THE BUTTER BODY POLITIC (BBP) IS A POLITIC OF A SOCIAL BODY.
BUTTER BODY POLITIC was performed by Jessica Posner at Strange Loop Gallery at 27 Orchard St., NYC on January 30, 2014. The performance was approximately an hour long. Posner sees this performance as the first of many within the BUTTER BODY POLITIC: a platform for performance, feminism, research, sculpture, and more. It was featured by AM NEW YORK as one of the best free things to do in NYC that weekend.
Jessica Posner's performance at Strange Loop Gallery is an embodiment of the face of the Butter Body Politic: Butterface. Having always been told she was a pretty face, Butterface obfuscates her bounty as an act of resistance, refusal, and desire. She is a process-product; sculpture-sculptor. Buterface is neither object nor subject.
"This body is not subject to your power," she says.
Whisper Translation is a long distance, collaborative performance with Reena Katz. We created a sacred, vibrational space across geography and time through vocal improvisational exercises and mutually invented ritual. Katz performed from her bathroom in Toronto, Canada while Posner performed at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in New York City. Katz's voice was broadcast in the New York space over an amplifier via cell phone.
This performance was presented as a part of Question for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood (QRUB), a a multimedia exhibition and collaborative artistic and curatorial project by Lauren Denitzio, Isaac Richard Pool, and Jessica Posner. QRUB deploys radical and feminist tactics across history, mythology, representation, and presence.
Question for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood was on view from September 17 – October 6, 2012 at the Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons The New School for Design, 66 Fifth Avenue, New York.
Question for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood (QRUB) was a multimedia exhibition and collaborative artistic and curatorial project by Lauren Denitzio, Isaac Richard Pool, and Jessica Posner. It deployed radical and feminist tactics across history, mythology, representation, and presence.
Conceptually, it was an examination, and reinterpretation of the historical allegiances, and projected intentions of socially engaged art of the 1930s WPA Era. Responding to the contents of the New School’s Orozco Mural Room--the murals’ subjects, reception, and censorship-- the artists/curators channeled the performative potential of Orozco’s archive and mythology into a conversation about our present day needs. QRUB included a collectively rendered mural, two sculptures (a table and large yellow curtain), texts, and three weeks of public programming and performances. Denitzio, Sara Jimenez and Cupid Ojala organized the creation of a mural, which was continuously rendered throughout the course of the exhibition by current and recently graduated Parsons students. Pool and Posner conceived of and organized the sculptural, textual, and performance elements of the show. QRUB was on view at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons the New School for Design at 66 Fifth Avenue from September 17 through October 6, 2012.
For more information on QRUB, please visit: qrub.tumblr.com For more information on The New School’s Orozco Murals, please visit: http://www.newschool.edu/leadership/provost/artcollection/new-school-murals/.
BODY CLAMP is a performance proposal by New York based artists John Furer, Isaac Pool, and Jessica Posner. BODY CLAMP is a practice of fully contingent sculpture within an economy of means. Treading the border of “butch” and baroque, its participants build allegiances with materials through improvisational systems of measurement and security.
In short, we make table/platforms using only our bodies as clamps.
It’s kind of dangerous.
BODY CLAMP was born out of the Question for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood exhibition at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in the Fall of 2012. Our first project was the deconstruction of a table depicted in Jose Clemente Orozco’s Call for Revolution and Universal Brotherhood mural at The New School. In Jan of 2013, BODY CLAMP travelled to Katz’s Deli in Santa Monica, CA for a ten day, on-site project in which we designed, built, and performed on and with two triangular table/platforms. Performances included a critical brunch and SITE (Excerpt), performed by Pool and Posner.
SITE (Excerpt) is a reparative re-performance of Robert Morris's 1967 "SITE," in which Carolee Scheenman acted as a nude Olympia. Isaac Richard Pool and Jessica Posner switch positions and subjectivities between Morris and Schneeman. Lighting and sound provided by a car.
Performed at Katz's Deli in Santa Monica, CA.
Public reading of letters from my ex-husband, spliced with Luce Irrigaray's When our Lips Speak Together, on a bed.
Performed in NYC with David Geer, and in Los Angeles with Shalini Sanjay Patel. NYC Performance pictured.
Collaboration with Shalini Sanjay Patel.
Invitated to participate in You? I? That's still saying too much. Dividing too sharply between us: all., curated by Shalini Sanjay Patel and Scott Raby, at Bolsky Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA.