Mocrep and performer-composer collective Bastard Assignments spent a week in London creating four new collaborative pieces.
Josh Spear: Tro//ing
Lia Kohl: sorry, thanks
Zach Moore: Presentation
Timothy Cape: You Keep Me Thinking Straight
All pieces performed by members of Bastard Assignments and Mocrep.
Photos by Dimitri Djuric
November 19th, 2017 - Hotel Pro Forma
created in collaboration with Marcela Lucatelli
May 7-13, 2017 - Dfbr8r Performance Art Gallery
At this point there are lots of things to consider:
there are cows - or oxen, depending on how you interpret them, how important horns are in your conception of oxen, whether or not you played Oregon trail as a kid… there is Music, and that British guy, and the question of whether or not that's what that was, with the scissors and the watering can.
Some of the material ties up tidily, some of it doesn’t, some of it’s happening now and I don’t even know what it is, we didn’t talk about all of this.
Here we are, making webs in our minds, contextualizing and recontextualizing, making connections between things because they’re next to each other: humans and animals and oxen and Oregon trail and your childhood and my experience looking up recipes online and the way his hand movements relate to that one boy band video
and it’s not clear what we’re supposed to take from art or each other or dfbrl8r or JACK or Chicago or each other or whatever or if we can even choose what we take anyway.
Why is there a goal?
Why is there a goal?
Why is there a goal?
Why is the goal to reach an answer?
Yoshi eats fruit and spits out eggs. Kirby eats enemies and becomes them. Kirby can be a tornado or a mirror, have fire hair or white wings, be a boomerang on a hamster. The Minotaur has the head of a bull and the body of a human; Sleipnir is a stallion with 8 legs; Ammit has the head of a crocodile and the torso of a lion and the bottom half of a hippo. I don’t know much about Abgal but I know that it’s not a mermaid but it is half fish.
Some of these things are imaginary and some of these things are myths.
Everything’s a web. The web is connected to the web. The web is connected to
Bee da doo dweet dahhhhh
Boo dah dooo daahhhhhhhhhh
Dah do da dwee do dahhhh
Initially I had this idea that we’d all be wearing some sort of sewn garment that covers our torsos and that there’d be a pile of fish in the middle of the four of us and we’d all be wearing some sort of sewn garment that covers our torsos and that there’d be a pile of fish in the middle of the four of us and we’d all be wearing some sort of sewn garment that covers our torsos and that there’d be a pile of fish and we’d do some sort of movement thing.
Maybe imagine that for a moment and see what it turns into.
To Name It Is To See It
Created by Hương Ngô and Mocrep, Performed by Hương Ngô, Ryan Zerna and Isaac Stevenson at the DePaul art Museum, 2017.
Documentation for accompanying performance to the exhibition "To Name It Is To See It" at DePaul Art Museum. Photo: Giau Truong.
April 6th, 2017 - Mana Contemporary Chicago
created in collaboration with Neo Huelcker
March 30th, Art Institute of Chicago
In response to “Go,” the March 2017 iteration of the AIC’s Modern series, this program explores speed in the context of our bodies, socialities, and semiotics. How do our changing relationships to technology affect the movement and meaning of our bodies? How do the volume and rapidity of social interactions (not least of all through social media and other digital platforms) change our conceptions of community and self? And how do these changing relationships create new possibilities for narrative, translation, and invention?
VOLUNTEER CHORUS (2015)
by Jennifer Walshe
for any number of performers with Facebook accounts
“Personal information is a scarce commodity. Each individual creates his or her own set of data—a signature, like on a painting. A unique expression of personality. We are flesh made data. This is precisely the goal of all the analysis and algorithms: you. The knowledge of your innermost desires and needs. And if personal data is the raw material of the 21st century, woe betide us if we allow the new data mining companies to drill and explore us in the same ruthless way the miners of past ages have ravaged the land.”
- from “Das Kapital bin Ich” by Hannes Grassegger, translated by Anne Posten
A brief parade, etc. (2017)
by Lia Kohl
For four performers and party ephemera
A brief parade, etc. is an excavation of the mystical possibilities of the absurd, a mythology of imagination-space. Created in response to Marcel Duchamp’s 12 Rotoreliefs (currently on display as part of Go), it presents us with archetypes that reimagine and repurpose the layers of meaning we ascribe to objects. It is a parade without purpose, a fairytale without moral; it allows us to enter an alternate sphere where meanings are shifted, and we can perceive our own reality as through a fun house mirror.
Sy5z3n_1: Meditation for Atomized Respiration (2017)
A meditation in the form of generative behavior, “Sy5z3n_1” embraces noise and fissure as a natural state of being for bodies living in the information age. The sound of one performer’s atomized breath incites the behavior of the others, metered by the pace of their own individual respiration. Four performers seek solace in actions based on a constructed system of sound, breath, motion, and suspension. Artist info: Lee Blalock (L^2) imagines impossible scenarios for n3w_b0d1es.
February 14th, 2017 - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago