Disorientalism: Ready Mix

Sep 1, 2011 - Oct 22, 2011


Free and open to the public. Photo: Monica Ruzansky.


PNCA proudly presents Disorientalism: Ready Mix, the newest work from the ongoing collaboration between Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim. The exhibition, taking place in the Project Space, examines the disorienting effects of technologized labor, junk culture and consumerism. Utilizing live performance, video and photography, Disorientalism examines how these forces mediate race, gender, and bodies.

Disorientalism’s preoccupation with junk culture translates into junk food in this collection. The characters undergo a transformation as they encounter iconic food industry figures, where modern identities rub off on the twosome. They start imaginatively disorienting physical and affective labor, blurring the distinction between the depersonalized production and the personalized promotion of industrial food. Recent exhibitions include de la Cruz Collection in Miami, the Poznan Biennial, and The Wassiac Project. Behar and Kim have individually been supported with grants from the Franklin Furnace Fund, NEA/Dance USA, Meet the Composer, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, and the U.S. Consulate General in Leipzig.

Katherine Behar is a media and performance artist living in New York. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY, where she teaches New Media and Interdisciplinary art.

Marianne M. Kim is an artist and educator working in dance, theatre and video art. She is currently an assistant professor at Arizona State University’s Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Department.

There will be an opening reception Thursday, September 1, 6-8pm.

Behar and Kim will give the Convocation address on September 1 at 12:30 pm.

Partially supported by Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences.