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Queer Longings: A Performative Lecture on Anna Elizabeth Dickinson’s Failed Theatrical Career

Location: Lauren K. Woods Theatre

In this work in progress, solo performer Elizabeth Whitney explores the career of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson–a provocative abolitionist and suffragist who enjoyed national fame on the lyceum circuit, was shunned by critics as a playwright and actor in late 1800s New York City, and eventually institutionalized.  This new project uses Dickinson’s championed form of the lecture as performance to look at themes of madness, failure, and obscurity in the life of a queer artist.

Dr. Whitney will lead a performance workshop Thurs. 9/26 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Plangere 235.

Art Now: R. Luke Dubois

Location: Pollak Theatre

R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations including Toni Dove, Todd Reynolds, Jamie Jewett, Bora Yoon, Michael Joaquin Grey, Matthew Ritchie, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gordon, Maya Lin, Bang on a Can, Engine 27, Harvestworks, and LEMUR, and was the director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra for its 2007 season.

Stemming from his investigations of “time-lapse phonography,” his work is a sonic and encyclopedic relative to time-lapse photography. Just as a long camera exposure fuses motion into a single image, his projects reveal the average sonority, visual language, and vocabulary in music, film, text, or cultural information. Exhibitions of his work include the Insitut Valencià d’Art Modern, Spain; 2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver; Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis; San Jose Museum of Art; National Constitution Center, Philadelphia; Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Daelim Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul; 2007 Sundance Film Festival; the Sydney Film Festival; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and PROSPECT.2 New Orleans. His work and writing has appeared in print and online in The New York Times, National Geographic, and Esquire Magazine.

An active visual and musical collaborator, DuBois is the co-author of Jitter, a software suite for the real-time manipulation of matrix data developed by San Francisco-based software company Cycling’74. He appears on nearly twenty-five albums both individually and as part of the avant-garde electronic group The Freight Elevator Quartet. He currently performs as part of Bioluminescence, a duo with vocalist Lesley Flanigan that explores the modality of the human voice, and in Fair Use, a trio with Zach Layton and Matthew Ostrowski that looks at our accelerating culture through electronic performance and remixing of cinema.

Watch an interview with the artist here

Art Now: Jennifer Levonian – Stop Motion Painter

Jennifer Levonian creates animations and paintings in Philadelphia, PA. Her work has been screened and exhibited across the United States, including at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the National Museum for Women in the Arts and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. In 2009, she was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. In addition to delivering an artist lecture and screening a few of her short films, Jennifer will lead a workshop on stop motion animation.

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directed by Donna M. Nudd

CO-SPONSORS OF EVENT: Disabilities Awareness Month Committee, The
Department of Communication, CommWorks: Students Committed to
Performance, Office of Student Activities

DESCRIPTION OF SHOW: Not quite blind as a bat, but definitely deaf as
a doornail, Terry Galloway is the modern medical accident who’s asking
tough questions about disability, queerness, performance, and more in
Out All Night and Lost My Shoes, one of the foundational texts in the
history of disability performance. It’s one hour of pure, energetic
theater that mixes poetry, storytelling, stand- up, New Vaudeville and
plain old corny vaudeville in a charged, moving celebration of life –
hers and that of all oddballs.

Artist bios:

Terry Galloway (writer/performer) is a little “d” deaf, queer writer
and performer. She gained a reputation for playing comic male roles on
stage (and off) as a performer and Research Associate of the University
of Texas’ alternative Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare at Winedale; and
at Esther’s Follies, the longest running musical comedy theater in the
Southwest, of which she was a founding member. In New York she wrote and
performed mixed drag cabarets and one woman shows for venues as diverse
as American Place Theater to W.O.W. Cafe. Her plays and performance
pieces, including Heart of a Dog, Out All Night and Lost My Shoes, Lardo
Weeping and In the House of the Moles, have since been produced around
the world in venues ranging from the Xteresa in Mexico City and the Zap
Club in Brighton, England.

Her writing life has been as varied as her performing life and she has
published dozens of articles, poems, personal essays and monologues in
magazines, books, and journals including Texas Monthly, the Austin
Chronicle, The American Voice, Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theater,
Sleepaway: Writers on Summer Camp and With Wings, an anthology of
writing by women with disabilities. Her memoir, Mean Little Deaf Queer,
was published by Beacon Press in 2009.

Donna Marie Nudd (Director/Dramaturge) is a Professor in the
Department of Communication at Florida State University. Her essays have
appeared in numerous academic journals and books. She has served as
director and dramaturge for Terry Galloway’s one-woman shows that were
produced in Edinburgh, London, New York, Toronto, Mexico City and
numerous alternative venues throughout the U.S. In 1987, Donna Marie
Nudd also co-founded an alternative theatre/media company, the Mickee
Faust Club, with Terry Galloway in Tallahassee, Florida. The Club’s most
recent work is a compilation of comic disability-themed video shorts
called Mickee Faust’s Gimp Parade. In 2000, Nudd and Galloway jointly
received a lifetime achievement award, the “Leslie Irene Coger Award”
from the National Communication Association for their distinguished
record of work in performance.



Screening Artist talk

Tues. Nov. 30, 2010 at The ShowRoom in Asbury Park, 6:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by The ShowRoom

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Through the performative strategy of what they call formational interventions, Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s work interstices between art and cultural geography by exploring perceptions of language, identity, media, and family within a uniquely American subjectivities and created system.

ARTIST BIOS: The work of the collaborative artistic and curatorial team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen has been shown internationally in screenings and exhibitions including Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, LA Freewaves New Media Art Festival, Stuttgarter Filmwinter, the Aurora Picture Show, Chicago Underground Film Festival and the Dallas Video Festival, the Hudson River Museum, Boston Center for the Arts Mills Gallery, Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film and the Dallas Contemporary.

