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| 7. Poignée Handle by Liz Magic Laser| Things in the Slow and Steady Wins the Race Time Capsule for 2018

There are 7 days left in 2018 so we thought we would countdown and share with you some of the items and ideas we would put in our time capsule. For us they straddle the very specific space of the timely with the timeless; sometimes sublimely anachronistic, fundamentally classic, and are reflective of a value system we hold true to.

PoigneeHandle-01Poignée by Liz Magic Laser performed at Centre Pompidou June 2018 with costumes by Slow and Steady Wins the Race

HANDLE/POIGNÉE
2018, performance et installation vidéo, 15′
Courtesy l’artiste, de Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam
et Various Small Fires, Los Angeles
Performance : Forum, 14h-19 h
Vidéo, : Forum -1, 11h-21 h
«Nous avons vu émerger l’an dernier la montée de la figure du politicien outsider et un renversement de rôles dans le type de personnalité de nos nouveaux leaders.
Alors que le politicien a traditionnellement joué le rôle d’un parent mature, il prend désormais le rôle de l’enfant.»

Liz Magic Laser
Au Forum et au Forum -1, Liz Magic Laser
présente Handle/Poignée consistant en
une performance, un film et des ateliers qui
proposent une cosmologie politique pour appréhender et réhabiliter les relations entre libéraux et conservateurs. Cette performance interactive se pense comme un centre d’analyse et de traitement de la personnalité
où le public peut apprendre le mouvement
thérapeutique développé pour sa typologie :
le parent disciplinaire, le parent nourricier,
l’enfant obéissant et l’enfant rebelle.
Cette typologie développée par l’artiste est
inspirée des archétypes de l’ouvrage Moral Politics : Comment les libéraux
et les conservateurs pensent (1996) du linguiste George Lakoff dans lequel il utilise un modèle familial pour analyser les dynamiques entre politiciens et citoyens. En entrant dans le Forum du Centre Pompidou, certains visiteurs sont évalués sur la base de leur poignée de main et sur d’autres indices non verbaux. Les performeurs agissent comme des thérapeutes somatiques en proposant des formes de mouvement comme véhicules pour l’accomplissement personnel et l’amélioration. Une fois les diagnostiques posés, les visiteurs sont guidés vers un décor souple réalisé à partir d’un diagramme de Venn représentant trois domaines d’expérience : le foyer, le travail et la politique, ainsi que la relation de chaque personnalité à ces sphères. L’ensemble inclut des éléments talismaniques destinés aux exercices d’activité thérapeutique de

Liz Magic Laser : des accessoires en mousse qui rappellent un lit, une chaise et un podium.
Les interprètes utilisent ces objets pour présenter des séquences de mouvements
thérapeutiques développés pour valoriser chaque type de personnalité.

