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No Humans Involved @ Witte de With Rotterdam May-August 2015









Shores of the Abyss 
The 6 single occupancy and 1 dual occupancy chambers exude a symphony as a living mix within the space. As one enters the chamber a distinct composition is emitted from each pentagonal structure. Once inside this private, sensory deprived space the body is immersed in physical vibrations and auditory tales through instrumentation and vocals. The wooden architecture evokes sacred geometric principles tapping into an ancient knowledge of shape, sound, body and spirit further propelling participants into a place on the edges of time, history and immateriality. 
Chambers: Dominika Ksel
Feet sculptures: Jasmine Murrell

Animas Hollywood Redux: Fears and Furies


A queer pyscho-drama illuminating the directorial fetishization of violence against women & misogyny in mainstream cinema's rape culture. Utilizing silent narrative, while referencing Boxing Helena, Deliverance, Irreversible as well as Polanski and Von Trier's countless films. The all-female cast and crew disrupt portrayals of mask-ulinity through a lens of obscenity, machismo, drag, BDSM, camp and the pastoral to create a disturbing commentary on the "entertainment" aka the 'entrainment' industry.

SHanTi SHAck SciENZ


What do you get when the largest organism on the planet meets the human machine but a synthesis so daring it dares to be consumed! Dive into a world where money has no bounds and longevity, beauty and health are the golden elixir sought by the wealthiest zillionaires abound. A performance based on human obsession, opulence and irrational desires of impossibility that only the elite few may have the privilege of attempting to attain. Enter the zone of a NEW AGE, found just around the corner in a ravishingly gentrified Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City, at large! A portal to the fountain of youth in the global catastrophe of consumer zeal!
Want the want be the future before the future devours you from the inside out!

Southern Strategies Video




Last summer I spent June and July in Georgia during which time the landmark decision was made by the supreme court in the case of Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby, granting "closely held for-profit corporations to be exempt from a law its owners religiously object to if there is a less restrictive means of furthering the law's interest. The Court's majority directly struck down the contraceptive mandate, a regulation adopted by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requiring employers to cover certain contraceptives for their female employees, by a 5-4 vote. The ruling could have widespread impact, allowing corporations to claim religious exemptions from federal laws." (Wiki) Put simply removing women's rights to equal healthcare.
As this case unfolded I began to investigate the dilapidated bigoted history of Georgia through it's monument Stone Mountain the "Confederate Mount Rushmore". Stone Mountain was stolen first by Spanish colonialists then by George Washington who forced the Creek people off of the land and later was purchased by the Venable Brothers who leased the face of the mountain to the Daughters of the Confederacy who had a bas relief carved of three Confederate leaders of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson. Next we have the revival of the Ku Klux Klan who on November 25th, 1915, included fifteen robed and hooded "charter members", met at Stone Mountain to create a new iteration of the Klan. This meeting coincided with the release of 'Birth of a Nation' which fueled the KKK's revival. Now in the current embodiment of Stone Mountain a 'family celebration of American Southern pride' takes place year round with propagandistic music and visuals perpetuating bigoted attitudes and allegiances while simultaneously blurring the historical realities of this space with that of a Disney-like ignorance. During the filming of the this video nearly 5,000 people were present with children waving flags in hand celebrating a convoluted history of slavery, murder and hate. Why this "monument" of such horror still stands is beyond me and how the Georgia government subsidizes it is even more mind blowing. The third history that is represented in this video is shot in Riceboro, Georgia during a Geechee Gullah revival. The Gullah/Geechee people are descendents of enslaved Africans from various ethnic groups of west and central Africa. Brought to the New World and forced to work on the plantations of coastal South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. The Gullah Geechee Ring Shouters are part of probably the oldest African American surviving performance tradition in the US. "This compelling fusion of counterclockwise dancelike movement, call-and-response singing, and percussion of hand clapping and a stick beating a drumlike rhythm on a wooden floor is clearly African in its origins and most salient features. The ring shout affirms oneness with the Spirit and ancestors as well as community cohesiveness. As the tradition developed in slavery times, strong elements of Christian belief were grafted onto it. The ring shout was first described in detail during the Civil War (1861-65) by outside observers in coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. Its practice continued in those areas well into the twentieth century, even as its influence was resounding in later forms like spiritual, jubilee, and gospel music, and elements of jazz. By the last quarter of the twentieth century, however, the ring shout itself was presumed to have died out until its rediscovery in 1980 in McIntosh County."( Art Rosenbaum, University of Georgia,
04/06/2005 ) Shouting was a way of keeping the passage of messages, memories and histories from times when the voices of people enslaved where not to be heard. During our time at the revival the people of the the Geechee Gullah generously shared a history both through performance and the museum dedicated to the ancestors who had fought to preserve the heritage they bring to us today. I created a sound mix in this video of both the Geechee Gullah and some snippets of live audio from Stone Mountain to contrast and subvert the history and people's the US government gives precedence. The Geechee Gullah deserve to be funded and memorialized for their rich, positive contribution to 'American Southern Hertitage' and in the same gesture the face of Stone Mountain should be erased and the ancestors of those who lost their lives at the hands of racism and slavery should replace those confederate fools. And finally footage from the Civil War reenactment of the 'Battle of Reseca'. Due to the lack of participation in 'playing' Yankee soldiers, a fee was charged to play Confederate soldiers. The number of Yankee's was still to small to recreate a battle so a rule was made that all soldiers must 'play' a northerner aka Yankee every other year, shedding light on a very terrifying mentality.

