Queer Art Impact Celebrates Gay Wars: The Queer Ecology

May 12, 2011 by  
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Join Queer Art Impact in celebrating its one year anniversary with Gay Wars: The Queer Ecology. Gay Wars is back with a vengeance and full of pre-Pride hotness. The week-long festival of performances, panels, and meet-ups to unravel the queerness of human interaction is sure to please! For more information, visit queerai.com

May 15TH-21ST, 2011 in NEW YORK CITY


SUNDAY, MAY 15TH; 3PM IN PRIVATE, BROOKLYN-LOCATION

This QAI Brunch Series’ think-tank a la celebration is invite-only ; Guests will net-wrrkq for this monthly series. It is an intimate gathering to celebrate/lubricate the work of queer strategists, innovators, and creators to build a strong QAI movement.


TUESDAY, MAY 17TH; 7PM AT ABRONS ART CENTER

Abrons Art Center in the Underground Theater

466 Grand Street

New York, NY 10002

RSVP HERE – FREE

A QAI promoted event, “Starving Artist” vs. Entrepreneur is part of ERPA: The Next Gen Debate Series with The Field (www.thefield.org). Debaters include Morgan von Prelle Pecelli, Jean Ann Douglass, Catherine Peila and Queer Art Impact co-founder, Shalonda Ingram. Moderated by Andy Horwitz.

Is the language we use around the arts helping or hurting? Do you pay yourself a living wage to make your work? Do you value your work as something that needs to happen? Does “non-profit” equal art-as-charity, a luxury commodity, a non-necessity? Does it support entrepreneurship? How does this language help art-makers to be seen, fundraise and be recognized as important and critical?


THURSDAY, MAY 19TH; 7PM AT GIBNEY DANCE CENTER

890 Broadway, Fifth Floor

New York, NY 10003

Register for Queer Art Impact presents Gay Wars: The Thursday Conversation in New York, NY  on Eventbrite

A FREE evening of conversation across creative disciplines and queer expertise; Moderated by activist, writer, and educator Brian McCormick; Panelists include organizers for QUEEROCRACY: a non-normative grassroots organization working to promote social justice and fight the global AIDS crisis through direct action, advocacy, and education.


FRIDAY, MAY 20TH; 7PM AT THE TANK

354 West 45th Street

New York, NY 10036

Register for Queer Art Impact presents Gay Wars: The Thursday Conversation in New York, NY  on Eventbrite

Music series featuring Brooklyn’s own Melissa Li, NJ/FLorida’s finest Bard & Mustache, and the notorious QAI superstar Charlie Demos! Hosted by last-months QAI elec­tro­drama pop thang, the IDIOT a.k.a. Theodor Wilson.


SATURDAY, MAY 21ST; 7PM AT THE TANK

354 West 45th Street

New York, NY 10036

Register for Queer Art Impact presents Gay Wars: The Saturday Show in New York, NY  on Eventbrite

Main-stage featuring Shelly Mars’ Homo Bonobo Project.

The Homo Bonobo Project is a multimedia presentation by the globe-trotting Belgian primatologist Dr. Ghislaine Pussait, as played by her creator Shelly Mars, AKA the “after-hours Lily Tomlin.”

Oh, and isn’t Sarah Palin gonna be there ;-?


SATURDAY, MAY 21ST; 9:30PM AT DIXON PLACE

161A Chrystie Street

New York, NY 10002

Register for Queer Art Impact presents Gay Wars: Bulldyke Chronicles in New York, NY  on Eventbrite

Late-night series at Bulldyke Chronicles with Shelly Mars including QAI/Nursha artist Micia Mosely.


Viewpoint

April 8, 2011 by  
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Surging beyond the painful, blinding realities of the social constructs that perpetuate fear, anger and mistrust of ourselves and of others, the Viewpoint experience cultivates a shared commitment to personal and systematic transformation. By walking with individuals, groups, communities, programs, businesses, and organizations as they develop in their commitment to consistent self-care, wellness and awareness practices, Viewpoint nurtures this transformation across boundaries of difference and dis-ease, enabling the brilliance of each individual and community to be freely expressed and shared.



Every client and collaborator has unique needs: no one program, session, workshop, training, or organizational restructuring can benefit all communities. Nursha Project uses the Viewpo int experience to work alongside each person or group, supporting them as they define this transformation for themselves, develop their vital practice, and implement it sustainably as a tool for their unique expression of self.

