Friday, December 24, 2010



Info from her blog:

Funeral Party for the Living
"Funeral Party for the Living" will take place on New Year's Day at 5pm at 14 Pews. The event will include visitation and drinking, eulogy writing assistance, a funeral service open to the public to speak, sing, etc., a funeral sound procession created by the audience along with whatever instruments they'd like to bring, a funeral pyre for burning symbolic items contributed by the public, and a funeral food pot luck and recipe swap, so bring a dish!

Funeral attire is encouraged.

This event is free and open to the public. Observers are welcome.

Contact info.:, 713-582-1198

(For more info. visit:

Please feel free to re-post and share this event!


It has some really amazing performance pieces!!


Houston Artist Jonatan Lopez recently put together a really fabulous show featuring some of Houston's finest performance artists. I asked him to put a little blog post together documenting the show, CHECK IT!!

You Were Beautiful When I Lost You, an experimental show about loss & love, is on view at HCC Northline Gallery through January 2011. Curator Jonatan Lopez allowed artists to freely experiment within the concept of loss related to non-human life, this led to some controversial works. The show featured performance, video, film, installation, sculpture and 2d works.

One of the highlights of the show was Brent Koehn's performance entitled "Banality." Brent's performers wore life vests and lined up to crawl up on a ladder, make eye contact with the audience then jump into a mattress repeatedly. The eerie action called to mind Lemmings jumping into the ocean.

Naz Fall stole the show with her installation/experiment entitled "Blacksheep." Fall created a living environment inside a vitrine in which gold fish were meant to become food for a larger killer fish (The Blacksheep) during the 2 month duration of the exhibit, but due to a request from the curator to change the water before the reception started, the gold fish died during the reception. The incident sparked intense dialogue between the attendees. However, the curator regrets to have lost these beautiful fish so abruptly.

In the performance "Blind, Poultry....Production," Ryan Hawk addressed factory farming in the US by capturing beauty and significance within Ritual Sacrifice. His performance video has been released, CLICK HERE TO WATCH, but be warned, it contains graphic images.

For the performance "Love is Forever," Boby Kalloor slept in his own bed with his own stuffed cat inside the dark room of the gallery during the two hour reception. A hidden video camera recorded audience interaction.

Stephanie Saint Sanchez put a twist on the issue at hand in her film The Talented Mr.Kitty. "Do we really know what lies in store for us when we open our homes and hopeful hearts to our feline friends? DO WE? Sure they are cute but so was Ted Bundy" says the artist. The Talented Mr. Kitty (based on a true story) reveals who really runs the house. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE TRAILER.

Tina Kotrla and Jonatan Lopez collaborated in "Boogie," an interactive installation that presented Boogie, Kotrla's pit-bull as pet activist with an extensive agenda. Boogie curated a show within the show entitled "Artist To Watch" for which he invited students to donate their animal themed drawings to raise funds for his favorite no kill shelter: He also collected signatures for Prop. Paw 1, No Chaining Dogs in Houston, so far around 200 signatures have been collected.

Seven videos pieces were made by the curator to promote the show, you can watch them HERE (click click!).

The show also feaured the works of Aisen Caro Chacin, Emily Sloan, Daniel Adame, Nancy Douthey, Angel Quesada, Alex tu, Rebecca Novak, James Ciosek, Carrie Schneider, Kimi Hernsberger, Heath Greshman, Hilarry Scullane and Janie Guardiola.

Check out this slideshow featuring these art pieces:

Through Honeyed Eyes Came Prophecy, Rebecca Novak.
Tobacco Neuron, James Ciosek
Straffordshire, Emily Sloan (In homage to Scrappy)
Temporary Animals, Angel Quesada
I Think I Can, Janie Guardiola
Repair/Destroy, Jonatan Lopez

Gallery Hours: Mon- Thurs. 9:30am-10pm, Through Jan. 28th 2011
HCC Northline Gallery 77022

(Alas, Performances are OVER, but you can still check out the visualz til JANUARY 28TH!!)