Une vidéo d’instruction présentée au Forum -1 fournit aux visiteurs un espace de pratique.
Ils y sont guidés au travers de quatre séquences d’exercices accompagnées de commentaires faisant références aux tests de personnalité utilisés par les entreprises pour maximiser l’efficacité de la communication entre salariés. Cette vidéo explore les bénéfices et les risques potentiels qu’implique l’utilisation de tests psychométriques, en faisant écho aux révélations récentes sur l’utilisation des questionnaires de personnalité par Cambridge Analytica. En amplifiant son travail de thérapie politique à la sphère kinesthésique, Liz Magic Laser a collaboré avec deux thérapeutes du mouvement, France Schott-Billmann et Mandoline Whittlesey, ainsi qu’avec un groupe de danseurs professionnels. Ils ont développé ensemble une chorégraphie en travaillant à partir de différentes pratiques
de thérapie du mouvement dont l’Authentic Movement – une approche de la thérapie par la danse développée par Mary Starks Whitehouse dans les années 1950, le Body-Mind Centering®, ou encore des méthodes fondées sur la danse tribale et chamanique. L’analyse psychologique et l’élaboration de stratégies mises en place avant les rencontres entre dirigeants mondiaux ont également servi de références.
Avec Lise Benoit, Carisa Bledsoe, Yun-Chen Chang,
Célia Chauvière, Fabiana Gabanini
et Martina Musilova. Développé à travers des ateliers
de danse thérapie donnés par France Schott-Billmann
et Mandoline Whittlesey ; et avec le conseil
chorégraphique de Cori Kresge. Directeur de
la photographie : Spencer Wolff. Costumes par
Slow and Steady Wins the Race. Scénographie
et costumes réalisés grâce au généreux soutien de
Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise
Galeries Lafayette.
Handle/Poignée est coproduit par le Centre Pompidou,
Paris, la Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian, Paris,
et le Confort Moderne, Poitiers. Développé en partenariat
avec ACTS / École de danse contemporaine de Paris®
et Micadanse.
Mary Ping (Costumes)
Mary Ping est une créatrice installée à New York.
En 2002 elle lance sa ligne conceptuelle,
Slow and Steady Wins the Race. Elle a remporté
les prix du 18e National Design Award et de l’Ecco Domani Award, UPS Future of Fashion.
Son travail fait partie des collections permanentes du Victoria and Albert Museum, du Museum at F.I.T., R.I.S.D. Museum, de la Fondation
Deste, et de Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette.
Le design de Slow and Steady Wins the Race
est une recherche constante sur les éléments
que nous portons, comment nous les portons,
et pourquoi. Chaque collection porte également
un commentaire sur l’anthropologie culturelle
de la mode moderne, en se concentrant sur les
caractéristiques fondamentales du design dans
une garde-robe. Le travail vise à donner
à la mode ses éléments les plus indispensables
et empiriques. Slow and Steady Wins the Race
est sans âge, interculturel, durable et illimité.

 

| TIME | Poignée at Centre Pompidou by Liz Magic Laser

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Final Weekend to catch Liz Magic Laser’s Poignée piece as part of MOVE Festival at Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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Handle / Poignée by Liz Magic Laser

with Costumes by Slow and Steady Wins the Race

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

“This past year we have seen the rise of the outsider politician and a role reversal in the personality type of our new leaders. Whereas the politician has traditionally played the role of a mature parent, he or she now takes on the role of the child. Expanding my political therapy work into kinesthetic territory, I will collaborate with a movement therapist and a group of six dancers to develop a nonverbal personality test which we will offer selected museum visitors. The choreographic process will draw on personality tests developed by Carl Jung and more recent ones that apply psychological criteria to predict a politician success. Using Authentic Movement, an approach to dance therapy developed by Mary Starks
Whitehouse in the 1950s, and other movement therapy techniques, we will work with the dancers to explore four different archetypes: the disciplinary parent, the nurturing parent, the obedient child and the rebellious child. These archetypes are based on cognitive linguist George Lakoff’s Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think (1996) in which he uses a model of the family to analyze dynamics between politicians and citizens. My development process will use a range of movement therapy practices from Body Mind Centering to techniques based on tribal and shamanic dance. The choreography will also draw
on specific references such as Trump and Macron’s prolonged handshake (Paris, 2017). Our nonverbal personality test will be informed by the psychological analysis and strategizing that took place before this encounter between the two world leaders, as well as by the common practice of assessing character via the handshake.Just as an astrologer uses a horoscope, my performers will act as somatic therapists offering movement as a vehicle toward self-realization and betterment.” – Liz Magic Laser

| SSWTR & Friends | Liz Magic Laser and The Living Newspaper

We are honored to be asked to design the costumes for Liz Magic Laser’s newest performance piece, opening in San Francisco today. Please go check it out. Free to the public.

