Animalia: stories of collapse, calamity and departure
Performance & Exhibit by C. Ryder Cooley & friends
RPI Arts Department, Troy NY.
PERFORMANCE: Sunday March 2, 2008 at 5pm in DCC Black
Box (rm. 174, basement). Gather in the West Hall
upper parking lot at 4:30 and you will be led to the
performance site. Reception in West Hall Gallery will
follow (rm 111).
Participants include: Todd Chandler, Michael Century &
Sarah Gonek. Performance is free. please bring food
or drinks for the reception if you wish.
EXHIBIT: Feb 25-March 2, West Hall Gallery (rm. 111)
To read about the performance, and an article from the front page of Metroland about Ryder Cooley,
M-F 9am-5pm. Reception March 2, 7-9 pm following
Exhibit includes photos & video documents by J. Craig
Thompkins, Leif Zurmuhlen, Colleen Cox, Gretchen
Hildebran & Branda Miller
If you would like to see this performance but can't come on March 2, please contact Ryder@..., there may be other viewing possibilities.
Animalia is a multi-media inter-species fairytale inspired by the performative behavior of animals and insects. Through aerial movement, projection and live music on singing saw, accordion & up secret bee societies and haunted circus scenes. Exploring metaphors of flight in violence & war, this gender bender narrative travels through a sequence of dystopic tableaux. When the performer falls under the spell of a deer, she at last escapes her humanity and becomes an antlered deer creature. Appropriating the masculine power symbol of the buck ârackâ and reinserting it onto a feminine character, the performance blurs the division between masculine/feminine identity and human/animal forms.For more information: www.carolynrydercooley.com