NEXUS Transcontinental Performance Art Platform

Date: Saturday, December 09 - Sunday, December 10, 2017
Edge Zones Art Gallery
Location: Miami (FL) - USA

ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB) in collaboration with PerForMIA and hosted by Edge Zones Project presents the Transcontinental Performance Art Platform, NeXus during MIAMI ART WEEK 2017.

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 8:00-11:00 pm, EDGE ZONES ART GALLERY, Miami
Sunday, Dec, 10th, 3:00-6:00 pm, LUMMUS PARK, South Beach

December 2, 2017 (Miami, USA) -- NeXus, a new Transcontinental Performance Art Platform, an initiative curated by interdisciplinary artist, and cultural entrepreneur, Hector Canonge, will premiere in the United States during Miami Art Week. Hosted by Edge Zones Art Gallery, Miami's leading performance art venue, and PerForMIA, created and directed by Charo Oquet, NeXus will present new performances by local, national, and international artists selected from a world-wide open call.

For its first edition, NeXus curatorial theme explores and treats notions of human (dis)connections, personal binds, social (re)attachments, misplaced identities, and focal (dis)placements. As a new initiative, NeXus will bring diverse manifestations of performance art where the body is at the center of artistic expression, corporeal examination, and challenging execution.

Participating Artists:
Rachelle Beaudoin (United States), Uta Brauser (Germany) with Florence Benichou (France), Thomas Bell (United States), Soojin Chang (South Korea), Alexandra Holownia (Poland), Riccardo Matlakas (Italy), Elisa Osborne (Venezuela) with Yidan Zeng (China), Veronica Peña (Spain), and Cynthia Post Hunt (United States).

Saturday, December 9th, 8:00-11:00 pm (Doors open at 7:00 pm)
3317 NW 7th Ave. Circle, Miami, FL 33127

Public Interventions:
Sunday, December 10th, 3:00-6:00 pm
Entrance of 14th Street, South Beach, Miami

About the artists:

Rachelle Beaudoin is an artist who uses video, wearables, and performance to explore feminism and female identity within popular culture. She attended the College of the Holy Cross and holds a Master’s degree in Digital+Media from Rhode Island School of Design. She has exhibited at Intimacy: Across Digital and Visceral Performance Goldsmiths London UK, Low Lives 3 and Itinerant Festival of International Performance Art, Queens NY. She was a Spring 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO. She was a Fulbright artist-in-residence at quartier21 in Vienna, Austria in 2014. In 2015, she was a Clowes Fund Fellow at Vermont Studio Center. She currently teaches at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

German born Uta Brauser is a multidisciplinary artist involved in visual arts, activism, fashion and new media. In her obsession about the human characters, she questions states of self and the continued dialogue and interaction between people. A child of German Expressionism, Uta finds her expressions and individual signature in paintings, sculpture and performance. Uta Brauser’s large body of work with expressionist paintings and drawings, sculptures, art dolls, installations, art activism, fashion. She has exhibited in art fairs and community projects developed between Germany, Italy and the United States over the past 30 years. Florence Benichou is a dancer and artist whose expansive repertoire includes site-specific performance – both as a dancer and a choreographer and voice over as well as acting work. She sees dance as a language and aims to use movement within various media to express individual and social relationships, limitations, conflicts and connections. Benichou was trained in classical dance in her hometown of Paris at the Café de la Gare Centre De Danse du Marais. She later continued in the United States at the Perry Dance Center, DNA and Cunningham Studio where she explored modern and contemporary dance, Butoh, improvisation and theater. She has worked with a variety of underground New York artists and dance companies which include Modern Dance Awareness Society, Human Kinetics Movement Art, the Sanctuary of Hope before creating her own projects which were featured at Gallery138 in Chelsea, New York, ITINERANT Performance Art Festival. She is presently collaborating with Z Collective, Huisi He, and Uta Brauser on performances which have been featured at the Chelsea Art Museum and at the Loft in the Red Zone in New York City.

Thomas Bell is a sonic, visual and multimedia artist living in Detroit, MI. Integrating mediums across artistic platforms is a primary focus of his work. His performance work often reacts to the current political climate and often challenges the audience to think about where they stand on a day to day basis with their daily actions. He intends to make people stop and think about what they are doing in the moment. Thomas studied Jazz Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston and Ethnomusicology at Florida State University. While in New York City from 2003 to 2012, Thomas was a co-founder of Bushwick Open Studios, which led to the development of the nonprofit Arts In Bushwick. In 2008, Thomas founded Spread Art in Brooklyn, NY to support emerging artists through group and solo exhibitions, performance showcases and residencies. Spread Art relocated to Detroit MI in 2012. Prior to moving to Detroit, he served as the Managing Director of the Center for Performance Research, a state of the art nonprofit performance facility in Brooklyn, NY. After nearly ten years as the executive director of Spread Art, Thomas passed the torch to the next generation in July 2017 to concentrate on his performance and visual work.  

Soojin Chang is a multimedia artist based in New York, working in the media of live and video performances, sound and video works, and public actions. The works take form as nomadic operas, exploring death, lost and rediscovered space, time, nationhood, and memory.

Alexandra Holownia was born in Wrzesnia Polen and based in Berlin. Graduated in design at the Academy of Fine Art in Poznan (PL). Finish posgradual study for costume and stage design at the Fine Art Academy in Warsaw (PL), and finish postgradual study in art in context at the Art University in Berlin (D). She working as interdisciplinary conceptual artists and made actions in public space, performance, stage design, costumes, sculptures, drawings, videos, texts. Discoverer art figure concept in contemporary art.

