This Wednesday, February 7th at Fridman Gallery – Kara Rooney and collaborators in a performance of “But For What’s My Axis?” part 2

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This Wednesday, faculty member Kara Rooney and her collaborators will perform the second part of the “But For What’s My Axis?” trilogy as part of Fridman Gallery’s annual New Ear Festival. Tickets for the event are $15, with a discount available for students at $10.

Here’s a description of the project from the gallery’s website:




Wednesday, February 7

‘Desire’ calls into question the physical, emotional, and linguistic conditions that frame our meeting with self/other—of the socially constructed paradigms that determine and define our sense of longing, taste, and sexual expression, articulate our relationship to success, to language and each other, as well as informs notions of class, gender, geography, even time.

Having witnessed boxers jumping rope during training sessions in Eastern Europe, I became fascinated with the elegance, endurance, and inevitable failure of the action as a metaphor for this complex term ‘desire.’ Does one jump beyond themselves, beyond their limits, or are we in fact prisoners of a vicious cycle from which there is no escape? Are there asymmetrical power relations implicit in the act of self-competition and its drives? Does desire, a necessary condition of human experience, limit or free us from the constraints of internalized linguistic pressures?

“Part 2. Desire” is part of the larger trilogy “But For What’s My Axis?,” a multidisciplinary work made in collaboration between visual artist Kara Rooney, composer Fatrin Krajka, and Brooklyn-based poets Betsy Fagin, Laura Henriksen, and Marine Cornuet. Through the development of three performative event/actions—Empire, Desire, and Origins (Blue)— this collaborative project grapples with, de-centers, and disassembles the largely invisible spectre of linguistic oppression, one whose static vernacular tropes continue to infiltrate as well as amplify our historical, relational, and sociopolitical entanglements.

Kara Rooney is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer working in performance, sculpture and new media installation. Her visual work has been exhibited in international and domestic venues including Fridman Gallery, NY; Driscoll Babcock Gallery, NY; A.I.R. Gallery, NY; the Chelsea Art Museum, NY; the Jersey City Museum, NJ; the Montclair Art Museum, NJ; the Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; and the Karamay Museum, Xin Jiang, China.

Fatrin Krajka is an award winning composer and pianist based in New York City. In addition to composition, Fatrin’s work as a soloist and chamber musician have been showcased on numerous international concert stages including Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall.

Betsy Fagin is the author of All is not yet lost (Belladonna, 2015) and Names Disguised (Make Now Press, 2014) as well as a number of chapbooks. She was named a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Poetry.

Marine Cornuet is a poet, translator, and arts administrator based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a member of the Sweet Action poetry collective, and has performed at venues such as the Bowery Poetry Club, the Montauk Club, Ideal Glass, Station Independent Projects, and FiveMyles Gallery.

Laura Henriksen’s poems and reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from P-Queue, The Brooklyn Rail, Jacket2, and High Noon, among other places. Her first chapbook, Agata, was just released by Imp. In April she will participate in the 92nd Street Y’s annual reading, The Tenth Muse.

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