All pictures in this blog are courtesy of Rebecca Burwell except for Ryan Hawk's image, courtesy of the artist.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

ARTIST PROFILE for Jennifer Tyburczy


Everyone give a warm welcome to the FABULOUS JENNIFER TYBURCZY!!


Tell us what kind of studies you are doing regarding performance? What are your interests?

I received a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. It’s a discipline that views performance broadly, centralizing embodiment and how the body navigates different kinds of spaces. For me, this translates to projects in museums, where I track and analyze the ways in which museum populations interface with objects in space. I’m interested in thinking about how space is sexed through staging particular sexual social relationships between bodies and objects in display environments.

As a discipline, performance studies also views performance as an object and a method of study. Due to my interest in museums that explicitly display sexuality, I couple my analysis of exhibits and my ethnography with museum staff and visitors with curatorial work, programming initiatives, and archival cataloguing.

I’m interested in public sexual culture in general, and when I began to study the ways in which people produce and consume sex, I looked for a way to participate in that process through performance. When I moved to Chicago in 2005, the neo-burlesque scene was really picking up steam. I went to a show organized by JT Newman that billed itself as a queer neo-burlesque show. At the show, the MC (Miss Tamale) announced that Newman would be holding auditions for a new troupe called the Girlie Q Variety Hour. I tried out, made the troupe, and the rest was history.

I fell in love with the neo-burlesque format. As an art form, neo-burlesque is an interdisciplinary, postmodern pastiche that combines diverse performance traditions such as circus arts, vaudeville, slapstick and bawdy comedy, feminist performance art, queer aesthetics (e.g., drag and camp), dancing (inclusive of but not exclusively striptease), spoken word, and social and political satire. As a busy graduate student at the time (and now a busy postdoctoral fellow), I never had the time to devote to full-blown theater projects. Neo-burlesque allowed me to quickly put together pieces and polish those 3-5 minute pieces to my perfectionist liking, but still retain some of the raw excitement of a work-in-progress. It was also really informative to my research. I got the opportunity to hail the gaze in a variety of different ways, via a variety of different dramatic personae (specifically Mistress Overdone and Mister Overdone). I often find myself writing and thinking about those experiences in my scholarship.

What kind of performances have you done? Tell us about your most
rewarding performance experience.

My interest in performance began before I arrived in Chicago. I took classes in the Performance as Public Practice (PPP) program at UT Austin (where I received my master’s in English literature). At the time, I was writing about the adaptation of nineteenth-century gothic novels to the stage, and when I found out the PPP program was offering classes in the oral interpretation of literature, I immediately took them. The most influential class was a course called “Performing Black Feminisms” taught by Omi (Joni) Jones. She taught us how to think critically about performing a character different from own raced and gendered experiences. As a white woman, I found it terrifying, at first, to perform blackness in front of my colleagues, but the experience profoundly changed me and my work. I found it to be a revolution--to learn about difference through embodiment--and I wanted the rest of my life to be devoted to the project of thinking through and with embodiment as a way of knowing. So now I teach classes that invite students to adapt novels and short stories from all over the world as a way of teaching an empathetic kind of critical citizenship.

While at Austin, I was also very fortunate to perform with Linda Montano and a group called Hard Women at the Blanton Museum of Art. Performing in a gallery space as a provocative train conductress with the intention to illuminate gender biases really got me thinking about how performance can interrupt and reconfigure a traditional space for a different purpose.

My time in Chicago was filled with neo-burlesque performance, and I curated and produced two shows--a queer neo-burlesque show at Northwestern and a show called “The Freak Museum,” which combined my two loves of museum installation and neo-burlesque through an examination of historical and contemporary “freakdom.”

Here in Houston, I recently performed at Diverseworks during the “Come As You Are: Celebrate Queer Sex” show (which you, Julia, so kindly invited me to take part in, along with Blake Smith), and more recently at the Glitter Fall Variety Show, a charity event for the Transgender Foundation of America at the Usual Pub.

What performance artists really excite you? Who has inspired you?

