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Embodied Scores: the poetics of data excavation in the crip body
December 4, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Join us December 4 for a program organized in partnership with Eyebeam and Denniston Hill! Artists Pelenakeke Brown (Create Change alum 2018) and Yo-Yo Lin will share their practices in excavating, gathering, and investigating the archive of their living bodies. From looking at medical histories to daily experience, Pelenakeke and Yo-Yo examine the nuances of their lived and living experience through process-driven, embodied tactics: mixing data-tracking with drawing/journaling, and medical observations with movement scores and poetry. In conversation with each other and the audience, the artists will reflect on the similarities and differences of these multidisciplinary modes of art-making–considering their methodologies as crip, intersectional tactics that can be both creative process and tools for survival/being.
The evening will culminate with two participatory writing and embodiment exercises led by the artists for group reflection.
This event will also serve as a celebration for the release of two new publications by the artists: Pelenakeke Brown’s Grasp + release—a collection of black-out poems that reveal new narratives within her medical archive that exist as choreographic scores, and Yo-Yo Lin’s Resilience Journal—an analog tracking tool dedicated to visualizing the overlooked, soft data in our lives. Publications will be available on site for donation-based purchase.
>>> In order to make this gathering more accessible, limited travel fund support is available for participants upon request. The Travel Fund supports participants who might otherwise not be able to attend “Embodied Scores–the poetics of data excavation in the crip body.”
>>> This is a fragrance-free event. Please refrain from wearing scented products such as perfume, cologne, and fragrant personal care products while using this space, as they can trigger serious health issues. We appreciate your cooperation in making this gathering accessible!
Image description: Pelenakeke stands head tilted at an angle looking directly to the camera wearing a gingham halter neck with her hair braided over one shoulder.
Pelenakeke Brown is an interdisciplinary, afakasi Samoan, disabled, immigrant artist from Aotearoa (New Zealand). In 2019, Brown received a Dance/NYC’s Disability. Dance. Artistry. Residency and was selected as curator for the Artists of Color Council Movement Research at the Judson Church Spring season. She is an alum of the NYFA Immigrant Artist Program and The Laundromat Project. She has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Denniston Hill, and Ana Pekapeka Studio, as well as exhibited works in San Francisco, New York, London, and Auckland. Brown’s non-fiction work is published in The James Franco Review, the Hawai‘i Review, Apogee Journal, and Movement Research Performance Journal. She has created projects with Movement Research, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Image Description: A portrait of Yo-Yo gazing downwards next to a window with sunlight pouring in, illuminating her light tan skin. She is east-Asian with dark hair and holds green leaves in front of her chest.
Yo-Yo Lin is a Taiwanese-American, interdisciplinary media artist who explores the possibilities of human connection and embodiment in the context of emerging technologies. She uses intelligent projection/lighting, digital and hand-drawn animation, interactive objects, and lush sound design to create meditative ‘memoryscapes.’ Her work often examines human perception as a vehicle for self-knowledge and community growth.
Most recently an art resident at Eyebeam, Yo-Yo is researching and developing methodologies in reclaiming and processing chronic health trauma. She is currently developing a digital and physical toolkit that seeks to be an expressive resource and self-sustainable living archive of chronically ill and disabled bodyminds.
She has shown new media works at international art galleries (Human Resources, Lincoln Center, La Corte Contemporanea), music festivals (Coachella, Panorama), film festivals (New York Film Festival, SXSW), and public art venues. She acts as the art director of THE FAMILY, an independent creative studio based in Brooklyn, NY.
About Denniston Hill
Denniston Hill is an artist-centered interdisciplinary arts organization and residency program in the southern Catskills that fosters an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics, and meaning of contemporary artistic practice. Their work is guided by the principle that creative and critical voices are important in shaping a just, equitable society.
Through exploratory process and emotionally compelling output, Eyebeam believes that artists can help us visualize and realize a more just future. Eyebeam provides both space and support for a community of diverse, justice-driven artists. Our annual residency program, highly engaged community of alumni, advanced tools and resources, and shows and events help our artists bring their work to life and out into the world. Eyebeam enables people to think creatively and critically about technology’s effect on society, with the mission of revealing new paths toward a more just future for all.