Curated by Anya Liftig in collaboration with Teena Lange as part of  The Image is the Act? curatorial series at Grüntaler9

The Best of Brooklyn’s emerging performance scene lands in Berlin for the second year in a row presenting works based on meditation, performance notation and scoring, social practices and object exploitation.

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from 10 FRI
13 MON

TIME: 09:00-21:00 (4 days, continuously) / solo work 20:00-22:00
WHERE: grüntaler9 | Grüntaler Str. 9, 13357 | www.gruentaler9.com
Picture Photo Credits: Panoply Performance Lab

Ivy Castellanos, Valerie Kuehne, Anya Liftig, Brian McCorkle, Esther Neff, Adam Overton and Hector Canonge

Ivy Castellanos, Valerie Kuehne, Anya Liftig, Brian McCorkle, Esther Neff, Adam Overton and Hector Canonge operate a “diner” without respite, dishing up edible and inedible options. Visitors to the space receive a menu and can order food, objects, and time-­‐based items.


PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LAB | www.panoplylab.org
Panoply Performance Lab (Esther Neff and Brian Mc Corkle) realizes relational frameworks as part of their 2013 project, an “opera” called Any Size Mirror is a Dictator. Individual pieces perform social mirrors via their construction, problematizing states of totality and objectivity via their conflicts with situation and human agency. This problematizing is done through a structural design demanding “total” responsiveness to site and context; the opera’s very structure is totalitarian, while “reflective” (we use this to combine critical and embodied responsiveness) performance is in constant flux and becoming within itIVY

CASTELLANOSIS | www.ivycastellanos.com
Ivy Castellanosis an abstracted force of movement shapes and energy. Ivy’s work is a violent sculpture transforming each space into unpredictable possibilities. The construction of abstracted objects are customized and functional for the artists specific movements through space. Ivy is the founder and director of IV Soldiers Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and has performed throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Chicago. The work Ivy Castellanos will perform in Berlin consists of the abstracted performers First Words, a series of performance work adding audible terms to the abstraction with the hopes of contextualizing each piece.

ADAM OVERTON | www.plus1plus1plus1.org
Adam Overton is an experimental artist living in Los Angeles who works between performance, writing, experimental music, massage, workshops, event-production and various participatory forms, all in order to facilitate odd and intimate artist-led experiences. He connects regularly with a variety of artist-peers via several collaborative platforms, including Signify, Sanctify, Believe (with Tanya Rubbak and Claire Cronin, and involving the contributions of over 70 semi-secular artists), The Eternal Telethon, and UploadDownloadPerform.net. He works closely with Guru Rugu as co-director of the experimental meditation center of los angeles and as a ghostwriter for Guru Rugu’s Experimental Meditation Hour on KCHUNG Radio. Most recently he presented the collaborative exhibition and free speech auditorium, BESHT – The Bureau of Experimental Speech and Holy Theses – at the Pomona College Museum of Art. VALERIE

KUEHNE | www.valeriekuehne.com
Valerie Kuehne is a cross-pollinated work of chaos. Fusing together music, performance art, narrative, and experimental curation, she has been told that, “if this music thing doesn’t work out, she’d probably make an awesome cult leader.” (Boston Public Space). After moving to New York to study Philosophy at The New School, Ms. Kuehne has systematically bifurcated her time between touring the planet, performing in as many unexpected settings as possible, and building a community for experimental music and performance art in New York. Her series, The Super Coda, is an experimental cabaret that has united electrifying performers 5 years running. Ms. Kuehne’s work operates under principles of surprise, and investigates obsession, comedy, decay, forensic pathology, sex, hypnogogia, viscera, death.

ANYA LIFTIG | www.anyaliftig.com
Anya Liftig’s work has been featured at TATE Modern, Exit Art, MOMA, Center for Performance Research, Chez Bushwick, ]performance space[ London, Yale University, Highways Perfomance Space, Fado Toronto, Performance Art Institute, The Performance Art Institute-San Francisco, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Grace Exhibition Space, Surreal Estate, IV Soliders, Panoply Performance Laboratory, The Flea, INCUBATEChicago, University of Wisconsin, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Mess Hall, Diamanche Rouge Paris, Performer Stammtisch Berlin, BLO Atleiers, KuLe Theater, Roves and Roams, OVADA, Dimanche Rouge Paris, Joyce Soho and many other venues. In “The Anxiety of Influence” she dressed exactly like Marina Abramovic and sat across from her all day during “The Artist is Present” exhibition.

HECTOR CANONGE | www.hectorcanonge.net
Hector Canonge lives and works in New York City where he studied Comparative Literature, Filmmaking and Integrated Media Arts. His work incorporates the use of various media, commercial technologies, physical environments, cinematic, and performative narratives. In 2011 Canonge was a resident artist at LMCC Swing Space Program at Governor’s Island, a teaching fellow for Artistic Noise, and he was selected Create Change 2011 Artist in Residence for the Laundromat Project with his public art initiative The Inwood Laundromat Language Institute. He also launchedthe long term initiative, EVA -Escuela Videográfica Alternativa (Alternative School for Videomaking– in collaboration with Immigrant Movement International.

Canonge has been awarded scholarships by Harvestworks, fellowships by NJCU, and has participated in residencies at Atlantic Center for the Arts, AIM Program 27 at the Bronx Museum of Art, Newark New Media at City Without Walls, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University, and The Wassaic Project. Canonge’s work has been featured at the Queens Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, NY Studio Gallery, Exit Art, Flux Factory, Gallery Aferro, Topaz Arts, Y Gallery, and other art spaces in the city and abroad. He’s been commissioned by the NYC Department of Transportation, The Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Museum of Art, Artists Unite, Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA), and has received funding awards from NYSCA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council -MCAF Program, and NoMAA Regrant Program through the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation.

As part of his own initiatives, Canonge launched the film series, CINEMAROSA in 2004, and co-founded QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, a non-profit arts organization in 2005.  Exhibitions to his credit include: ABSENCE, 2010, Queens Museum of Art; BABEL, 2010, Space 37; FRAMING AIDS 2008, Queens Media Arts Development, and Queering Bodies, 2007, VISUAL AIDS. He curates and organizes the monthly artists’ program A-LAB Forum at Crossing Art Gallery, organizes the annual city wide Performance Art Festival, ITINERAN, and has recently launched inQbator, a monthly program for writers and spoken word artists.

Canonge’s work has been reviewed by the The New York Times, ART FORUM, New York Daily News, Hispanic Magazine, Manhattan Times, Queens Chronicle, and by online publications such as New York Foundation for the Arts Newsletter, Experience NYC, ART CARDS Review, NYRemezcla, and Turbulence among others. His projects have been followed by NY1, NPR Radio, UNIVISION, Televisa, Telemundo, CNN, NBC and ABC with programs such as Tiempo and CNN Español Encuentro.