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Vaudeville Park
26 Bushwick Avenue
March 17 - March 18, 2012
Reception: Saturday, March 17, 8 - 12 AM
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PERFORMANCY FORUM is a suddenly serious series, a selection of serial sociological faux pas. It is shouting HEY! in public, it refers only to itself, it is working class, it is phenomimes and psychomimes, it is phonosemantic (words, notes), and ideophonetic (sounds, actions, movements), and now its racket resounds: CLUNK, CLICK, BOING, WHEW, MEOW

On March 17, PF will feature dance artists, composers, poets, and performance artists whose work deals with Being itself, constructing reality instead of being constructed by reality, not mirroring it, representing it, nor otherwise being anything other than what is Is, in and of itself. Onomatopoeia, that term for words that are both an utterance themselves and the word for the utterance, becomes a poetics of self-made feedback loops, of cyclical material, gestural and often violent (WHACK!) as it meets Ars, slang for “tough guy/working class/bully/redneck/thug,” becoming work that asserts itself, theorizes itself, pushing other images out of the way, strange and too big for constraint. This work grew up being bullied, now it is a mean machine, scarred and bitter, or maybe it is just plain self-assertive, in a world where art is supposed to lay down meekly and take it.

Lorene Bouboushian ( Laylage Courie ( Lindsey Drury ( Tess Dworman ( Caitlin Marz ( Brian McCorkle ( Michael Newton (
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