Curated by Claudia Huiza/ Rochambeau: A Durational Performance Proposal for tiger Strikes Asteroid Satellite Fair, Dec 2017, Miami, FL
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 Curated by Claudia Huiza/ Rochambeau: A Durational Performance Proposal for tiger Strikes Asteroid Satellite Fair, Dec 2017, Miami, FL  Curated by Claudia Huiza/ Rochambeau: A Durational Performance Proposal for tiger Strikes Asteroid Satellite Fair, Dec 2017, Miami, FL  Curated by Claudia Huiza/ Rochambeau: A Durational Performance Proposal for tiger Strikes Asteroid Satellite Fair, Dec 2017, Miami, FL  Curated by Claudia Huiza/ Rochambeau: A Durational Performance Proposal for tiger Strikes Asteroid Satellite Fair, Dec 2017, Miami, FL  Curated by Claudia Huiza/ Rochambeau: A Durational Performance Proposal for tiger Strikes Asteroid Satellite Fair, Dec 2017, Miami, FL  Curated by Claudia Huiza/ Rochambeau: A Durational Performance Proposal for tiger Strikes Asteroid Satellite Fair, Dec 2017, Miami, FL
 Curated by Claudia Huiza/ Rochambeau: A Durational Performance Proposal for tiger Strikes Asteroid Satellite Fair, Dec 2017, Miami, FL

Rochambeau:  A Durational Performance Proposal for tiger Strikes Asteroid Satellite Fair, Dec 2017, Miami, FL
Curated by:  Claudia Huiza
Contact:  Claudia Huiza at chuiza@hotmail.com and cell: 213-842-2911
Artists: Claudia Huiza, Kim Ye, Martin Durazo, Lindsey Nobel, Megan Geckler and invited artists.

Rochambeau is the name of a commonly played game in Northern California, also referred to as the game Rock, Paper, Scissors, which was first popularized in the book The Handbook for Recreation Leaders, published in Oakland, CA, in 1936.  There is no historical evidence that this game was ever connected with the revolutionary period of US history, or its namesake, the French nobleman, Comte de Rochambeau, who fought against the British during the Revolutionary war, and gets mentioned in the hit Hamilton. What we know today is that his name served as a codeword at the battle of Yorktown, where he commanded the French troops.  The word also stands for who will take the first hit, who will lead the charge.

For this performance in three acts, the artists will play the rock, paper, scissors game to decide which will be the protagonist of the first act, and will engage with, and intervene upon, as well as utilize in their own art making, the provided materials which will include various large blocks of ice that will be placed one upon the other in succession by hired workers whose job it will be throughout the first few hours of the show, Thursday December 7, 10am-2pm to build the wall of ice, and leave it there until it melts in the Miami heat and outdoors. As the evening approaches, and depending on the artist’s desire to include it, blocks of dry ice will be interspersed into this growing wall of ice, which will then begin to “fog” up the air around the wall, and the artists will have tools at their disposal to write, carve, “decorate” and engage with this growing wall.The wall will be endlessly built to the backdrop tune of Led Zeppelin’s “When the Levies Break” and other appropriate songs.   
Act 2: Two artists play the game to decide who will next join the fun; once it is decided, the first artist will be joined by artist number two, and the two artists will “collaborate” on “watercolor” paintings and other work created with some of the “run-off” water and also will create other types of works that will then be offered in the booth for sale during the fair.

As the ice continues to melt, the artists will collect the runoff water and among other things, may proceed to bottle it as an item to be blessed, to give away/sell/trade it as an item of value, which water is largely becoming in our world today, and as a testament to the fact that no matter how much a government, a people or a community attempts to build walls, ALL kinds of walls, just like any other structure built by mortal humankind, they will always come down, they will erode, they will melt, they will not last. The invited artists and the featured artists will continue this rotation until the sun goes down and into the evening and night.

