Exhibition Screening Performance

Dec 2019 Slipping Into Darkness Day + Night+ .bury.me.fiercely. PERFORMANCE SPACE NY

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Day: Durational Performance 12-4pm

Night: ONE-TO-ONE 4:30p-2am


This project will be accompanied by .bury.me.fiercely.—a 35-minute special late night performance on Dec 12th at 10pm by Julie Tolentino and Stosh Fila. 


 

As a week-long performance-installation, Tolentino’s new durational work, Slipping Into Darkness, plays out in both the Day and the Night. In the daylight of the winter sun, movers breathe, labor, and shift while sheathed under the cover of a thick “horizon” made from leather, scented oils, reflective surfaces, and dense sound. In the evening, participants join in an intimate one-to-one exchange immersed in a dark pool of mineral water. Working with and below these evocative opaque surfaces, Tolentino reaches for the sensual, the subjective excess of each encounter. Loss tenders refuge. Space and time open to the accounts of Others—the imprecisely labeled, unseen, or overlooked—and the inspiring visionaries who thrive as not-of-this-world future-makers. Tolentino tunes us into spaces that generously blur yet ignite our shadowy interiors and fugitive poetics with time’s future-past to float with that which falls in and out of grasp.


Collaborators include Robert Crouch, Aldo Hernandez

Performers: Anna Marischello, Ariel Osterweis, Echo, Charlie Mai, Stosh Fila, Julie Tolentino


Commissioned by Performance Space New York


https://performancespacenewyork.org/shows/slipping-into-darkness-page/
 

 

Sept -Nov 2019 REPEATER Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA

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includes 108 Hours of Performance

108 cuttings


September 21st–November 2nd, 2019


Commonwealth and Council presents REPEATER, Julie Tolentino’s immersive installation incorporating sculpture, video, and 108 hours of performance in a kaleidoscopic vision of queer longevity—a life of shards, composed by loss and continually makeshift.

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A dark room, punctuated by low, shifting lights is rigged to diminish the appearance of tiny actions—which escape illumination, withdraw, slip away. More time, more reflection. This makes more room: for artifice, penetration, and sensuous breaks. For the queer commons, its histories, and its posterity. Room also to mingle and be haunted, as well as moved. To lose one’s object, amid objects in the room: wire frame cubes dangle from the ceiling or graze the floor; boxes covered in aged mirrors generate an evolving landscape of angled reflections, deflected in fragments. Together with the lights, they situate workspaces in partial, fleeting glimmers that defy capture.

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REPEATER harbors deep, distant "insides" behind a reflective facade, meanwhile trailing the choppy residues of recurring disruptions. There is no “outward” performance. Tolentino’s micro-actions produce tremors that keep the room changing, moving, shifting, reconfiguring. Disguised as trivial durational placeholder or a dreamer’s haptic escape, these deep dives accelerate the quotidian through inquiries of inner logic, making and remaking temporary structures—bodies, constructions, fabulations, queer habitats: sparse yet generous worlds, demolished before they can fully emerge. 

Six-hour object-driven meditations tune a sense of time tendered in swings, shakes, and shudders, dragging and reallocating the ever-changing shadows toward illegibility. The concurrent collections of 108 objects—razors from Tolentino's hourly cutting, slides sampling the blood, raw prints from motion-activated night vision cameras preserved in glass—catalog the work of time: an unmappable territory that is the province of desire, its accumulated images and objects marking time spent unfolding, not becoming.

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Three figures animate REPEATER: Mr. Exhibit A, The Red Void, and The Shiny Dark Figure, each comprising a distinct attitude that is ever present, even if unseen.   

Mr. Exhibit A (named after Tolentino's 1998 performance piece) strives to keep the room and all its elements in flux, varying the speed and degree of changes. Polyamorous by nature, Mr. Exhibit A and The Red Void both resist any single configuration or action. Not that one. Wrong body. Too certain. Rephrase. Do over. Refract. More this. More them. Turning away, misread, failing, falling out. Into: The dark. The night. The party. Sex. The club. The void. Still teachers, these crevices. Still places of change.

In contrast, The Shiny Dark Figure references the aging body, moving at a slower pace within a reflective black "void" that conceals the body while letting parts occasionally slip out into view through various holes. (A video of the artist performing inside another kind of void on Fire Island plays once per hour.) Against neoliberal conceptions of wellness, whiteness, and wholeness, The Shiny Dark Figure is marked, wanting, and wrong: aging, brown, queer, decaying, disabled, and haunted by its growing ledger of ghosts. A body that doesn't recover but unfolds.

