The first phase of a multi-year creative exchange (supported by the Australia Council) with Melbourne-based artist Phillip Adams and his recently launched venue Temperance Hall, supporting new collaborations between Australia and NYC-based artists. This process will culminate in a NY premiere at The Chocolate Factory in 2020.
Bouquet examines authorship by questioning what gets carried into Valencia's work through the modes of proximity, relation and alliance. This process seeks to manipulate perceptions of life and its collaborators. Bouquet is sourced from various popular and cultural alliances and this particular ensemble of sources builds a choral surround of references.
Niall Jones’ work tends to the blurred (minor) field of material and hallucinatory presences, moving toward indeterminacy, excess and dissonance produced and destroyed in temporal situations and poetic structures. Niall Jones continually works toward the minor as a study in the unsteady and persistent arrangements of self and not-self, in-betweenness, affective proximities, intangible entanglements and practices that construct an elsewhere.
In the year preceding this performance, Lauren Bakst has been looking at her life as an object of study. This practice has inevitably transformed her life into a kind of fiction or theater, and it is this theater from which More Problems with Form emerges. Studying her own performances inside of pre-existing forms, in which she has at times played the roles of wife, woman, dancer, audience member, analysand, and many others, Lauren asks: when does performing, in life and on stage, make space for the unwieldy contradictions of living and desiring, and when does it hold things, like bodies, people, and ideologies, in place?