September 11, 2015

Ephemeropteræ 8: Emily Roysdon feat. Morgan Bassichis


TBA21 Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, A-1020 Vienna

Emily Roysdon is engaged in a series of live events that jump out from her text Uncounted. Over the past few months collaborators have included Gregg Bordowitz, Sharon Hayes, JD Samson, Nick Hallett, Malin Arnell, MPA, Katinka Marac, Rory Pilgrim, and Frederique Bergholtz. For this event she has invited Morgan Bassichis to join her. UNCOUNTED (performance 5) deals with fabrication of time “beyond the will to measure” (to quote one of the roots of Emilys text—Gertrude Stein). Roysdon meditates over movements and images, shapes (triangles and waves) and different modes of its performativity. Roysdon asks around: “What is time if not activism?”

UNCOUNTED (performance 5) is linked to Roysdons Wiener Secession exhibition Comedy of Margin Theatre (opening September 10) and will make use of the costumes on display there.

A joint event of TBA21 and Secession

Emily Roysdon is a New York and Stockholm-based artist and writer. Her working method is interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of performance, photographic installations, print making, text, video, curating and collaborating. Roysdon developed the concept “ecstatic resistance” to talk about the impossible and imaginary in politics. The concept debuted with simultaneous shows at Grand Arts in Kansas City, and X Initiative in New York. She is editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Her many collaborations include costume design for choreographers Levi Gonzalez, Vannesa Anspaugh and Faye Driscoll, as well as lyric writing for The Knife, and Brooklyn based JD Samson & MEN.
Recent solo projects include commissions from Tate Modern, London; Secession, Vienna; PARTICIPANT, INC (NY); If I Can’t Dance, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Kitchen (NY)…. Roysdon’s work has been exhibited at the MOMA and MoMA PS1 (NY); The Whitney Museum (NY); Moderna Museet (Malmö); Sydney Biennale; New Museum (NY); ICA (Boston); Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; Power Plant, Toronto; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. In 2012 Roysdon was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize, exhibiting in Kiev and the Venice Biennale.

Morgan Bassichis is a writer and performer living in New York. Morgan has performed at Artists Space, Dixon Place, La MaMa E.TC., PARTICIPANT INC, Recess, the Shandaken Project, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Morgan’s plays include When the Baba Yaga Eats You Alive and The Witch House. Morgan’s essays have appeared in the Radical History Review, Captive Genders, and other edited volumes. Morgan is a 2014-2015 Queer/Art/Mentorship fellow and a 2015 Process Space Artist with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.