& IV Castellanos
15:00 - 15:30
We propose our performance work, 'conduit', founded in research about what it means to inhabit a body experiencing the current collapse of American empire in an era of late-stage capitalism. We have been developing a movement practice while making this work, and in it we attempt an imaginary/real/fakereal relationship to the Earth and its electrical current/energetic properties. We imagine movement as a circuitous affection, one that both experiences input from the land and also generates output back into it. Through this, we try to inhabit a post/de/anti/colonial body and to form a relationship with land, rather than privileging states of Dominance over it. We also use objects that we make, a large collar worn around our necks dripping with material onto costumes made of paint and other non-traditional "fabrics"that echo sculpture and some ideas from Bauhaus research about body as other or mechanistic. These things helps us locate queerness in themes (land, ecology, de-colonialism) that often to lead to gender essentialism ("mother goddess earth).
Amanda Hunt and IV Castellanos are performance collaborators currently operating between Dublin, Ireland and Brooklyn, NY. They have been making performances together for the last four years and have fortunately performed many times in many places, including: Danspace Project (NYC), Judson Memorial Church (NYC), The Queens Museum, (NYC), Inverse Performance Festival (Arkansas), Institute for X (Denmark), Gruentaler 9 (Berlin), and Panoply Performance Lab (NYC). They have had some nice residencies and are looking forward to one at Tuo Tuo in Finland in summer 2021. Castellanos and Hunt were Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients for 2019/2020 and co-organize a DIY performance art venue in Brooklyn, called Para\\el Performance Space, since 2018.