The Marble Room Reading Series IX
with a reader profile here.
I'll be reading with Sam Pink and Justin Maurer
at Uncharted Books.
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Born in the USSA (1986): Columbus, OH
Lives and works in Chicago, IL
cassandra [at] cassandratroyan [dot] [com]
Cassandra Troyan is an artist and writer who investigates the supposedly hidden structures of our desires by rendering visible the daily ways we make meaning in the world, and find ourselves in relation to others. She explores the terror of becoming female amidst the accelerated haze of contemporary popular culture, yet derives pleasure from the nascent negation produced through absurd juxtapositions of submission, surrender, romance, and horror.
She is the author of THRONE OF BLOOD, a poetic novella from Solar Luxuriance and BLACKEN ME BLACKEN ME, GROWLED is slated for publication from Tiny Hardcore Press in April of 2014, and in October KILL MANUAL (Kept In Lacerated Light) from Artifice Books. She curates the reading and performance series ARTIFICIAL EAR, in Chicago, IL.
She collaborates with Ola Stahl on their interdisciplinary project FILM, and with Rachel Ellison as JIMMYBROOKS. She has exhibited or screened her work nationally and internationally, at the Athens International Film Festival, Athens, OH; Moving Frames Festival in Mylitene, Greece; One Minute Film Festival, Narrowsburg, NY; Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA; FASAD Gallery in Malmo, Sweden; Modern Art Oxford, UK; Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland; MASS MoCA, North Adams MA; Art Factory Malakta, Malax, Finland; PERFORMA 2011, New York City, NY; the SMART Museum of Art, Chicago, IL and the Logan Center for the Arts, Chicago, IL.
Everything is © of Cassandra Troyan.
Everyday we are met with the impossibility of ourselves. The separation that exists between the meaning we wish to make, and all the quotidian hinderances that prevent our efficacy in the world. My work seeks to investigate the supposedly hidden structures of our desires by rendering visible the daily ways we make meaning in the world, and find ourselves in relation to others. Dancing with people. Coming with people. Smoking or drinking or walking or fighting or crying or talking or standing or sitting together in silence. I am not interested in creating my own micro-utopia. Plenty already exist. I am interested in creating scenes for emotional encounters through the clarity and contradiction enabled by polarities. I focus on embodying the moment of inarticulateness. I believe that in my body of work the aspect of collaboration becomes a material in of itself, or how the seemingly disparate medias at play resemble the friction between the desire for immediate intimacy and recognition for the viewer; and the inability to fill, or reconcile that feeling.
Following the belief of Deleuze and Guattari, if all we have is desire, it can be tempered through different sources and means. Sometimes we wish to transcend the mundane through absurd and pleasured realms with “a nascent subjectivity, which we will continually find in dreams, deliré, creative exaltation, or the feeling of love…” (Guattari, Chaosmosis, 6). Other times perhaps relinquishing delight in materiality can lead not to escape, but the palpable. The hope of putting ourselves and words into a space of action as pleading for enunciation.