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February 21, 2016 8:00 pm
Sophia Cleary + Bradford Nordeen assemble a coterie of luminary queers for this one-off night of dance, drama and dissonance. Rending pop from its staid axis with underground sounds and outré styles, Queer Pop brings together an international roster of musicians and performers:
Macy Rodman (NYC)
Xina Xurner (LA)
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Macy Rodman is a NYC based recording artist and producer whose debut EP “HELP” was released in February 2016. Macy’s work contains elements of Pop, Punk, and Dance/Electronic music and deals with such topics as nightlife, misandry, and her trans experience. In 2015, Macy released “Lazy Girl” as the first single from “HELP” along with a video directed by Josef Kraska featuring an all trans and gender non-conforming cast. Lazy Girl has been featured in Vice, Original Plumbing and Bullet Media and was featured in a spread for ArtForum Magazine in which avant garde pop producer Sophie named Macy as one of his favorites acts of 2015. Rodman got her start as producer and curator of the notorious queer performance party “BathSalts”, and frequently collaborates with performance artists and musicians like QT, Colin Self, Jake Dibeler, JX Cannon, and Cecilia Corrigan.
Xina Xurner is a music and performance collaboration between LA-based artists Marvin Astorga and Young Joon Kwak. Xina Xurner melds together a variety of musical genres (including industrial, happy hardcore, punk, house, noise), to create sadical and exuberant diva-dance anthems driven by sweat, sex, death, and transformation. Their performances seek to embody a unique form of drag terrorism that brings together Queer People of Color communities, while expanding the limits of understanding queer bodies beyond the fixed terms of gender and sexuality. Xina Xurner regularly performs at a wide variety of spaces throughout LA, including live music venues such as The Smell and Pehrspace, Queer parties such as Coolworld and Mustache Mondays, and art spaces and museums such as the Hammer Museum, Night Gallery, and LACE. Xina Xurner will make you sweat.
Mathias Ringgenberg (born 1986 in Zurich) finished 2015 the master theater & performing arts at the College of the arts Bern in Switzerland. In his current performative works called, “Can not say much about anything that’s new” and the associated debut album “Greatest Hits” or its video performances “A: I am impressed B: Well – I am in love” or “Home is a place we all have to find”, Mathias developed the fictional character PRICE. In this project, he investigated mechanisms of mainstream pop while attempting the potential of musical and performative formats to explore. The forms of his work are mutating through their showrooms or clubs and can be experienced always differently. His works are musical and performative situations which deal with the topics of ‘love’, ‘faith’, ‘desire’ and ‘sex’. He uses the language of pop culture, which embodies the language of folk culture, the masses, society and globalisation. This aesthetic he brings in connection with sociological issues such as the issue of transparency society of self-expression urge, the language as the house of being and how PRICE would say his homeless Generation Y.
Called an “interdisciplinary gospel immortalist” by Kembra Pfahler of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Tyler Matthew Oyer is an artist, writer, and organizer based in Los Angeles. He has presented work at MoMA PS1, REDCAT, dOCUMENTA (13), Hammer Museum, Kunstnernes Hus Oslo, Art Basel Miami Beach, Bergen Kunstall, Rogaland Kunstsenter, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, High Desert Test Sites, Highways Performance Space, Human Resources LA and the Orange County Museum of Art. He has written works of performance including GONE FOR GOLD, Shimmy Shake Earthquake, and 100 Years of Noise: Beyoncé is ready to receive you now. Oyer is represented by Cirrus Gallery and his work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY). Oyer is the founder of tir journal, an online platform for queer, feminist, and underrepresented voices. He received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2012. He is currently working on his first movie, Conquest of the Universe or When Queens Collide. TMOSTUDIO.COM