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The Living Newspaper: Extra Extra
The new 2013 Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award project
by Liz Magic Laser
August 7-11, 2013

San Francisco, CA, July 24, 2013 – Southern Exposure is pleased to announce a newly
commissioned public project through its SoEx Off-Site Graue Award, featuring work from
internationally recognized artist Liz Magic Laser. The Living Newspaper: Extra Extra is her first West
Coast performance project. Over the course of five days, Laser and her collaborators, actors Audrey
Crabtree and Michael Wiener, will stage public performances and man-on-the-street interviews
inspired by the daily news in and around a Market Street newspaper kiosk in downtown San
Francisco.
In addition to morning and evening street performances, the public is invited to participate in
workshops led by Laser, Crabtree and Wiener, in which participants will discuss and recreate headline
stories and images at Southern Exposure, August 7 – 11, 2013, 1 – 3 pm.
Laser’s The Living Newspaper: Extra Extra is part of an ongoing project to performatively address the
relationship between the news media and the public. By re-enacting news stories, she invites the
audience to evaluate their consumption of current events.
This project is made possible by a generous grant from The Graue Family Foundation.2
EVENT LISTING INFORMATION
What: The Living Newspaper: Extra Extra

A new public art project including five days of participatory performances around a
newsstand kiosk in downtown San Francisco, accompanied by daily workshops at
Southern Exposure. All events are free and open to the public.

Kiosk Performance Schedule:
When: Wednesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 11, 2013, 9 – 11 am and 5 – 7 pm
Where: Newspaper kiosk at Market Street @ Montgomery & Post Streets
Public Workshop Schedule:
When: Wednesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 11, 2013, 1 – 3 pm
Where: Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street, San Francisco
RSVP to participate in the workshops via Eventbrite at http://www.eventbrite.com/org/994232247.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Liz Magic Laser lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of the Whitney Museum
Independent Study Program and Columbia University’s MFA program. In 2013 Laser had solo
exhibitions at DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas, and the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster,
Germany, for which she received the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Grant; and
was selected as the Armory Show 2013 Commissioned Artist. Her work has been exhibited
internationally at venues including Lisson Gallery, London (2013); Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden
(2012); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2012); The
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2012); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); The Pace
Gallery, New York (2011); MoMA PS 1, New York (2010); Artisterium, Tbilisi, Georgia (2009); and the
Prague Biennale 4, Czech Republic (2009). She was a resident at the Marie Walsh Sharpe
Foundation Space Program, New York (2012), Forever & Today, Inc.’s Studio On The Street artist-inresidence program, New York (2012), Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2011) and the Lower Manhattan
Cultural Council, New York (2009). Laser is the recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for
the Arts Fellowship (2012), the Times Square Alliance and the Franklin Furnace Fund for
Performance Art (2010). Liz Magic Laser is her real name from birth.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
Audrey Crabtree is an award-winning collaborative artist. Devising performance as an actor, director,
writer, clown and bouffon, she creates for theater, festivals, galleries and found spaces. Her work in
the theater has garnered a Drama Desk Award and a NY Innovative Theatre Award. She has worked
on previous iterations of Living Newspaper, and collaborated with Liz Magic Laser in her performance
I Feel Your Pain in 2010. Crabtree is co-founder of the company Ten Directions, the International NY
Clown Theatre Festival, and NY Physical Comedy Lab, and has taught devising and performance in
UK, India, Mexico and in universities across the United States.
Michael Wiener is a New York City based film and theater actor, performer and writer. He has
appeared in films that have won awards and press acclaim at Sundance, Tribeca, Comic Con and
internationally, as well as commercials including a celebrated drug awareness campaign directed by
Darren Aronofsky. His recent television appearances include The Onion Video, and IFC. Wiener’s
previous projects with Liz Magic Laser include a CNN commission for 2012 election season, an
opening night film at the Armory Show and a MoMA PS1 residency. He is a vocalist/lyricist for The 3
Children… with collaborators Jim Coleman of Cop Shoot Cop and Phil Puleo of Swans. He recently
published an autobiographical essay in Jews, A Peoples’ History of New York, anthologized by
Clayton Patterson and Dr. Mareleyn Schneider, and he curates a performing arts series at the
Gershwin Hotel and Dixon Place.

