A Performance by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen
Thursday, 4 March 2010, 7pm
Tickets: $15 (Free for Armory Show VIP)
This incarnation of the multi-media performance is curated by Jovana Stokić.
Location One is pleased to present “The Present Doesn’t Exist in My Mind, and the Future is Already Far Behind,” a one-woman performance piece by Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen; conceived as a collaboration with composers Pete Drungle and Brian Bender, motion graphic artist Brian Close, and costume designer Lise Klitten.
Performance artist Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen was inspired by the writings of feminist mavericks Valentine de Saint Point and Mina Loy that reflect on visions of female sexuality and the subjugation of women. Her productions involve scripted texts/songs; composed music as well as intricate visual elements that include set design and costumes.
Lilibeth Cuenca represents here a specific persona: a strong woman with attitude, and who serves her point of view in a direct way, “a
woman who is proud of being a woman.“ Hers is an inclusive feminist stance that is aware of post-feminist traps. The artists evokes basic categories of the body (as nature), and the architecture (as culture), as male/female symbols.
The artist’s body is trying to fit within and at the same time it is struggling with the laws and structure of geometry and architecture.
Depending on the movements and choreography of the body, basic, geometric costume can transform into multiple formations as basic
geometrical shapes: cylinder, circle, square, and rectangle. The inner layer is a “bodysuit”, only revealing the face, hands and feet. When
the “geometric” is taken off, the motion graphics of architectural structures --”Virtual Costumes” -- take over by surrounding and
enclosing the body in lines and grids. The female body is integrated with architecture by projecting motion graphics onto a solid white body form. Like a snail house or a turtle, the artist carries her space around -- a mobile, dynamic and flexible architecture. By this
performative imagining, the artist contests the fact that architecture is predominantly a masculine endeavor.
Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (b.1970 in Manila) lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Works primarily with video and performances. With consummate style and an almost voracious curiosity, she navigates the interspaces between different kinds of realities and extremes. Between the perfect staging of music videos and the raw reality of documentaries. Between personal confessionals and political commitment. Taking her own Danish-Filipino background as her point of departure, the artist displays a keenly honed sensitivity, almost like that of an anthropologist, to the narratives that exist in and between a place of birth and home country. She gathers, adapts, and universalisms these narratives in her both critical and humorous approach to central issues such as identity, gender, and social relations. Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen is a graduate from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (1996-2002). She has contributed to a wide range of exhibitions in Denmark and abroad. Her work has been presented internationally at institutions such as U-Turn Quadriennial, Copenhagen; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Malmö Kunst Museum, Sweden; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea, PERFORMA 09, New York.
ABOUT LOCATION ONE
Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One's residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.