I grew up dancing as a young child, and watching old movies with my grandma. My bedroom was adorned with posters of old Hollywood starlets and a regular space for choreographing dance routines and lip-sync performances. With this said, I've always been intrigued by hairspray, heels, and all things ridiculous. The thought that its normal for women to dress and play these dolled up characters fascinates me, because it's actually a lot of work.
Furthermore, I remember growing up with many male dancers and hearing how people viewed them on a social level. For instance, is it any more ridiculous that Adam was wearing a fruit basket on his head for the "Cuban Pete" number than me? I never saw that division or what made it any more acceptable for me to be doing so. Anyway, so, these thoughts are some background on my current projects. "Her" formance explores the ideas of how characters like Mae West, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, hip hop culture, and drag culture circulate around the same themes. It is evident thru this media what side is socially acceptable and therefore more lucrative.
Adrià Navarro López
Esther Sze-Wing Cheung
Skylights: Dumbo is a site-specific sculptural pavilion that utilizes ambient lighting within Brooklyn Bridge Park to show star constellations on the ground via cast shadows. The pavilion is organically shaped by site and programmatic constraints such as orientation, views and shadow paths. With its specific shape, location and perforation, the canopy is illustrates the complete star map of New York for the evenings of September 28-30th, the dates of Dumbo Arts Festival 2012.
The motivation behind this project is to poetically address the politics of light, and specifically side effects of light pollution in urban settings. By using the streetlight as the source for the star map, the project challenges the visitor to reconnect with the larger planetary scale, the stars that enshroud us.
The project has been exhibited in Brooklyn Bridge Park for the Dumbo Arts Festival 2012