My Brain Gets Overwhelmed! a part of the Performance Heart at Grace Exhibition Space series. Curated by Matthew Silver
Courtney Leigh Novak
and Christen Clifford!!!
I experience life through emotion, I remember the past based on smell and the mood. Creating new moments consciously, constantly, while playing a synopsis of all that came before back silently for only my eyes, behind my eyes. I insist on connection and on commonality, I relinquish all roles I agreed to unconsciously in some other life I lived before I was the me I am now awake to be. I am noticing our differences & dancing with the devils within all of us. I am enjoying my human-form in all of it’s fallibility. I am on my way and I am here. I am en route to this primordial animal place where we all admit to our shit and our blood and our beauty and we are still as love.
Esther Neff is the founder and co-director of the Panoply Performance Laboratory (PPL), a space on 104 Meserole and a flexible collective organized with Brian McCorkle to make durational and collaborative performance art operas. Framing performance as acts of theorization, Esther’s performances realize social and relational structures, involve analogic use of found materials, and emphasize conflicts between the material body and its cognizing selfhood(s). She has most recently performed at Culture Fix, IV Soldiers Gallery, Fitness Center for Arts and Tactics, Gowanus Ballroom, and Glasshouse Gallery in NYC, in Chicago at Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery and MANA Contemporary. As a curator/organizer, her projects include PERFORMANCY FORUM platform for performance art, the LUMEN Festival on Staten Island, and the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival (BIPAF) currently in the works for July 2013.Panoply Performance Lab
Florence Nasar is an nyc-based choreographer/dancer/performance artist originally from the jersey shore. She studied dance and creative writing at Hunter College, where began creating and performing in multiple student and repertory works. She has recently collaborated with artists Fortune Chalme, Ariel Krupnik, Sandra Levykh and Marti Flicker. Currently, she is interested in exploring Judaism and Feminism through performance – taking movement from her cultural & religious upbringing and questioning ideas of ritual, invisibility, and space.
Christen Clifford has performed at Joe’s Pub, SoloNova, PS 122, HERE, Classic Stage Company, Irondale, cultureproject, and on The Moth mainstage. Her work has also been seen at Bushwick SITE fest, Grace Exhibition Space, Postmasters Gallery and the Itinerant Festival. She is a core member of the NO WAVE PERFORMANCE TASK FORCE. Her solo about maternal sexuality, ”BabyLove” premiered at the Mesto Zensk festival in Ljubljana and won Best of Fringe at The San Francisco Fringe Festival, and the Audience Award at the NYFF, and was named a Critic’s Pick by New York Magazine and Time Out. Her writing has appeared in Salon, Smith Magazine, the Huffington Post and Truthdig. She won a NYFA for Nonfiction writing, is a Visiting Professor of Performance Art at SUNY Purchase in Spring 2013, curates Experiments and Disorders at Dixon Place, was an interpreter in Tino Seghal’s This Progress at the Guggenheim and is the mother of Felix and Vera and partner to Ken.Christen Clifford