1611 / 1611 is a duration based work in progress...
1611 days were spent submerged in one another and the choice was made to swing the pendulum and sunder out of one another for the next 1611 days. We (Jillayne and kb, xiii) will meet one another again on April 1, 2020, in a smokey Russian basement to dance Tango. Until then, we will be orchestrating our own tides.
"...Instead, let us imagine an infinitely small piece of elastic, contracted, if that were possible, to a mathematical point. Let us draw it out gradually in such a way as to bring out of the point a line which will grow progressively longer. Let us fix our attention not on the line as line, but on the action which traces it. Let us consider that this action, in spite of its duration, is indivisible if one supposes that it goes on without stopping; that, if we intercalate a stop in it, we make two actions of it instead of one and that each of these actions will then be the indivisible of which we speak; that it is not the moving act itself which is never indivisible, but the motionless line it lays down beneath it like a track in space. Let us take our mind off the space subtending the movement and concentrate solely on the movement itself, on the act of tension or extension, in short, on pure mobility. This time we shall have a more exact image of our development in duration." - Henri Bergson
Documentation: THOi + Jessa Carter
rite of dedomicilation
THOi Wuz Here: A rite of passage into '1611/1611'.
Performed at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center for FFTT project in Portland, OR on August 25, 2016.
'...Instead, let us imagine an infinitely small piece of elastic, contracted, if that were possible, to a mathematical point. Let us draw it out gradually in such a way as to bring out of the point a line which will grow progressively longer. Let us fix our attention not on the line as line, but on the action which traces it. Let us consider that this action, in spite of its duration, is indivisible if one supposes that it goes on without stopping; that, if we intercalate a stop in it, we make two actions of it instead of one and that each of these actions will then be the indivisible of which we speak; that it is not the moving act itself which is never indivisible, but the motionless line it lays down beneath it like a track in space. Let us take our mind off the space subtending the movement and concentrate solely on the movement itself, on the act of tension or extension, in short, on pure mobility. This time we shall have a more exact image of our development in duration.' - Henri Bergson
Documentation: Anthony Taylor + THOi
35mm film and digital channeled photo series.
Paris/Nerac/Camargue/Y-Port, France. 2016
Masks in collaboration with Candice Angélini.
Photos & content: THOi
Rhoda & D'Liska
Nerac, France. 2016
Instruments for mediumship.
Photos: THOi & Miguel Ramos
Masks: Candice Angélini
Resting Eye Monument
A collaborative unadvertised & cellular device-free experiential happening.
May 1, 2016
Terminal Sales Building. Seattle, WA
35mm, Digital Still & Polaroid Images by THOi (kb Thomason & Jillayne Hunter), Jessa Carter, Christopher Williams, and Sohail Fazluddin.
VHS footage by Lucien Pellegrin.
Prime Movers: THOi & Jessa Carter
Creators/Performers : Ria Leigh, Ari Leigh, Alan Sutherland, Michele Andrews, Azure Andrews, Sam Anderson, Lucien Pellegrin, Zachary Self, Jennifer Hotes, Hanna Yohannes, Connor Goulding, Isabella Du Graf, Aarin Wright, Olisa Enrico, Daniel Blue.
Special thanks to Baby & Co / Jill Connely.
"Unflaggingly, like an inescapable boomerang, a vortex of summons and repulsion places those haunted by it literally beside themselves."
STREAM Gallery. Brooklyn, NY. April, 2015
pt. 1: Lisa Kusanagi, Cameron Fletcher, Melissa Nierman. Nicolas Fuentes, Benjamin Frankenberg, Nikima Jagudajev.
pt. 2: kb Thomason, Jillayne Hunter
Documentation: Harrison Atkins & Lanee Bird
"Kick in the Door", WITCHES x ESKFF Exhibition
Mana Contemporary. Jersey City, NJ. April, 2015
Performers: Lisa Kusanagi, Cameron Fletcher, Melissa Nierman, Nicolas Fuentes, Benjamin Frankenberg, Nikima Jagudajev, Christina Kolb, Marisa Clementi, & Miguel Guzman
Documentation: THOi & Lanee Bird
VORFREUDEN is the second installment of The House Of ia's Humans Project, an experiential inquiry in locating the ‘body’ (being body, social body, body of work) as a central tool, as site, as social context, as a biotic archive in which to source material from. As we elicit the practice of ‘human’ as 'material', we embrace the inevitable un-locatability of a being/becoming body whose validity lies in sensation based knowing, knowledge within itself and nothing else, knowledge unearthed from information circuits bygone by linearity. Vorfreuden extracts the sap of a celllular re(collection).
Durational sculpture: 3 months of skin, hair, finger nails, toe nails, eye lashes, tears, sweat, saliva, cervical mucus, blood, cum, calcite, epidote, white sage, flax, & water.
