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Daniel S. DeLuca @ TALKaCTIVE: performance art conversation series, Queens, NY

  • Queens Museum, New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY 11368 United States (map)

"Movement & Mediation"

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Hosted at the Queens Museum

After the successful premiere of the independent initiative this past September, TALKaCTIVE returns this month to the museum to continue with more topics in relation to Performance Art. Participating artists will explore the theme of “Movement & Mediation” in Live Action Art.  This month’s conversation and panel discussion includes the participation of artists whose Performance Art work relate to the poetics of corporal expression and the experimentation of various forms of creative embodiment.

Participating artists: Danielle Abrams, Sindy Butz, Lital Dotan & Eyal Perry (Glasshouse ArtLifeLab), Honey Jernquist (Honey McMoney), and Kuldeep Singh.

Mediator / Critic: Daniel S. DeLuca, curator and director of MOBIUS.

TALKaCTIVE: perfomance art conversation series- is a new program that fosters dialogue and exchange among Live Action Art practitioners, encourages commentary about Performance Art, and prompts reflection about performative processes, methodologies, and styles. Every session is organized around a relevant topic in Performance Art, and the presentation of works by a group of selected artists who share their work, discuss their approach to Live Art, and engage in open conversation with critics, curators, and attending audience. The monthly series consists of a presentation, panel, and open Q&A session where participating artists screen documentation of their work, a curator or critic contextualizes the works presented, and a moderator mediates the exchange of information and resources.TALKaCTIVE is an independent initiative created and organized by artist Hector Canonge. Hosted at the Queens Museum, the monthly series is free of charge and open to the general public.



About the artists:

Danielle Abrams’ performances emerge from the social currents that have shaped her biracial heritage.  She adopts antipodal personae that are also autobiographical, and animates the ambivalent relationships between racial and ethnic groups. Her menagerie of personifications stage humorous interactive encounters while reimagining the cultural narratives of art history, civil rights, and popular culture. Abrams has performed at Detroit Institute of the Arts, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Roger Smith Hotel, The Jewish Museum (NY), Queens Museum, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum and The Kitchen among other art spaces.  She will be performing a new piece this December as part of “Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957” at Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.  Abrams has received grants from The New York Foundation of the Arts, Urban Arts Initiative, and the Franklin Furnace Performance Art Fund.


Sindy Butz is a New York based interdisciplinary visual artist and movement researcher. Butz's art practice spans the disciplines of performance art, sculptural installation, performance based photography/ video art/ video sculpture and coaching and consulting through art and movement. Her work consists of an ongoing research on emotional response, affect, human behavior, perception of time, impact and poetics of space and memory.  Butz was recently awarded the Artist in Residence Winter Workspace 2016 at Wave Hill public garden and cultural center New York. Her work has been featured at Fountain Art Fair Miami and New York, Select Art Fair (New York), Brooklyn Museum (New York), Alice Austen Museum (New York), Rush Arts Gallery (New York), Chashama (New York), Museum der Dinge (Berlin), Korean Experimental Performance Festival KOPAS (Seoul) among others. She has been awarded Artist in Residence in Schloss Plüschow, Germany (2007), Chill Rialaig, South Ireland (2007) and Hwaseong, South Korea (2008). Butz was born in the communist German Democratic Republic and raised in the suburbs of East Berlin. She earned a B.F.A. in sculpture from AKI- ARTez Netherland, a M.F.A. in Art in Context from the Institute of Art in Context, University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin Germany. In 2009, she was a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Program with a DAAD Jahresstipendium to research at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University.)


Lital Dotan & Eyal Perry (Glasshouse ArtLifeLab) collaborate since 2001.

Under their motto that "Art Should Be Experienced at a Place That Allows Staying" they co-founded Glasshouse ArtLifeLab in 2007 as part of their performance practice. Their work could be described as immersive art, integrating elements of installation, video and photography into performance events of art and life. Their work challenge ideas pertaining to the role of art in society, the role of the audience in art and the very nature of art practice itself. Their performance pieces often involve the public, revealing the deeper often hidden motivations behind social interaction. Their most recent publication, 7 Invitations (2014), presents their approach to hosting as an artistic practice.