As the sun goes down, laser and disco lights will be shot through the never-ending wall of ice and the performers, and will take on a surreal glow, in a nod to “northern lights” effects. The artists will continue to build up, create, perform, harking to the never-ending need and desire of an artist to keep creating even in the most dire and dark and desolate circumstances.
For Act 3, the third artist will join the group, and a new collaborative performance will start, and new works will be produced, etc.  until a culminating action is reached, and they will then break up the group by playing rock, paper, scissors again, and thus deciding who will be the first to exit.  Two artists will be left, collaborating on yet another level of the act, and in time, the last two artists will play the last round of Rochambeau and one shall exit the performance in order to leave the last one to conduct the final act.  The last artist will end the performance by dismantling all that is left of the now almost melted down wall, and will complete the cycle with a single solo act.

This performance aims to call attention to the senselessness of the Stupid in Chief’s call for a border wall, and seeks to make a bold statement about how big, cold, border walls of ice will never last.  We hope that the performance can last the three core days of the fairs in Miami, but we are open to modifications in location and durational time in order to not take the spotlight from other performances, and we appreciate your consideration.
 
About the curator:  Claudia Huiza is a native of El Salvador and an LA-based artist, educator, writer, activist and insurgente who for over 25 years has helped launch many initiatives for positive social change.  She has produced and organized a variety of trans-cultural collaborations among diverse communities throughout the US and internationally. She has received many grants including the Stuart Foundations’ grant to travel to the NGO forum of the 4th world conf. on the Status of Women in Beijing, China.  She is the San Diego Citizen’s alliance May Day Humanity Award Recipient, among other awards.  In 2008 she produced in alliance with Colectivo Media Insurgente, the documentary video Producing Just Garments, on the plight of the women of the maquiladora workers of El Salvador, which won high honors at the 2008 Artivist Film Festival in Hollywood, CA.  From 2005-2008 she produced 257 radio shows for Labor Review, focusing on the intersectionality of art and cultural/political work and on issues of art as labor. Most recently she curated shows in satellite fairs during ArtBo in Bogota Colombia and co-produced a one-person solo show at Satellite Artist-Run Miami, in 2015.  Like many artists, she must hold a day job as a grant writer and research analyst at UCLA.  She prides herself with being able to move mountains with pennies and to create waves of change and awareness that begin with small, collaborative gestures.

About the artists:
Kim Ye, is an LA based multidisciplinary artist whose work incorporates performance, sculpture, installation, and painting.  She holds an MFA from UCLA, and a BA in studio art from Pomona College.  Inspired by everyday events, her work explores concepts of intimacy, exchange, and the power dynamics between artist and audience.  She has exhibited and performed at a variety of institutions, most notably at the Hammer Museum, Getty center, Material Art Fair, Alter space, and Visitor Welcome Center. 
Martin Durazo, AKA MDLUXX, is a multi-media artist and curator whose work is concerned with the intersection between elements of high-design and the grittiness of social subcultures.  He is best known for creating large-scale installations combining video, sound, light, works on paper, ready-made objects and performance.  He received his Master of Fine Arts from UCLA, and a BA in English and Art from Pitzer College. Durazo is the recipient of the 2012 C.O.L.A. Individual Artists Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles and a 2011 California Community Foundation Fellowship Award, funded by the Getty Trust. His work was included in the inaugural 2011 SUR Biennial and in 2010 he was an Artist-in-Residence at the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica. He has exhibited at the Torrance Art Museum; PULSE Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair; Pomona College Museum of Art; MexiCali Biennial 2013,White Box, New York City, and Art Basel Miami Beach. His work has been reviewed in Flash Art International, ARTnews, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, LA Weekly, Artweek, and Art Review. 
Megan Geckler is an American artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her large-scale, site-specific installations and drawings have been exhibited internationally, including Customs House (Sydney, NSW, Australia); The Courtauld Institute (London, United Kingdom); and MOMA (Minsk, Russia). In America, her work has been featured at venues such as the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, UT); Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH); Museum of Art and History (Lancaster, CA); and Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena, CA). She has been awarded multiple public art commissions including projects at the LAX Airport, and was recently awarded the City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowship, by the Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work is in the corporate collections of Creative Artists Agency (Los Angeles, CA); Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL); Nike (Portland, OR) and the Human Rights Campaign (Washington, DC).
 
 
 
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