Suz Evans is a performance artist that works with the concept of phenomenology to explore both collective and personal human perception. Specifically they are interested how the language of identity creates associations in the mind. They are currently writing a play about MOIOULA, moments of intentional or unintentional live art. Moioula is very basically the art-potential of every life occurrences. Evans uses this idea as a tool of critical thought in order to examine the unstable areas between art and not-art. Borrowing from other artists and from pop culture is a crucial method of creation. Evans strongly identifies as a failure in the medium of performance art.
Performance for Virtual International Exchange
"Repetition makes practice makes perfect”
I am creating my fantasy self, I'm trying to get back to my Real. I'm Othering myself. I am witnessing myself. I is ego. Identity is political. My hair is political. Look at all of the perspectives. Repetition makes practice makes perfect. Watch my pixelations and passivity. I'm bougie. I'm poor. I'm passing time. You're passing time.
As a Cambodian American woman, I use diasporic identity in my work to convey layers of being and relationships. I am soul searching, most likely through you.
Through installation and delegated interaction, I am projecting my identity on you and gauging your reaction. Weaving personal tales and interaction, I delegate the audience in conversation and action.
Taking the form of social constructs and objectivity, I am critiquing communication and the politics of identity. To me, Live Action is the ability to fabricate situations of childhood trauma and adult responsibility while seeking alternative perspectives and possibilities. I seek intersectional meaning and memory in others by Other-ing.
Christian Cruz is a cultural producer and a performing artist based in Mexico City (D.F.), Mexico. She works for Centro de Cultura Digital Radio curating an international live radio program called Foráneo, which highlights artists working within digital mediums. In her spare time, she freelance writes, acts, sings, dances, documents, teaches and is an all around performance art geek. She is currently working on performances that explore the relationship between movement and poetry. Born and raised in Dallas, Tejas, underwater, in a bathtub, she works within the sub-culture, DIY, and ephemeral. She reps queer femmes & xicanxs whenever possible. Find her on twitter/ instagram @morenahelado or facebook.
Robert Chamberlin Coorain Devin
Robert Chamberlin and Coorain Devin are conceptual artists and lovers, who collaborate to investigate their identity as queer individuals and their relationship to consider issues of love, queerness, intimacy, and art and everyday life. As partners in life and in art, they are interested in borrowing from their cultural heritage to create new, queer tradition. Both work with performance, but Chamberlin works primarily with porcelain, and photography,, while Devin works most with video, and publication.
"Down Suffolk Ave // 2015 // 20 minutes // Virtual International Exchange
Down Suffolk Ave is a documentary performance which is usually done lecture style with a large projection of a computer screen, but has been adapted for VIX to be performed via periscope.
A trip down Suffolk Ave in B-wood via google street view. Architecture is activated through improvised narration, poetry, footage and music. The starting location being my mother’s first job in the U.S at a centro de llamadas to the final location being the old building of the Salvadoran Consulate. Down Suffolk Ave takes materials from an earlier photography piece Slipwood Center."
Topher Lineberry is an artist who investigates social and political narratives through cultural histories of amusement, entertainment, pleasure, leisure, fun, and play. Lineberry sincerely holds these histories as a prime synthesis of structure and agency, interrogating prescribed ideals of ‘freedom.’ Sometimes Lineberry intervenes in archives, believing historical expansion makes the present more accessible. Topher's work is often underlined by a critique of homonationalism - 'gay' tolerance normalizing military nationhood - as well as broader recuperations of identity in the service of power. If anything, Topher Lineberry's work is situated at the intersection of research, experience, ethics, and desire.
Born in 1994 and raised in West Palm Beach Florida, Gabbah Baya has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Their upbringing as an Arab American in the United States informs their perception as an artist because they create alternative narratives. They are interested in working interdisciplinarily to create immersive digital environments. By using sound, video, and 3D animation they develop a world where multifaceted issues and realities can exist simultaneously in space. Their work seeks to deconstruct hegemonic symbols and monuments of the United States and Middle East. Ultimately, re-contextualizing them through the visual vernacular of video games, they construct new spatial, visual, and sonic realities that critique U.S. perception of the Middle East
Chloe 王譽霖 is activating her work through her body as an intergenerational dream machine, and is thinking about tropical heat.
in the butternut glow of a flung open frame
breathe sparks into your palm
tinder spit burns; dances a constellation up your throat
you haven't learned yet how to eat flames
but liquid lava fills your belly
my shoulders are always curved over like the tarp over a hot air balloon
hot sulfurous gusts boiling me taut and thin,
nearly as clear as a
glass magnifier through which the sun is laser hot
pinpointing on my conception
when the way you have always learned to be honest has been through fictions
what makes you any more a liar than the letters of proof by which your parents try to lay claim to you
what makes those affections any less real than the kind that you conceive now
when she was five and i was six you told her she wasn't ours
when she was 16 and i was 18 you told her she had always been ours
but she had not been wanted; just like no one wanted the dark of the back of her knees
a birth mark detailing the deep cold hatred that had thrust her open into this world
fitted from a turbulent typhoon furious wave
so that she can be nothing but kind
-bullet proof one way tint blacked out eyes
Kirk Lorenzo is a queer latino from New York City currently based in Boston studying multiple disciplines at The School of The Museum of Fine Arts. Narratives, identity politics and intersectionality are themes that highly influence his work. His areas of concentration range from photography, to performance to video and sculpture. His interest lies in vocalizing his queer and latino narrative to bring to light the intersections of his identities; while highlighting facets of these intersections such as class, age, and family.