Can They Last?”

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Thursday, November 17, 8pm
($5)

Scout: Ron Athey and Juliana Snapper

Scout is a literary and performance event curated by writer Eileen Myles and inspired by the poet and translator David Rattray who died in 1993. In his final days, Rattray wrote an essay about a series of Durer prints (1520) The Triumph of Maxmillian. ???The part that attracts me,??? Rattray wrote, ???is where the procession that forms the subject of this great work trails off or thins out from a great imperial progress to finally, a straggling group of scouts. Irregulars who are not under any visible military discipline but are simply foraging their way through the country or utopian state.??? For Scout Athey and Snapper will perform new material based on their recent multi-media operatic performance The Judas Cradle.

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Thursday, November 17, 10pm
($10)

Rafael S??nchez: The Three Voices

Rafael S??nchez will perform a new solo work in three parts, The Three Voices. Titled after a poem by Lewis Carroll, Sanchez refers to The Three Voices as ???a study in gravity and its absence, imagined by Centaur at the fountain of Salmacis.???

? Charles Atlas with Chris Peck

Charles Atlas stages a performance of live video mixing in collaboration with sound artist, Chris Peck.

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Friday, November 18, 6pm
(Free)

? Vaginal Davis: VD as VB black and white women and men together again forever

The audience is allowed to view as Davis?? outrageous spoof unfolds: men and women of varying body types and dimensions stand still as living sculpture and Vaginal Davis as Vanessa Beecroft delivers text, while photographers and videographers document.

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Friday, November 18, 8pm
($10)

Charles Atlas with Chris Peck

Charles Atlas stages a performance of live video mixing in collaboration with sound artist, Chris Peck.

Suara Welitoff and Thalia Zedek”:/artists/luther-price

Departing from their prior collaboration at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in February 2005—in which Suara Welitoff’s ambient films served to complement Thalia Zedek’s music—the two approach a reverse scenario, as Zedek creates a live soundtrack to accompany Welitoff’s video.

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Friday, November 18, 10pm
($10)

? Rafael S??nchez: The Three Voices

S??nchez will perform a new solo work in three parts, The Three Voices. Titled after a poem by Lewis Carroll, Sanchez refers to The Three Voices as ???a study in gravity and its absence imagined by Centaur at the fountain of Salmacis.???

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? My Barbarian: You Were Born Poor And Poor You Will Die, An Inhuman Sacrifice

Performance, music, and sculpture converge in My Barbarian’s You Were Born Poor And Poor You Will Die, a ritualistic incantation of class warfare. Designed in collaboration with artist Jeff Ono, My Barbarian dons papier-mach? phalluses made of dollar bills and plays percussion crafted out of loose change in chants and folk dances that draw from mummery, stayr plays, and pow-wows. As high priests of Moloch, the ensemble conjures an Ancient World religion of human sacrifice that mirrors the societal blood-letting of late-Capitalism. And then they disco dance.