by Jen Graves
on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM
San Francisco-based Keith Hennessy describes his project Turbulence (a dance about the economy) as "a bodily response to economic crisis, engaging the frictions between disaster capitalism, debt, precarity, propaganda, torture, war, magic and queer identity." There's video here.
Velocity's his host in Seattle this coming weekend, and the dance center is not just presenting the performance but also staging a weeklong series of events under the title Failure: Conversations Around Art + the Economy. (Has the economy failed art? Has art failed the economy? Is art necessarily an economic failure? Is failed art an economic success or failure?)
It starts tonight at Liberty with Body Book Club (bodies and books! My two favorite things!), a roundtable chatting about Cassie Peterson's essay But, What Is Queer Art?: A Paradoxical Manifesto. Body Book Club II, responding to the legendary art curator Harald Szeemann's statements in Failure as a Poetic Dimension, will involve actually using your body, moving in response to his words. That's the one I'm most interested in.
There's more, too, including a talk with Hennessy and Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots?, on Thursday, and the performances Friday and Saturday, followed by a coffee-and-bageling-about-economy-and-community with Seattle dancers. All info here.