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Lecture by Multimedia Performance Artists
Aki Sasamoto and Brian Rogers

The Program in Dance will welcome visiting artists Aki Sasamoto and Brian Rogers on Tuesday, November 5, as part of a Muscle/Memory lecture series. Sasamoto is a performance artist, sculptor, and dancer whose installations consist of careful arrangements of sculpturally altered objects. Rogers is a director, video and sound artist, and co-founder of The Chocolate Factory Theater, which supports the creation of theater, dance, music and multimedia performances. The two artists will present lectures on their artistic practices at 7:30 p.m. as part of Muscle/Memory, a fall course at the Lewis Center in which visual arts and dance students pursue the question of how nearly identical movements and objects can be considered dance in some contexts and art in others. The event will be held in the Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street and is free and open to the public.

AKI SASAMOTO is a New York-based artist who works in performance, sculpture, dance, and whichever medium it takes to get her ideas across. In her installation/performance works, Aki moves and talks inside the careful arrangements of sculpturally altered objects, activating bizarre emotions behind daily life. Her works appear in theater spaces, gallery spaces, as well as in odd outdoor sites. Shown in exhibitions at Mori Museum, Take Ninagawa, Yokohama Triennale 2008, Japan; Gwangju Biennial 2012, South Korea; Chocolate Factory Theater, the Kitchen, Soloway, Whitney Biennial 2010 at Whitney Museum, Greater New York 2010 at MOMA-PS1, New York; and numerous other international and domestic venues. Besides her own work, she has collaborated with visual artists, musicians, choreographers, mathematicians, and scholars. Aki is also a co-founder of the nonprofit interdisciplinary organization, Culture Push, Inc.

Photo courtesy of Aki Sasamoto

BRIAN ROGERS is a director, video and sound artist, co-founder and artistic director of The Chocolate Factory Theater, which supports the creation of theater, dance, music and multimedia performances at its 5,000 square foot facility in LIC, Queens. Since 1997, Brian has conceived and/or directed numerous large scale performances at The Chocolate Factory and elsewhere including Hot Box (September 2012, co-presented with FIAF’s Crossing The Line Festival; January 2013, PS122’s COIL Festival; February 2013, EMPAC Center, Troy, NY – supported by a MAP  Fund grant), the Bessie-nominated Selective Memory (July 2010, Mount Tremper Arts; September 2011, The Chocolate Factory; January 2011, PS122’s COIL Festival), redevelop (death valley) (2009), 2 Husbands (2007), Gun Play (2006), Audit (2004), and Fundamental (2002).

In addition to his own work, Brian curates The Chocolate Factory's Visiting Artist Program (now in its 8th year) which supports the work of more than 100 theater, dance, music and multimedia artists each year.

Photo courtesy of Brian Rogers

As a video, sound and performance artist, Brian has collaborated with numerous dance and theater artists including Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty (the horror the horror, Movement Research Festival 2010; Abrons Arts Center 2011), Aynsley Vandenbroucke (Danspace Project, March 2011), Tara O'Con (Danspace Project, January 2009), Jillian Sweeney (September 2009), and the Movement Research Spring 2008 Festival (24x4x4). He presented his first solo exhibition of new video works in November 2012 at Ventana 244 Gallery in Brooklyn; self-released an album of electronic music in September 2013; and will collaborate on a new performance by Irish dance artists Emma Fitzgerald and Aine Stapleton at the Project Arts Center in Dublin in June 2014.

Brian has served as a panelist and/or recommender for numerous organizations including NYSCA, Queens Council on the Arts, ART/NY Nancy Quinn Fund, DTW Outer/Space, the A.W.A.R.D. Show, NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, Fresh Tracks, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Made Here, Creative Capital, Pew Charitable Trust, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Yaddo, the Macdowell Colony, and others; has lectured and/or worked in a guest teaching capacity at Long Island University, The School at The Art Institute of  Chicago, St. Johns University, Carnegie Mellon University, Sarah Lawrence College, The New School, New York University, University of Colorado Boulder, Velocity Dance Center (Seattle) and others; serves on the board of the MacDowell Colony; and is a graduate of Bennington College.

Event Information


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Patricia and Ward Hagan '48 Dance Studio

Lewis Center for the Arts
at 185 Nassau Street




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