Aaron Landsman, Clarinda Mac Low, Ogemdi Ude: Language Reversal
Language Reversal: Move Past What We Know is part of a collaborative process about power, translation, and the toolkits for survival. For each program, artists Aaron Landsman, Clarinda Mac Low, Ogemdi Ude will be in dialogue with guests from communities that span from the Lower East Side to Serbia, Nigeria, Australia and beyond, all of whom have been subject to authoritarian turns.
On February 1, Aaron Landsman and Serbian cultural producer Milan Vračar will share conversation, text, and images in response to the following questions:
What does it mean to lose a country? What does it mean never to have had one in the first place? What are policies, and structures, you can’t imagine having in your home country that we have here, and vice versa? Cultural traditions? Ways of being/surviving/expressing?
Aaron Landsman is a New York-based writer, teacher and organizer who makes community engaged performances, conversations and other live events. He is a 2017-20 Abrons Arts Center Social Practice Artist in Residence, as well as a recent Guggenheim Fellow, ASU Gammage Residency Artist and Princeton Arts Fellow. His projects have been presented in New York by The Foundry Theatre, Abrons, PS 122, The Chocolate Factory, and HERE. He has performed with Elevator Repair Service, Richard Maxwell, Tory Vazquez and others. His book No One Is Qualified, co-authored with Mallory Catlett, will be published by the University of Iowa Press in 2021.
Milan Vračar is an independent cultural producer and a president of Association Kulturanova. He has been involved in many international projects and collaborated on produced many innovative art installations and festival in Serbia. Milan has participated in residencies including the Felix Meritis residency in Mains dOuvres, Paris, a CEC Artslink residency in New York, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. He is a board member of several international networks. He held several lectures about his work at Universities in Serbia and in Europe. In 2017. he co-founded independent Cultural centre and coworking LAB. He is also a board member of OPENS – the body that coordinates the title of Novi Sad being European Youth Capital and Advisory board member of the European Network of Cultural Centres. He is also an experienced (and certified) youth worker and has done projects involving Roma, involving freedom of speech and capitalism (PATRIOTIC HYPERMARKET) and other contemporary subjects. Milan is fluent in English and Slovenian, basic in French.
Clarinda Mac Low creates participatory installations and events that investigate social constructs and corporeal experience. She is Executive Director of Culture Push, an organization that links artistic practice, social justice, and civic engagement, a co-founder of Works on Water, which supports artists working with water as site and material, and a medical journalist specializing in HIV/AIDS. Mac Low has recently “performed” dramaturgy for Katy Pyle’s Ballez, David Thomson’s he his own mythical beast, Gender/Power (Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey), and Marjani Forté-Saunders’ Memoirs of a….Unicorn. Honors include a BAX Award in 2004, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant, 2007 and a 2010 Franklin Furnace Fund grant.
Ogemdi Ude is a Nigerian-American dance artist, educator, and doula based in Brooklyn, New York. She creates performances that investigate how Black folks’ cultural, familial, and personal histories are embedded in their bodies and influence their everyday and performative movement. She aims to incite critical engagement with embodied Black history as a means to imagine Black futurity. Her work has been presented at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, Lewis Center for the Arts, La Mama Courthouse, and for BAM’s DanceAfrica festival. She currently serves as Head of Movement for Drama at Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan and is adjunct faculty in the Dance MFA at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement Grantee, a member of Gibney’s 2020 Moving Toward Justice Cohort, and a 2019-2020 Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU Resident Fellow. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English, Dance, and Theater from Princeton University.
Funding for Language Reversal is provided by Abrons Arts Center with support from the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Additional funding provided by Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts.
The 2020-2021 Season at Abrons Arts Center is supported, in part, by generous grants from the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and other generous Henry Street Settlement funders. This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Image credit: Carlos Cardona