Oh, there are so many. I’m really inspired by feminist performance artists of the 70s and queer performance artists working out of drag and camp aesthetic traditions. Carolee Schneeman is a goddess. I’m also really excited by Marina Abramovic, Andrea Fraser, Yayoi Kusama, Yoko Ono, Annie Sprinkle, Saint Orlan, Vaginal Creme Davis, Carmelita Tropicana, Holly Hughes, Tim Miller, Karen Finley, Sandra Bernhard...

The comedy of Bea Arthur and Lucille Ball is also really inspiring, as is the work of my colleagues in neo-burlesque such as JT Newman, Miss Tamale, Matthew Hollis, Vagina Jenkins, and La Chica Boom.

What have you discovered about performance art in Houston since you
have been here?

When people ask me about the arts scene in Houston, I say that it’s incredible, fresh, and exciting. Of course, it's not New York, L.A., or Chicago, and that's an awesome thing for performance art. Artists travel to these other places with work that’s often all sealed and polished up. It’s a finished product. From what I’ve seen so far in Houston, lots of fabulous artists travel here with works in progress to get feedback. This is really exciting because then audiences here actually get to have a stake in the outcome of the piece. It
is also a wonderful place to cultivate homegrown works in progress. There’s a rawness and a freshness to the performance art scene here in Houston like I’ve never been a part of anywhere else. And what’s more, I was immediately embraced and invited to perform. It’s a very open and accepting space with kickass artists doing really cutting edge work with, it seems, a social conscious. For me, Houston is a performance art laboratory.

Do you have any plans or desires for the Houston performance art scene?

I want to continue to entertain and serve my LGBTQ community through my performance art as well as overlap with other queer-friendly performance artists to see what we can drum up. I’d love to bring a little more neo-burlesque to Houston, and I’ve taken some steps to see where that can go. My time here in Houston is just beginning, and I have so much to learn from all the fabulous artists who have been so kind as to give me a space to express myself.


Check out some more info on Jenn at her Rice Profile!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


an art and music experience
created in celebration of John & Julia's coming baby



Brisa Gessinia Jimenez
Eric Ling
Rachel Skov
Bryan Messina
Melissa Juvan
Matt Manalo
Meredith Cunningham
Vanessa Perez
Emily Sloan
Shawna Mouser
Devin Finch
Michael Brims
Al Eckstue
Boby Kalloor
Heili Geistert
Meghan Carey
Ami Gilliam
Julia Claire Wallace
Arthur Bates
Joe Ortiz
George Manzur
Samantha Ruiz
Dirty Jeff
Denis Cisneros
Josh Nolan
Rex Mohammad

DRINKING PROFITS the BABY so bring your cash and get WASTED!



An art show inspired by the imminent birth of Julia Claire Wallace & John Zambrano's baby.

I would love love love to have you be in my upcoming art show. BABY/BIRTH/VAGINA related art is what I want to see! Video/performance/visual whatever will be very much accepted and appreciated.

This will be a super casual show, with an emphasis on having a great time.

I really want to see what comes from Houston Artists on the subjects of birth/babies/vagina.

Basically, instead of inviting you to a baby shower, I thought I would use the fact that I am having a baby as an excuse to throw a fabulous art show about birth and babies and stuff like that. It should be a really fabulous time, Muhhamadali and Tommy Grindle's new band, Square and Compass, will be playing. I really want this to be a great experience for everyone involved. Beer/food sales will help me and John buy diapers for our new lil baby and stuff, but of course any art/merch sales that you guys make will be all yours yours yours!

It will be an early evening show with FOOD!!! and BEER!!!

November 14th @ ERS Gallery, otherwise known as EL RINCON!

email me @ or message me here on facebook if you are down for doing something, and lemme know kinda what to expect, then LETS MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!

Were you @ Judy Chicago's Dinner Party in 1980??


Dear Julia,

I am trying to find the original participants of the Judy Chicago
"Dinner Party" when the show debuted in Houston at UHCL back in 1980.
Would you be able to send out my inquiry to any venues you know of -
especially other online blogs and other media? Please check out our
website and facebook.!/pages/Setting-the-Table-Judy-Chicago-at-UHCL/149848301725160?v=wall

Did YOU help bring The Dinner Party to the University of Houston-Clear
Lake thirty years ago?

Thirty-six thousand viewers filed past The Dinner Party, Judy
Chicago’s monumental feminist sculpture, at UHCL from March 8 through
June 1, 1980. An army of community supporters made that exhibition
possible. The University is trying to locate that army of volunteers.

If you were one of them, please e-mail Or if you
know someone who was a Dinner Party volunteer, please tell her or him
that the University is trying to find the volunteers.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its hosting of The Dinner
Party, UHCL is planning a major event in the spring, February 19
through April 4, 2011. Test plates and drawings for the 39 place settings will be on loan
here from ACA Galleries, Judy Chicago's representative in New York. As part of that event,
UHCL wants the 1980 volunteers to tell their stories of their
involvement in this major undertaking. If they are willing, they will
be part of a discussion of what it was like to be a Dinner Party
volunteer thirty years ago.


thanks very much,

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Emily Sloan WASHez

Check it out!

Emily is doing a Performance next Saturday @ gallery 1724. 9-5!

Click on that link up there to get all the detailz from her blog.

It looks like its going to be another refreshing performance, just like the fabulous NAP show she did recently!

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Nancy Wozny just wrote a great story for CULTURE MAP!

photo by craig hart christie jr.

It briefly mentions an old collective I was a part of named PERFORMANCE ART LAB, which was an amazing and wonderful collective.

In case you happened to wonder who was in Performance Art Lab and who it was that created all of the awesome art that they made, here is an informative quote from the founder of PAL:

As the founder and original facilitator of the Performance Art Lab, I feel it is important to say that though there were many people who took my Performance Art Lab class during the four semesters of its existence at U of H, there are a few students who I personally consider are the main influential members of the group’s original artistic language. The class organically became a collective by the end of the fourth semester as some of the students repeatedly kept on taking the class. I personally believe that the following students are responsible for the aesthetics developed during those performative formative two-year experiments that ended in 2008. Their names in alphabetical order are: Drew Bettge, Lindsay Burleson, Nancy Douthey, Ian Fernandez, Brian McCord, Patrick O’Brien, Nick Teel, Tyson Urich and Julia Wallace. Three later influential students that joined the group during the last semester of 2008 are: Aisen Caro Chacin, Claudia Cruz and Christian Ochoa.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


I helped put this show together, It will definitely have some elements of Performance Art, and I am pretty excited about it. CUM OR DIE!!!!

Tour Kick Off

5 BUX to get in
Bring cash for cold beerz

Giant Princess
Cosmic Sound
Chemical Mange

Arthur Bates
Tommy Grindle
Julia Wallace
Erin Dance

Additional Art Performances by-
Ryan Hawk
Jonatan Lopez
Boby Kalloor

Thursday, May 20, 2010

NAP by Emily Sloan

Emily Sloan, one of my favorite local artists, has put together a really exciting Performance based show entitled NAP at the Art League. YOU CAN GO TAKE NAPS AT THIS SHOW. Isn't that great??

Here is the info posted about the show from the site:


I will actually be performing a piece at the show, created especially for the show this Sunday, the 23rd at 2pm. Come check out my performance, or stop by the show another time! Other events created within the show include:

Saturday, June 5---Beth Secor, story time, 1:30pm
Saturday, June 19---Ruby "Lips" Woodward, whistling lullabies, 1:30pm

Here is a pic of a nap performance that Emily did at Performance Art Houston:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


A review of PERFORMANCE ART HOUSTON was written by one of my favorite new Houston creators, DEVIN FINCH.


THEN check out his amazing blog MOLOTOV KIDZBOP @ I seriously think this kid is genius. Check out his recent post 'STUFF I'VE CUM TO' Its my fave so far.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


PERFORMANCE ART HOUSTON was an amazing coming together of young emerging Performance Artists from Houston. Thanks to all of you, artists, photographers, attendees, and El Rincon Social for helping it to become the beautiful success that it was.

photo by Rico Svaughn

Patrick O’ Brien Doyle created two pieces for PERFORMANCE ART HOUSTON, both of them were constructed rooms created out of canvas and PVC pipe. “Randomly Genderated Text” was an octagonal shaped room, lined with Christmas lights. A single camera on a stand stood in the middle at crotch height, and attendees were invited to take an anonymous picture of their genitals. The pictures will be used to create a numerically based photo alphabet. “Meditation Painting” consisted of a rectangular structure, with a blank canvas on one wall, with a chair facing it at the opposite wall. There was a clipboard and a stopwatch. Attendees were invited to meditate on the canvas and record their name and the amount of time that they meditated on the painting. For more detailed information written by the artist CLICK HERE.

photo by Rico Svaughn

photo by Craig Hart Christie Jr.

Daniel Adame placed a large black garbage bag over his head and slowly filled it with his own breath until he finally fell to the ground. For more info from the artist CLICK HERE.

Photo by Rico Svaughn

THE MCCORDS created a FUKBOX, a white box made of PVC and white sheets, in which they had sex during the exhibition. You could see faint shadows through the walls of the box. After they were done the FUKBOX was spontaneously used by other attendees of the show for even more public/private sex. For more more pictures and information from the artists CLICK HERE.

photo by Rico Svaughn

photo by Matthew Glover

Emily Sloan invited the audience for a “cuddle puddle” to rest and get ready for the rest of the show. Attendees followed her up into a loft, and then rested together on the ground as she read them a story. For more information from the artist CLICK HERE.

photos by Craig Hart Christie Jr.

photos by Rico Svaughn

Julia Claire Wallace spanked her ass to Carrie Underwood’s country hit Cowboy Cassanova, and then she, along with volunteering audience members, peed into a glass vase. Then as Jessie’s Girl played loudly over the speakers she attempted to throw pennies into the vase of urine while screaming her own desires.

photos by Rico Svaughn

NICKTEEL spent the first hour of the show lying naked in the middle of the warehouse. Then, in a back room, Nick did repetitive movements as his timed lights went on and off.

photo by Rico Svaughn

John Richie gave a passionate political speech in which he implored the crowd to vote for him as the next World Emperor. For more information about his piece, and a transcript and explanation of his speech, CLICK HERE.

photo by Rico Svaughn

photo by Craig Hart Christie Jr.

Sway Youngston shared a dramatic dance inspired performance about the shifting of power and the loneliness of relationships. Her piece included segments where she watched television while using her lover as a footrest, as well as a sexy strip tease. For more information about her piece, and more pictures, CLICK HERE.

photo by Craig Hart Christie Jr.

Jacob Calle presented two video pieces, one where he drank his own blood, and another where he let his friends repeatedly punch him in the face as he walked down sixth street during SXSW.

Travis Kerschen did a video and sound piece entitled, Il mio amore per te cresce sempre, which “explored being in love and the complex emotions which surround the concept of being in love, including: devotion, adoration, possession and obsession.”

photos by Rico Svaughn

Aisen Chacin had the audience hold onto a large white sheet, and fill it with air like a gym class parachute, and attendees ran beneath the sheet as other audience members covered them with the sheet. A large donut was projected on the video screen.

photos by Rico Svaughn

Melanie Jamison created a piece entitled, [convergence]. The piece “explored a collectively individualized interpretation of sound. Melanie played an electroacoustic track comprised of piano and industrial noise while the audience participated in the repetition of sound-based nonsense lines.”

photo by Craig Hart Christie Jr.

John Zambrano, musician from local band Muhammadali, did a noise/vocal piece entitled, “Chew off my own dick.”

photo by Craig Hart Christie Jr.

Beth Fort cut up a designer bag and created bracelets for the crowd.

To see Rico Svaughn's entire album of Performance Art Houston photos CLICK HERE.