For Third Year, Nursha Co-Curates Event to Empower Young Women

April 8, 2011 by  
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For the third year, Nursha Project co-curates annual Young Women’s Health Leadership Summit at the University of California, San Francisco. Nursha Collaborators, Infin8 Sync and Mona Webb, were featured in the day’s events. To view images or learn more about this YWHLS, click here .

Queer Art Impact Co-founders Debate at The Field!

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Join Queer Art Impact co-founders, Mathew Heggem and Shalonda Ingram as they share their offerings on The Field and the Abrons Art Center’s panel discussions on the performing arts community! The first of some fiery and critical discussions, the Next Gen Debate Series will be held in a structured debate format facilitated by a moderator.

EVENT DETAILS

Hypermedia Marketing: Alienating or Inviting?

Monday, April 11th, 2011; 7pm

Abrons Art Center

Abrons Art Center in the Underground Theater

466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)

New York City

Twitter, Facebook, blogs, websites, apps etc.: What do these do to an already tense and widening generational gap? How can one stay afloat and keep tabs on every stream? How do you decide what level of engagement is right for you? Is this an opportunity or an obstacle for the performing arts community? This debate will investigate the myriad ways this “flood of material” is (mis)used, consumed and disseminated.

Debaters include Brian McCormick, Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Mathew Heggem, Sarah A.O. Rosner, and Wendy Perron!


“Starving Artist” vs. Entrepreneur: Is the language we use around the arts helping or hurting?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011; 7pm

Abrons Art Center

Abrons Art Center in the Underground Theater

466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)

New York City

Do you pay yourself a living wage to make your work? Do you value your work as something that needs to happen? Does “non-profit” equal art-as-charity, a luxury commodity, a non-necessity?  Does it support entrepreneurship? How does this language help art-makers to be seen, fund raise and be recognized as important and critical?

Debaters include Morgan von Prelle Pecelli, Jean Ann Douglass, Catherine Peila and Shalonda Ingram!


Queer Art Impact Collaborator Charlie Demos ‘Sharpens the DAGGER for Public Access’

April 3, 2011 by  
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Queer Art Impact Collaborator, Charlie Demos was recently interviewed by NEXT Magazine to discuss his new initiative, “The Dagger.” The singer/songwriter/multimedia artist and now producer, embarked on this creative journey in hopes of creating a queer public access show that would provide the community with an edgier alternative to the mainstream. To read the interview in its entirety, click here . The 28-minute episodes of “The Dagger” airs Fridays at 1am on MNN 2 Channel 56 Manhattan Public Access Television . The show will also stream live on the MNN website in case you miss it!

Charlie also sat down with Queer Art Impact co-founders, Mathew Heggem and Shalonda Ingram for 365 4 5 on the topic, ” Queer Ecology and Promoting Selflessness. ” To watch the interview, click below!

Queer Ecology: Promoting Selflessness from Mathew Heggem on Vimeo .



Queer Art Impact and Future Perfect Team Up

February 17, 2011 by  
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Queer Art Impact and Future Perfect

present:  

Next Life & The Idiot

Thursday, March 3rd @ 9:30pm

Tickets: $7

Register for Queer Art Impact & Future Perfect present  NEXT LIFE &THE IDIOT in New York, NY  on Eventbrite

The Tank

354 West 45th Street, New York City

For reservations, call 212-563-6269.

One of the most exciting and radical music ensembles and shows to come out of Norway in recent years, “Next Life ” barrels into New York for a mini concert tour hosted by two of New York’s hotbeds of experimentation. Co-produced by Queer Art Impact and Ideal Glass in association with Future Perfect , Next Life’s New York coming out takes place at The Tank on Thursday March 3 at 9:30pm.

Featuring the composer and stage artist Hai Nguyen Dinh on guitars, and Tormod Christensen on keyboard and samples, Next Life’s central interest is discovering the musical potential of mixing the alternative sounds of hardcore music with gaming technology.

To hear some samples, click on the following links:

Next Life

http://www.myspace.com/next_life
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NEXT-LIFE/54578623672?ref=ts


Music Sample Next Life – Artificial Divinity

 

The Idiot

IDIOT SAYS YES. The Idiot is an electro-drama pop singer and queer performing artist. His beats are strong, his rights are wrong. Check out the blog for sights, sounds, upcoming shows, and the occasional douchebag essay, and get into what people are calling “Sondheim on Ecstasy But More Gay.”

