Octopus

 
The octopus has nine brains, one located in its head and eight in its arms. Every arm senses the surrounding world and thinks with autonomy, and yet, each arm is part of the animal. Using this decentralized nervous system as an inspiration for Performance Space New York’s curatorial practice, the Octopus series invites artists and guest curators to individually organize an evening-length program with several artists working in any number of disciplines. Octopus continues Performance Space’s legacy of artist-centric programming and creating space for the exploration of ideas free from expectations.

Octopus

 
The octopus has nine brains, one located in its head and eight in its arms. Every arm senses the surrounding world and thinks with autonomy, and yet, each arm is part of the animal. Using this decentralized nervous system as an inspiration for Performance Space New York’s curatorial practice, the Octopus series invites artists and guest curators to individually organize an evening-length program with several artists working in any number of disciplines. Octopus continues Performance Space’s legacy of artist-centric programming and creating space for the exploration of ideas free from expectations.

Octopus

 
The octopus has nine brains, one located in its head and eight in its arms. Every arm senses the surrounding world and thinks with autonomy, and yet, each arm is part of the animal. Using this decentralized nervous system as an inspiration for Performance Space New York’s curatorial practice, the Octopus series invites artists and guest curators to individually organize an evening-length program with several artists working in any number of disciplines. Octopus continues Performance Space’s legacy of artist-centric programming and creating space for the exploration of ideas free from expectations.
 
 

Octopus
4pm

Artists

Amelia Bande
Stephanie Acosta
Camille Hoffman

Octopus: Ephemeral Material
4pm

Artists

Senerio Baptiste
Jasmine Hearn
Stevie May
Alexandra Tatarsky

Statement

How do artists from different public spheres craft the fleeting communal magic of performance?  Fall 2019’s Octopus, organized by Larissa Velez-Jackson, gathers artists from her favorite scenes like comedy, queer street punk, nightlife/music, and embodied interdisciplinary practice to create a radically compassionate, honest, sonic space to be together and experience these artists’ Ephemeral Material.

Octopus: Mami Wata 
4pm

Live Performance
Justin Hicks
Jadele McPherson

 

Films
Black Star: Rebirth Is Necessary by Jenn Nkiru
Triangle Trade directed by Cauleen Smith
Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars directed by Charlotte Brathwaite

Octopus: Seent
4pm

Artists
Xander Gaines
Pauli Cakes
Keijaun Thomas
Lu Yim

Octopus: A Very Ethyl Eichelberger Evening
4pm

Artists
Velvet Crayon
Chris Harris / Chris of Hur
Kemar Jewel
Morgan Weidinger

Octopus: Inverted Jester
4pm

Artists
Sophia Cleary
Davon Rainey
Lorelei Ramirez
Cherry Iocovozzi and Silver Cousler

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