1. Sunday Service: Sarah Zapata Presents...
    Leslie Martinez, Athena Torri, and Ignacio Torres

    March 10, 2019 | 7pm

    For the opening event of the Spring 2019 season, Sarah Zapata brings together four artists who explore identity and geopolitical space, to present an imagined future through the understanding of one’s own position. It is through the examination of past and place that helps transport the ideals of the future to decay current tribulations. We strive for a better society, deeper intimacy, greater understanding, and ultimately a new world.

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  2. Sunday Service: Miguel Gutierrez Presents... Bryanna Bradley, Camilo Godoy, Evelyn Sanchez Narvaez, xtian w

    December 9, 2018 | 7PM

    Miguel Gutierrez hosts the final Sunday Service of the season on December 9th, where invited artists Bryanna Bradley, Evelyn Sanchez Narvaez, and xtian w will respond to ideas around ancestry.

    Gutierrez offers the following prompt to the artists: “I have been thinking about “ancestry,” which I see as a kind of fascination for many artists, particularly trans and POC peeps. I’m wondering about how people are contending with the past to forge a future. Is this a tension for you or not? How do you think of the concept of ancestry? How do tethers to the past make space for the future for you?”

    About the Curator

    Miguel Gutierrez lives in Brooklyn, NY. He creates dance-based performances, music and poetry that focus on desire, identity and the search for meaning. His work has been presented in venues such as Centre National de Danse, Centre Pompidou, ImPulsTanz, Fringe Arts, Walker Art Center, TBA/PICA, MCA Chicago, New York Live Arts, Live Arts Bard, American Realness, and the 2014 Whitney Biennial. He has received support from Creative Capital, MAP, National Dance Project, and Jerome Foundation. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, United States Artists, New York Foundation for the Arts, Tides Foundation and an award from Foundation for Contemporary Art. He is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist and he has received four NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards. He recently created a commission for Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy, France. He runs LANDING, an educational initiative at Gibney and his book When You Rise Up is available from 53rd State Press. His upcoming piece, This Bridge Called My Ass, premieres in January 2019.

    About the Artists

    Bryanna Bradley is a Queens native and a body-based broad. In July 2016, Bradley participated in the Improv Traditions & Innovations Program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow under the tutelage of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Urban Bush Women). That same summer she was a Black Girl Spectrum (BGS) on Tour participant with award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown. In May 2017, Bradley premiered her dance work buck:an exploration of black masculinity in Nick Cave’s exhibit ‘Unti’ at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S. Bradley made her theatrical debut in October 2017 as a guest actor and choreographer at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts(MCLA) Theatre production of Passing Strange. She has performed for other artists like choreographer Mersiha Mesihoivc/Circuit Debris, dream-pop band Arc Iris, and Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges. Bradley was a 2018 LANDING program participant at Gibney led by Miguel Gutierrez and spends her days laughing at her own sense of humor.

    Sun/moon Evelyn is a complicated happy child allowing herself to feel. They are grounded by healing, being messy, collaging, style & adornment, soil, salty & sweet waters, spirits, traditions, incense, story, vulnerability, rigor AND are currently being challenged by Abby Z and the New Utility, Jill Sigman, Miguel Gutierrez, Gibney, and the shadows of her past. Evelyn shows gratitude to the lineage of Warrior (womb)yn they come from by continuing to live in laughter (a privilege few get to practice).

    xtian w is a non binary trans femme writer and performer. Their poems and essays appear in [PANK], No, Dear, VIDA, Bone Bouquet, Jaded Ibis, and Hematopoiesis Press, among others. Current creative—life interests include Medusa, hysteria, Trans sensorialities, weaving and braiding, coriander, ancestry, gut bacteria, ghazals, list poems, friendship beyond heteronormativity, boundaries, and houseplants. An Aquarius sun/ Capricorn moon/ Virgo rising, xtian is an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU and paints their nails in Brooklyn.

    About Sunday Service

    Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

    Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson, Knockdown Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Live Art.

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  3. Sunday Service: Zavé Martohardjono Presents... Megan C. Barton, Salomé Egas, Aviva Jaye, and Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez

    How do we divest, disentangle, decolonize – not re-invest in, re-appropriate, re-animate – the failed political systems that got us here in the first place? Can we form democratic bodies in a nation-state that denies collectivity? What does voice and the body give us that political representation cannot? Can we, tonight, form a temporary body that speaks to collective freedom?

    About the Curator

    Zavé Martohardjono is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist interested in geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, and embodied healing. They co-curated Movement Research Fall Festival 2017: invisible material and have exhibited at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Asian Arts Initiative, Bronx River Art Center Gallery, Center for Art + Thought, Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Gallery 102 at George Washington University, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, SOMArts Gallery, Winslow Garage, and xart splitta in Berlin. They’ve performed at BAAD!, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Boston Center for the Arts, Center for Performance Research, Gibney Dance, Issue Project Room, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Recess, Storm King Art Center, Wendy’s Subway, the Wild Project, and elsewhere. Zavé was in LMCC’s 2017-2018 Workspace Residency program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ BxMA Co-Lab Residency, Gibney Dance Work Up 3.0, Shandaken: Storm King, La MaMa, and Chez Bushwick. They co-organize the Potluck Project with artists of color and work at the ACLU to end mass incarceration. They received their B.A. from Brown University and their M.F.A. in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York.

