Caitlin Baucom, Cammisa Buerhaus, Isaac Pool
October 15th, 2016
The Knockdown Center
NYPAC, the New York Performance Artists Collective, is pleased to present Spilling Over, an evening of curated performances at the Knockdown Center on October 15th, 2016. Organized around an expanded notion of theater, the program features works by Caitlin Baucom, Cammisa Buerhaus, and Isaac Pool that employ theatricality outside of its institutionalized boundaries.
Cammisa Buerhaus will premiere Private Lives, a hallucinatory filmic exploration into the hyper-real world of Bill and Hillary Clinton, their mythic proportions and amorphous, shape shifting tendencies in three parts. The film moves from the political legacy of William Jefferson Clinton into the private correspondences of Hillary Rodham Clinton, supported by an all star cast, including Monica Lewinsky, Jon Benet Ramsey, Debbie Harry, and Justin Trudeau. Presented through the refractory lens of popular entertainment television programs like E True Hollywood Story and Entertainment Tonight, PRIVATE LIVES gives us lives – not lived – but putrefied.
Isaac Pool's one-act object dramas, DSM-V and Untitled (Carry Out stage), place characters, processes, and objects in relationships that produce unsettling tension and humorous attachment. In Untitled (Carry Out stage) a group of strangers meet on a train platform in a choreography led by groceries, snack foods, and a Tupperware container full of soup, and in DSM-V one woman is caught in the wistful rapture of coupon clipping in a nice breeze.
Caitlin Baucom's Citizen I was originally commissioned by the Städtische Museen Zittau and performed within its dungeon basement. The opera addresses itself to the 18th century utopianist Christian Gottlieb Priber. With its manic choreography and ethereal vocals, it produces a shattered, compelling critique of what ideological aspirations might be feasible now.
Caitlin Baucom is a Brooklyn based performer and composer, invested in parsing fear bodily and making a mess. Her interdisciplinary work has shown extensively in the US and internationally, including recently at Naherholung Sternchen (Berlin), Dimanche Rouge (Paris), Stockholm Fringe Fest (Stockholm), Galerie KUB (Leipzig), and Städtische Museen (Zittau, Germany); at Dfbrl8r, High Concept Laboratories, Mana Contemporary, Southside Hub of Production and Nightingale Cinema in Chicago; and LUMEN Festival, HERE Arts, ABC No Rio, Otion Front Studio, 315 Gallery, Dixon Place, Powrplnt, JACK, Knockdown Center, and SIGNAL Gallery in NYC. Her work and writing is published in Emergency INDEX: Volume 3, Bad at Sports, and Incident Magazine, and she was the winter 2013 fellow of the ACC Galerie (Weimar, Germany) on the theme ‘Criminality in Art.’ As a performer for the Museum of Modern Art and New Museum (NYC) she has interpreted and performed the work of Lygia Clark, James Lee Byars, and Yoko Ono, among others.
Cammisa Buerhaus is a sound artist and actress based in NYC. She uses image and sound to synthesize critiques of politics and gender. Buerhaus has recently screened her new film Performance By Appointment in Stockholm, premiered compositions at The Whitney Museum of American Art for Felix Bernstein's opera Bieber Bathos Elegy, and currently tours as a lead actress with the theatre company The NYC Players, presenting The Evening in Lisbon, Brussels, Bologna, Paris, Toulouse, Marseille, and Athens. Other collaborative projects include the improv duo 大凶風呂 and a reprisal of Hillary Clinton for Cecilia Corrigan's film Motherland. Her work has been reviewed in The Wire, Artforum, and Texte Zur Kunst.
Isaac Pool is an artist and poet from Detroit living in New York. Recent performances include "Beet Joy," with Jessica Posner as maybe at the Judson Memorial Church, and "40 Volume," at the Brick Theatre. Recent exhibitions include "Good Piece of Food," with Crystal Palmer, Grey Light Projects, Brussels, and "Thanks to Apple, Amazon, and the Mall," Klaus Von Nichtssagend, New York. A first full length book of poems in print, "Light Stain," is available from What Pipeline, Detroit, and an eBook, "Alien She," is available from Klaus eBooks. Pool holds a BFA in Electronic Art from Wayne State University and an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design.