المدونة المصاحبة للبينالي
Extra-Biennial Blog

My Barbarian

My Barbarian seeks participants interested in performance art, ages 18-40, male and female, for its workshop in Cairo, which takes place from December 16–24, 2008. Nonartists who want to perform are welcome! Actors, musicians, and artists of any skill level are encouraged to participate. My Barbarian’s performance art project for the Townhouse Gallery takes the form of a performance workshop and public recital on December 24. The performance will include singing, comedy, and elements of video art in a playful discussion about art’s function in a community. Participants will make their own material with My Barbarian. Fun and art can bring people together! The classes will be conducted in English with a translation, and the performance will be done in English and Arabic.

My Barbarian’s workshops include instruction in:

  • Techniques for acting
  • Choral singing, to sing well with others
  • Movement, dance, and improvisation

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Date: December 24, 2008
Time: 8:30 p.m.
Place: Rawabet Theater, Townhouse Gallery

My Barbarian’s “Eleven Human Senses” is a site-specific performance project created in December 2008 in Cairo, Egypt at Townhouse Gallery. A recital that results from My Barbarian’s week-long workshop with local participants from the community at Townhouse, the live performance with audience participation, takes place on the Rawabet Stage Dec 24. The performance stages discoveries from a fictional excavation site as the group makes a stunning revelation: humans possess eleven senses, that is, six more than the five we are attributed with by classical models of perception.  Alluding to archeological practices while mining the melancholy that surrounds the rise of Western knowledge, the performance articulates a hope that we can indeed reorganize the possibilities of our lives by imagining ways of being that exceed the frames of established ways of perceiving each other.  My Barbarian’s composition is shaped and changed by local artists’ interpretations, cultivating a cross-cultural dialogue.

My Barbarian, Eleven Human Senses, New Museum, New York, 2008. Photo: Rosalie Knox

MY BARBARIAN BIO

My Barbarian is a Los Angeles-based performance collective founded in 2000 by Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade. The trio creates and performs in site-specific plays, musical theater situations, and video installations that explore contemporary political challenges by playing out allegorical narratives drawn from history and mythology. My Barbarian has shown work at venues including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); the Roy and Edna Disney Cal Arts Theater (REDCAT), Los Angeles; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; LAXART; the MAK Center at the Schindler House, Los Angeles; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Participant, Inc., New York; P.S.1 MoMA, New York; Joe’s Pub, New York; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado; Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, California; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; the Power Plant, Toronto; De Appel, Amsterdam; Museum Het Domain, Sittard, The Netherlands; Peres Projects, Berlin; Torpedo, Oslo; El Matadero, Madrid; Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy; and Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. My Barbarian was included in the 2005 and 2007 Performa Biennials, the 2006 and 2008 California Biennials, and the 2007 Montreal Biennial. In 2008, My Barbarian received an Art Matters grant to create a project with Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt. The group has made two full-length albums of music from its performances: Cloven Soft-Shoe (2004) and California Sweet & the 7 Pagan Rights (2008). Gaines (born 1973, Visalia, California) received a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of California, Los Angeles (1996) and an Master of Fine Arts in writing from Cal Arts’ School of Critical Studies (1999) and is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in theater and performance studies at UCLA. Gordon (born 1975, Santa Rosa, California) will complete her Bachelor of Arts in theater at the University of Southern California (2008). Segade (born 1973, San Diego, California) received a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA (1996), studied in the School of Film and Television at USC (1997-1998), and will receive an Master of Fine Arts in interdisciplinary studio art from UCLA (2009).

My Barbarian is joined in collaboration with Joanne Nucho, who has coproduced and directed numerous documentary and television projects (both for independent productions and the History Channel) and received a Fulbright Travel Grant to pursue a video project in Cairo in 2005 (deferred). In 2007 she earned her Master of Arts in Islamic studies at UCLA, where her main emphasis was on Egyptian film and television production and transnational Middle Eastern art and media. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, where she focuses on image production and filmmaking in the Middle East.

4 Responses to “My Barbarian”

  1. cowboy boots justin Says:

    cowboy boots justin…

    Eleventh International Cairo Biennale » My Barbarian…

  2. blogging tips Says:

    blogging tips…

    Eleventh International Cairo Biennale » My Barbarian…

  3. womens ariat cowboy boots Says:

    womens ariat cowboy boots…

    Eleventh International Cairo Biennale » My Barbarian…

  4. vay xoe Says:

    vay xoe…

    Eleventh International Cairo Biennale » My Barbarian…