 

ABOUT THE COSTUME DESIGNER
Slow and Steady Wins the Race is a fashion and accessory line providing a reinterpretation of the
everyday wardrobe by distilling fashion to its most indisposable and empirical elements. Trademark
touches include clever construction with a humorous, quirky, and cerebral yet casual aesthetic. It is a
thesaurus of clothing, accessories and other objects built on fundamentals within the fashion
vocabulary, both commenting on and transcending the temporal nature of modern fashion.
With an eye towards creating signature pieces, the oeuvre serves as a living archive. Each piece,
from the earliest to the most current, is still available today as a testament that good design is most
always relevant. It is a creative, conceptual endeavor that coexists as a commercial enterprise proving
that consumerism can be anti-trend. Timeless and timely, unique and universal, democratic and
cross-cultural, Slow and Steady Wins the Race seeks to elevate the classics to the iconic.

ABOUT THE GRAUE AWARD
In 2009, The Graue Family Foundation invested in Southern Exposure’s growing public art initiative,
SoEx Off-Site, through the creation of The Graue Award. The award offers an opportunity for local,
national, and international artists to propose ideas leading to the development and presentation of an
ambitious public art project in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2011, the Graue Award funded Manifest
Destiny!, a SoEx Off-Site public project by Jenny Chapman and Mark A Reigelman II, on view in
downtown San Francisco from November 2011 through October 2012.

ABOUT SOEX OFF-SITE
Founded in 2006, SoEx Off-Site commissions and present temporary new work by visual artists that
intervenes and interacts in the social and political spheres beyond the space of gallery. SoEx supports
and encourages these practices as few venues support emerging artists working in the public realm,
generating a critical dialog about emerging creative practices. Through SoEx Off-Site, Southern
Exposure has commissioned and presented public projects from a wide range of artists including
Allison Smith, Asher Hartman, Cliff Hengst, Nathaniel Parsons, Will Brown, David Wilson, Adam
Overton, Liz Glynn, Helena Keeffe, David Buuck, Neighborhood Public Radio, Lee Walton, Glowlab,
Kate Pocrass/Mundane Journeys, The San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets, Red76, Instant
Coffee, Packard Jennings, Natalie Jeremijenko, Futurefarmers, Rebar, Preemptive Media, Bruce
Tomb, Christian Nold, Jenny Chapman and Mark A Reigelman II, and more.

ABOUT SOUTHERN EXPOSURE
Southern Exposure (SoEx) is an artist-centered non-profit organization that is committed to supporting
visual artists. Through our extensive and innovative programming, SoEx strives to experiment,
collaborate and further educate while providing an extraordinary resource center and forum for Bay
Area and national artists in our Mission District space and off-site, in the public realm.
An active presence in the Bay Area since 1974, SoEx is continually evolving in response to the needs
of artists and the community while engaging the public in artists’ work. Central to our mission is to
remain the most accessible space for visual artists to produce and present new work, learn, and
connect. SoEx provides visual artists with the tools and resources they need to experiment in an open
and supportive environment. We also work to advocate to new, diverse audiences and build an evergrowing community of enthusiasts and supporters of the visual arts.4
For more information and images, contact Sarah Hotchkiss at (415) 863-2141 or
development@soex.org. Southern Exposure is located at 3030 20th Street (at Alabama), San
Francisco, CA 94110. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and gallery hours
are Tuesday through Saturday from 12 to 6 pm. Admission is always FREE.

Website: www.soex.org.

| Art | FOCUS


The Canal Series is pleased to invite you to
 FOCUS by Liz Magic Laser at 285 West Broadway, Suite 200, NY, on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 8pm.

Featuring Arlen Austin, Annie Fox, Liz Micek, and Michael Wiener. Moderated by Ben Allen of The Think Conservatory. Produced by David Guinan of Polemic Media.


Do you want to turn it off? 
Go turn it off.
Come turn it off. 

Image: Forever & Today, Inc.’s Studio On The Street program with Liz Magic Laser, 2012 artist-in-residence. Featuring Annie Fox.

the canal series is another occasional evening. www.thecanalseries.com
The Canal Series is pleased to invite you to FOCUS by Liz Magic Laser at 285 West Broadway, Suite 200, NY, on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 8pm.

Featuring Arlen Austin, Annie Fox, Liz Micek, and Michael Wiener. Moderated by Ben Allen of The Think Conservatory. Produced by David Guinan of Polemic Media.