On December 3, 2015, Los Angeles-based artist Erika Vogt presented the Artist Theater Program, a collaborative performance commissioned by ICA Miami in partnership with Performa 15.
Artist Theater Program was started by Erika Vogt in 2011 as a film and video exhibition in a black box theater. It recently culminated in a live collaborative performance at Roulette Theater in Brooklyn as a commission for Performa 15. The ICA performance “A Piano is for Knife” is a textual version of the Performa piece “Lava plus Knives” and is a reflection of what began as a writing collaboration between Erika Vogt, Dylan Mira and Shannon Ebner. The ICA Miami performance was sited in Ebner’s “Black Box Collision A” room on the occasion of her exhibition, A Public Character, on view from October 8 through January 17, 2016.
Past participants include: Math Bass, Madison Brookshire and Tashi Wada, Victoria Brooks, Shannon Ebner, Lauren Davis Fisher, Mariah Garnett, Alice Könitz, Dylan Mira, Silke Otto-Knapp, Adam Putnam, Mark So, MPA, Lucy Raven, A.L. Steiner, Paul Sietsema, Nora Slade, Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Erika Vogt, W.A.G.E Coalition, James Welling, Evan Calder Williams, and Flora Wiegmann.
Lava plus Knives collaborators: Math Bass, Shannon Ebner, Lauren Davis Fisher, Dylan Mira, Silke Otto-Knapp, Adam Putnam, Nora Slade, and Erika Vogt.
Shannon Ebner holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work encompasses photography, video, sculpture and installation. Ebner’s works frequently explores the nature of writing and its meaning, with the work acting as a form of writing, and the writing, in turn, a way of seeing. Recent solo exhibitions include Fondazione Memmo Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2014), Hammer Museum (2011), MoMA PS1 (2007) and group exhibitions such as Things, Words and Consequences, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012), Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language, MoMA, New York (2012), ILLUMInations, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011), The Spectacular of Vernacular, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011), 6th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2010) and the Whitney Biennial, New York (2008). Ebner’s artist book Auto Body Collision was recently released by the Carnegie Museum¹s Hillman Photography Initiative. Ebner lives and works in Los Angeles.
Dylan Mira is an artist moving image and text, recording how language makes bodies. Her recent projects have been presented at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York), Film Society of Lincoln Center (New York), Artist Curated Projects (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Nomadic Division (Los Angeles), Human Resources (Los Angeles), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles), Migrating Forms (New York), Gallery 400 (Chicago), and ICA (Philadelphia). Mira holds an MFA in New Genres from University of California Los Angeles and a BFA in Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She grew up between the Midwest and East Asia and currently resides in Los Angeles.
Erika Vogt received her MFA in “Live Action” from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at Simone Subal in New York; The New Museum in New York; Triangle France in Marseilles, France; and Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire, UK. Vogt’s work has also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Whitney Museum, NY; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and SFMOMA. In 2015, Performa 15 commissioned Vogt’s collaborative performance, Artist Theater Program, which will also be presented at ICA Miami. In 2014, Vogt was featured as a guest lecturer at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. In 2013, Frieze Film commissioned Vogt’s film Dark Imposter, which she completed in residency at the Experimental Media, Performing Arts Centre at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. Vogt lives and works in Los Angeles.
The Artist Theater Program was originally produced by Performa in association with Lafayette Anticipation: La Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, and co-produced with ICA Miami through a generous gift to ICA Performs by Jay Franke and David Herro. It was co-presented with Roulette in New York City as part of Performa 15.
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