Riccardo Matlakas is a multi-disciplinary artist based in London. He has worked internationally often using the urban context as a stage, creating interventions in the forefront of current political, environmental and spiritual concerns. He received a degree in Sculpture and a MA degree in Social Sculpture by the Oxford Brookes University, whilst continuing his training in dance alongside. Riccardo has participated to several collective exhibitions and performance events in Europe but also joined several events internationally including: Moscow Biennale for young artists in 2010 and Gwangju Biennale in 2014. Matlakas has been guest of several residency programs in South Africa, Palestine, Armenia, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Myanmar, Mauritius and South Korea.

Elisa Osborne has been performing, teaching, creating and investigating dance in New York for 20 years. Human interactions and the unveiling of the self are two of her motivations in movement that she investigates. She aims to bring about an authenticity based on the presence of the self. Yidan Zeng, though a recent Computer Science and Glass graduate, maintains a practice that extends beyond programming and sculpture, incorporating photography, film, fabric, performance, and participatory happenings. Spiraling around the phenomenon of intimacy, her artistic investigations pry at how it can be created between humans and human and objects. More than just the coming together of a dance artist and a fine artist, their collective practice pulls from their own diverse cultural experiences and creative backgrounds to rigorously question states of vulnerability.

Verónica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist from Spain based in the United States. Her work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through Performance Art. Peña is interested in migration policies, cross-cultural dialogue, and women’s empowerment. Recent works include experimental participatory performances that create shared moments amongst strangers. Peña has performed in various countries around Europe, Asia, and America. In the United States, her work has been featured at Times Square, Armory Show, NYU’s Hemispheric Institute, Queens Museum, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Grace Exhibition Space, Triskelion Arts, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, Momenta Art Gallery, Pøst Art Gallery, Gabarron Foundation, Dumbo Arts Festival, and Consulate General of Spain in New York, amongst others. In Spain, her work has been exhibited at Casa de America (Madrid), Fundacion BilbaoArte (Bilbao), Fundacion Antonio Saura (Cuenca), Museo Orus (Zaragoza), and Fundacion Caja Rioja (La Rioja), amongst others. She is a recipient of the FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND 2017-18. She was a recipient of the Socrates and Erasmus Grants, a Universidad Complutense de Madrid Fellowship, and a candidate for the Dedalus Foundation Grant. She has published “The Presence Of The Absent”, a thesis about her body of work. In 2016, she was a visiting artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She curates "Collective Becoming", an initiative to make cities a place less hostile. She is currently at work on her new project about freedom, fear, and resistance, “The Substance of Unity.”

Cynthia Post Hunt investigates the individual within the context of society through performative action. She chooses isolated movements, in simplified and repetitive patterns, and activates multiple methods of perception, in real time. Post Hunt asks the viewer to explore the boundaries of their own vulnerabilities through engagement with these movements. She relies on the presumption that as humans, we have common shared experiences. Fixating on these moments of shared reality, together we explore the effects of being alive. Cynthia Post Hunt is a performance artist based in Northwest Arkansas. She has her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Post Hunt is the cofounder of Inverse Performance Art Festival which strives to foster local dialogue about performance art on an international scale and build a community of performance artist and supports. She is a recurring resident in Industry of the Ordinary’s Summer Residency Program.

About (APLAB):
ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB) is a transcontinental initiative launched by Hector Canonge in 2013. APLAB’s mission is to foster integration, exchange, dialogue, and collaboration among performance artists living and working in the Americas. Since its inception, APLAB has been a driving force for the creation of programs and projects in cooperation with local institutions and governments where projects are presented. APLAB has worked with artists and cultural organizations in Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and the United States. In 2016 APLAB created and organized a special program for theX Encuentro: XCENTRICO of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics with the cooperation of El Cubo, an artist-run cultural organization. Under the direction and curatorial lead of Hector Canonge, APLAB featured the work of artists from ten Latin American countries including the United States and Spain.

About (EZ):
Edge Zones (EZ) is an artist – run 501(c) (3) non-profit forum for contemporary art and cultural exchange, dedicated to the strengthening of the contemporary art environment in Miami. EZ seeks to provide opportunities and resources for under recognized artists making contemporary art accessible, engaging and to create a focal point for international research and awareness. We value the amazing diversity of creativity that artists provide and the importance of their activity in the social context of the city. Edge Zones has a 15-year history of supporting artistic practices in the public domain. EZ produces events located specifically and contextually in Miami and the Caribbean region through participatory processes. WithPerForMIA ‘17, EZ will seek to establish a new network of public engagement in Miami and Miami Beach.

About Hector Canonge:
Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, performance, and socially engaged art to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration.  Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes.  Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His installations, interactive platforms, and performance art work have been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge created, and organizes independently the annual Contemporary Performance Art Festival NYC, ITINERANT. He started projects such as ARTerial ​PERFORMANCE LAB (APLAB), a transcontinental initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe, NEXUSURNEXUS a virtual platform for Live Action Art, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. Canonge teaches Media Arts Communication, and directs projects, programs and initiatives from MODULO 715 his studio in Jackson Heights, Queens. In late 2015, launched TALKaCTIVE: Performance Art Conversation Series, and the new Performance Art initiative LiVEART.US hosted at the Queens Museum and at other local public institutions.


Photo: Elisa Osborne and Yidan Zeng.             

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