M_ _ _ ER
Oct 10 - 13, 2019
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Thu, Oct 10, 8 PM
Fri, Oct 11, 8 PM
Sat, Oct 12, 8 PM
Sun, Oct 13, 5 PM
"Intense and disarming, [Knight's] pieces play off the social dynamics of her audiences, amplifying the race, gender, and power relationships in the room—often to absurd (even hilarious) effect."
– Gavin Kroeber, Art In America
Employing improvisation, sculpture, sound, and lights, interdisciplinary artist Autumn Knight’s newest work addresses a range of subjects, including the nature of intimacy with self, others, and objects-stuff. The title suggests various interpretations of the missing letters, and the performance itself addresses certain ideas such as “mother” “murder” and “matter,” while leaving room for ambiguity. M _ _ _ ER is a nonlinear, scenic examination of entanglement from mothers to matter to the notion of twins as a metaphor for inextricable intimacy. The work investigates relationships that are common to almost everyone and probes at the nature of precarity born out of physical or emotional intimacy and proximity.
About the Artist
Autumn Knight is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video, and text. Drawing from her training in theatre and the psychology of group dynamics, Knight makes performances that reshape perceptions of race, gender, and authority. Her performance work has been on view at more than a dozen institutions internationally, and her ongoing performance series Sanity TV was featured in the 2019 Whitney Biennial.
Photo by: Lynn Lane
Comissioned by On the Boards. Autumn Knight: M_ _ _ ER is a National Performance Network/Visual Artist Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by DiverseWorks; On the Boards, Seattle; and Women & Their Work, Austin. M _ _ _ ER premiered at DiverseWorks in October 2018; M _ _ _ ER is created with additional commissioning support from Abrons Arts Center for the work’s New York Premiere in March 2020.