5’ x 7’
Precious Materials ll
Durational Sculpture: 3 months of collected urine, hand blown-glass, white sand
*Precious Materials I is currently on exhibit at the Mana Contemporary. For sale pricing and inquiry, contact THOi at email@example.com
xv moons is a direct appropriation and re-capitulation of our ‘normalized’ social ‘absurdities’ and the ill-linear language of nonsensical behavior sourced from conversations within our subconsciousness. All works in the xv moons series has been fortuitously created and / or exhibited on a full moon.
i. 2013 Berlin, Germany
Performance and Video / Sound Installation
ii. Uranus Direct. 2013 Transmission Gallery. Oakland, CA
Both an experimental film premiering in May of 2017 at the Festival de Cine Experimental de Bogotà / CineAuopsia and a massively collaborative multi-disciplinary project based on The Rite of Spring, with over 50 collaborators from 5 countries. Directed & co-developed by Ethan Folk, The House of ia, Devin Mcdermott, and Tyler Wardwell.
A continuous and active dialogue in the realms of macro-occurences and perpetual gestation. An experiment in re-situating our relationship to cultural digestion, alchemical exchange and the absurdity of participating in the conceptualization of "time" and symbolic elucidation.
You are mother. You are father. You are spirit.
An experiential duration based performative installation created for Alice Gosti's Yellow Fish Epic Dura&onal Performance Festival XIV at the Hedreen Gallery in Seattle, WA - Summer 2014.
Created, produced and performed by THOi.
Documentation: Ethan Folk / Edited by: The House of ia
Sound Design and Composition by THOi Asa-Chang & Junray (THOi re-mix) Judas Priest (THOi re-mix)
Found Medical footage part of Archive.org's Cultural and Academic Films: Moving Image and Sound Collection Produced by the Wellcome Library Production Company: Produced by Sir Cecil G. Wakeley at King's College Hospital. Filmed by Kodak Medical Films, London. 1920-1950 Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States
A Site Too Wonderful for Me
Shot during two spontaneous occurrences in 2012 and revisited in 2014, 'ASTWFM' is…what(ever) it is, a prayer, perhaps...
Performance, Camera, Direction, Original Sound Score: THOi
Performed in the Summer of 2012 in Austin, TX and revisited in the Spring of 2014, Jesus Tiger is an investigation in the ritualization of spontaneity, a bestride of whim, and a voyage through masking our notions of being seen.
'Jesus Tiger' was selected as 1 of 2 US films to premiere/screen at the POOL 14 Internationale TanzFilmPlattform Festival at Dock 11 in Berlin, Germany - Fall of 2014.
Music: María Sabina- performing a Ceremony of Mazatec Indians of Mexico, Recorded (quite duplicitiously) by V. P. & R. G. Wasson in Huautla de Jiménez, in the Mazatec Mountains in the northern corner of the State of Oaxaca, July 21, 1956.
...to allow (a liquid, gas, or other substance) to flow out from where it has been confined.
35mm & digital film, 2013-2016.
Photo by Jessa Carter
Photo by Jessa Carter
A 12 hour site-specific performance installation.
Bound in still pivots towards a chaotic self in flux, Befixt, the first installation of THOi’s “Human’s Project”, navigates the terrain of a ‘rhizomatic becoming’. By engaging in the creation of a ‘rhizome’, we summon reorientation with regard to our relationship to spaces; queering structural patterns of growth, propagation, and connectivity. In utlizing an ‘image of thought’ inspired by the botanical rhizome which ceaselessly apprehends multiplicities, how can we allow for ill-linear, non-hierarchical 'entry' and 'exit' points in representation and interpretation of the ways in which becoming never completes itself in a predicate?
As we explore the practice of ‘human’ as ‘installation’, we embrace the unlocatability of a becoming body whose validity lies in sensation based knowing, knowledge within itself and nothing else. Befixt is an experiment in performance as a living breathing beside, a reconfiguration of individual fixity and nomadic subjectivity through the rendering of ambiguous embodiment.
Befixt was created for Cheer Up Charlie’s as a meditation, critique and inquiry on the complexities of site-specificity while highlighting perpetual encounters in casual ‘becomings’ (social and otherwise) particular to this environment. As an active investigation in traversing boundaries imposed within and outside of our selves, the installation performs as a site of both deconstruction and reconstruction of an identity formation which seeks no final destination…
Conceived, Directed & Produced by The House of ia.
Spawned by durational engagement and experimental research through the images of a performance practice we have developed called ‘witness’ and the layered effect in ‘being’ that produce constant exchanges of peeling off and putting on, simultaneously, triggering a curious shift in perspective regarding our contrasting, complimenting, and even contradicting selves.
Matryoshka was performed live at the YellowFish Epic Durational Performance Festival XIV, Hedreen Gallery - Summer 2014.
Documentation: Tim Summers & THOi
Vulnerability in motion... sticky fruitful, unsheltered states of intimacy inside of newfangled relationships with time, space and practice which exists within ia’s world and outside the context of yours.
Our process(es) as gutted young thai coconuts, a mélange of antiquated task cards and untrained pipe cleaners; questions with no answers, exploitations in artistic immediacy, an espouse of voyeurism(s).
Le void blanc – the birthplace and deathspace... a bleaching of burlap.
Site specifically created during the Sawyer Foundation Residency