Elmgreen & Dragset: Drama Queens
Drama Queens is a comedic one-act play originally created for the 2007 Skulptur Projekte in Münster, Germany, and now lives on as a video of the performance. Over the course of 45 minutes, works by Barbara Hepworth, Alberto Giacometti, and Jeff Koons come to life to discuss the meaning of art and their own existence. Drama Queens uses both parody and homage to satirize the art world while simultaneously making serious inquiries into territories of existentialism. Our own hopes and anxieties are embodied by the anthropomorphized works, whose quick and witty dialogue will bring a smile to the faces of art aficionados and novices alike.
Based in London and Berlin, Michael Elmgreen (b. 1961, Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (b. 1969, Norway) have worked as a collaborative team since the mid-1990s. Their ambitious exhibitions have been presented at ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany (2010), MUSAC, León, Spain (2009), Malmö Konsthall, Sweden (2007), Serpentine Gallery, London (2006), MCA Chicago (2005), Tate Modern, London (2004), and Kunsthalle Zurich (2001). In 2003, Elmgreen & Dragset won the prestigious Preis der Nationalgalerie für Junge Kunst at Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. In 2009, Elmgreen & Dragset were awarded Special Mention at the Venice Biennale for The Collectors, their highly elaborate exhibition for the Danish and Nordic Pavilions.
Joanna Kidd: Double Self-Portrait
Double Self Portrait is a video installation that relies on the written word as much as it does the moving image. In her video, Kidd invites viewers to transform the written narrative of her formative years into a verbal portrait as well by reading her words. The image of a face emerges over the course of the video to reveal both a second representation of the artist and to create a semiotic tension between the word and the symbol. Kidd has questioned the nature of memory itself, saying, “The act of writing allows us to clarify our ideas and perceptions, but at the same time the act of putting a thought or memory into words changes the very nature of the experience.” Double Self Portrait uses a private experience to create a publicly shared narrative, and thereby forever alters the original memory of said experience.
Joanna Kidd is a northern California sculptor, printmaker, and video installation artist. After graduating in Philosophy and Cognitive Science from Dartmouth College, she studied Printmaking and Sculpture at San Francisco State University. She then moved to Florence, Italy, where she lived for eight years. She received a BFA in Sculpture and an MFA in Visual Art and Multimedia Techniques from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. In 2012, she was an Artist-in-Residence at Everglades National Park. She has participated in exhibitions and video festivals in Italy, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, England, France, Sweden, and the United States.
Labs (Greg Smaller): In the Company of Others
In the Company of Others sees Labs (Greg Smaller) further exploring the interaction between sound and space. Labs invites patrons to interact with multiple sound installations in The San Diego Museum of Art through manipulations of analog technology. With a focus on the degradation and metamorphosis of sound through the use of Bucket Brigade Delays, Labs attempts to explore endless possibilities within strict perimeters.
Labs began as an exploration of improvisation and repetition continuously varying in its lineup and instrumentation. With a focus on sharing an experience with the audience, the surroundings often influence particular performances to create an atmosphere that is reflective of the space and of an experience that can be both meditative and energetic. Using an array of mostly analog equipment, often in non-traditional forms, no two Labs shows are the same. The result is an immersive experience that affects the artist and audience equally.
The Border Corps (Shondra Dawson, Renoir Dawson–Finan, Aaron McFarland, Perry Vásquez): The Gates of Heck
The Gates of Heck addresses the theme of Hell as the ultimate borderland—a place where fame and infamy collide and where humanity’s belief in the possibility of divine justice and eternal damnation take on vivid form. The Border Corps’ performance will be presented through a conceptual framework constructed from several iconic references, including Rodin’s Gates of Hell, Dante’s Inferno, Spiderman, the Fantastic Four, and others from the Marvel universe of comic book superheroes.
The Border Corps is a group of Southern California–based performers, artists, and musicians whose projects experiment with new strategies of performance art, interactive theater, art history, poetry, literature, and video. Currently composed of members Shondra Dawson, Renoir Dawson-Finan, Aaron McFarland, and Perry Vásquez, the Corps has worked with many collaborators over their three-year history, including Anthony Vásquez, Armando de la Torre, and en dy. Their recent installations and performances have included Carrito de Paletero (2010) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Mexus Sexus Fluxus: ChangingIdentities (2011) at the University of California, San Diego; House of Tears:Ceremonia de la Cebolla (2011) at SDSpace4Art; and Come and Get It! (2012) at The San Diego Museum of Art.