Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, Charity Coleman, Arias Abbruzzi Davis and Jordan Lord

With and For

December 11th, 2015

The Knockdown Center

NYPAC is pleased to announce With and For, curated by Rachel Valinsky at the Knockdown Center on Friday, December 11th. With and For features three dual- or multi-vocal, call-and-response-like performances. Based on a dialogic framework, the program foregrounds various formations of intimacy – partnership, family, and friendship—setting the stage for polyphonic interplay in the form of song (recorded, performed, improvised), script, and theatre in translation.

Arias Abbruzzi Davis and Jordan Lord: Ideas of Reference
Arias Abbruzzi Davis and Jordan Lord met six years ago in an intermediate French class. They became friends after collaborating on the final class project—an assignment to demonstrate mastery of the imperfect past tense, the future, and the future anterior. Their project was a short piece of absurdist theater about a jellyfish and rabbit. Returning to the script for the first time since their friendship began, they will perform a live translation of the script from French to English, remembering and speculating on the coded intimacies once exchanged.

Charity Coleman: Forever My Heart and Rebirth
Charity Coleman performs communion with the living voice of her mother, channeled through recordings from childhood and present-day conversation.

Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade: Choir Practice
Gaines, Segade, and friends form an amateur choir singing from the repertoire of anti-racist, feminist activist, vocal ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. The audience joins in to sing protest songs, folk songs, spirituals, and blues. Choir Practice was first performed in 2013, during Gaines and Segade’s Courtesy the Artists residency at Recess Art, New York.

Artist bios

Arias (arīas) means ‘lioness' in Aramaic and Hebrew, or 'air' in Italian. It also refers to "aria", a self-contained piece for one voice. Arias (arīas) Abbruzzi Davis writes, rehearses, paints, and performs, with and without audience.

In 1990, Jordan was the 29th most popular name in the US for a child assigned the male gender at birth. If he had been assigned the female gender, he would have been named Amber, which was the 15th most popular feminine name in the US. It's unclear whether the last name Lord refers to God or "master," though there have been many religious leaders in Jordan's family. Jordan Lord makes films, writes, and sometimes performs—usually in collaboration with others.

Charity Coleman is a writer and poet and is the author of Julyiary: A Breviary (O’Clock Press, 2015), and the forthcoming Diary of the Erstwhile Present (Monoworld). A 2014 NYFA fellow, her work can be found at BOMB, UbuWeb, Joan’s Digest, No, Dear, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn.

Malik Gaines is a writer and artist. His published articles include “The Quadruple-Consciousness of Nina Simone” in Women & Performance, “City After 50 Years’ Living: LA’s Differences in Relation” in Art Journal, and many short essays and interviews about art and performance for journals, magazines, museum publications, and artists’ monographs. His forthcoming book, Excesses of the Sixties: Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left considers 1960s performance in a transnational political context. Gaines has performed and exhibited extensively with the group My Barbarian. The trio has presented work at venues including MoMA, The Kitchen, New Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Participant Inc. (New York), LACMA, Hammer Museum, REDCAT, MOCA (Los Angeles), SFMoMA (San Francisco), ICA (Philadelphia), Museo El Eco (Mexico City), Power Plant, (Toronto), ICA (London), De Appel (Amsterdam), El Matadero (Madrid), Peres Projects (Berlin), Torpedo (Oslo), Galleria Civica (Trento), Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), Yaffo 23 (Jerusalem) and many others. The group has been included in the Whitney, Montreal, California and Performa Biennials and the Baltic Triennial and has received grants and awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Creative Capital, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs and Art Matters. Their work has been discussed in the New Yorker, New York Times, LA Times, Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, Texte zur Kunst, Bomb and various international newspapers, and by scholars including Shannon Jackson in The Drama Review, Tavia Nyong’o in Social Text, and José Muñoz in his book “Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity.” Gaines is assistant professor of Performance Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is also a visiting faculty member in Film/Video at Bard College’s Milton Avery School of the Arts. From 2011-15 he served as assistant professor in the Department of Art & Art History at Hunter College, CUNY.  Gaines holds a PhD in Theater and Performance Studies from UCLA and an MFA in Writing from CalArts.

Alexandro Segade is an artist whose work spans fields of video, theater and visual art, with an emphasis on collaboration across disciplines. Segade is a founding member of the collective My Barbarian, with Malik Gaines and Jade Gordon, an LA and New York-based trio whose performances enact historical narratives and rehearse social situations.  The group draws on performance art, political theater, queer camp, institutional critique, folk plays, musicals and music videos to construct playful performances that encourage both imagination and presence. They have presented their work nationally and internationally, in solo shows at Museo El Eco, Mexico City, the Hammer Museum, LA, Goethe-Institute, Participant Inc., New York; and in exhibitions including the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the 2010 Baltic Triennial, Performa 05 and 07, and many others. In addition to My Barbarian, Segade collaborates with Gaines under the name Courtesy the Artists, with projects at The Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA PS1, The Kitchen, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Performa 13, and others. Segade has presented solo performance and video work at the TBA Festival, Portland; at LAXART, REDCAT and Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles; UC Riverside; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Migrating Forms at Anthology Film Archive in New York; Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco; and Vox Populi in Philadelphia. Segade earned a BA in English from UCLA and an MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from UCLA where he studied with conceptual artist Mary Kelly. Segade is co-chair of the Film/Video department at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts and teaches in the BFA program at Parsons the New School in New York City.

Rachel Valinsky is an independent curator, writer, and translator. Recent projects include the International Festival of Text-Sound Poetry, organized with ISSUE Project Room, Itself Not So at Lisa Cooley, In and Around Collaborative Projects, Inc at Spectacle Theater, User Agent at Judson Memorial Church, and Un, Deux, Trois at Home Alone 2 Gallery. She will co-curate the Segue Reading Series in April/May 2016. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in East of BorneoMillennium Film Journal, BOMBC Magazine, and, among others. Rachel is a co-founder of Wendy's Subway, a library, reading room, and workspace in Williamsburg, a co-curator at Haeler Echo, New York, and a contributor at Éditions Lutanie, Paris. She lives in Brooklyn and is a doctoral student in Art History at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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