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REPEATER concerns both presence and loss, resistance and grief, and insular processes continually unravelling their apparent conceits. Not just taking time, taking it back: from that universalizing progressive whiteness that only subsumes difference under paper promises of improvement, voiding the other body. Seen or unseen, legible or not, Tolentino's performances reopen disappeared spaces for disappeared bodies to get a foothold, wander, and change—regaining other time through her and our interloping interventions among dissembling surfaces.

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Sounds heard during REPEATER are collected and developed in collaboration with Robert Crouch. The artist also acknowledges the sustained collaboration and artistry of Pigpen/Stosh Fila, whose touch is deeply felt throughout this work.

2’ x 2’ cube, in memory of this year of flight: RS, DC, DH, RZ, Stanley Love, and Alessandro Codagnone.


http://commonwealthandcouncil.com/exhibitions/repeater/press

May-June 2019 The "O" Project for N, S, G

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Always, Already, Haunting, "Disss-co," Haunt, The Kitchen, NY


Opening Reception: Friday, May 24, 5–8 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11–6 pm


To haunt means to linger past a welcome or to be persistently or disturbingly present. As a noun, a haunt refers to the figure of the ghost—a spectral form that comes from the past to speak to the present about the future—as well as to an oft-frequented locale, the local haunt. Against a backdrop of cultural institutions that are more and more eager to “represent” certain types of “fugitive” bodies, the exhibition understands haunting as a kind of representational illogic. Through a focus on collective memory, and alternative archival practices, Always, Already, Haunting, "disss-co," Haunt lingers alongside those events or bodies who continue to demand attention, foregrounding the inevitability of returns and the necessity of redress.

The exhibition features works by Julie Dash, Minnie Evans, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Green-Wood cemetery, shawné michaelain holloway, Asif Mian, Guadalupe Rosales, Julie Tolentino, Mariana Valencia, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

Curated by Nia Nottage, Gwyneth Shanks, and Simon Wu, the 2018–19 Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney's Independent Study Program (ISP).

Sept 2019 : "soft as a lion, wet as the night" in SOFT & WET, EFA, NY NY

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Curated by Sadia Shirazi


EFA Project Space presents Soft and Wet, curated by Sadia Shirazi. The exhibition features works by Arooj Aftab, Beverly Buchanan, Crystal Z Campbell, Caroline Key, Ana Mendieta, Andy Robert, Julie Tolentino, Zarina, and Constantina Zavitsanos.

The exhibition cites Prince’s 1978 single, “Soft and Wet” and Dialectics of Isolation: An Exhibition of Third World Women Artists of the United States, which was co-curated by Ana Mendieta, Kazuko Miyamoto, and Zarina at A.I.R. Gallery in 1980. These citations serve as reference points to help us locate fleshy, formalist impulses in the practices of contemporary artists that echo those of artists from the 1970s. Working through sound, vision, vibration, touch, and breath, the artists in Soft and Wet activate multi-sensory responses that move beyond the linguistic registers of a singular voice and questions of individuated agency dominating discourses of representational art. The artists turn their formalism towards questions of flesh, fugitivity, and consent in relation to the nation-state, neoliberal capitalism, and the medical-industrial complex, while stretching formalism beyond the assumption of hegemonic subjects as the sole inheritors of its legacy. The works in this show are experiments in, and explorations of, what it means “to consent not to be a single being” as Édouard Glissant writes. The artists in Soft and Wet think with and through one another, invoking the artist whose song gives the exhibition its title, to feel out the contours of other ways of being in relation. They join him in saying—We’d be so lost, in our mouths, the best, I feel it everyday (every way).

Sept 2019: PHOBIAS inTaboo Show at Vinyl-on-Vinyl, Makati Philippines

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Curated by Ling Quisimbing


Group show

July 2019: HARVEY in Altered After/Visual AIDS at ARTICIPANT, INC., New York, NY

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Curated by Conrad Ventur

Considering themes of time, caregiving, and transformation, Altered After presents artworks that incorporate archives, archaeology, salvaged objects, material migrations, inherited knowledge and bequests in response to HIV/AIDS. For these artists, stewarding material remnants and activating new meaning from them is a form of care and also a call to bring new engagement and life to what has been lost and left behind. Their practices build bonds of kinship and give form to legacies and personal histories. The artists in Altered After are field guides reporting between worlds through paint, movement, video and film, light and chemistry, plants, everyday materials, thread, stone, pebbles, and clay.

