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N'Namdi Center For Contemporary Art
52 E Forest Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48201
«Round in Circles» Closing Reception with Performances and Video Screenings by Mary Anderson, The ManosBuckius Cooperative, Augusta Morrison, Ryan Standfest and Todd Stovall.
Join us for an afternoon of performance and video that explores the formal and metaphorical implications of the circular; employs some form or manifestation of a circle, loop, spiral, cycle, spin, circuit or hole; or reflects on a broader, collective feeling of the times, that of moving without getting anywhere, ending at the beginning, of literally going round and «round in circles”.
Program begins at 3:15pm
Reception to follow, around 5:00pm
Mary Anderson — writes about performance and place and teaches at Wayne State University.
Sarah Buckius and Melanie Manos: The ManosBuckius Cooperative (The MBC) — has produced ten videos which have toured the globe in video, new media and electronic art festivals, most recently in Kalamata, Greece and Marseille, France. The MBC has created two site-specific live-to-feed performance interventions (Ohio State University; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit), two live performances (Performance Studies International, New York University; ArtPrize, Grand Rapids), two solo shows (InSpace Gallery, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids; The MBC, The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, MI) and participated in the group exhibition Primary, at Kendall College of Art & Design. Now separated by distance, Manos and Buckius are addressing absurdities involving video calling technology, travel, and familial responsibilities.
Augusta Morrison — is a musician and arts educator based in Detroit. She attended Michigan State and studied Arts and Humanities and Art Education. As the Education Associate at MOCAD she assists the Education and Public Program departments with events, tours, workshops and youth and adult orientated programs. In her spare time, she organizes music and social justice programs with Seraphine Collective, plays in Double Winter, a psychedelic rock band and has an experimental performance project called Bigabite.
Ryan Standfest — is a Detroit artist. He is the editor and publisher of ROTLAND PRESS, presenting satirical publications of a culturally relevant nature, and founded the performance group Cabaret BLACK EYE, a hybrid of vaudeville and Absurdist theatrical tendencies. He is also a curator, assembling exhibitions that focus on different forms of humor in the visual arts. Standfest holds an MFA in Printmaking from The University of Iowa.
Todd Stovall — (b. 1980 in Detroit, lives and works in Detroit) has been, since century’s shift, involved with and working at the edges of avant movements across the city. The artist’s practice has spanned the Detroit electronic techno/house/underground hip-hop, music scenes, as well as public sculpture, and public performance. He is interested in the ambient poetics of line and form; in the space between silence, text, and soul.
— ROUND IN CIRCLES
Curated by Jennifer Junkermeier
The summer group exhibition „Round in Circles“ explores formal and metaphorical implications of the circular. Probing the banal to the absurd to the disheartened, each work included in the exhibition employs some form or manifestation of a circle, loop, spiral, cycle, spin, circuit or hole. The exhibition reflects on a broader, collective feeling of the times, that of moving without getting anywhere, ending at the beginning, of literally going round and „round in circles“.
On the one hand, the circular can be read as a transcription of our current malaise that seemingly permeates each earthly rotation or more presciently every news cycle; of frustration and unease, of escape into fabricated nostalgias and worn repetitions, where the new is just yesterday’s old. On the other, the form provides the potential for respite, a do over if you will; as we return to where we began, we are afforded another opportunity, a chance for a new beginning. Perhaps this time we will get it right. And yet within the circular is the promise of stasis, that balance state where entropy becomes tamed into pattern and harmony, where new days are around every horizon, where the cycle of motion intermingle with time and space and the ouroboros makes peace within itself. Yes, going round in circles is dizzying, at once nauseating and exciting, impoverished and plentiful, the form that implies nothing also embraces the possibilities of being everything.
Artists: 'jide Aje, Danielle Aubert, Corrie Baldauf, Davin Brainard, Tyanna J. Buie, Alexander Buzzalini, Shane Darwent, Clara DeGalan, Simone DeSousa, Erin Imena Falker, Jessica Frelinghuysen, Ani Garabedian, Richard Haley, Asia Hamilton, Megan Heeres, Eli Kabir, Osman Khan, Austin Kinstler, Nicola Kuperus, Timothy van Laar, Anthony Marcellini, Adam Lee Miller, Shanna Merola, Eleanor Oakes, Ato Ribeiro, Robert Platt, Marianetta Porter, Dylan Spaysky, Todd Stovall, Gregory Tom, Graem Whyte, Elizabeth Youngblood, Alivia Zivich
Curated by Jennifer Junkermeier
Exhibition design by Jennifer Junkermeier & Michaela Mosher
Design by Danielle Aubert
June 16 — August 26, 2017 at the N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art