Before The Nation Went Bankrupt Performance

On Wednesday August 19th 2015,  I am performing Before The Nation Went Bankrupt at Dixon Place, a small theatre on the lower east side. It is a performance that tells the story of the financial crisis through the love letters of JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

Before The Nation Went Bankrupt

This performance draws from my experience – it reflects what it was like for me to move to New York City in September of 2011, just as Occupy was beginning. It is about the financial blood that flows through every street and just below the surface of so many interactions in this city.  I am a regional artist, meaning that I make work about where I live, and this is my New York piece. It is an opportunity to slow down and reflect on the deeply held mythologies of capitalism. It is an opportunity to consider how desire and money and privilege have become sharper and so must we. And It is an opportunity to laugh. Go ahead and laugh at Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase. It feels good.

I have been working on it for two years, writing and editing the text, making videos and getting the tone just right. I have performed it as a twenty-minute Powerpoint lecture while sitting in a chair, I have done an hour version wearing a suit standing at a lectern. Each time I do it, I think…I can make this better. I can sink the knife in deeper. On August 19th, I will be at my most theatrical. I will bound around on a stage, freed from technology. I am performing at a great little theatre built for something like this. I want to reach out a deliver this material directly to you.  I have made some new animations and videos – they will provide illustration and set the mood.

The Performance at Dixon Place

I am performing with two other artists that I have a lot of respect for: Angela Washko and Michelle Levy. Our night is called On Fixation: Of Men and Mythology. I know that you will love what they are going to do too. Here is a link to the event:

http://dixonplace.org/performances/on-fixation/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1602607396674300/

Here are the details:

Place: Dixon Place 161 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002 : Google Map Directions

Time: 7:30pm SHARP! (I am the first of the three performers, please arrive early to get a seat)

How to get tickets: here is a link where you can buy tickets in advance: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10021246

The Artist Plays Basketball

A text of mine called ‘The Artist Plays Basketball’ has been published in the current issue of Drain: Journal of Art and Culture. It is about both of my practices: art and basketball.
http://drainmag.com/the-artist-who-plays-basketball/

Both practices converge when I perform. My artwork became my own when I let athleticism guide some of my thinking around what it means to be an artist. To get you in the mood, here is a video of me shooting free throws at 5:30am.

A View From Above Performance in San Diego

Last week I performed a new version of my performance A View From Above at the San Diego Art Institute.

The performance is a very close inspection of the statistical and sexual mythologies of basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain. It is both a tribute and a skewering and its tone is one of earnest satire. It is the first lecture performance that I wrote, my first use of that form. It has been five years and it has gone through many changes, as I have too. At the encouragement of many people to drill down on the most essential parts of the performance, it has become more personal. In many ways, I found my voice through this piece. Many thanks to Angela Washko and Ginger Shulick Porcella for the opportunity to perform it once again.

a view from above performance SDAI

Letters From a Lost Weekend

Jamie Dimon made an appearance in VICE Magazine. Before the Nation Went Bankrupt is told in an 11 page spread, with images by Rose Cromwell. The action takes place over a weekend at the Federal Reserve and we called it Letters From A Lost Weekend.