Honey Jernquist (Honey McMoney) is a conceptual artist, painter and performance artist. He lived in San Francisco for twenty years. He rather spontaneously started performing in 2009. Since then he has performed dozens of pieces on the street, in lobbies, in hallways, in bedrooms, in galleries, and occasionally theaters. He now lives in Brooklyn, and has recently completed a personal practice cycle in Union Square called End of Life Planning Starts Now. He strives with his work to create spacious vessels - experiences without specified meaning or interpretation. Since 2014, he has worked at MoMA as performance facilitator, performing and engaging the public around performance and interaction, for Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948-1988; James Lee Byars: 1/2 an Autobiography; Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971; and currently performing David Lamelas’s piece Time for Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980. He will be performing at Grace Exhibition Space on October 8 as part of Performancy Forum Quinquennial; and in Berlin on November 13 at Haus am Lützowplatz/Studiogalerie for You Can Feel It, curated by Jonny Star. He continues a personal practice he calls the form is formless.


Painter, object maker, and performer Kuldeep Singh is a trans-disciplinary artist interested in the idea of storytelling and narratives beyond political boundaries. Originally hailing from New Delhi, he is currently based in New York. His practice is primarily informed by Indian Aesthetics of Hindu era of first millennium AD. The open attitude towards gender, lifestyle and expression are the core components of this period that he deeply admires. Triggering a deep relation between the sensual and the spiritual, his projects act as romantic laboratories investigating kinship to performance, moving image and installation. As an intensively trained Indian classical dancer of Odissi repertoire, he holds a profound understanding of sound, space and movement. And reinvents myths with components in acting, sound and image making through this vast system. Kuldeep is thoughtfully interested in food and explores cooking as a metaphoric process equated to his metamorphic artistic process. Juggling between the kitchen and studio, his artistic process finds a permutable exchange between the forms, spurring an alchemical outcome to his projects.

Special guest:

Daniel S. DeLuca is an artist, curator, and the current director of MOBIUS the seminal experimental artist group and artist-run center in Boston. As a curator, his work has focused on contemporary live art and conceptual art. He was previously Program Manager for the Berwick Research Institute’s Special Project Incubator Program and was Co-Director of the annual Eventworks festival held at the Pozen Center in Boston. He is also an alumnus of the Independent Curators International curatorial intensive. Projects that DeLuca has curated include: People in Space, an infiltration of performances at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo; Things about Rainbows, a six-week exhibit of live art focused on the work of Jeff Huckelberry, at the Boston Center for the Arts; and a selection of video documents from the Mobius archive for the 2014 Venice International Performance Art Week. DeLuca is currently working on a 40-year survey exhibition of experimental art in Boston. As an artist, his projects are concept oriented and integrate live actions, context specificity, photography, and appropriated materials. DeLuca's work explores structures and concepts related to globalizing culture, art, technology, and language. Travel, scale, gravity, and semantics are fundamental to his formal explorations. He has shown nationally and internationally in the context of private and public spaces, galleries, and live art festivals. In addition, he has developed multiple artistic research projects that investigate large-scale re-occurring events around the world including the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China; the 2012 Spring Equinox Festival in Mexico; and the 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela in India.


Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, Live Action Art, and social practice to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration. He has exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge started projects such as ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB), an initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA, NEXUSURNEXUS a virtual platform for Live Action Art, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. Canonge is the co-founder of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, a non-profit arts organization in Queens, NYC. As curator, he has organized exhibitions at Queens Museum, Space 37 Gallery, Visual AIDS, and the monthly artists’ program A-LAB Forum at Crossing Art Gallery. He created the monthly independent film series CINEMAROSA, and organizes the annual Performance Art Festival, ITINERANT. His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, ART FORUM, Art in America, New York Daily News, Manhattan Times, Hispanic Magazine; by major networks ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, UNIVISION, etc., and online by Art Experience NYC, Hyperallergic, Turbulence, Art Card Review, NYRemezcla, and New York Foundation for the Arts’ bulletin NYFA News. After living in Europe and Latin America for over two years, Canonge returned to the USA to continue with his projects, exhibitions, and presentations: TALKaCTIVE, performance art series (September - December 2015), CONVIVIR, international residency program (launching in October 2015), and ITINERANT, Performance Art Festival (November 12-21, 2015).



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