Noumena: She Universe 12/01/18

Sat December 1, 7 – 9:30 PM

Noumena: She Universe, the Local Project Art Space Event in NYC, invites the public to the evening of Performance Art exploring magic and shamanism.
Featured artists: Kate Hamberger, Abbey Jasmine Rose, Megwyn White, Maya-Lin Green. Video art: Katie Cercone, Siw Laurent & Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow. Curated by Jana Astanov as part of Creatrix Cult exhibition.

In this event NOUMENA: SHE UNIVERSE we invite you to explore the world of feminine archetypes with a group of female artists whose work carries on shamanic traditions.

Since the 90s of XXc philosophers and art historians were looking for a term to describe the era after postmodernism, and while the term “anthropocene” became one of them, in terms of cultural production we are experiencing a new type of romanticism: return to feminine, mysticism, magic, nature and spirituality. The occult and magical are re-appearing throughout different art mediums possibly as an answer to our increasingly materialistic world.

As a response to this shift of paradigms, a performance art series themed Magic and Shamanism encompasses works focused on ritual, shamanic traditions (including healing and shapeshifting), paganism, witchcraft, occult, esoteric teachings, folk magic, as well as astrology, magical intents, narratives derived from mythology and religions, magical and symbolic languages such as grimoires and sigils.

Plato described the role of an artist as the one who translates the meanings of the cosmic consciousness for the rest of us. In a similar manner the Shaman or Shamanese, are the go-between medium, revealing the will of the divine and connecting the tribe with its vital force. Today’s artists can be perceived as traditional shamans possessing the power of accelerating humanity’s evolution in consciousness.

In pre-Kantian philosophy Platonic Ideas and Forms are described as NOUMENA, and phenomena are things displaying themselves to the senses.

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow (b. Manchester, Jamaica) holds a BFA with honors in Painting from New World School of the Arts, University of Florida and an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, CUNY. Lyn-Kee-Chow often explores performance and installation art drawing from the nostalgia of her homeland, Caribbean folklore, fantasy, consumerism, spirituality and nature’s ephemerality.
Exhibitions of note include “Guangzhou Live 5”, Guangzhou, China (2014), “Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora”, Royal West Academy of England, Bristol, U.K. (2016), a special project commission at “Jamaica Biennial”, The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, J.A. (2017), and “Live Action 12” in Gothenburg, Sweden (2017).
Lyn-Kee-Chow’s work has garnered a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award in Interdisciplinary Art (2012), Rema Hort Mann Artist in Community Engagement Award (2017), Franklin Furnace Fund (2017-18), and Culture Push’s Fellowship for Utopian Practice (2018).
Reviews are included in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Diplomat, Daily Serving, Hyperallergic, and Artinfo. She lives and works in Queens, N.Y.

Katie Cercone “High Prieztezz Or Nah” is a visionary artist, scribe, priestess and spiritual gangsta hailing from the blessed coast. Katie’s transformational work lies under a sacred canopy of co-created ritual and magic to align with higher consciousness. Cercone has participated in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Whitney Museum, Dallas Contemporary, Momenta Art, C24 Gallery, Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art, Dodge Gallery and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. Her work has been featured in Dazed, MILK, Interview, Japan Times, Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine, Hysteria, ART PAPERS, ART 21, PAPER, Art Fag City, Washington Post, Art Net TV among others. A uniquely interdisciplinary artist, she is co-leader of the radical queer transnational feminist Go! Push Pops collective and creative director of ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS: Urban Mystery Skool. A known pioneer with her partner UNDAKOVA, the two lead seasonal HIP HOP YOGA RETREATS in the magical jungle of Thailand, turn up at high vibration sacred arts festivals worldwide host a new moon wellness ritual.

Laura Kimmel (formerly Laura Weyl) is a New York-based filmmaker, photographer, and multi-media artist. Her work explores sexuality, the urban landscape, and analog image manipulations to create visceral, poetic visual worlds. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and event spaces including Art Basel Miami/ HG Contemporary, Mana Contemporary, Karst Gallery, Untitled Space, Franklin Street Works, and Project One in San Francisco. She is currently the director of Visual Identity at The Box NYC and Soho.

Siw Laurent is a French-Norwegian interdisciplinary artist producing artwork through theatre, film, performance art, installation and music. She is the Performance Consultant and Artistic Advisor in the global field of Nature Connection and Ecotherapy at the University of Southeast Norway, Performing Arts Coordinator at NOoSPHERE Arts and permanent artist in residence at the Mothership NYC. She has written, produced and performed work in Norway and NYC since 2013 and is the founder of Active Body Listening, a practice based on psychoanalysis for holistic evolution and artistic expression, through which she performs Norse shamanic work artistically and therapeutically. Her works have been hosted by performance art festivals and venues such as Itinerant Performance Art Festival, Neo-Domesticity Performance Art Festival at Glasshouse Art Gallery, Suffragettes Performance Art Festival at Rosekill, Grace Exhibition Space, Mothership NYC, HB Studios, Kværnerbyen Scene Oslo Norway and Villa Villplukk Oslo, Norway, among others.

Megwyn White graduated with a BFA in acting from the Tisch School of the arts where she also graduated with the Departmental Award from the Experimental Theatre Wing. She has performed with Big Dance Theatre, Sonneblauma Danz Theatre, and Rudy Perez Dance Company, and WISE. She has also worked with directors Tim Robbins, Steve Wangh, and has taught acting with senior faculty such as Raina Von Waldenburg at ETW. She has been highly influenced by physical performance techniques such as the work of Jerzy Grotowski’s plastiques and dynamic yoga. She has used the last 18 years of her life to explore the somatic realms through bodywork, studies in yoga, meditation, and music. Her somatic healing work is called Haptic Body, a technique which explores unlocking the connections of expression within the body through tapping into the nervous system, and voice. Her work has been featured in Cosmo, Sensient Magazine, the Sex and Medicine Summit. Her focus in the realm of performance art is to activate awareness through embodiment using ritual as a tool for connecting with spirit and the potentials within the human form.

Kate Hamberger will present “Feminae Vinctum” a meditation on womxn’s collective bondage and breaking from it.