Queer Art History Drips in Glitter!

February 4, 2011 by  
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Join Queer Art Impact in celebrating and making some Queer History as we bring you:

The Fabulous Cockettes

Queer Art Impact presents:

A Cocktail of Glamour & Anarchy

with Rumi Missabu of the Fabulous Cockettes

Monday, February 14th, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

The Tank

354 West 45th Street, New York City

Tickets: Suggested Donation of $7 to help support the artists

Click here for more details !

“As the psychedelic San Francisco of the ’60?s began evolving into the gay San Francisco of the ’70?s, The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies (women, gay men, and babies) decked themselves out in gender-bending drag and tons of glitter…” READ MORE .

NOTABLE QUOTES

“Insanity becomes reality, fantasy becomes truth.”

Village Voice 1971

“Of course it was political, but no one among verbalized it. We had no need of rhetoric. We were madcap chefs cooking up a storm and the ingredients were magic and tribal anarchy.”

Martin Worman


Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning

“What’s so marvelous is that they look happy, truly happy, and that’s so rare these days, don’t you think?”

Diana Vreeland

Village Voice

“I think I’m performing Gay Liberation through my art.”

Rumi

Rolling Stone 1970

Nursha Project Guest Curates Late Night with Mason Rhynes Productions in DC

December 31, 2010 by  
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Join Nursha Project in celebrating Late Night with Mason Rhynes Productions . If you missed the December 2010 installment of the performance series, click here for details.

The April 30th edition of Late Night with Mason Rhynes is one you will not want to miss! Nursha Project is proud to co-curate this production!


EVENT DETAILS

April 30th, 2011 at 10pm

Late Night at Joe’s Movement Emporium

3309 Bunker Hill Road

Mt. Rainier, Maryland

Featuring A.O. Movement Collective, Wendell Cooper, and other special guests!

Co-presented with Joe’s Movement Emporium

Tickets: $20 General Admission; $15 Student Tickets with ID

Must be 18 to attend


Featured Artists

A.O. Movement Collective will be performing their piece, “Wet.”

Choreographed by Sarah A.O. Rosner + dancers

Performed by Tara Aisha Willis

Music by The Idiot

Additional choreographic research by Kirstan Clifford

This excerpt is one section of our larger work in process, barrish , or: i promise i’ll only look at the sky (goddamn black fucking hole).  La Mama Experimental Theater will present the (pre)premiere of the work at La Mama Moves! this May 27/28 in NYC.  The entire work is transmutable – able to be put together in any configuration for any space – and available for curation by anyone interested. Find out how you can participate at www.theAOMC.org/menu


AOMC Bio:

Founded in 2006, the A.O. Movement Collective is a home for hard falls and heavy slow dances: a community of dancers, thinkers, and makers who live by their art.  The AOMC encompasses my choreographic work; when joined with blog Urgent Artist and freelancing collective A.O. PRO(+ductions) , it is the movement third of a platform representative of a new model for dancemaking.

Choreographically, the AOMC pioneers pomo-humanism via a rigorous love affair with the aesthetics of mess.  At the same time, we are developing a discourse of anti-ephemeralism that surrounds our dancemaking.  We believe that by actively questioning the underlying assumptions of our field (be they artistic or economic) we become radical agents of progress, evolving the form and creating a more sustainable future.

Performer Bios:

TARA AISHA WILLIS (dancer) dances, makes dance, and writes things from her overly cozy apartment



Image: Hosea Johnson



in Brooklyn. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Barnard College in 2009 with a B.A. in Dance and English, where she performed the work of Sean Curran, David Parker, Ivy Baldwin, Yanira Castro, Stephen Petronio, Gerald Casel, Nora Chipaumire, and Susan Rethorst. She received the Dance Theater Workshop Van Lier Fellowship just after college, and has shown work at DNA’s Works-In-Progress and Green Space’s Fertile Ground Series. Tara’s newest works will be presented this spring as an Alumni Guest Artist at The Latin School of Chicago, at the new REHEARSAL workshop series, and in the RoofTop Dance Series.  Aside from The A.O. Movement Collective, Tara has most recently danced with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Anna Brown Massey and Edisa Weeks. She is completing her Pilates Teacher Certification at The Kane School, and teaches at the Pilates Garage in Park Slope. She supports her artistry as a freelance writer for A.O. Pro(+ductions), House Manager at Dance Theater Workshop, and hostess at Joe’s Pub. www.bodypoem.blogspot.com

