Moneymaker is an endurance performance piece which draws on the history of Saartjie Baartman, James Brown and video vixens. This iteration was performed at the Corcoran Gallery of Art at the invitation of noted collector Mera Rubell for the closing weekend of the 30 Americans exhibition. The performance lasted seven hours. Video courtesy of Pink Line Project. Conceived and performed by Holly Bass. "Cape Man"/Announcer performed by Jaamil Kosoko. Longer video can be viewed here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20374326
Note: Application jurors may wish to skip introductory comments and view from 1:10-3:30 and 5:30-6:25
African Futures: DC is an original performance piece commissioned by the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in response to the exhibition, Yinka Shonibare MBE. Holly Bass wrote, choreographed and directed this dance-theater work, which features Ayesha Ngaujah and Kendra Ross. The program, which took place on February 6, 2010, also included a work created by dancers from the Washington Ballet.
Pay Purview references video on demand, pay-per-view, and the performance of booty from Venus Hottentots to hip hop video vixens. The audience must pay cash for each peepshow-style vignette to begin. The curtain opens and the performer dances to a selection of songs ranging from Rodgers & Hart’s “Ten Cents a Dance” to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” as well as excerpts of a radio program on Sarah Baartman.
Solo performance by Holly Bass
Dissident Display Gallery
Space Invaders Exhibit
Video Credits: Directed by award winning filmmaker Pierre Bennu, with cinematography by Shawn Peters and Ralston Smith special set work by visual artist Dirk Joseph. Featuring performance artist Holly Bass and actor Samuel R. Gates, and introducing Mahsati Moorhead as Cupid.
Shot entirely on location in Baltimore, Maryland, director Pierre Bennu visually compliments Porter's intense lyrics and smooth, soulful vocals with vibrant colors and whimsical storytelling, and sets it all against Charm City's unique backdrop. As two lovers find each other amongst the everyday magic of their lives, Bennu creates a tender love story which draws on the power of vulnerability, the fear of rejection, and the yearning for love in what he calls a 'lullaby for your inner child.'
"The dance of love is something that can be done alone but it is also fun with somebody else," says Bennu. "I wanted to show two characters; one who was so busy dancing alone, never looking to have a partner... and another so desperate for love that he would do whatever it took to get it. What that character finally realizes is that all he needed to offer forth was himself."
To compliment his artistic vision, Bennu tapped the talents of Baltimore-based multidisciplinary visual artist Dirk Joseph, whose 'magical props' add significantly to the video's playful and enchanting sensibility.