From: Tony Conrad (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Aug 27 2009 - 08:16:15 PDT
Wish I could be there!
Have a great show.........
On Thu 08/27/09 10:56 AM , Meredith Drum email suppressed sent:
> My trilogy of narrative cinema, The Double, The Formula and The
> Tower, will screen this coming wednesday night, September 2nd, at
> ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn. The screening will be followed by a
> slide lecture as performance by Alison Ward regarding her most recent
> spectacle / Punch and Judy battle on Coney Island, Beastly Beauty.
> More info about both below.
> When: Wednesday Sept. 2nd
> Start time: 8:00 p.m.
> Entrance: $10
> Where: ISSUE Project Room
> At the Old America Can Factory
> 232 3rd street, 3rd floor
> Brooklyn, NY 11215
> Link for directions and stuff:
> http://issueprojectroom.org/contact/ 
> Meredith Drum presents three low-ball sci-fi works of cinema that
> form a loose trilogy, “The Tower”, “The Formula” and “The
> Double”. The narratives combine elements from old stories of
> conflict between feminine and masculine and interior and exterior
> loss and fulfillment. All three were filmed in the same feral park
> and graced by actress Juliana Francis Kelly.
> Alison Ward explores the ideas and motivations behind her piece the
> Beastly Beauty in the form of a performance as slide lecture. She
> will re-envision her spectacular performance, an on-going farcical
> battle that most recently occurred on Coney Island’s beach and
> boardwalk in late August. The Punch and Judy battle between two
> characters embodying different elements of beauty and the grotesque
> features elaborate Baroque style costumes, one set adorned with pink
> ribbons and lace, the other with garbage bags and filth. Each are
> backed by six cheerleaders in armor, who taunt each other with chants
> that merge cheerleading rallies with traditional battle cries and King
> Kong-style beating of the chest. The battle is comical with each side
> flirting and fighting, hitting and kissing, much like two lovers in a
> fierce fight. The choreography combines wrestling moves with
> traditional dance and burlesque to create a spectacle that is
> simultaneously violent, sexual, and humorous. The idea behind The
> Beastly Beauty, is an effort to comment through use of physical humor
> and public performance, on the nature of violence, and to upend
> notions of traditional roles of the masculine and feminine.
> Artist Bios:
> Meredith Drum is a cinema artist who makes both experimental fiction
> and nonfiction as well as more conventional documentary. Her videos
> have recently shown at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Galapagos Art
> Space, Monkey Town, Fales Library and Archive at NYU and been
> published online on Good Magazine and the New York Times Tmagazine.
> Recent honors include a Flaherty Film Seminar fellowship, an
> Artists-in-the-Marketplace residency and an award from the
> Experimental Television Center. Also, she was named an “artist to
> watch” by art critic Ken Johnson in his New York Times review of
> the AIM 29 show. Of late she has worked with Patrick Bensard, the
> director of the Cinémathéque de la Danse in Paris, on a portrait of
> Lucinda Childs and with artist / choreographer Grisha Coleman on a
> piece about artists and health care for Levering Investments in
> Creativity (LINC).
> Alison Ward is an artist whose work incorporates performance, video
> and sculptural installation. She focuses on issues of identity
> interpreted through physical and slapstick humour. Exhibitions
> include Haven Arts, The Dumbo Arts Center, and the Bronx Museum as
> well as the CCCB Museum in Spain, RAW Space Gallery in Australia and
> Castlefield Gallery in England. She has done residencies at Raw Space
> in Australia, The Artist in the Marketplace Program, and the LMCC
> studio program. Currently she is an artist partner on board The
> Waterpod Project in New York City, and is an artist in resident in
> LMCC’s Swing Space Program.
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at .
>  http://issueprojectroom.org/contact/
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.