Ex Files (2017)is a multimedia performance about the evolving shapes of thought forms through the dissolution of romantic relationships. Elements of the work include a 2 channel video projection, live electronic soundscape, soliloquy, and creation of a labyrinth. The piece presents relationship “evidence” in the form of stream-of-consciousness journal entries and written correspondences with exes over the span of 5 years. The writings, dramatically recited during the performance, represent negative thought loops that lead to cognitive disorientation.
Musical accompaniment by Benjamin Schurr
Photos courtesy of Renée Regan
Ex Files Beehive
In homage to and in collaboration with local music celebrity TV John Langworthy, Macyshyn recreates TV John’s “dream song” videos in her interactive installation, These Dreams. Lyrics and background content for the videos will inform a related workshop based on tapping into the subconscious symbolism in dreams. Performers make songs their own with personal dance moves, vocal flourishes, and costume karaoke.
John Langworthy Documentary
Katie Macyshyn capture's TV John in his private sphere. This video was created for Local Legends, an exhibition at VisArts in Rockville. Curated by Jose Ruiz and the MICA curatorial dept.
In the performance, XXX Stacy (pronounced triple ex Stacy), multimedia techniques are used to tell the story of a celestial being and her birth to Earth. The installation includes an inflatable dome with a projection inside, and a video projection playing on a wall or screen simultaneously. The performance ends with a satirical burlesque routine to Boyfriend’s song “Like My Hand Did”.
The lack of knowledge and value placed on mystical unitive experiences result in the systematic suppression of psychedelic drug exploration and female sexuality. Stacy is a sex teacher advocating chronic youforia. Her mission is to spread truth in order to fight the dominator culture of Western civilization, an enemy she sees fast spreading to the furthest reaches of the globe. Through love, music, dance, and satire, Stacy exercises divine intervention to tap into ancient wisdom and retrieve lost parts of the soul.
XXX Stacy Documentation
Toothless and Ruthless
Sugar is the gateway drug. In addition to being a highly addictive substance with no nutritional value, sugar represents decadence fueled by oppression and is still created through unsustainable processes which have a heavy load of socio-political and environmental implications. Similar products ,which not only have an impact on the land but our psyche, include liquor, coffee, tea, and chocolate. In the performance, Toothless and Ruthless, the addictive products mentioned above are compared to dangerous drugs synthesized in a lab.
In this interactive performance, viewers learn the true history of civilization as we know it. This history hinges on the mercy of an extraterrestrial overlords. Participants are taught an exercise in harmonic overtones, the sound of which powers the performer, in the form of Nut the goddess, on her mission to reunite with her love, Geb.
Loving The Alien
A performance art piece about best intentions and interplanetary infatuation. Some time in the future, in a galaxy not so far from here.....
There was a young being who had taken a liking to the Earth creatures. With a little bit of finagling she could program her disco stick to pick up transmissions from Earth television. She liked to watch TV on her LSD screen inside of her sleep pod. Of course, with space time and what all, the transmissions were from about 50 years prior to the time on Earth presently. The space being so adored the colors and music of Earth, but between the exciting sounds and images, she could hear the planet crying out for help. Earth was filled with pain. Her species of altruists were concerned with bigger intergalactic issues than the lower beings on planet Earth, but the she saw potential in them. If only the Earth beings could experience true beauty, they could reach a higher state of consciousness and have peace. She put on a flesh suit to mimic the features of what appeared to be the most desirable women by Earth standards, then sped off through a complex web of worm holes. She found herself in the capital of the free world, Washington, D.C......
Sprung is a playful video experiment in collaboration with Armando López Bircann. In this work, the coquettishness of spring is juxtaposed with the dangers of a world full of dark, masculine magic.
Bobbie is a fictional blues singer and chameleon. She is whoever I need her be whenever I need her, her career spanning the greater half of the 20th century, bringing me perspective through her performances, passing from one person to the next in the form of a radiant green ball of love-light, and headlining the lounge acts of my dreams.
Bobbie Waiting for Charlie
Performed in NYC, Salomiley combines Miley Cyrus, the mysterious biblical character Salome, and the artist herself to create a modern interpretation of the dance of the seven viels. This performance combines sex with naiveté to tell a political coming of age story. Is Salomiley or someone else in control of her seductive power?
Cheri is a projection from an alternate universe, residing in your television at the end of the basic cable channels around 3AM, when the wall between our realm and the spirit realm is weakest.
As the wall between worlds is compromised, the television displays in flashes subliminal messages about the American government and consumerism.
These brainwashing techniques are being fought by energetic entities which are tethered to the earth of the FireWater Casino, including Cheri, the featured lounge act.
Cheri the video is used as an intro accompanying a live Cheri performance, which includes corny jokes, singing, and channeling the spirits tied to the land at the FireWater Casino.
The Grand Hippodrama: An Op'ry For The Ages
The constant human performance of day to day life contains great moments of vulnerability, heartache, and discovery. This drama of the human experience can be called an opera. The viewer’s acceptance of this is intrinsic to the meaning of my performative body of work, The Grand Hippo Drama, An Op’ry For The Ages . By creating ties to the opera I am then free to play on its tropes and language of binaries as a tool to discuss real-world issues of class.
Grand Hippodrama Preview
Act1 Scene1 Grand Hippodrama
Just Deserts is a study of the performer’s relationship to family in the wake of a tragedy. The protagonist attempts to fix violence, illness, and loss, in the hopes that time will heal the family unit, but while working alone and living in the past, never seems to make progress.
Duo Armando Lopez-Bircann and Katie Macyshyn meld their gender-centric, fantasy based performance practice. Mixing influences of seapunk, dance music, folklore, video games, and American Indian mysticism, an original mythology is created. In their whimsical performances, the artists transcend states of being and show, in rapid succession, the journey of a thousand lives, or simply one that is lived with awareness.
Fortune Teller is an interactive sculpture/performance where participants offer a coin in exchange for a fortune card. The fortunes are in reference to the "Save The Corcoran" student movement of 2012 at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. The installation consisted of a wooden structure that was carried in on the performer's back. The performer is dressed as a turn-of-the-century southern charlatan. Once inside the fabric cover of the box, the performer puts on a costume, including a turban and crystal ball. The combination of smoke and mirrors, exploitation, and impermanence represented the actions of the Corcoran board of trustees which led to the Corcoran's downfall as an independent institution.
Performed to the Little Richard song of the same title, Baby Face, is an improvised dance routine, where the performer, dressed in a pumpkin-like furry costume, spins around a pole and wiggles for tips. This performance explores girl's sexualization in a humorous way, as the dance is meant to attract and repel the viewer.
Genderfuck Potluck investigates the nature of social constructs and their dictation of gender and sexuality as it pertains to identity. The metamorphosis evolves from reality to a fantasized conglomeration of gender and sexuality as facilitated through food.
by Rachel Hrbek, Katie Macyshyn, René Medrano
Armando Lopez-Bircann and Katie Macyshyn's pOpera brings together two worlds in a volatile union of performance art and performing arts. Dub step beats push on the perpetual action, which is wrought with symbols and contradictions. Extravagant art objects turned costume, high energy sound and performance, and unconventional set pieces and objects create an oft-incomprehensible world in which a blow-up doll turned cyborg must find her way home. It is with this format that we question Frankensteinian themes such as the threatening power of women, unwanted children, the nature of social transformations, and the danger of knowledge.