MIXploratorium Fall ’11

DoT’s Fall 2011 series will take place in a parallel universe around the MIX Factory, as an experimental sideshow for the amazing MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, made possible by the brilliant folks at Allied Productions.

Between Nov 22 – Dec 2, 2011, installation and performance will be in the La MaMa La Galleria, located at:  6 East 1st Street. (btw Bowery & 2nd Ave), New York, NY 10003 [map here]

Details on individual events can be found on our calendar, and full details are below.


MIXploratorium Events

November 22nd
6pm Opening Reception for visual art installation, with Pop-Up Queer Photo Studio by Ricki and Seri

8pm Queer Storytelling Fantastique
Curated by Damien Luxe featuring Tigerlad, Polyester, Apocalypse & 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. Plus, cozy up to experience glitter realness with Glenn Marla, peak-oil polyester fetishists with Damien Luxe, lesbian fantastic apocalypse with Ariel Speedwagon, and scifi meanderings with Victor Tobar.

November 23rd
7pm Rewrite: A Cozy Night of Multi-Media Performance, curated by Heather Ács
Join us for a cozy night of multi-media “works-in-process” and open mic, where we “rewrite the script” by redefining family, home, and holidays. All are invited to share work in any medium under 10 min. Featured artists TBA. Contact acs.heather@gmail.com to be put on the list for the open mic prior to event.

November 24th
Thanksgiving Day Holiday

November 25th
7pm The Cinematic Noise Experiment is a night in which musicians, performers and artists come together to construct and destroy live soundscapes for film & projections. Organized by Louie. Join us for 3 hours of experimental audio and visual programming, and get in on the fun!

November 26th
All Day Thanksvegan – organized by Avory Agony

November 27th
2pm Dr. Seuss story hour, Curated by Roo
Radical Environmentalism, Commodified Prejudice, and Extending Language: A Dr. Seuss Reading.
The author Theodor Seuss Geisel created many books full of talented rhymes and skilled illustrations, but for many of us it was the messages behind the story that stuck with us. This will be a reading of three of Dr. Seuss’s works, with a few words of commentary and radical queer context: “The Lorax”, “The Sneeches”, and “On Beyond Zebra.”

5pm Dirty Talk: a cinematic reading event by Dirty Looks, curated by Bradford Nordeen
Featuring: Jennifer Blowdryer, Stephen Boyer, Bradford Nordeen, Daniel Sander, Masha Tupitsyn
Since the invent of cinema, its influence on every form has been totally
immesuarble, not least of which is its distinct impact on literature, poetry and prose.
Dirty Looks assembles 5 inter-generational writers who will present work that
takes the moving-image as their primary point of inspiration.

November 28th – Day off

November 29th
8-10pm QuORUM’s Unicorn Power Creativity Explosion 5000
Join QuORUM (Queers Organizaing for Radical Unity and Mobilization), a consensus-based radical queer collective, for an evening of artistic celebration and queer brain power.  We will be showing photos from past events, showcasing performers from our community, and facilitating a conversation about future happenings.

November 30th
7pm – TBD

December 1st
All Day – World AIDS Day – Visual AIDS

December 2nd
Closing Party 7-11pm
— Pop-Up Queer Photo Studio by Ricki and Seri details TBD, closer to date.
— Hairsweet/Hirsuite intervention. Damien Luxe and Heather Ács from the Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow — with ladybeast collaborators from across the galaxy, including Najva Sol and more — stage a hirsuite intervention at the gallery’s entrance. Over the evening a performance emerges that shows up in the most visible of places and just keeps growing: hairsweet/hirsuite.
— Carl Van Vechten – Daniel Lang/Levitsky: Fashionable Places out of Season (Libertas Sine Labore / Amica Non Serva) A projection performance of images from the queer scrapbooks of Carl Van Vechten, accompanied by a spoken word cantata drawn from his novels, daybooks, and encyclopedic book on cats.  Van Vechten, a ubiquitous figure of modernist New York, from concert halls and bohemian cocktail parties to Harlem dives and ‘buffet flats’, is now barely remembered.  This performance is part of an ongoing project exploring the 18 volumes of scrapbooks in which Van Vechten compiled and collaged fifty years of queer and trans material, from commercial porn to tabloid articles to ephemera of all kinds.

MIXploratorium Visual Artists

Peter Cramer, We,New Yorkers.
Installation dimensions and media variable.

This work is conceived as an open studio process to create a multi-media collage using twenty years of The New Yorker magazine covers collected since his HIV diagnosis as a background to overlay photographs, slides, video, objets trouvés, pill vials, as a ongoing living archive documenting artists, activism and activities.
Peter Cramer is an interdisciplinary artist & activist living on the Lower East Side since 1981. His films, installations and performances has been featured in alternative spaces, museums and cultural centers internationally. His notable achievements include with his partner Jack Waters the co-creation of Allied Productions Inc non profit arts umbrella (1981), serving as co-directors of  ABC No Rio alternative art collective and co-founders of  Le Petit Versailles (1996) community garden based in New York City.  A stalwart of MIX NYC since 1986.

Larry Shea, Pilgrim’s Progress
2007, USA, video, color, sound, 12 min.

Pilgrims Progress is a story about the unintended consequences set in motion by the “founding of America” by religious extremist Calvinists (The Pilgrims). The odd evolution of their ideology from Puritan rigor to pluralistic civil rights sets the vector for this science fiction play. Using Provincetown, Massachusetts as a geographic anchor, the narrative travels from the Mayflower Landing in 1621 to space-alien pilgrims washing up on shore in contemporary Provincetown.  With cameos by downtown New York performers the Dazzle Dancers and Murray Hill and stunning shots of natural beauty, Pilgrims Progress claims the spirit of righteousness for all deviants, outcasts and sinners.

Cristy C. Road never shows her original work. As the end of the world (*structured religion that devalues the queer identity) approaches; its time to throw out outdated habits (which stem from her Cancer Moon) and create a visual corner full of love, warmth, original paintings, torn sheets of emotional baggage, and of course, a stick of sage, in order to cleanse our deviant auras. Cristy’s installation features art from the past and present, including excerpts from a Tarot Deck she is creating with Author, Michelle Tea.  Her work chronicles the experience of Latina queers, depressed queers, the reclaiming of spirituality, the reclaiming of our banned organs, and a deep devotion to deconstructing the hetero-sexism in her beloved punk rock subculture.
Road is a 29 year old Cuban-American Artist and Writer and she’s created art for countless record album covers, book covers, political posters, magazine articles, and literary anthologies; has published three illustrated novels, and is currently working on a graphic memoir on coming out, religion, and Green Day. CROADCORE.ORG

Quito Ziegler is an artist, producer, curator and dreamer rooted in Brooklyn’s radical queer comunity. Recent projects include producing and creating new art for MIXploratorium at La Mama Galleria, Fame and Shame in the Lower East Side at Le Petit Versailles, Into the Neon for chashama Chelsea, and the Artist is Absent at 25CPW.  In 2011 she also produced the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History and a short film for the director Silas Howard. Until recently, she worked at the Open Society Foundations producing the documentary photography exhibition Moving Walls and developing programs to support photographers investigating social justice issues. Quito earned her MFA at the International Center of Photography, where she now serves as faculty.