RUBBERTIME is a movement work that attempts slowness and remembers the natural – through that reorienting/disorienting the body. It is based on a phrase Indonesians use to describe their sense of time: malleable, stretchable, adaptable. I investigate what ‘rubbertime’ means to me personally – an Indonesian who never grew up there. And how my socialized body both craves and cannot comprehend ‘rubbertime’ – a lifestyle that thwarts Western industrialization and colonization.
Moving images of the natural world and rural landscapes set the rhythm in RUBBERTIME. And improvised choreography excavates the pre-colonized and unassimilable from my body, rediscovering what is erased by colonial frameworks of time, individualism, and importance. Spoken text lays bare the dissonance of being a New Yorker periodically plopped into rural landscapes. How to sit still in the seemingly peaceful setting of an upstate residency, heavy with mourning in the days following Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s murders? What turbulence emerges when the eyes and spirit calibrate to be able to see the chaos, violence, and wild of the natural world?
Friday, February 24th, 2017 at 6pm | Norris Cinema Theater | 850 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90089
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I will perform UNTITLED (BALINESE DANCE STUDY) at the Mixed Roots Stories program, the opening event for the Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at the University of Southern California. The program includes artists from around the country: Robert Farid Karimi, Lisa Marie Rollins, Fred Sasaki, Carly Bates, and Crystal Shaniece Roman.
Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 4:30-6pm | University of Southern California Ronald Tutor Campus Center | 3607 Trousdale Pkwy, Room TCC 227, Los Angeles, 90089
During the conference, I will give a talk on my work at the panel, “Beyond Binaries: Contemporary Mixed, Queer, Trans, Asian Diasporic Art.” I’m looking forward to being on this panel alongside artists Genevieve Erin O’Brien and Laura Kina. More about the CMRS conference & registration.
I’m a queer and transgender artist from New York City, Indonesia, and Canada. I work across disciplines, making performances, theater, videos, and audience-interactive installations that explore political experiences, notions of belonging and “homeland,” and liminal embodiments. My work often speaks from mixed-race, multi-national, queer, and trans perspectives.
I’ve shown my work at galleries and theater venues including Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Bowery Poetry Club, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx River Art Center Gallery, Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Chashama 540, Dixon Place, La MaMa E.T.C., Grace Exhibition Space, Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, Rats 9 Gallery, SOMArts, the Wild Project, and Winslow Garage. My videos have screened at film festivals in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Montréal, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Zurich, and Jakarta.
An important part of my practice is working in community. As such, I’ve performed for Lawrence Weiner, Mariangela Lopez/Accidental Movement, Ximena Garnica, Vanessa Anspaugh, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, devynn emory, and J. Dellecave. I’ve collaborated with MIX Queer Experimental Film Festival, Helix Queer Performance Network + Brooklyn Arts Exchange, FIERCE, Theater Transgression, Into the Neon, and New Children/New York.
>> For more background, read my artist statement or my artist CV.