For Craig Hart Christie Jr.'s PAH photos
CLICK HERE and click on the El Rincon Cum Show album.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


is on MAY EIGHTH, at El Rincon Social.
Please email
with ideas and proposals.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Artist Profile: Jonatan Lopez

I recently attended the opening of Aisen Caro Chacin's La Lengua Muerta ( which is STILL up by the way, at LaBotanica, til the 15th) and was super impressed by the performance art piece of Jonatan Lopez. Hopefully he will be an artist an upcoming Performance Art Nights. He did a great job answering my questions. Um, Did I mention that you can see a picture of his cock if you go see the show? Yeah, check it out.

How does Performance Art Function for you?

As an artist I am interested in addressing social issues and creating interactive spaces that invite the viewer to become part of the installation and experience it at a deeper level. Experimenting with performance art takes my approach a step further, it allows me to transform an installation into a situation in which the viewer and the performer become equal components of artistic expression.

How does living in Houston affect your performance art work?

Houston is a great place for performance art. Experiencing the performance pieces of artists like, Julia Claire Wallace, Aisen Caro Chacin, Daniel Adame and Emily Sloan has influenced me to make the jump into performance art and join this talented group. These artists are also doing a great job at promoting and helping other artists express themselves through this genre.

Describe a favorite performance art piece that you have done.

So far, my first major performance entitled 'Latin Lover Conservation' is my favorite piece. Within the opening 'La Lengua Muerta' at Labotanica, I presented the idea of launching a non-profit organization with the aim of preserving the "Latin Lover" species and our culture. I auctioned 3 male Latin Lovers for dates and sold romantic services such as "One minute make out sessions" and "Sultry words whispered to your ear" for suggested donations. Our clients were also able to read their sex reviews that were actually written for me. Even though one of the targets of this piece was to manipulate the audience into believing that this operation was legit, some aspects of it became true. Two of my actors found consensual dates at the end of the night and we collected a great sum of money, which was used to pay the actors and as a donation to the gallery. This piece was a social experiment, Labotanica encourages us to make art without having an objective in mind but to find out what the objective is. Not knowing but trusting. And the result was an installation/performance that adressed a myriad of issues including societal classification, sexual liberation, exhibitionism and sexual taboos. I was happy to be able to sell my first performance and to follow Labotanica's mission of presenting art in new formats and through experimental collaborations.

Here are some photos from the event:

and there is also some video footage of the show:
guys got make out ( sexy man on man actionnnn)
the girls got romance all for a very affordable price.

Name some of your performance art heroes. Who has inspired/influenced your performance art?

Santiago Sierra, Marina Abramovic, Herman Nitsch, Ellia Arce, Julia Claire Wallace

And a little more about myself

I am an installation artist
Metal sculptor
Ex porn star
I dig performance art
Art talks to me in dreams
I am trampled by religion
Sex rules my life
I aim to carve my name in a book of art history
I love science
I dig performance art, did I mentioned that already?

unfortunately it doesn't have much performance art on it YET, but i bet its cummin.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

DiverseWorks is bringing PERFORMANCE ART to RUDZ




Its like ten bucks if you pay at the door,

but pay what you want if you pay online now. (SWEET!)

Action Hero: A Western April 17 & 18, 2010 Location & Time to be determined Presented by DiverseWorks w/ Fusebox Festival (Austin) & British Council Experimental UK Theatre Company Action Hero presents their latest performance A Western to Houston bar goers in April. A Westernis a performance and collaboration between the audience and the actors where the immediacy and intimacy of live performance collide with the epic emotional experience of the cinematic blockbuster, a celebration of failure to capture the true size and majesty of the Wild West. Like any good ol' western, there will be a saloon, a scene where someone walks into a bar and everyone stops talking, cowboy hats and ketchup blood, someone cheating at cards, a whore that begs to be loved, a scene where someone dies in a long drawn out death.

ABOUT ACTION HERO Action Hero make live art and performance that seeks to use audiences as collaborators and co-conspirators. Action Hero are interested in creating work that links audiences together and unifies them as part of the live event, building a temporary community. Their process has been defined by necessity: a raw aesthetic has become central to their work. While exploring the epic, they create performance that is intimate, distinctive and invigorating. Action Hero is the collaboration between artists Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse. They have been making performance together as Action Hero since 2005, and they live and work in Bristol, England where they are Arnolfini Associate Artists and members of residence.

