These are photos from the closing party of the Mixploratorium at the La Mama Galleria on Dec 2, 2011.
Thanks to Ricardo Nelson for such beautiful photo work!
The gallery will be open all afternoon, tea & cookies served at 5p, and live work starts at 8p, including video of annual riotous protests and DJed soundscapes, hirsuite interventions in effeminate space, body liberation, contemporary queens and historical queer lives remembered.
This event is a collaboration between MIX NYC QUEER EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL [www.mixnyc.org] and THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSFORMATION Queer Arts Collective [www.departmentoftransformation.org], with thanks to Allied Productions and the many other artists and arts organizations who have participated!, and to Matthew Breau for making the poster!
TIME: 5:00 — 7:30: Tea & Cookies // 8:00 – 11:00 Installation & performance art***
LOCATION: La Mama Galleria, 6 E 1st Ave, Between Ave 2 and Bowery.
ACCESSIBILTY: La Mama Galleria is wheelchair accessible; this event is all-ages.
$$: 5-10 / no one turned away
Featuring Tigerlad, Polyester, Apocalypse, Sci-Fi & Glitter! Experience a night of experimental queer storytelling.
“Tigerlad was just a lad. Tigerlad was just a tiger…” begins featured performer NCN’s perverse tale of wanderlust, presented at 9pm.
Cozy up to experience glitter realness with Glenn Marla, peak-oil polyester fetishists with Damien Luxe, lesbian fantastic apocalypse with Ariel Speedwagon, and sci-fi with Victor Tobar. And, come early because from 6-8p is the opening party for the MIXploratorium visual art installation!
At La Mama Galleria 6 East 1st Street
INSTALLATION LAB Running Nov. 16th through Nov. 22nd, 2011
INSTALLATION OPENING NOVEMBER 22
Installation runs from Nov. 22nd through Dec 3rd, 2011
MIXploratorium is presented by MIX NYC QUEER EXPERIMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL and THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSFORMATION Queer Arts Collective.
Visual Artists, Peter Cramer, Cristy C. Road, Gabriel DeFazio, Avory Agony, Quito Ziegler, Serichai Traipoom, and Larry Shea
These artists will take up residency at La Mama Galleria for a week, creating installations involving drawings from the most anticipated tarot deck of our generation, New Yorker covers that parallel the progress of one artist’s journey with HIV, intergalactic cushions shaping distant lounging spaces, a zine library years in the hoarding, found objects from the Rockaways sculpted into an object of personal hope, a short inspired by a visit to a witch in the Bronx, community, wild ponies, and fresh hot cookies. Together we celebrate the rigor of things that have been with us for years and things lasting no more than a day. The collective goal is to create a welcoming, otherworldly nest in the heart of downtown, then invite performing artists such as Damien Luxe, Heather Acs, Louie Chavez, Jennifer Blowdryer, Stephen Boyer, and Roo Kahn, and other exhibitionists for noise-making, readings, performance, vegan suppers, and terribly glamorous, yet extraordinarily low-key, parties. MIXploratorium is eager to transform a silent void into a raucous space of reflection and connection; anger and enlightenment.
MIXploratorium is an extension of MIX 24: The 24th MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival. Since 1987, MIX NYC has presented the latest in queer experimental film and previously unseen works from legendary figures in avant-garde cinema. In addition to our vanguard screenings, exciting interactive installations, and infamous parties, MIX NYC also provides year-round community screenings, a summer media workshop for queer youth, film preservation projects, and the groundbreaking ACT UP Oral History Project, documenting how collective action transformed AIDS activism, queer identity and health care in America. MIXploratorium is an idea lab for artists and performers in the MIX orbit.
Working as a cyborg sibling to the MIX festival, the Department of Transformation continues our tradition of queering experimentalization, offering you both an installation of vidusal art and performances that include fantastical storytelling, works-in-progress, films from our queerstory, participatory hair-art, Dr.Suess, a ThanksVegan feast, and a salon right out of Brooklyn.
Once upon a time there was a secret garden in the Lower East Side. Although it was located on a very busy street, the gate wasn’t visible until you knew to look for it.
Inside the garden were climbing plants and fireflies surrounding a tiny stage, and every Saturday night in July the most fabulous performances would appear on it. Tales of stardust and luminescent shopping carts, Southern gothic dramas with cameos by Ava Gardner, emo crooning like balm on a deep wound, wild ponies dancing as if in a sweltering dream, falling pianos and the end of the world.
Hippie punks and radical faeries and drag queens in street clothes huddled close on wooden benches under the stars. Cardboard set pieces were illuminated by clip lights and taped-down electrical cords. Bug spray and watermelon juice made sweaty tattooed limbs even stickier. The only way to truly get clean was to pile into the Trojan Pony, an unmarked van with 17 secret saddles, and gallop down to the Rockaways for a moonlight swim after the show.
This summer we have been living in a fairy tale. Every Tuesday night, the collective of artists and dreamers known as the Department of Transformation gathers on the wraparound porch of an oddly preserved mansion in Flatbush, and together we plan the next installment of Fame and Shame in the Lower East Side.
On Thursdays and Fridays we perform in a lovely theater with proper seats and a delightfully painted proscenium, and Saturday nights we move to the garden’s stage. Three nights of decadent performances by some of Brooklyn’s most talented queer artists, supported by a stellar team of technical advisors, production designers, and some of the sweetest volunteers you’ve ever met. We hope to continue finding outlets for these talented friends to continue bringing their gifts to audiences.
We hope you can join us for the last two weeks of the series, which will feature a gothic fairy tale song cycle by Princess Tiny & the Meats, and a collection of sacred battle drag looks by Blaise.
All of this work is very fresh, very queer, and absolutely enchanting. We do hope you can share it with us. Please RSVP for the Saturday night garden performances – they have been selling out. Though: the Thursday/Friday theater shows are also quite lovely, and we usually go to the beach afterwards!
For the last weekend of the fame and shame in the lower east side series, join musician Princess Tiny and the Meats, and fashion designer Blaise for a decadent event that will expose your heart and your desire…full info on the show is here. Venue info is here, and RSVP for Saturday here–quick because these shows have been selling out!
The projectors hum, the screens vibrate, the yellow, red and purple of the theatre swelter creativity and excitement as the first group of family and strangers gather for the ritual that is is live performance. It has started!!