Moral (En)Compassing Project (2018)

A tension between:

Standing at the center of a compass and like the red needle, spun in magnetic attraction, drawn in a direction
encompassing, as with the mind, arms and/or soul, multiple locations and some magnetic forces which hold potential for attraction between them

What, who, and how is drawn (in) to and by (p)articular moralization processes?

How do held and carried moralities motivate and magnetize our movement(s) in (p)articular directions?

This project was launched in February 12, 2018 with artists invited to make new work around, about, through and as "moral" considerations and motivations.

The group of artists met on May 7, 2018 at PPL to collaboratively finalize the plans and schedule for a 3-day exhibition and situations at Center for Performance Research (see below)

A Broadsheet (see image) of materials by the involved artists supplements the 3 days of performances, talks, and presentations.

June 1-3, 2018
Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Ave

Organized by Brooklyn International Performance Art Foundation (Esther Neff, Leili Huzaibah).

Tickets: sliding scale $5-20 in advance or at the door (cash only).

New Voices in Live Performance invites curators to shape a weekend of performances and events at CPR that highlight creative practices in dance, theater, and performance art. This season will consist of two distinct weekends of work.


Friday June 1 7pm
Ayana Evans, Jean Carla Rodea, Edward G. Sharp

Saturday June 2 | 4pm
4pm public statements on morality
5pm working group/roundtable
6:30pm Simone Johnson, Nicole Goodwin, Tsedaye Makonnen, Rafael Sanchez

Sunday June 2 | 6pm
Beatriz Albuquerque, Nana Ama Bentsi Enchill, Kaia Gilje, Maria Hupfield, Jenna Kline, Shawn Escarciga.

For this 3-day exhibition of interdisciplinary performance, 13 artists are invited to realize work which structurally and poetically researches their "moralities" and how morals relate to/within their practices. These artists are invited to consider the forms of their processes, interactions and interfacings with audience members/participants/collaborators, and to design relevant modes of production and collaboration. All participants in Moral (En)Compassing will also be invited to critically respond to performance art's fraught history with being judged "morally wrong," despotic, deviant. How are we (im)moral(izing) and/or deemed (im)moral? Artists are often forced to confront this question when faced with censorship, exclusion, and kyriarchal valuation schemas. Here, we attempt to deal with "morality" consciously, anterior to and (ideally/idealistically?) without (and never without) its ways of pushing and pulling, dividing and connecting, inscribing stances and directing movement, compelling and repelling, drawing us and drawn from within us?

All performances and sessions are open to the public and 3-minute statements are invited on Saturday 4-5pm from anyone who wishes to make one, followed by a public roundtable discussion.