Sophia Le Fraga, maybe, Sara Grace Powell
Again! Again! Again!
January 31st, 2016
La MaMa Galleria
NYPAC, the New York Performance Artists Collective, is pleased to announce Again! Again! Again!, an evening of curated performances at La MaMa Galleria on January 31st. For this program, artists were invited to perform works that play with reiteration, rehearsal, or restaging. Repetition does not always aim to produce an identical outcome. When it does, it may betray a habit, a compulsion, or a sign of madness. In a performance context, repetition is often concerned with improvement: to develop a work in progress, or to salvage a prior failure. Again! Again! Again! is a loose arrangement of performances that repeat internally or across presentations; an invitation to explore the transformative potential of saying something insistently, once more.
Again! Again! Again! opens with maybe’s Clothes, a slippery reinterpretation of Simone Forti’s Cloths (1967), in which three performers crouch behind frames onto which layers of cloth are stapled. A tape plays of Forti’s friends singing their favorite songs as the performers intermittently sing songs and flip cloths over their frames. Clothes follows the same structure, with the elements appropriately altered: a stereo plays recordings of friends singing their favorite songs to listen to while they get dressed, while Pool and Posner flip layers of discarded clothing and sing tracks by Chaka Khan, Fleetwood Mac, Hole, and Madonna.
Sara Grace Powell follows with a performance as Kelsea Wollffllotterr, the C.E.O. and spokesmodel of Develocorp. Adopting partly the format of a power point, the performance is a circuitous investigation into Wollffllotterr’s name and roles as CEO and Spokesmodel. The piece explores earlier interests in twinning, displacement, and performance, and also functions as a “pre-enactment” for Powell’s upcoming performance at the Museum of Modern Art.
Again! Again! Again! closes with Sophia Le Fraga’s anti-play UND3RGR0UND L0V3R5, a translation of Jean Tardieu's Underground Lovers that unfolds entirely on Twitter. The work follows Le Fraga’s W8ING and TH3 B4LD 50PR4N0, which transpire within iMessage and Gchat, respectively. As translations, the anti-plays do not attempt to seamlessly transform content into another language. Rather, as adaptations of literary text into the vernacular of the web, they cultivate a degree of confusion and misunderstanding.
Sophia Le Fraga is a poet and visual artist. She is the author of literallydead (Spork 2015); I RL, YOU RL (minuteBOOKS 2013, Troll Thread 2014) and I DON'T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (KTBAFC 2012). Her anti-play trilogy of iOS adaptations comprises W8ING, TH3 B4LD 50PR4N0 and UND3RGR0UND L0V3R5 (Gauss PDF 2014, 2015). This fall, she was included in "Greater New York" and PERFORMA. Le Fraga is the poetry editor of Imperial Matters, a curator for the experimental reading series Segue and a member of Collective Task. She teaches poetry at BHQFU, New York's freest art school. http://sophialefraga.com
maybe is a collaborative project by Isaac Pool and Jessica Posner. maybe might mediate bodies, objects and maneuvers of feminism through willful mis-readings of canonical performance works. Past iterations include Site (Excerpt) at Katz’s Deli, Los Angeles; and an audio installation in the elevator at The Kitchen, NYC. In May 2016, maybe will perform Beet Joy as part of Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church. maybe was formed around 2011 near Union Square. Pool lives and works in NYC. Posner lives and works in Syracuse, NY. www.maybemanifesto.info
Sara Grace Powell is a virgo, multi-media artist, and recalcitrant. In 2008, she abandoned a New Age Cult in Los Angeles and went on to receive her BFA from Barnard in 2014. She has performed at various venues such as the Newsstand (New York), the Knockdown Center (Queens, NY), 9800 (Los Angeles), Auto Body (Bellport, Long Island), the M60 bus stop at 116th St. and Broadway (New York), and BHQFU (New York). On January 24th, Powell will be performing as Kelsea Wollffllotterr, the C.E.O. and spokesmodel of Develocorp. Wollffllotterr entered the art world as an impostor in 2010 and has been consulting therein ever since.