Public Program:
A Proposition by Rodney McMillian: 13 unrelated ideas: Performance by Rodney McMillian, Tracie D. Morris, and Chicava HoneyChild
March 27 2010
13 unrelated ideas:
Rodney McMillian’s proposition 13 unrelated ideas asks several questions about the nature of performance and includes an original performance in collaboration with Tracie D. Morris and Chicava HoneyChild. How does performance function in each of the vignettes presented (Bobby Womack, Jada Fire, Samuel R. Delaney, Nina Simone, Michael Jackson, Aliens, Funkadelic...)? How do we understand subjectivity or personae in terms of abstraction? How do we understand subjectivity from within the performances? Are these really the questions? Or is it about physicality, images, sound, historical perspectives and the insistence of a need to utter that's being presented or represented? Alternatives to other forms of political, cultural or domestic powers? A freedom? A possibility that film, photography, material, and performance are a form of time travel? A possibility, like in Samuel R. Delaney’s science fiction novel Dhalgren, whereby potential and repetition are actions?

Friday: 7 p.m. lecture by Rodney McMillian
Saturday: 12 p.m. Performance by Rodney McMillian, Tracie D. Morris, and Chicava HoneyChild

Propositions is a public forum that explores ideas in development. Inspired by the scientific method of hypothesis, research, and synthesis, each two-day seminar explores a topic of current investigation in an invited speaker’s own artistic or intellectual practice. Over the course of a seminar session, these developing ideas are presented to the public, responded to, “researched,” and discussed to propel the ideas forward in unique ways.

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Courtesy the Artist and New Museum