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“As soon as we have the thing before our eyes, and in our hearts an ear for the world, thinking prospers.”

“The poetic character of thinking is still veiled over.”

Martin Heidegger from The Thinker as Poet

Being friends with Hannah

Goethe Pop-up Houston
Houston, Texas

“Being friends with Hannah” was commissioned by Goethe Pop-up Houston, as a six-month, interdisciplinary social sculpture that asks artists and philosopgers to consider the role that friendship plays in our political world. The project was to culminate in an evening-length program of immersive art installations, participatory events, and performances. The project was also to include written responses by philosophers on Arendt’s correspondence with her friends, as well as a series of salons on Arendt’s work.

This project was grounded in the thought of twentieth-century political theorist Hannah Arendt who is known largely for her writings on totalitarianism and for coining the term “banality of evil.” This project, however, takes a different direction by exploring the vital role that friendship discourse played in Arendt’s life and her writings, looking at her correspondences with seminal thinkers like philosopher Martin Heidegger, poet W.H. Auden, novelist Mary McCarthy, and philosopher Gershom Scholem.

This project was not completed due to changes in funding from the German government. We did, however, complete two salons, acquire written responses from three philosophers, and curate all artists involved in the project.

Possessing a common logic

Online
2021

“Possessing a common logic,” is a series of discussions and collaborations between philosophers, theorists, artists, and performers with the invitation to uncover a common logic or underlying thread that connects their practices. Working toward resonances not necessarily similarities and shared ways of thinking not necessarily shared thoughts, the end result is unpredictable. This series aims to imagine new possibilities and projects through difference. It moves away from a purely critical mode of engagement, focusing, instead, on creation and construction.

Order of flo

Houston, Texas
2021

Drawing on themes from queer theory and responding to COVID-19, “Order of Flo” playfully dances along the lines of destiny at the intersection of bodily motion and mindful emotion. Melting the presentations of drag, queer bodies, and weird minds, “Order of Flo” trans-imagines dance, tarot, poetry, and glossolalia. The evening welcomes a co-revelation of dancers thinking, philosophers moving, and audiences emerging. Co-created with choreographer Rivkah French and philosopher Maggie Pahndeepah, the show included artists Belial, Kayla Mason, ShyLah, Urethra Burns. and Michelle Reyes.

Outdoor salon series

Houston, Texas
2021

Because of the isolation necessitated by the pandemic, many artists, writers, and performers lacked the community they typically relied upon for feedback and support. Each event in this four-part series, focused on one particular theme, including adaptability, play, surprise, and nourishment. Each participant brought a writing, experience, or art project that resonated with the theme and those were shared with the group for discussion. Chosen participants reflected disciplinary diversity and a desire for communion.

Caritas

Convergence Research at Blaffer Art Museum
Houston, Texas 2020

Convergence Research at Blaffer Art Museum is a platform for interdisciplinary research, experimentation, improvisation, and performance. I assisted series director Melissa Noble with the selection and facilitation of Netherlands-based artist Larysa Bauge and her performance “Caritas” as part of a dual show with Ryan Holloway. This project used pieta imagery and other art historical iconography to evoke scenes of mutual nurturing, focusing on the relationship between Bauge and a long-time friend and collaborator. Video

Revolution! Scholars and artists rethinking political action

Houston
2020

“Revolution! Scholars and Artists Rethinking Political Action,” was co-hosted by Houston Community College’s Philosophy Program and Experimental Action, Houston’s international performance art festival. The five-day program was scheduled to place at Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Community College, University of Houston, A 2nd Cup, and Notsuoh. Due to the pandemic, this project was not realized.

The project was developed to facilitate public, political conversations utilizing an interdisciplinary and non-partisan approach.  It includes performances, creative workshops, academic presentations, and panel discussions, all of which are open to the community.

The concept of Revolution! is based on the work of 20th century political theorist Hannah Arendt whose writings on totalitarianism have recently found renewed public interest.

The political seducer’s diary

Instagram
2017

“The Political Seducer’s Diary,” an Instagram-based project in collaboration with Performance Art Houston, ran @PerformanceArtHouston. Eight artists from around the world took residence on the Instagram account and found ways in which to merge performance art, documentation and social media in order to discuss how seduction and aesthetics converge to influence decisions we make in public life. Artists looked at issues like gun control, sexual assault, consumerism, and environmentalism. More here.

Location: Between past and future

Online
2017

Our Prime Property (OPP) asks artists to imagine two locations: one where a work of art can be shown and one where a work can exist in perpetuity. When asked to curate, I decided to select a series of performances knowing that location, a central idea in OPP’s project, is a fundamental and controversial component for performance art, generally. More here.

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