May 02, 2015

Conversations with the Roots: May 2015

                      

                                          


Thur. May 21 7:00pm
Fri. May 22 6:15pm
Sat. May 23 2:15pm
Sat. June 6 5:15pm
Sun. June 7 2:15pm


Cowell Theater Lobby

Using Beautiful Roots a social art piece created in San Francisco in 2014 with the French American International School community, Conversation with the Roots is a site-specific installation and experimental performance designed to engage public awareness in the complex discussions surrounding the diverse facets of the question of surveillance as expressed through the movement of the material and the performers.


The sculpture's system of tension will be responding to the surrounding energies through a game of construction and altered structure causing a new mode of seeing, generating new relations between individuals brought to intersect and interact and seeking to meditate on what defines information in the age of mass surveillance.

The Installation will span the lobby of the Cowell Theater, and remain in place during the entire festival. The performances will feature Florentina Mocanu, Amy Munz, Nathalie Brilliant, Val Sinckler, Tonyanna Borkovi and myself. Sound artist Derek Phillips will create the audio for the performances and film maker David Schendel will be creating a time-based video art studying the process of creation and interaction with the public.


Join us for the opening night on May the 21st at 7.00pm
The structure will assume different forms at each performance, and you are welcome to attend multiple experiences.

 

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April 13, 2015

Latifa Medjdoub: Sublimated Masks

 

EXHIBITION OPENING

Latifa Medjdoub: Sublimated Masks

April 16 - June 20, 2015

Opening Reception April 16, 2015

Museum of Performance + Design

893B Folsom Street, San Francisco

presented in partnership with Collected works

 

Latifa Medjdoub, The Envoy,  The Balcony (2015)- Performer Florentina Mocanu

 

(San Francisco) - The MUSEUM OF PERFORMANCE + DESIGN (MP+D) continues its exploration of the body in performance with Latifa Medjdoub: Sublimated Masks, an exhibition of costumes, fiber sculptures and prints by French artist LATIFA MEDJDOUB originally developed for the revival of Jean Genet's play The Balcony by COLLECTED WORKS(February 2015). The exhibition conveys the theatrical universe of Genet's landmark play as materialized through Medjdoub's elaborate designs and the theatrical vision Collected Works directors Michael Hunter and Jamie Lyons. The exhibition opens April 16, 2015 with a reception at 5:30pm, a performance at 8pm, and an artist talk at 8:45pm. The exhibition runs through June 20, 2015.


Genet's play tells the story of a revolutionary uprising in the streets of an unnamed city. Most of the action takes place in an elite brothel or "house of illusions," where clients act out their fantasies of institutional power. They play judges, bishops, and generals as their counterparts in the "real" world struggle to maintain their authority. By staging Genet's play inside the San Francisco Old Mint, Michael Allen Hunter and James Charles Lyons invoked the building's own identity as a stronghold of power through San Francisco's turbulent history, further blurring the line between reality and illusion.


With a complex layering of iconography and soft textures, Medjdoub's designs expose the dimensions of reality and illusion, and reveal Genet's concern with metatheatricality, role-playing, the glorification of the image and its reflection. Tending towards exaggeration, they represent an amalgam of internal desires and external realities, ultimately presenting the idea of the costume as a sublimation of character. The exhibition stages 45 pieces: costumes, fiber sculptures and prints by Medjdoub including the characters of the Queen, the Bishop, the General, the Judge, the Police Chief, St Theresa, the Horse, Rosine, the Thief, and the Envoy. A video footage by Jamie Lyons bring the remembrance of Collected Works' February performance and complete the installation.


Born in France, LATIFA MEDJDOUB has been living and working in San Francisco since 2000. Her work's most consistent theme is the mixing of genres, tools, and techniques, an approach perfectly suited to her continued exploration of the phenomenon of social mixing and hybridization that continually redefine global culture and communities. Trained at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et du Textile of Roubaix, France, Medjdoub collaborated with leading artists including Philippe Guillotel, Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle, Christian Lacroix, Gabriella Pescucci, Marina Draghici and directors Philippe Decouflé, Yves Angelo, Marcel Maréchal, Raul Ruiz, Chris Terrio. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Textile and Fine Arts, Roubaix France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; De Cordova Museum, MA; Santa Fe Art institute, NM; National Building Museum, DC. (latifamedjdoub.com).


COLLECTED WORKS was founded in 2012 by a group of directors, actors, and designers, most of whom met in the PhD program in Drama at Stanford, where they worked under the guidance of Carl Weber. Collected Works explores a collaborative model that coalesces classic texts, physical performance, and sound and design elements in unconventional spaces with the goal to inspire audiences to form personal relationships with the characters within the performance and the places in which they perform (www.collectedworks.org).


Founded in 1947,the  MUSEUM OF PERFORMANCE + DESIGN stands out as one of the largest archives on the performing arts in the nation. Its collection of 3.5M items holds a part of the rich history of performance and theater design in the West and a part of the unique history of the city of San Francisco. MP+D is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For further information on the collection, programs and exhibitions, visit  MP+D at www.mpdsf.org or call 415-255-4800.

 

Calendar listing:


Latifa Medjdoub: Sublimated Masks

Museum of Performance + Design

In partnership with Collected Works

April 16 - June 20, 2015

Gallery hours: Wed.-Sat., 12:30-5:30pm (Thur. Until7:30pm)


Opening Reception April 16, 2015

5:30pm exhibition opens

8:00pm Performance installation

8:45pm Artist Talk


Museum of Performance + Design

893B Folsom Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

1.415.255.4800

info@mpdsf.org

 

Media Contact:

Muriel Maffre