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As a type of anonymous personal advertisement that arises from urban encounters, 'missed connections' has been popularized by sites like New York's craigslist, or London's "Rush-hour Crush" column. Stolen glances, a cold shoulder, then a figure receding into the crowd. "Se La Vie, Bodies Need Rest" takes this trope as a starting point, exploring the fertile ground of projected desires, transient movement, and liminal interactions. As the body incessantly navigates the specific configurations of architectural surroundings, grimy screeches of public transportation, and the amorphous, shifting tunnels of interior space, it is invariably situated somewhere between movement and rest, intensity and stillness, masked selves and cathartic release.
"Se La Vie, Bodies Need Rest" is composed of two parts, and each features four performances that revolve around relationality, public and private, privilege and precarity. Maskedness is not only a mode of self-protection founded upon ingrained social stratas, it also paves the way for ritualistic intervention and self-reflection. Expanding on the term network latency, which is mostly used to describe various types of delay that occur in data communication over networks and online media, this sense of dislocation can be generally applied to broader connections and disconnections that transpire over physical-virtual spaces, in the form of glitches, temporal suspensions, and sporadic retreat into interiority. Amidst somatic sway and multidirectional instability, lies the possibility for the weary body to recuperate.
Lemon Guo is a composer and interdisciplinary artist. With a background in Chinese folk music and social psychology, Lemon holds an MFA in Sound Art from Columbia University. Incorporating traditional aesthetics and digital technology, her work sits in between experimental music, installations, immersive theater, and collective response to cultural and environmental issues, based on data and ethnomusicological research. Lemon has performed and exhibited in Asia, North America, and Europe, in institutions such as Rubin Museum of Art, Katonah Museum of Art, Issue Project Room, 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center, Fridman Gallery, Ambient Church, New Interface for Musical Expression, International Computer Music Conference, Chronus Arts Center, Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, and Madrid International Film Festival.
Daniel Greenberg is an artist, printmaker and writer based in New York City. His work is composed between the spoken word and the page, the print and the vignette, using language to empower an audience. He received his BFA from Washington University in St Louis in Printmaking with a minor in Writing, MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Print Media, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include if one thing matters, then everything matters two at Muted Horn Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio and Beauty is a Thing of Guilt Forever at Tuttle Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland.
Kathie Halfin works in variety of mediums including installation, performance,textile, and sound. Her work refers to the body and is its physical and vocal potential. Working with fictional characters she explores and transforms the structures of the exploitation and enforcement of the body. Kathie strives to expose the complexity and nuances related to an individual, and especially female, body.
Pei-Ling Ho is an interdisciplinary artist. She is studying at School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Fine Arts, and graduates in National Chengchi University with a BFA in Advertising. Through performance, video, photography and mixed media, PEI-LING explores questions of gender identity and perception within various contexts, ranging from the conflict between exotic and local culture and the legitimacy of parents under social system, and drawing from her experience growing up in Taiwan. She has had group exhibitions include ITINERANT: the annual Performance Art Festival in NY, SATELLITE ART SHOW in Miami, the 2nd Ningbo International Photography Week in China, 29th Festival Les Instants Vidéo in France and more. Recent reviews and features include PERFORMANCE IS ALIVE, Hyperallergic, The News Lens and more. PEI-LING currently lives in Queens, New York.
Sierra Ortega is a multidisciplinary performance artist living and working in Brooklyn & Queens, NY. They received an MA in performance studies from NYU in 2016 and and MA in rhetorical studies from Hofstra U. in 2015. Using physically and materially disruptive practices generated from their own affective life as an anxious bipolar, their work investigates notions of queerness, alienation, and alterity in the search for meta-utopian post-capitalist futures. Most recently, their work has been presented at the Center for Performance Research, Panoply Performance Laboratory, the Whitney Museum, and Dansens Hus: Stockholm, among others.
Jean Carla Rodea is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from Mexico City and currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work involves a variety of disciplines and mediums such as music, sound, performance, photography, video, and sculpture. Her artistic practice deals with spaces and instances where socio-political and cultural constructs are rendered visible through multimedia installations and performance. Rodea is invested in understanding how time is insistently constructed through memory and how these memories whether embodied or recorded in spaces are documented and re/constructed. Archival research – whether it takes place in an institution or in her personal archive – often leads her to draw from fiction and speculative history around documents, physical traces, and spaces. Rodea has an MFA from DIAP, CUNY. And has performed extensively and shown work at Roulette, Carnegie Hall, BRIC, Knockdown Center, Judson Church, Danspace, Center for Performance Research, Panoply Lab, Rio ll Gallery, The Clemente, El Museo de Los Sures, to mention a few.
Banyi Huang (born in Beijing, China) is an independent curator, writer, and 3D designer based in Ridgewood, New York. She is a recent graduate from Columbia’s MODA program studying art history and curatorial work. She is interested in exploring the intersection between digital media, technology, and gendered performativity. She is also invested in decolonizing discourses and the role of memory and familial intimacy in Asian diaspora identity. She has realized curatorial projects at PRACTICE Yonkers, Assembly Room, and BRIC, and has completed curatorial internships at the Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum. She will organize an upcoming solo show with artist Anh Thuy Nguyenat SLEEPCENTER NY. She is a regular contributor to Frieze, the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, ArtAsiaPacific, and OCULA magazine, among others.
Emma Yi is a visual artist, independent filmmaker and performer based in New York. She is a Collaborative Studio fellow at UnionDocs. She graduated from the City College of New York with a MFA degree in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art practice. Having a bachelor’s degree in Literature of Film, Television and Theater and a master’s degree in Communication Studies, her ideas are multi-disciplinary and grounded in different fields, such as sociology and anthropology. Through utilizing and de-familiarizing crucial moments of everyday life as materials of artistic practice, her works are often conceptual, including conflicts inherent to human nature, functions of objects, hidden power and social construction, based on post-structural theory. Her works have been exhibited in solo and group shows, including The PALAZZO VELLI EXPO in Italy, The Border Project Space, El Museo DE Los Sures, Cloud Gallery and other public spaces. She also has curatorial projects at Chashama and Fou Gallery.