Interview with Fink and Theel Contemporary

3-D Rendering of one of my paintings --- preparing to enter landscapes into nether beyond

2014 the{fun}of it, be care full

I've been experimenting for many year's with the merger of video and paintings. Layering the two, embedding them like long lost lovers, refracting and reflecting, though never quite to satisfaction.  Now the journey takes a new turn as a way to enter this once physical space by virtual extension of the digital self, we are after all living as schizophrenics. The next logical step is to span our multidimensional selves into an immersive experience. Taking walks through the hills and textual colors to visit on the macro and the micro. Shifting continuously our perceptual possibilities and roles physically and neurologically as we play in these meta-realms of cognition and matter.

Temporary Agency - Takes a new journey into the wild blue Yonder!

                            To new beginnings, let the energies run high, deep and forever adventurous.
                            Thanks for all the wonderful support, creativity and community friends!

---I've been neglecting my post---here are some past performances/happenings


{High5}- Pre - Bloodflames @ Bizarre w/ WildTorus
SPECTRUM (NYC) - experimental sound night organized by Pas Musique aka Robert Pepper

BloodFlames {1st show} w/ WildTorus @ JACK

                                     
BloodFlames @ Temporary Agency - Nomadic Release

 BloodFlames starting the recording processssssssssssss <3 br="">
                                 
Also we kicked off the GAPAF(Great American Performance Art Festival)with WildTorus as part of the 48hour Shaman's Lodge. Playing 7 hours on Friday and 5 hours Saturday this was a test in endurance sound making. Hopefully I'll get some video from that shortly :)
   http://www.grace-exhibition-space.com/performance.php?event_id=489



Holotropik - 'Blessed Be'

Jade and I are in the process of finishing up our first album 'Blessed Be'. It should be entering ears canals a pulse away :)  Here's an updated link to our website check it out for more info on upcoming shows and some rough demos!

http://www.holotropik.net/


Yammertime - Magic and Forces filled the Air these Last Months - Links about our collectives happenings! HowDoYouSayYamInAfrican?

How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare - Pristine Gallerie - Monterrey, Mexico - Group Show

 

How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare


Curated by Raúl Zamudio
Monterrey, México. May 15, 2014
How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare is a group exhibition whose title cites Joseph Beuys’ watershed 1965 performance by the same name. Like Beuys’ performance in which he “explained” artworks to a dead hare in the gallery where he enacted his piece, the exhibition presents works that question the art object’s ontology and the politics of spectatorship via diverse media including photography, video, painting, sculpture, work-on-paper, installation, performance, and sound and olfactory works.

