"BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE", 2014 (excerpt)
Channeling a conversation between the ruins of the Cold War with Berlin as the epicenter of erotic destruction and the prostitute as the figure of survival and economic post-war flourishing, “BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE” is a psychosexual remapping of desire and capital. Using the figures of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s "BRD Trilogy", Josef von Sternberg's "The Blue Angel", and "Anna Christie" starring Great Garbo, along with other cultural and historical sources, the whore becomes a woman to be revered rather than shunned as she presides over a funeral for capitalism, with her liberated city the future site of freedom and joy. The performance began with a funeral procession, as performers slowly entered the space holding armfuls of flowers, leaving a trail of excess, signaling their leitmotif of the affair.
"BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE" is an interdisciplinary work utilizing video, performance, and a collaborative writing project between Johannes Göransson and Cassandra Troyan for Word Weekend at the MCA. The performance took place on July 27, 2014 at 1PM in the Kanter Center and was co-commissioned by the MCA and the Poetry Foundation.
Featured performers include: Amanda Calobrisi, Jose Hernandez, Sofia Moreno, and Adam Rose.
"I was happy then", 2013 (excerpt)
The Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni made “L’eclisse” in 1962. The film begins at dawn on a summer morning inside a modernist apartment located on the suburban fringes of Rome. In the opening scene a beautiful young literary translator named Vittoria ends a relationship with her writer lover, Riccardo. Riccardo’s final plea: he only wanted to make her happy. Vittoria listlessly responds, “When we first met, I was 20 years old. I was happy then.” She subsequently emerges alone from his home into a barren, interstitial landscape. For the remainder of the film Vittoria is a tourist figure traversing the urban, architectural and economic landscapes of Rome.
“I was happy then” is both a book and film by Bureau for Open Culture that unites the filmic spaces of Antonioni’s “L’eclisse” and the present-day reality of Siena, Italy. Through the framework of a tourist guide that focuses on the topics of alienation, architecture, economy, love and urbanization, this work drawn from research and lived experience is a means to explore postwar and contemporary life in Siena. As printed matter and film, “I was happy” then extends the possibilities for dissemination of written and visual material into the public sphere. It draws on the potential of uniting complementary qualities of book and film into a singular work.
L'ECLISSE redux is project of Bureau for Open Culture produced and supported by the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy.
A CURE FIT FOR A KING is an expansive series of performative videos set at the edges of capitalism that cycles through endless rabbit holes of Midwest despair and absurdity only to find further economic collapse, the failure of masculinity, along with psychological and physical trauma. This post-utopian rust-belt drama exists in a landscape where destruction is a form of creative release.
Featured performers include: Fred Schmidt-Arenales, Eero Somers, and Paul Gerard Somers.