Torn Forest, A Performance by Marissa Perel

Friday, March 20, the Faroes and Norway will experience Totality in the skies. The next will not be until August 2017, over the bluegrass fields of Kentucky and southern Illinois.

That evening, come join us at Peninsula Art Space for a special performance by Marissa Perel, as well as a finale for the last week of the show, "I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron; for, i promise to burn brightly" which includes work by Andrea Crespo, Loie Hollowell, Andrés Laracuente, and materials from the Wendy Carlos Archive. 

For the night, Marissa Perel performs voice and electronics with a light installation by Elliott Jenetopulos to create an atmosphere of haunted wilderness in the gallery for Torn Forest. Through an exploration of transference and oppositional forces, the hunter and hunted slowly reveal their need for one another in the 'danse macabre'. Is it possible for one to become the other? Is there any mercy within hunger and need? What is transformation without pain? Can the body double to consume itself?

Marissa Perel is an artist and writer based in New York. She works across the disciplines of performance, dance, video, sound, poetry and criticism. Perel is interested in drawing from the polemics of identity and representation to create compositional models for performance and installation. Her recent evening-length performance More Than Just a Piece of Sky, was co-presented at The Chocolate Factory Theater with the Queer New York International Arts Festival. Her work has been described as “explor[ing] the transformative potential of flesh, conjuring a cryptically alluring world that commands the gallery space” [Hyperallergic]. Perel’s chapbook of experimental prose, Angry Ocean 1-10, is published by Portable Press at Yo-Yo Labs.