Erratic Anthropologies Performa 09 Event

Public Program
Nov 18, 2009
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7:00 PM

As part of The Undiscovered Antique Shana Moulton presents a performance that confronts a series of belief systems, advertisements, 20th-century artists, and the ghosts of her technology.

Join Phase IV‘s Don Donavucci for an evening full of beauty, grandeur, entertainment, suspense and most importantly a once in a lifetime chance to secure your lot in Southwest Florida’s hottest new housing development.

For a special Night Store event Guy Benfield will be joined by Constanze Zikos to perform Akademie Pavillion Ceramithèque. In a latent state of anarchy, a certain ritual or repetitive behavior systematically neutralizes anxiety, exploring the trauma of pottery while social actions transform the space into cosmic dust.

Art in General presents Erratic Anthropologies as part of the New York visual art performance biennial, Performa 09. Featuring three performative projects by Shana Moulton, Rancourt/Yatsuk, and Guy Benfield that mine the visual culture of flawed but influential community structures: the hippie commune and the American suburb. Using narrative strategies the artists act as quasi-anthropologists, investigating domestic objects and architectures to pick apart the promises identified with these cultures — wealth, power, happiness, and transcendence. With a dose of the fantastic, these artists highlight the psychological, economic, and environmental fallout from the failure of idealistic attempts at redefining western social dynamics.

Performa 09 (November 1-22, 2009) is the third edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. www.performa-arts.org

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Project Descriptions:

Guy Benfield, Night Store
Shana Moulton, The Undiscovered Antique
Rancourt/Yatsuk, Phase IV