This short film is an adaptation of a very short story by Fernando Sorrentino called“There Is A Man in the Habit of Hitting Me Over the Head with an Umbrella”.
My process of adaptation was an homage to writer Kathy Acker's methodology of ‘writing her own narrative’ into canonical works like Great Expectations that focused on the narratives of men.
With this project, I was interested in blurring the line between narrative and abstraction.
The film premiered at the PDX Fest Invitational in 2009 and went on to screen at Anthology Film Archive, CUNY Graduate Center, MMX Open Art Venue (Berlin), STOMPER (London), Kings ARI (Melbourne) and Rockland Center of the Arts (West Nyack, NY).
CONSUME (S) ME
CONSUME (s) ME is a relational performance project that on the surface addresses the ethical problems surrounding textile production, consumption, and our relationship to what we wear. It is also a piece about coming to terms with how varying feminisms maintain patriarchy and capitalism.
It is a project that exists in various modalities that relate to each other.
One aspect is the CONSUME(s) ME "Store" which started out as clothing swaps that I held in friends' homes and at bars as places of research where I interviewed subjects on video and audio. I threw a swap at the Brooklyn Museum as part of Heather Hart's BARTERTOWN project. Then, in September 2015, I put up the Store in collaboration with ESP TV as part of their ANALOG residency at RECESS (NYC) where we turned the gallery into a 'retail' space where only barter was allowed as a mode of exchange.
Current iterations of the Store have evolved into a space of performative writing as I work on the manuscript in the protagonist character of the Shopgirl that holds the space in the Store (as performed by me.) This text is the narrative of the investigation and also includes other ephemera I have collected over the years, (video interviews, influential texts & experiences, images/writings/audio from the swaps).
The bottom images are writings that participants did in exchange for "shopping" in the Store in silence.
CONSUME(S) ME ESP TV EPISODE #93 (Recess Gallery, 2015)
This text was inspired by lines I collected from signs I saw at Occupy Wall Street and walking in a rally after the Trayvon Martin verdict in 2013.
For a performance I did at the Poetry Project in 2013, I collaborated with artist Eric Barry Drasin. I cut the text line by line and invited audience members to read them. As they did, Eric recorded and live mixed this to be played at the end of the reading to articulate the cacophony of emotions I was feeling while being at these events from a collective mindspeak perspective.
10/4 Cat Tyc (in collaboration with Eric Drasin) @ Poetry Project
Poet Transmit engages in the connections between poetry, transmission, and performance. The project was launched by artist/curator Victoria Keddie and writer/artist Cat Tyc as a way to explore textual practice and modes of transmission to expose the potential of poetic projection and how it exists in expanded fields of time. The consortium of publishers, artists, poets, and transmission based organizations that we collaborate with all lend to PT ‘s mission surrounding transmission, kinetic dialogue, and process reflexivity. What transpires is a televisual poetry reading series that explores alternative areas of practice and reflects on its own methodologies involving the poetic practice.
Documented events are broadcast on E.S.P. TV’s cable access program on MNN (Manhattan News Network), as well as with Wave Farm Radio (operated in Acra, NY as well as online).
Poetry Project (NYC)
Knockdown Center (as part of the Queens International for the Queens Museum)
Knockdown Center/MOMA PS1 Cold Open Verseexhibition in correlation with the New York Art Book Fair
James Allister Sprang
James Allister Sprang
Bela Shayevich & Ainsley Morse
Sophia La Fraga
Thisis a series of essays about poetics and media based on how I have interpreted Charles Olson’s “Projective Verse” in my practice as a poet/video artist and how I imagine this re-definition expanding in this current post Occupy /post internet moment. An extension of my curatorial practice from POET TRANSMIT is also explored through anecdote and interview.
I received a 2017 Researcher in Residence Signal Culture residency to continue the series and sections have been published on The Fanzine.
This is a multimedia project that investigates feminist strength through the persona of pop stars who are in battle with diminishment and performance. It vacillates between two spaces that one can describe as being strong : the performance of strength and the isolation that corresponds with being strong in a moment when others cannot specifically. I am also interested in exploring how these experiences vary and contrast for black and white women to investigate how feminism alternates who it empowers and when it does.
Sections have been performed at Babycastles, The Poetry Project and Hauser and Wirth bookstore.