They have been awarded the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Residency in New York City, a residency at the Experimental Television Center and an Ohio Arts Council Individual Creativity Award. They have also received a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and a Houston Arts Alliance Artist Grant.

They live and work in Houston TX where Mary Masgamen is the curator for the mirco-cinema The Aurora Picture Show and Stephan Hillerbrand teaches in the University of Houston Digital Media Program.

Shadow Puppies


Electronic Sounds Visions


DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Shadow Puppies is an internationally celebrated
cutting edge trio that conjures rich, complex, and entrancing worlds of
electronic sound and vision in real-time. Using electric guitars, an
arsenal of objects, electronics, homebrew computer software, and
original digital technologies, audiences experience an uninterrupted
journey through sonic eruptions, video hallucinations, and aggressive,
entrancing mediascapes.


Kurt Ralske’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at
the 2009 Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Bilbao, and the Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art. Kurt is the recipient of a Rockefeller
Foundation Media Arts Fellowship, and received First Prize at the
Transmediale International Media Art Festival in Berlin in 2003. Kurt
programmed and co-designed the 9-channel video installation that is
permanently in the lobby of the MoMA in NYC.

Hans Tammen has received a Fellowship from the New York Foundation of
the Arts (NYFA) and has recorded on labels such as Innova, ESP-DISK,
Nur/Nicht/Nur, Creative Sources, Leo Records, Potlatch, Cadence, and

Nick Didkovsky has received commissioning grants from The Mary
Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Meet the Composer’s Commissioning/Music
USA, the Jerome Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund and was awarded a New
York Foundation for the Arts Computer Arts Fellowship. He has performed
at the Whitney Museum of American Art and is the principle author of
the computer music language Java Music Specification Language (JMSL).


Artist Lecture & Dance/Video Demonstration

Benton-C Bainbridge and Brooke Broussard

Dancer/choreographer Brooke Broussard and video artist
Benton-C Bainbridge will present a lecture demonstration with a live
dancing element. Brooke and Benton most recently collaborated on
“Infinite Light,” a multi-media event in China that combined modern
dance performance with custom-designed media art. “Infinite Light”
blends dance and video projections in visual manifestations of
choreographed “flowers,” “trees” and even a “Big Bang.”

Artist bios:
Bainbridge, based in the Bronx and Nashville, works with video as a
painterly and performable medium. Bainbridge has presented video in
immersive environments, screenings, installations and live performances
across 5 continents, collaborating with artists around the world,
including The Beastie Boys.

Broussard is a native of Louisiana, where she began to
grow into modern dance. She has toured and performed her own
choreography extensively within the US and internationally.  Her work
incorporates neuroscience, emotional states, and inventive,
improvisational movement, culminating in groundbreaking multi-media
performance art. Collaborating with musicians, visual artists, and
advancing technologies, her visions venture away from the typical dance
performance into a new generation of tech savvy performance.

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Here, There, Then, Now: Dahlia Elsayed

Here, There, Then, Now

Dahlia Elsayed – painter/installation artist

Event will take place in the Art Building Courtyard – between Plangere & Student Center, behind Sculpture Garden (rain location will be Plangere lobby)

Audiences can come and go as they please. If students want to take part in creating Dahlia Elsayed’s site specific performance, they can contact the artist at

This special site-specific event is a cross-disciplinary project chronicling how public histories and private narratives temporarily attach to landscape, specifically to bodies of water.
Elsayed will collaborate with students from various departments to create a multi-channel event exploring ideas of semi-permanence, traces,
and cyclical erasures relating to the ocean with all its implications as life sustaining, transporting, cleansing and deadly.

Artist bio: For over a decade, Elsayed has been making paintings and installations that synthesize an internal and external experience of place, connecting the topographical with the psychological. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally. Visually, Elsayed pulls from conceptual art, comics, cartography and landscape painting and employs symbols of hard data to frame the soft data of the
ephemeral. For three generations Elsayed’s family has moved from continent to continent due to political and religious persecution, which
has fostered a deep curiosity about how story shapes a landscape, and its inverse, how landscape takes a mythic form in narrative. For more
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a drift: Erin V. Sotak


Erin V. Sotak – photographer and installation artist

Audiences can come and go as they please.  If students want to take part in creating Erin Sotak’s site specific performance, they can contact
Anne Massoni at

This collaborative site-specific performance transforms ordinary experience into performative action and elevates everyday life encounters. Mundane and significant events are amplified and altered through repetition and recreation while fabricated narratives interrupt reality and engage the fantastical. A hopeless romantic and devout absurdist, Sotak regales the arduous adventures of comically courting the ever-shifting and always fleeting in an attempt to stall, freeze and simply endure.

Artist bio:
Erin V. Sotak has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She has been an invited lecturer and an artist in residence at prestigious universities, and her work has been published in several art journals. She describes her work as “less a conversation and more a short story. I narrate using symbolic colors, iconic objects, cultural references and historical allusions… My work
most often takes the form of installation and performance that is concerned with labor, endurance, absurdity, collections, consumption and
aesthetics. The work ultimately and most importantly exists as a photograph.”

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by award-winning, iconic performance artists Lois Weaver & Peggy Shaw

performed compilation of their greatest hits, featuring a medley of work that
has made the politics of gender and sexuality and the humor of human relations
accessible to all ages and persuasions for the last 30 years. Peggy Shaw and
Lois Weaver, along with Deb Margolin, founded the company “Split Britches” in
New York City 32 years ago. Since 1980 Weaver and Shaw have transformed the
landscape of queer performance with their vaudevillian and satirical
gender-bending shows.