The IDIOT (composer) is the per­form­ing Alias of  THEODOR WILSON , a per­form­ing artist liv­ing in Brook­lyn, NY. He calls his style of music “ Elec­tro­Drama ,” because it com­bines trashy elec­tronic riffs with melo­dra­matic nar­ra­tives, and because his live shows incor­po­rate the­atri­cal devices. Related gen­res include post-punk cabaret, new roman­tic, and indus­trial pop. Wil­son is a trained pianist and occa­sion­ally per­forms acoustic ver­sions of his elec­tronic numbers.

The Idiot has referred to his per­sona as a “grotesque bitch,” and a “har­le­quin.” In con­cert, as well as in pro­mo­tional appearances, he often wears arti­cles of women’s cloth­ing, notably high-heeled shoes, but insists he is not a drag queen, and that drag is “its own medium, with its set of own rules.” How­ever, The Idiot does per­form under the rap alias, “Ham­Samwich,” a self-described drag queen to end all drag queens, whose num­bers often appear in the Idiot’s live act.  The Idiot released his first offi­cial album, called “JUVENAL!A,” in 2010.

Wilson has collaborated with Rosner and the AOMC since 2007, and has scored both her performance works ( Haunt, The What’s Left Over After ) and short films ( Flour, Eggshells, Study #4 ).  He has also appeared in her performance works ( in Love and Defense of the Ones I Destroy, barrish ) and is a performative force to be reckoned with.  The composition he created for The What’s Left Over After appears on his 2010 album JUVENAL!A.


SARAH A.O. ROSNER is the founder of A.O. 3 (the A.O. Entity), a three-part platform uniting the A.O. Movement Collective , freelancing collective A.O. PRO(+ductions) , and the Urgent Artist blog.  A.O. 3 represents a new model for downtown dancemaking by holistically supporting all involved – artists, audience, funders, and critics. When not working on her own ventures, she is the Manager of Engagement at New York Live Arts in NYC.

Born and raised outside of Washington, DC, Rosner attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York where she studied dance and film with teachers including Emily Devine, Sara Rudner, Keith Sabado, Tony Schultz, and Kathy Westwater.  Rosner founded the A.O. Movement Collective in 2006, and has been at their helm creating Anti-Ephemeral PoMo Humanist discourse and works ever since, presenting work at the RAW festival, THROW, Open Perform, WAXworks, Green Space, AUNTS, Dance Place (DC), the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and most recently, Joyce SoHo.


WENDELL COOPER is is modern shaman and creative artist based in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of the



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George Washington University (Dance/Religion), he is also a certified practitioner of energy bodywork and Thai Yoga Massage. He has taught, performed, and choreographed in China, Kenya, Russia, and the Netherlands. Cooper creates all of the elements of his interdisciplinary multimedia works that include both choreographed and improvised dance, original music, and video installation. He has worked with Nicholas Leichter Dance, the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Grisha Coleman, and the Magpie Music Dance Company. Wendell also self- produces as well as collaborates on projects with Mathew Heggem (as Kinaeathesia), Monstah Black, and Yozmit. SEA GLASS is his latest collaborative project.  [ www.complexstability.com ]



Productions

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“Children of the Last Days” is written and performed by Thandiwe Thomas De Shazor. It is a comedy show that aims to satirize Black church culture and the contradictions therein. So bring your Good Sunday Clothes, Your Tambourine, Your Church Fan and Your Sense of Humor!  Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!

Written & performed by Thandiwe Thomas DeShazor

Directed by Norman Gee
Produced by Shalonda Ingram
A Nursha Project Production

 
“The Paul Robeson Project”

Ever heard of Paul Robeson?
He is an internationally renowned and celebrated actor, athlete, lawyer, singer and activist.  Yet, he is all but erased from mainstream US history. Paul Robeson is pre Civil Rights Movement and smack dab Jim Crow and McCarthyism. Despite these obstacles, he achieves highly.  Despite being a high achiever, human flaws arise…

This lecture demonstration about Paul Robeson by “Paul” shares his history, experiences, and what elements make up his particular brand of icon.

