A collaboration between Finley Coyl & Mary Franck with Chrysalis Hyon, Qilo Matzen and Kyra Rice
Permutae tangles three performers within a layered landscape of original video, projected drawings, and a score composed from collected sounds. This piece examines the impact of technology on the shifting boundaries of embodiment, identity, and social structure. As makers and users of technology, we must consider how it is shaping us and, in turn, shape it.
Performers : Chrysalis Hyon, Qilo Matzen, and Kyra Rice
Choreography : Finley Coyl
With improvised movement by Chrysalis Hyon, Qilo Matzen, and Kyra Rice. Movement originating from learning new limbs, chiral symmetry, technological schizophrenia, and the shape of absence.
Video : Mary Franck
Inspired by electron microscope images, which are a topography of the unseen, I developed cellular imagery through procedural techniques to evoke biotechnology and the relationship of the individual to society.
Audio : Mary Franck
These are collected sounds of textures and movement: of a train moving through a tunnel, power tools excavating metal, a modem modulating data, humans in conversations. The mundane accompanies us through our infinite destructions, transformations, and creations. Found sound is layered with synthetic sounds and remixes of artist Agraph's "Light Particle Surface" and "While Going Down the Stairs I."
Drawings: Finley Coyl
Thanks to Chrysalis, Qilo, and Kyra for their dedication in bringing these images to life. Thanks to Robert Yegge, Scout, Crissy, Elan, Emmett, Tessa, all the folks at Million Fishes, the Franck family, Obscura Digital, False Profit, the CounterPULSE staff, and all of our inspiring, supportive, and patient friends.
Permutae | Reception CounterPULSE | San Francisco, CA | August 12 & 13, 2011
• Kyra Rice invited you • Share • Public Event
• Time • Friday, August 12 at 8:00pm - August 13 at 8:00pm
• Location • CounterPULSE
• 1310 Mission St. @ 9th St.
• San Francisco, CA
• Created By • Mary Franck
• More Info • counterpulse.org/permutae-reception/
Permutae is a collaboration between Finley Coyl and Mary Franck with dancers Kyra Rice, Chrysalis Hyon, and Qilo Matzen that maps the expanding technological-biological horizon through representation and recreation of queer bodies, questioning the boundaries of that growth towards greater agency and the manifestation of desire.
What: Permutae | Reception
When: Friday and Saturday August 12th and 13th at 8pm.
Where: CounterPULSE: 1310 Mission Street at 9th Street in SoMa, San Francisco
Tickets! $10-20 sliding scale. Get 'em in advance: counterpulse.org/permutae-reception/
Permutae will be sharing the evening with Tessa Wills' Reception. So for one ticket you will get two edgy performances!
We came into this piece with a fascination with technology's impact on our bodies. Cyborg fantasies, a third arm, tentacles, a hard drive in the head - we're excited by it all. Now that we, as a society, are on the cusp of realizing these fantasies, we are coming out of this piece more with questions than with answers.
Who is responsible for the future of our bodies?
We are interested in technology's impact on the human psyche and our social structures. How are we caught up in the technological machine, perpetuating and propagating it, fascinated with it to an end still hidden from our mind's eye. Technology has become an extension, and a re-creator, of our physical bodies and their significance.
The body no longer has the monopoly for enacting the desires of the brain.
Digital technology has created whole new avenues for communicating and constructing identity. As more social interaction and communication take place over the internet and media-driven experience, a multiplicity and proliferation of possible identities occurs. As our bodies become more adapted to and integrated with technological devices, old contexts of identity are broken down and tangled together. We no longer are a whole to be defined against what is normal; instead we become a series of interchangeable parts, always growing, always reconfiguring. Always redefining ourselves with the hopes of not becoming contained, defined, typecast, advertised.
Inspired by recent projects in interfacing computers with the brain, we consider a future of biologically extending the body with technology. What would we do with the individual agency to reconfigure ourselves, to defy our limitations? How would we use this to create new ways of experiencing the world - as a sometimes wondrous, sometimes slow and painful process, where we don't always know what direction our bodies are meant to take or what direction we take our bodies in?
This augmentation on the individual level also filters up into larger social constructs: norms, power structures and the collective imagination of the culture in turn exert pressure back on the individual, altering them further. Without the body as a constant to identity, we lose, discover, redefine and expand our sense of self, mutating and gestating our bodies in order to make ourselves into our own image: to manifest desire.
In this, we also ask what shape this technology defines in it's absence - what impact does it make without our full awareness? Technology becomes a tool we navigate, become adept at. We don't let it shape us, we shape it.
What is our responsibility to the future of bodies? This piece is an emotional exploration of this process.
• August 12, 2011
• Permutae | Reception
Finley Coyl, Mary Franck with Tessa Wills
Presented as part of CounterPULSE’s Summer Special
AUG 12-13, FRI-SAT at 8PM
$10-20 Sliding Scale
Permutae maps the expanding technological-biological horizon through representation and recreation of queer bodies, questioning the boundaries of that growth towards greater agency and manifestation of desire. A collaboration between Mary Franck and Finley Coyl.
Fierce and intensely contained, Tessa Wills’ Reception stutters and seduces you into glistening erotic subspaces of overripe Baroque excess.
Reception and Permutae play at Counterpulse
Friday, August 12 at 8:00pm - August 13 at 8:30pm
1310 mission street at 9th
This is a double bill of work from Tessa Wills (me, hi) and Mary Franck. Both of us have collaborated with a third artist, Finley Coyle for the visual design of our works. I guess we have made these pieces that start in the body, and then leak onwards and outwards to create these fantastical worlds that we get suspended in for a while. They both chase an essential sense of humanity, through staging and then grounding our impossible and eloborate desires.
We don't really know who our audience is, because this piece is a new direction in a new city. I've become more and more interested in the question :"who are you, audience?" over the process of making this work. I feel like the works are love letters of invitation to you, our perfect audience. We want our audience to be you. Come and see if we are a fit! Here are some questions that might help you decide whether our love letter is to you....do you like experiencing a new twist on...queer things? sexy things? things with naked men in? Things run by women? Complicating gender? Investigating issues around power exchange? fantastic things? things which trance you out? Do you have any interest in piercing, or wounds in general or as metaphors? Do you like philosophical approaches to technology, performance and the body? Do you like performance as research? Do you like being part of the hot new performance movement in San Francisco? Do you kind of like gross things? Do you really want to be loved by your local performers? Yes to any? Then COME out and support us! We will appreciate it so much. And we are totally sexy. And easy :) No one turned away for lack of funds. And we are totally the hot new thing.
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