Performance&Video

“By ‘mimetic communication’ or mimesis, I mean…corporeally based forms of imitation, both voluntary and involuntary…. At their most primitive, these involve the visceral level of affect contagion, the ‘synchrony of facial expressions, vocalizations, postures, and movements with those of another person,’ producing a tendency for those involved ‘to converge emotionally’”.  
– Anna Gibbs, Sympathy, Synchrony, and Mimetic Communication

Mimesis: Part II

Thursday, May 25, 7-9 pm, 100 Rochester Ave., Brooklyn, NY, A or C Train to Utica

x Temporary Agency

Temporary Agency is a cooperative initiated and operated by artists Amanda Turner Pohan, Dominika Ksel, Kiran Chandra, and Natalee Cayton. Temporary Agency brings exhibitions, screenings, lectures, performances and ideas outside of general institutional ideologies and capitalist frameworks to a public platform, collaborating with artists and community members to nurture a sustainable space of education, information and creativity.

Devin Kenny is an artist, and writer working across several mediums. Hailing from the south side of Chicago, he relocated to New York to begin his studies at Cooper Union. He has since continued his practice through the Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, SOMA Mexico, the Whitney ISP and performances at various art and music venues in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and internationally including: Het Roode Bioscoop, Biquini Wax, Artspace Auckland, REDCAT, MoMa PS1, Freak City, and Santos Party House. He received his MFA in 2013 from the New Genres department at UCLA and is an alum of the Whitney Independent Study Program. @devinkkenny on twitter @crashingwavy on instagram.

Kerry Downey (born Fort Lauderdale, 1979) is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher. Downey’s work explores how we interact with each other physically, psychologically, and socio-politically. Encompassing video, printmaking, drawing, installation, and performance, their work is influenced by Downey’s personal experience of top surgery and gender queerness. Recent exhibition venues include the Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA; the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale, NY; the Drawing Center, New York, NY; Taylor Macklin, Zurich, Switzerland; and Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT. ARTforum selected Downey’s work as a “Critic’s Pick” at a recent exhibition at REVERSE in Brooklyn, NY. In 2015, Downey was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. Artist-in-residencies and Fellowships include SHIFT at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions, Real Time and Space in Oakland, CA, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Queer/Art/Mentorship Fellowship. Downey currently works in Education at the Museum of Modern Art, and recently taught at Hunter College and Parsons School of Design. ​They hold a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College.

Lily Benson is an American filmmaker and visual artist. Her work examines feminist history and reconstructs it into new narrative forms. She is best known for co-directing the feature The Filmballad of Mamadada. This spring, she performed at The Kitchen in NYC and presented work at Caves Gallery in Melbourne, Austrailia. Her work has previously shown at The Louisiana Museum, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Malmö Art Museum, and Nicolai Wallner Gallery.

Patrick Costello performs as P.J. Idaho, the flippin’ country singer alter ego that Patrick developed as a child and is now realizing as a grown ass man. Patrick is a visual artist and performer whose work incorporates printmaking, installation, gardening, and theater. He has spent the last few years collaborating with friends and artists on projects all over the country. Patrick has apprenticed with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, the Virginia Arts of the Book Center in Virginia, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Pennsylvania. He received an Aunspaugh Fellowship from the University of Virginia, where he graduated with a degree in Studio Art. Patrick also co-founded C’ville Foodscapes, a worker-owned small business that designs, installs, and maintains vegetable gardens for folks in Charlottesville, Virginia. His visual art has been shown internationally, including at Space 1026 in Philadelphia, Trance Pop Gallery in Kyoto, and Booklyn Art Gallery in Brooklyn. Patrick is currently in the MFA program at Hunter College in New York.

Thank you to our hosts at 100 Rochester, a project space located in an artist-run studio building in Crown Heights.

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