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Being Mode Residency Showing: Character Arc
July 16, 2023 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Kara is a selected artist of THE BEING MODE artist residencies, focusing on embodiment, embeddedness, enaction, and cognitive extension as an existential state
Character Arc is a durational performance that explores scores developed during the Being Mode Residency. These scores are influenced by role-play gaming as a character creation tool.
Live Music by: Andy Z
Creative Coding by: Chelly Jin
Come and go as you please. The evening will be arranged into 3 sections with breaks in between.
Part 1 – 6:30-6:50p – Activation of the alley and driveway
Part 2 – 7:00p- 7:20p – Shed interior
Part 3 – 7:30-7:50p – Shed interior
As a femme non-binary artist I investigate, dispute, and put on gender roles in my work in an effort to challenge how audiences perceive a female body with assumed femininity. I place bodies and objects in collaboration to create absurd scenes that objectify the body through comparisons with ordinary objects. To form tone and setting I also use props to create morphing sculptural landscapes and moving, portable sets. In my last work, Navel-Gazing, I began layering film as a way to direct the audience’s gaze and subvert how audiences view and make assumptions about a body, gender, and sex. Including musicians as collaborators and as another mover in space, I bring sound into the room so that it functions in collaboration with movement and can shift, influence, and be influenced throughout a process and in performance. I utilize improvisational performance practices that engage shifting physical and emotional states quickly and in reaction to other performers, the space, and audience members. This creates a responsive performance as prop landscapes, audience member energy, and music change. Overlaying these elements create media-fluid realms that performers and audience members can traverse. I dive deep into dissecting concepts and movement and enjoy the challenge of investigating similar scores in many different spaces. I see my pieces as site-adaptive. In past work I have been seen performing on discarded items on the side of the road, squeezing into small spaces, or stooging in a kiddie pool full of oranges. I have found stages in street corner dumps, a proscenium stage, the dredges of a garage sale, and in your living room.