COME AS YOU ARE- call for entriez

From DiverseWorks:

Come As You Are: HOUSTON, September 2010

Local Performing Artist Open Call, Written Submissions due April 6, 2010

extended!! til April 14th

DiverseWorks Artspace, as part of the Theater Offensive’s national Come As You Are project, issues an open call for Houston-area performance artists from a variety of ages and genders who explore the theme of QUEER SEX: sex in and out of relationships, online sex, sexting, chatting, camming, hookups, bdsm, anonymous sex, trans sex, genderqueer sex, masturbation, sexual fantasy, erotica, pornography, cruising, condoms, toys, sexual addiction, sexual liberation, sex and mourning, long term sexual relationships, role play, sex work, sexual play, sexual lessons, sexual love, sexual sacredness, sexual healing, sexual purity and any other aspect of sex that will contribute to the discourse on Houston’s diverse queer sex cultures and queer sexual values. We seek short, 3-10 minute, original works. Think performance art. Think skits, monologues, dance, song or dialogues. Think not just drag, but the sex behind the drag; not simply spoken word, but the sex behind the spoken word.

Submit your name, contact information, title, and a 500-word description of your performance to Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 6, 2010.

We encourage you to visit the Come As You Are: HOUSTON facebook page to post discussion about queer sexuality and values, art and sex, questions on these topics you wish to explore with the community, and performance ideas.

Come As You Are is a national project of the Theater Offensive, designed to stimulate a community conversation about sex and sexual liberation on the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. For more about the project, go

For more information about DiverseWorks Artspace,

Come As You Are is supported by The Arcus Foundation, National Performance Network, Flynn Performing Arts Center, Composition, and The Theater Offensive.

Patty Chang in H-TOWN.

I dunno how i didn't hear about this sooner!

University of Houston Clear Lake


"Contortion” 2003 “Fountain” 1999

UHCL Presentation and Workshop APRIL 13TH, 2010, Two sessions: 11:00 and 6:00 in the Garden Room at UHCL Bayou Building
New York-based performance/film/video artist Patty Chang will present her work and discuss the artist’s process in two presentations on Tuesday, April 13th. The workshop is a rare opportunity to gain first-hand understanding of how an artist succeeds in collaborating across artist groups, studios and galleries in today’s globalized field of contemporary art. Chang’s latest video installation entitled “Die Ware Liebe” the Product Love (2009), shown at Mary Boone Gallery in New York, presents a two channel video, running 42 minutes long. The subject of the installation is based on the 1920s Hollywood star, Anna May Wong, who left the U.S. to live in Europe where she captured the fascination of the critical theorist Walter Benjamin – he subsequently met with and interviewed Wong and wrote an article in the literarische Welt in 1928. For “Die Ware Liebe,” Chang hired actors in Shanghai to perform a re-enactment of the fantasy fascination that both Anna May Wong and Benjamin evoked.

Chang undertakes the transnational subject that has long existed in visual culture and renews the concept within the frame of contemporary expression. Her 2006 video/sculptural project entitled “Shangri-La” explores James Hilton’s 1933 “Lost Horizon” by incorporating filmic images of the town in China called “Shangri-La” that was recently renamed by the province to exploit its touristic potential. The video/sculptural project was shown at theUCLA Hammer Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. Chang underscores the rich and complex meanings that are produced when art and ideas cross cultural boundaries in history, time and international locations to become shared amongst a multiplicity of artists/actors, programs, and audiences.

This event is sponsored by the UHCL Arts Association, the Women’s Studies Department, and Student Life Cultural Arts.

Any individual who requires a special accommodation for a specific disability should contact 281-283-3432 at least one week prior to the date of the program/event.
Contact: Jane Chin Davidson,,
281 283 3432

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Thank you for an amazing show.

Performance Art Houston was a huge success, thank you to everyone who came, more info and pics will be posted as they surface.

if you have pics! LEMME KNOW!