    About the Artists

    Megan C. Barton is a psychotherapist and movement artist, who’s been dancing for 20 years, and currently trains in Dance and Movement Therapy at the 92nd street Y. Megan finds sustainment in unearthing kinesthetic memories, honest communication through movement, and using the intersections of the ancestral and the now to show up here, to move into what’s next.

    Salomé Egas is an Ecuadorian actor, dancer, activist, and arts educator. She graduated from Skidmore College with honors in Dance and Theater, obtained a Master’s degree from NYU Gallatin, focusing her studies in International Education, Mythology, and Performing Arts and is an EmergeNYC 2018 fellow. Salomé’s works aim to combine her passion for the performing arts and social justice with the goal of helping her Latinx and many other international communities to heal from the pain and traumas created by uprootedness and immigration through applied dance and theater. She currently works as a teaching artist at Girl Be Heard and as the creative force behind the dance and theater F.U.N Collective (Fierce Untamed Niñas).

    Aviva Jaye is a Brooklyn-based artist + performer who is dedicated to empathy + diversity primarily through music. Her interdisciplinary experience includes theatre, dance, composition +poetry. Aviva currently focuses on performative projects through the lens of community engagement, social justice + DIY resistance. Recent features include Queer Abstract, Brooklyn’s monthly performance series for QTPOC artists; “Four Questions”, a Pride production at LaMama; the Civic Salon series at The Public + the Spring 2018 Artist-In-Residence program at Guildhall in East Hampton.

    Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez is a Providence-based artist and educator. His performance and visual art works emerge from his experiences of being a transnational adoptee from Colombia growing up and living in the U.S. and have recently focused on questioning who or what gets to be (in) public, and the limits of empathy when working on problems of structural inequity. Lundberg Torres Sánchez’s work has appeared at the Queens Museum, Bowery Poetry Club, Silent Barn, the Morgan Library & Museum, RISD Museum, Museum of the Moving Image, PHI Centre, The Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts as well as around the globe. Lundberg Torres Sánchez is a resident artist at AS220 in Providence, sits on the board of the Colombian American Cultural Society of Rhode Island, and is the recipient of NEA funding. [jointhebenjam.org / @benjofaman]

    About Sunday Service

    Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

    Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson, Knockdown Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Live Art.

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  4. Sunday Service: Julia Santoli presents Kaia Gilje, Jung Hee Mun, Kathy Halfin + Jean Carla Rodea, Raki Malhotra, and Sarah Valdez

    Sunday, October 7th | 7PM

    * Becoming Otherwise *

    ALTER

    PIE root al “beyond” suffix ter “other” intransitive sense “ to become otherwise”

    STATE

    Sta- “to stand, make or be firm”

    Julia Santoli’s Sunday Service, entitled Becoming Otherwise, explores unfixed territories and altered states featuring five artists whose work enacts and conjures transformative spaces of energetic exchange through inner/outer intentions, sculptural relations, and virtual play. Over the course of the evening, the artists will employ tools and tactics that rove through movement, task-based performance, sculpture, sound, and VR.

    About the Curator
    Julia Santoli is a multi-media artist and experimental musician. Creating immersive and precarious environments with voice, feedback, electronics, and installation, her work deals with intergenerational hauntings and reclamation through the body. She has presented solo and collaborative works at various sites such as Queens Museum, Drawing Center, ISSUE Project Room, New York Live Arts, Judson Memorial Church, LUMP, Widow Jane Mine cave, Panoply Performance Laboratory; as well as presented and taught workshops during a 5-month residency in Spinnerei, Leipzig, DE. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Issue Project Room, and a 2019 Asian Cultural Council Fellow.

    About Sunday Service

    Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

    Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson, Knockdown Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Live Art.

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  5. Sunday Service: Pamela Liou Presents… Devin Curry, Kristen Garris, Fei Liu, Katrina Reid, Hellyn Teng, Madeline Wilcox

    Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 7pm

    Phase Shift

    “The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”
    ― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

    Recent findings in neuroscience challenge the prevailing notion of a centralized self persisting throughout one’s lifetime. Expanding upon Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, a seminal science fiction novel where Gethenian humanoids cycle between sexes through their lives, Phase Shift hopes to offer artists an opportunity to explore the shifting landscapes of their own identities. Much like the circu-lunar hormonal cycles in the human body, so too does our self-concept fluctuate and meander, moving in and out of moments of transformation without apotheosis.

    From the enduring metaphor of the werewolf to the transformative powers of girls in shoujo anime, artists have long explored cyclicality of the subconscious self. Phase Shift provides a space for six artists, writers, and musicians to embrace the hidden or contradictory sides of themselves in order to realize previously unexplored terrains. By performing new personas or exploring methodologies outside or adjacent to their current art practice, performances offer a new lens into their interiority.

    About the Curator
    Pamela Liou is an artist and technologist living in Brooklyn, NY. Incorporating immersive technology, analog video circuits, and custom hardware, her work examines creative efficacy and ornamentation as tools for self-actualization and the negotiation of the self in spaces both physical and virtual. Liou was a keynote speaker at 2017’s Open Source Hardware Summit where she debuted her invention DOTI, a programmable desktop jacquard-style loom. She was a resident at Eyebeam, Museum of Arts and Design, and DBRS labs and recently performed live visuals for choreographer Jonathan Gonzalez’s piece Obeah at La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival. She currently teaches creative technology at School for Poetic Computation and Parsons School of Design. She studied at the Dramatic Writing Department and Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts.

    About Sunday Service
    Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

    Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson, Knockdown Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Live Art.

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