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FLOATING WHITE HOUSE

Coming in 2021. Floating White House is a site-specific performance and installation aboard Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidential ship, The USS Potomac. This ship is where FDR did much of his writing and thinking until his death in 1945, including his famous "Fireside Chats," which reached people across America via the airwaves. FDR's broadcasts to the nation were very much a barometer for what the country was going through politically and socially during a very difficult period for this country and the world at large. It was the first time in history that a president had used nascent radio technology to intimately transmit his voice into the living rooms of the American people. Over six weeks audiences will be invited aboard the Potomac, currently docked in Oakland, CA. The vessel transforms into an immersive performance space, social club environment, and national broadcasting station centered around community addresses that recreate FDR's Fireside Chats for the country today.

 

FutureHELLNOW

FureHellNow is part of an ongoing inquiry into American ideas of disaster and the future. Sometimes I refer to this part of my practice as my Survival Series. FutureHellNow is both an installation and a performance space where I have constructed a potential domestic reality that integrates the less visible but ever present alarm and panic that is perpetual inside me/us. In this project I am exploring the neurological processes triggered in emergency survival scenarios and clumsily playing with how to apply them to slow motion disasters of global and historical proportions. During gallery hours audience members will find a note on the nightstand that reads: “Welcome to FutureHellNow, Please come inside and explore the space. No shoes on the bed, but if you take them off you are welcome under the covers. I have left some reading material for you on the nightstand and some ear plugs if you need to nap".

 

Old Man, Dance

Old Man, Dance Work In Progress. In April 2019 I enlisted 5 white men over the age of 65, all of whom are not performers, to explore white male performances of power. We entered into an agreement to subvert the white male gaze, by instead placing my queer gaze onto their bodies. I am curious to explore my impulses towards them - to not distance myself from white men no matter how bad I want to, but instead explore the possibilities of directing them into shapes that might be loving, healing, productive, or cathartic. So far, it’s impossible for them to make the right shape but there has been something very meaningful in watching their bodies be of service and up against impossible odds.

PRESS

 

Hyperallergic | Sarah Burke | A Floating Noise and Drag Club | January 19, 2017

Interview Magazine | Antwaun Sargent | All Aboard | January 13, 2017

KQED | Sam Lefebvre | Nautical Noise: Yachting Against Cultural Displacement? | January 16, 2017

East Bay Express | Sarah Burke | Oceanic Aspirations | December 16th, 2015

Art 21 Magazine | Jayna Swartzman-Brosky | By Invitation Only | July 27, 2015

Fast Company | Adele Peters | To Solve Gentrification Put Everyone on a Boat Until They figure it Out | October 7, 2014

The New York Times | Melena Ryzik | To the Sea in Ships as Naughty as Ever | June 20, 2014

The New York Times | Melena Ryzik | Check In, Swim Out: A Floating Hotel as Art | July 10, 2011

NPR | John Kalish | A Floating Hotel at the Edge of the City | July 25, 2011

The Guardian | Boat hotel at Rockaway Beach, New York | Jane Mulkerrins

CBS New York | Eye On New York : Boggsville Boatel And Boat-In Theater | July 31, 2011

El Pais | Camarote con vistas al gueto | Barbara Celis

inhabitat | Jessica Dailey | Boggsville Boatel Turns Defunct Boats into Floating Hotels for NYC | August 21, 2011

The Wave | Miriam Rosenberg | Boatel: A Little Bit of Heaven in Rockaway | August 19, 211

All That We’ve Met | Constance Hockaday Invokes Her Inner Neutrino | Pauline Pechin

Lunar Camel Co. | at the Boggsville Boatel | August 06, 2011

Nathan Kensinger Photographer | Sleeping in the Sommerville Basin | July 31, 2011

offManhattan | Amanda Coen | A Boatel and Floating Theater Drop Anchor in Far Rockaway | July 26, 2011

Gothamist | Jamie Feldmar | We Visit The Floating Boatel In The Rockaways, And Chat With The Creator | August 01, 2011

treehugger | Kimberley Mok | Old Boat Hotel & Floating Art Installation in NYC | August 23, 2011

Urban Daddy | Dock Hollywood, A Floating Movie Theater in Far Rockaway | July 18, 2011

Velvet Park | Grace Moon | Constance Hockaday’s Boggsville Boatel | August 20, 2011

What Possessed Me | Last Gasp at the Boggsville Boatel | September 06, 2011

Village Voice | Willis Plummer | The Boggsville Boatel, a Boat Hotel and Art Project, is Completely Booked for the Summer | July 12, 2011

Curbed NY | Kelsey Keith | Inside Look at The Boatel’s Floating Nirvana in Far Rockaway | August 02, 2011

HyperAllergic | Jullian Steinhauer | An Adventure at Best, An Art Project at Worst | August 26, 2011

The New York Times | Melena Ryzik and Channon Hodge | If You Build It | July 10, 2011

The New York Times | Yaa Paskova | Water Suites | July 11, 2011

All Voices | Shaziakhan | Cabin Overlooking the Ghetto | August 17, 2011