Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sasha Grey to Star as Molly in Brody Condon’s Case Sunday, November 22nd in New York
Sasha Grey will play the part of the street samurai Molly in the performance Case on Sunday, November 22nd, in New York City as part of Performa 09, biennial of new visual art performance.
Case is a co-commission of Performa 09 and Rhizome, a leading organization dedicated to art and technology. Organized by the artist Brody Condon, Case is a deadpan reading of the classic cyberpunk novel Neuromancer by William Gibson. Combining Gibson’s1980s dystopian techno-fetishism with early twentieth-century abstraction, faux “virtual reality” scenes will unfold via moving Bauhaus-inspired sculptural props accompanied by the Gamelan ensemble Dharma Swara.
The event is the premiere of Case, which will also be performed at a small outdoor community theater in rural Missouri in summer 2010. The New York production of Case will feature many of the ten cast members from the upcoming Midwest event, such as political activist (and notorious local hell-raiser) Ray “Bad Rad” Radtke, who stars as the main character Henry Dorsett Case, a drug addict and computer hacker hired to execute an impossible cyber crime. Case will also feature Brooklyn-based performance artist Sto as Lupus Yonderboy, leader of the techno-anarchist gang the Panther Moderns. The script has been prepared by the writer Brandon Stosuy, with sound design by Peter Segerstrom, and graphic props by Breanne Trammell.
Brody Condon’s work explores concerns about the over-identification with fantasy in contemporary culture, frequently incorporating modified computer games and referencing role-playing subcultures to create performance and video installation. Condon has attended residencies at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten and Skowhegan. Past exhibitions include the 2004 Whitney Biennial, Pace Wildenstein Gallery, Mattress Factory, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
This event is commissioned and presented by Rhizome: http://www.rhizome.org. Rhizome is affiliated with the New Museum, and presents monthly events at the New Museum. The New York premiere of Case will take place at the New Museum.
Additional support has been provided by the Performa Commissioning Fund. Performa 09 (November 1-22, 2009) is the third biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, a non-profit multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty-first century. http://www.performa- arts.org
WHEN: Sunday, November 22nd, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
New York, NY 10002
For more information, go to http://rhizome.org/events http://www.newmuseum.org/events/384