Sound + Vision Artist In Residence: My Barbarian

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My Barbarian will be in residence April 4th - April 9th, 2016, with multiple free and open to the public events taking place during that time. Stay tuned for specific event details.

The artist collective My Barbarian will be in residence at the Visual Arts Center at UT Austin April 4–9, 2016, where they will employ the pedagogical model and (self-consciously) codified technique that they developed in 2008 called the Post-Living Ante-Action Theater or PoLAAT. This five-stage technique—consisting of Estrangement, Indistinction, Suspension of Beliefs, Mandate to Participate, Inspirational Critique—incorporates song, dance, levitation, trust circles, masks, signs and other elements to playfully reenact serious artistic, political, social and historical situations. Taking place over several days, students and members of the Austin community will be invited to participate in a PoLAAT workshop led by the three members of My Barbarian and in the rare opportunity to encounter group-building, cultural exchange and political critique through imaginative reenactment.

My Barbarian’s residency will occur in tandem and in collaboration with Pastelegram and their fall 2015 publication of a manual and sourcebook for PoLAAT. Pastelegram’s manual, “The Audience is Always Right,” will cover exercises developed by My Barbarian for each stage and include documents, source materials and later reflections from participants in earlier PoLAAT workshops, which have occurred with varied groups across several countries. The publication will help others adapt the PoLAAT technique for their own purposes and will be a central tool to the VAC workshop edition, as well as the first opportunity that My Barbarian will use it as a launching off point for their gatherings.

Support for My Barbarian’s residency comes from the Ford Foundation, The John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, Pastelegram, Church of the Friendly Ghost, Fusebox Festival, Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, through the O'Donnell Fund, and the Fine Arts Diversity Committee.

About My Barbarian:

My Barbarian is a collective consisting of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade, founded in Los Angeles in 2000. My Barbarian's performance, video, music and installation projects use fantasy, humor, camp and clashing aesthetic sensibilities to playfully reenact serious artistic, political, social and historical situations. The trio has performed and exhibited at venues such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hammer Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and LAXART in Los Angeles, California; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum and Studio Museum in New York; and at numerous venues internationally including: The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Galleria Civica, Trento, Italy; and Townhouse Gallery in Cairo, Egypt.
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