Cover Image: Julie Tolentino, THE SKY REMAINS THE SAME: Ron Athey’s Self Obliteration # 1, 2011. Performance. Photo: Thomas Qualmann
Presented in conjunction with Performa 13. Programmed in conjunction with “Performance Archiving Performance,” a presentation of works that engage archive as medium, on view in the Fifth Floor Resource Center from November 6, 2013–January 12, 2014.
A discussion with Lia Gangitano, Joshua Lubin-Levy, Sarah Schulman, and Julie Tolentino explores how the elements and processes of “The Sky Remains the Same” have been defined to date and invites Tolentino’s future archiving subjects to speculate on how they might like to define the terms for their eventual engagement with the project. The long-term future of the project will also be considered as it relates to the disintegration of bodies as authoring subjects and bodies as impermanent archives, while also placing Tolentino’s work in a larger context of archives relating to performance and records of bodies in action. A discussion of the archiving of works by Lovett/Codagnone will be accompanied by a premiere screening of The Sky Remains the Same: The Archive of Lovett/Codagnone’s “Closer” (1999-2005) and/or “For You” (2003), a work on video that proposes the camera as a catalyst and intermediary for archiving performance by multiple bodies into/onto the body of one person.
Julie Tolentino’s career spans over two decades of dance, installation, and site-specific durational performance. Her diverse roles have included host, producer, mentor, and collaborator with artists such as Meg Stuart, Ron Athey, Madonna, Catherine Opie, David Rousseve, Juliana Snapper, Diamanda Galàs, Stosh Fila, Robert Crouch, Elana Mann, Mark So, Gran Fury, and Rodarte. Tolentino is deeply influenced by her extensive experience as a caregiver, an Eastern and aquatic bodyworker, a highly disciplined contemporary dancer, and as proprietress of Clit Club in New York. Her manifold, exploratory duet/solo practice includes installation, dance-for-camera, and durational performance engaging improvisation one-to-one score-making and fluids, including blood, tears, and honey. As an extension of her practice after twenty-five years in New York City, she designed and built a solar-powered live–work residency in the Mohave Desert called FERAL House and Studio, where she explores the remote forms of physical inquiry through landscape and texts. She has received numerous grants and fellowships. She is currently the editor of Provocations in the Drama Review-TDR (MIT Press). Her works have been commissioned by The Kitchen, Participant Inc., Invisible Exports, Performa ’05, and in the UK by Spill Festival, Tramway, DanceExchange, and queerupnorth. Recent tours include England, Europe, Myanmar, the Philippines (at Manila Contemporary and Green Papaya Gallery), and Theaterworks in Singapore. She has been presented at Broad Art Space at University California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Commonwealth & Council, Honor Fraser, PSI19 at Stanford, Perform Chinatown, and Install Weho. In 2013, she created new performance and objects for the Reanimation Library Project in Joshua Tree, FIRE IN HER BELLY at Maloney Fine Art, LACE Auction 2013, Body/Mind at Cypress Gallery, High Desert Test Sites 2013, and an Aaron Turner collaboration at Night Gallery, Los Angeles. She will be premiering new works at UCLA, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2014. She is currently based in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree.
Lovett/Codagnone is an artist team working together in New York since 1995 using photography, performance, video, sound, and installation. Their work address issues of collective identity and relations of power in social structures focusing on the absorption of underground tactics of resistance. Important theoretical and aesthetic influences in their production are derived from the work of historical radical figures in literature, critical thinking, cinema, theater, and punk music. In 2008, they formed the band CANDIDATE with musician Michele Pauli. CANDIDATE performances have featured among others Jim Fletcher, Gary Indiana, and Kate Valk. Recent solo exhibitions: Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea, Palermo; Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa, Palermo, 2013; Museo Marino Marini, Florence; LAXART, Los Angeles, 2012; September Galerie, Berlin, 2011; Sculpture Center, New York, 2010; MoMA P.S.1, New York, 2007–08. Recent performances have been presented at MoMA P.S.1, 2012; the ICA Philadelphia; Judson Memorial Church, New York, 2010; and the ICA Boston, 2007. Their work has been shown at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Cobra Museum, Amstelveen, the Netherlands, 2008; the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 2005; De Appel, Amsterdam, 2005; Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin, 2003; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2002.