Check out these great pics from Craig Hart Christie Jr.

Friday, March 12, 2010



PERFORMANCE ART HOUSTON curated by Julia Wallace

March 27, 2010, 8:00-10:00pm (one night only), free

El Rincon Social, 3210 Preston, Houston, Tx 77003

Houston, Texas, March 5, 2010- Performance Art Houston, an art exhibition curated by Julia Wallace, presents new performance based work from young, Houston performance artists on March 27, 2010 at the alternative art space, El Rincon Social. The exhibition will include a number of live art pieces, interactive art experiences, and performance-based video art. The exhibition includes works that explore the shocking, intimate, sexual, provocative, simple and spiritual. This exhibition will bring to light the new performance art that is happening in Houston.

PERFORMANCE ART HOUSTON is a gathering together of performance and performance based work that has been previously presented in alternative Houston art events such as Free Press SummerFest 2009 and Notsuoh’s Performance Art Night, an event that has become notorious for its shocking, provocative, yet often touching performances, often invoking the criticism ‘this is not art’. Performance Art Houston will bring these controversial and exciting pieces together and place them in the context of a traditional art exhibition for the first time.

Artists include: Patrick O’Brien Doyle, Jacob Calle, Travis Kerschen, NICKTEEL, Brian and Stevie McCord, Aisen Caro Chacin, Bethany Fort, Sway Youngston, Julia Claire Wallace, John Zambrano, Emily Sloan, Daniel Adame, John Richie and Melanie Jamison. Many of these artists were involved with sexyATTACK the Houston based geurilla art project that became a viral youtube video, as well as the paint slip and slide that was a huge hit last summer at SUMMERFEST. Julia Wallace and NICKTEEL created the controversial videos that were featured on Wayne Dolcefino’s Houston art expose’.

Patrick O’Brien Doyle will be showing two conceptual interactive pieces that use participants as a medium to create art pieces. Jacob Calle has created shocking video of his “stunts” including drinking and vomiting his own blood. Bethany Fort will perform a piece in which she destroys a designer bag, using its pieces to create multiple wearable items for attendees. Sway Youngston has created a dramatic movement exploring human relationships. John Zambrano will collaborate with local musicians for a disturbing, yet heartfelt noise piece entitled, “Chewing Off my own Dick.” Aisen Caro Chacin has created an interactive video piece, in which audience members are invited under a giant sheet in front of the projection of a donut. Julia Claire Wallace will present performance based video work that shares her quest for spiritual understanding through sometimes shocking means, such as urination and masturbation. She will also do a live interactive performance exploring sex and pride. John Richie will give a passionate speech imploring attendees to vote him as the next World Emperor. Melanie Jamison will enlist the help of attendees to create a participatory sound piece. Travis Kerschen will share video projection piece. Brian and Stevie McCord will have live sex during the exhibition in the privacy of a white “fuck box”. Daniel Adame will share a slow piece, using his breath to inflate a large bag around his head. Emily Sloan will invite attendees to join her in a relaxing ‘puppy pile’ and rest together as a group. NICKTEEL will dress as a black woman and sing a love song.

About the Curator- Julia Claire Wallace is a young Houston Performance Artist, recently graduated from the University of Houston with her BFA in Painting. She made her first exciting television debut as the ‘soda specialist’ in Wayne Dolcefino’s Houston Art expose. She is one of the founding members of sexyATTACK, Houston’s favorite geurilla surprise dance piece. She also served as a facilitator for Performance Art Lab, Houston’s most mischievous art collective. She is also the creator and curator of Performance Art Night, a monthly performance art event. She also created the Performance Art Houston Blog located at

Press Contact- Julia Wallace, 832-317-5185

Directions- El Rincon Social is located at 3210 Preston (between Roberts and Velasco Street) East of Downtown. From 45, exit Scott street and turn North on Scott (away from the University of Houston), continue on Scott as it becomes York Street, turn left on Preston (the small street past Harrisburg) cross over Roberts, El Rincon will be on your right.