Photo of Alex Tatarsky by Walter Wlodarczyk

Pipilotti’s Salon Series for Gathering: ‘BRAIDS’ a Living Room Psychodrama by Alex Tatarsky

  • Fri 5 April 2024
  • 7 pm

On the occasion of ‘Pipilotti Rist. Prickling Goosebumps & A Humming Horizon,’ please join us for the third iteration of our Salon Series for Gathering, initiated by Pipilotti Rist, featuring ‘BRAIDS,’ a living room psychodrama with artist Alex Tatarsky in collaboration with The Poetry Project.

Within the multisensory experience that is Rist’s immersive exhibition, the Salon Series for Gathering will present multiple opportunities to engage within the installation’s whimsical ‘collective living room.’ 

For our final salon, trained clown and delinquent poet Alex Tatarsky will treat Rist’s installation as the set, lighting, and sound for an improvised living room psychodrama, generating text and movement for scenic fragments inspired by imagining the furniture itself as the characters.

This event is free. However, due to limited space, reservations are required. 
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About Alex Tatarsky
Called ‘a hilarious, finely tuned absurdist’ (‘Theatre Jones’), Alex Tatarsky makes performances in the uncomfortable in-between zone of comedy, dance-theater, performance art, and deluded rant—sometimes with songs. Tatarsky experienced fleeting international fame as Andy Kaufman’s daughter and used to perform as a mound of dirt. Playing with perceptions of language and narrative structure, their live performances are highly responsive to venue and audience, often teetering between improvisation and obsessive script. Original shows include ‘Americana Psychobabble’ at La Mama,Dirt Trip’ at MoMA PS1,Untitled Freakout’ at The Kitchen, ‘Buttplug Gnome’ at Gibney, and ‘Sad Boys in Harpy Land’ which was commissioned by Abrons Arts Center and recently went on to a sold-out off-Broadway run at Playwrights Horizons. As curatorial fellow at the Poetry Project, Tatarsky organized a series on the poetics of rot. Research interests include bootlegs, hellscapes, and compost. 

About The Poetry Project
Since 1966, The Poetry Project has expanded access to literature, education, and opportunities for sharing one’s creative work in a counter-hierarchical, radically open space and community. Premised on the vision that cultural action at the local level can inspire broader shifts in public consciousness, The Project is committed to developing and collaborating on replicable program models that challenge persistent social narratives, especially through the verbal reframing made possible in poetry. We do this work through a combination of live readings, performances, lectures, events, and workshops, in addition to literary and critical publications and emerging writers and curatorial fellowship programs.

The Poetry Project is based at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, a vibrant artistic and community space which includes the St. Mark’s Church congregation, Danspace Project, and New York Theatre Ballet.

About ‘Pipilotti Rist. Goosebumps & A Humming Horizon’
Self-described ‘wild and friendly’ Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist presents a selection of new and recent sculptural works and projections in ‘Prickling Goosebumps & a Humming Horizon.’ At Hauser & Wirth’s West 22nd Street building, Rist transforms the entire street level space into a ‘living room’ painted in lush reds and vegetal greens. Here guests discover single-channel sculptural video works, including many presented publicly for the first time.

Rist, a pioneer of spatial video art, was born 1962 in Grabs in the Swiss Rhine Valley on the Austrian Border and has been a central figure within the international art scene since the mid-1980s.

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