Cori Olinghouse’s works employ shape-shifting and a queering of the clown form -- drawing from Lauren Berlant’s ideas of humor as a space for transformation, “where you learn how to delight in brokenness” to “shake up what’s structural.” Opening with Ghost line, a 16mm film collaboration with filmmaker Shona Masarin, optical printing, hand painting, drawing, and frame-by-frame animation are utilized to summon the materiality and physicality of the clown, exploding the surface of the film through tactile interventions. Grandma, a live performance set in an American landscape of Twinkies and Wonderbread, excavates the effects of television, the media, and dark familial pasts as portals.
Cori Olinghouse is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, curator, and archivist. Drawing from fifteen years of improvisational practice, as well as fifteen years as a dance archivist, her work examines the body as a site for the slippery construction of identity. Her work has been commissioned by Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, BRIC Arts Media, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Movement Research, and Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Photo Credit: Andrew Jordan
Open Space Limited Edition: Forward Looking Lineages
Wednesday, February 14 at 6:30-8pm
To kick off the week, join us for a performative exchange and discussion, focused on humor in performance, tactility and the haptic with artist Cori Olinghouse and guests, hosted by Claudia La Rocco, SFMOMA's Head of Community Engagement and Julie Potter, Director, ODC Theater.
Limited Edition is an Open Space partnership with CounterPulse, The Lab, ODC Theater, Performance at SFMOMA, and Z Space, exploring questions of legacy and lineage through performances, discussions, and gatherings at various locations throughout the city, with commissioned texts appearing regularly online. For more information about the partnership, please visit Open Space.
Clown Therapy disseminates Olinghouse’s current studio practice methodology, an improvisational portraiture practice that explores the shape-shifting nature of identity and personhood. In sessions, participants begin with stream-of-conscious movement improvisations accompanied by chosen songs and dress-up elements. Clown Therapy brings internal states to the surface and mines them as material, exaggerating and animating a series of fictional personas. Meant as a space for mess making, irreverence, and amusement, this practice invites and celebrates failure and the absurd.
This workshop is free and open to movers of all kinds. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk-ups welcome, first come, first served until capacity is reached.