Performed by Kim Howard
Developed and Directed by Mimi McGurl
A Nursha Project Production

 

“Where My Girls At?” is a “thoughtful, provocative, and insanely funny” one woman show written and performed by the “multi-talented” Micia Mosely. Portraying five drastically different characters representing the diversity of Black lesbian experiences, Micia challenges the notion that there is only one way to be Black or queer in the 21st century. A phenomenal one hour performance steeped in improv and audience participation, Where My Girls At? has thrilled audiences across the country from San Francisco, Detroit and New York to Amherst, Chapel Hill and Honolulu. A New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee, the show, while hilarious, continues to tackle difficult issues including inter and intra-group racism, sexism, and homophobia.


Written & Performed by Micia Mosely
Directed by Tamilla Woodard
Produced by Shalonda Ingram
Music Score by Rimarkable Things Music
A Nursha Project Production

 

Queer Art Impact

August 2, 2010 by  
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Stay tuned as  Mat Heggem , Brooklyn-based Artistic Director and Curator of Bushed/Gay Wars, and Nursha Project Founder, Shalonda Ingram, launch their newest initiative, Queer Art Impact .

What is Queer Art Impact?

Queer Art Impact (QAI) explores the conversation between politics, art and action. The New York City-based initiative is intended to bring together individuals and organizations who self-identify their body of work as queer. By supporting artists whose works challenge the hetero-normative, QAI seeks to embrace queerness and create opportunities for all artists – living in the political and social fringe – to move to the center.

QAI is about action and re-action . It’s the motivation to do something and to speak out . This action/reaction takes the form of art, politic gesture, youth engagement, community movement, education, and business training with/by/for queers.

QAI features performances, cabarets, parties, panel discussions and networking events that occur throughout the year, culminating in an annual spring festival where QAI commissioned works are premiered. Subsequent discourse catapults the community into a Summer of Inspired Pride — S.I.P. – a Rooftop WrrkQ P(art)y on the regs!

We accept applications on an ongoing basis, and are especially looking for those who want to build on-going communications with their fellow queers. Upon receipt and approval of materials, the artist will be included on our website, provided access to www.wrrkq.com (coming soon), and may be curated and/or commissioned for QAI events throughout the year.

QAI welcomes partnerships and shared programming proposals from educators, community organizers, and other arts entities.

What is WrrkQ?

WrrkQ is about sharing resources, creating opportunities, developing collaborative relationships, keeping communications open, and providing a physical & virtual space to meet individuals who share the same motivation for their queer agendas.  But, it’s also about the business side too — having your needs met and understanding the systems that need to be in place to make the wrrkq happen.

WrrkQ includes a monthly gathering hosted by a QAI artist and a quarterly newsletter on relevant artist resources for the queer community. Stay tuned for more information about www.wrrkq.com .


Queer Art Impact Resources

To stay abreast of queer resources, click the QAI Resource Guide:

International Conceptualizations of Queerness: A Resource Guide


Connect with QAI on Facebook and keep your social streams as open as you 😉

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Queer-Art-Impact/129147190461382?ref=ts

Twitter hastag #wrrkq and follow @queerai



Upcoming Events

“A Cocktail of Glamour and Anarchy”

Monday, February 14th, 2011 @ 9:30pm

The Tank

354 West 45th Street, New York City

A fun-filled musical odyssey with Rumi Missabu of the fabulous Cockettes

co-hosted by Warhol Superstar Agosto Machado

Hibiscus and Rumi Missabu in Pearls Over Shanghai. Ross Alley, Chinatown, San Francisco 1970 Photo by David Wise

with special guests from the New York Underground hip elite including:

Eugene Soldatov

Joey Kipp

Ferrin Solano

Emily McGowan

Mathew Heggem

Jarvis Earnshaw

Rachel Mason

Max Vernon

Charlie Demos

Mark Golamco

Nicholas Gorham

& directly from Paris, French dance sensation Francois Chaignaud

This just in…Glam-rock wearable art designer Bill Bowers who has dressed everyone from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to the New York Dolls to Alice Cooper will present his incredible new collection

Additional performers TBA

For additional info: cocketterumi@gmail.com

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