Dominika Ksel’s interactive Untitled (2012), for example, manifests in the interiority of the spectator. Similar to Lygia Clark’s Sensorial Mask (1967), which was worn over the spectator's head and blocked external perception in order to trigger self-awareness and reflection, Ksel’s piece is a kind of rave of the mind; for its optical and audio ecstasy of light and sound within the cranium proceeds from the inside to the outside rather than the other way around. Through this radical reconfiguration of art and its consumption, of object and subject, Ksel's work shares an affinity with what Antonin Artaud stated about his Theatre of Cruelty: “it is through the skin that metaphysics must be made to re-enter our minds.”

HiV @ Pioneer Works for the NY Theremin Society with LIVE SOUND!

This was really aurally wild 12 thereminists in single file in a massive reverberating hall, it truly sounded like a raging ghost orgy of the nether planes. I'll try and get some live footage up soon.

Live recording of the show thank you ClockTower Radio!
http://clocktower.org/drupal/play/11925/show/dorit-chrysler-the-new-york-theremin-society

We are in the second block 14:42--about 3 minutes in :)

Angel Favorite, Charlie Hobbs & Dominika Ksel

Photo by Amanda Pohan

Invisible Landscapes - Explorations in Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness




Above: Tuning Chamber - Bio-rhythmically retune the cacophony of the city in this oscillating pod. Using Ganzfeld sensory deprivation techniques and your voice to activate the body and interact with the reverberating frequencies. The dual chambers of your bodies cavity and that of the pod elicit a range of psycho-acoustic phenomena and vibratory healings.

Lighter Side of Darkness - The laser harp is an auditory zone of empowerment and an exploratorium of the invisible. Groups and individuals can use their bodies to interfere with light beams triggering a plethora of aural delights and interactivity.

Myth of Eternal Return, Returned - Is an interactive space where our nostalgic desires to return to the mythical time are juxtaposed by our current relationship as nature's domesticator, implicating ourselves in the matrix of commerce and mythology.

Meditation of Luck - A cast of a found mummified Zambian frog that works as a sound device. The frogs create resonant harmonics that chime luck into the participants ears.

Honey Bee Mural @ Bob and Rita's (the beekeepers B&D Apiary) - Jeffersonville, NY




Salpy Semerdjian and myself were so close to finishing this mural but you can't beat mother nature and the cold sprung up quickly in the lower Catskills. The finale shall be completed this spring and if its up to Rita the center should have a flying saucer moving into the horizon ;)

HiV (pronounced High Five) @ Bizarre Bar w/ WildTorUs




Pictured above : Angel Favorite, Charlie Hobbs, Dominika Ksel, Mike Vladi Vostok
Live soundzzzz & PerFormAnce - https://vimeo.com/89618517

Sound Coffin @ SILENT BARN w/ WildTorUS & friends - $acRED__sens-o-RE@L ::: SØLid S†å†∑ În†ELL¡genç∑



Sound Coffin is an immersive sensorial transformation. Here the participant enters the light proof coffin  and begins a journey into the depths of ego and death. Low frequency droning sound waves cascade through the body propelling the self out of the physical and into the infinite space of the etheric plane, connecting you with the unseen forces of life.

http://rhizome.org/discuss/view/208402/
Nice article about the show!

Photos by Stefan Frederic Walz


Govenors Island Art Fair - Performance Lab - w/ WiLdTorUs and many more!










Things got too wild for the fair and our power was cut off by the organizers. Apparently the performance was just too much to handle. Does sound and performance have a room in the house of art? Or are they the mistreated stepchildren searching for some loving arms! Above: Geraldo, Dominika, Charlie & Angel
Photos Salpy Semerdjian

https://vimeo.com/74076905
https://vimeo.com/74410096