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Evanescing This Harrowed Strata

Evanescing This Harrowed Strata

Jackson 2bears and Tanya Doody

July 15, 2017

Globe Cinema, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

20 minutes

 Evanescing This Harrowed Strata is a new collaborative multimedia performance piece made in response to the invitation to participate in “WILD: Fabricating a Frontier” — an event organized by Contemporary Calgary, CUFF and M:ST during Stampede week in Calgary.

We used multiple projections with both live and recorded video; live and prerecorded sound; a bed of clay ‘strata’ and contact microphones; digitally-enabled hand-drum and ceramic objects with guitar effect pedals; a cedar tree tied to a ceramic ball and chain. A deer head, a ceramic mask, a ceramic shoe, and lots of soil — all of which were activated with gesture and sound. Tanya was dressed as a woman of the frontier and Jackson was dressed in a traditional ribbon shirt.

We wanted to talk about stories written on the land, and the troubled histories layered on the earth in this and other territories. We wanted to immerse ourselves in troubled narratives, and to explore strange and complicated encounters and to perform alternative vocalizations.04_EHS03_EHS05_EHS Jackson 2bears and Tanya Doody performing Evanescing This Harrowed Strata, 2017.


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Embodied Objects [update]

Embodied Objects was initially a one-off performance, but now I have begun to conceptualize it as the starting point in a larger arc of performance artworks. In my performance work involving ceramics, functional and utilitarian purposes undergo a shift away from literalness as I seek new ways to activate objects and converse with histories. As the first in a series, this piece starts roughly at the beginning of ceramic history, the Neolithic era. At the root of the performance is raw material, ceramic material at its most basic. Linearbandkeramik (LBK) or Linear Pottery Culture is explored through cord binding and marking the body (in place of the ceramic form). The iconography of the Neolithic is interrogated from within the form of the ancient goddess when I adorn my form with large wearable pendulous ceramic breasts. This work is part of my ongoing dialogue with ceramic myth and material linked together with performance action.

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Images: Monika Sobczak http://www.mmonikasobczak.com

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