June 7 History of Violence, SOMARTS SF, CA

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Curated by Rudy Lemcke 


Includes artworks by queer artists: Bren Ahearn Cassils Jaime Cortez Jamee Crusan Arthur Dong Jason Hanasik Jamil Hellu Angela Hennessy Xandra Ibarra Kadet Kuhne Việt Lê Tim Roseborough, David Wojnarowicz and Julie Tolentino and Stosh Fila  (Honey, 2013) 

 
 

http://www.somarts.org/qcchistoryofviolence/

May 24 En Cuatro Patas, The BROAD LA, CA

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Curated by Nao Bustamente & Xandra Ibarra. 


Performance in the galleries + Video in Oculus Hall--> Luciana Achugar, Amapola Prada, Carmina Escobar, Minaya, Xandra + Rob Fatal, Mickey Negro, Abigail Severance + Julie Tolentino's evidence, 2014 



BROAD: https://www.thebroad.org/programs/en-cuatro-patas-feminist-latinx-performance-and-video

 
 

HYPERALLERGIC: https://hyperallergic.com/443919/en-cuatro-patas-the-broad/

Events.Appearances.Teaching.Writing.Talking

06/01/2020

THERE IS A BOUNTY IN WHAT IS LOST Essay with Sadia Shirazi: Movement Research Journal

Publication - 2020

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06/01/2020

THERE IS A BOUNTY IN WHAT IS LOST Essay with Sadia Shirazi: Movement Research Journal

upcoming Spring - Summer 2020

Publication - 2020

06/21/2019

CLIT CLUB in NYC on JUNE 21

9pm - Late

Performance Spacec New York, NY

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06/21/2019

CLIT CLUB in NYC on JUNE 21

Performance Space NY with CLIT CLUB Guest DJs Aldo Hernadez, Toni C, DM Machuca, guest Oscar Nn from PAPI JUICE and more!

9pm - Late

Performance Spacec New York, NY

06/21/2019

Book Launch Visual AIDS Book: Duets with Kia Labeija Spring 2019

7pm - 9pm

Performance Space New York, NY

Event Details

06/21/2019

Book Launch Visual AIDS Book: Duets with Kia Labeija Spring 2019

June 21, 2019-public talk with Lia Gangitano, Kia Labeija, Julie Tolentino with Vivian Crockett, moderator

+David  Velasco, foreword
+Lia...

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7pm - 9pm

Performance Space New York, NY

06/11/2019

Mt Tremper Arts Residency with hosts Tara Willis and Jaime Shearn Coan

June 11 - June 16

Mount Tremper Arts, Woodstock, NY

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06/11/2019

Mt Tremper Arts Residency with hosts Tara Willis and Jaime Shearn Coan

Week-long movement and writing residency and collectively devised performance and publication - June 16 with Jaimie Shearn Coan, David Thoms...

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June 11 - June 16

Mount Tremper Arts, Woodstock, NY

06/24/2019

Whitney ISP @ The Kitchen

5pm - 8pm

The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, NYC

Event Details

06/24/2019

Whitney ISP @ The Kitchen

 https://whitney.org/events/isp-2019-opening-reception


Always, Already, Haunting, "disss-co," Haunt

Join the Whitney's Independent Study Progr...

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5pm - 8pm

The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, NYC

More Events

Appearances

July BOFFO Fire Island Residency

May 27 - September 23, 2018 marks the seventh season of the BOFFO Residency.  We are thrilled to hav

May 27 - September 23, 2018 marks the seventh season of the BOFFO Residency.    Nominated and selected by our past Fire Island artists from over 150 considerations, Kia LaBeija, Brontez Purnell, House of LaDosha, Julie Tolentino, Meriem Bennani, Torkwase Dyson, Lyle Ashton Harris, and Guadalupe Rosales will bring an exciting array of artistic practices to Fire Island.

Visual Arts and the AIDS Epidemic Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art

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99 Gansevoort St, New York City

When:  Friday, July 13, 2018


https://www.aaa.si.edu/symposia/visual-arts-and-the-aids-epidemic

<See full schedule at link>

3:30–4:15 p.m. (45 minutes)

Panel III Alex Fialho

Race, gender, and protest: lessons from AIDS activism
Collective political action groups. Confronting oppressions, social activism, and inventing new ways of protest. Activism then and now.  A “how-to” for activism today.

  • Robert Vázquez-Pacheco    
  • Joy Episalla
  • Carrie Yamaoka
  • Julie Tolentino

The symposium, free and open to the public.  It will also be live-streamed.  




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