Miao Jiaxin — best known for a work that invited strangers to Airbnb a cage in his apartment — lit a room up with fire at the Just Situations performance festival.
As cities and states pass legislation to curtail Airbnb activity, the site’s future as a tool for artists and art organizations both large and small remains uncertain.
A different kind of paean to the carnivalesque transpires in New York City, outside RoseLee Goldberg’s curatorial reach.
Friendships confined solely to digital interaction are an increasingly common component of contemporary social life. These are precisely the types of relationships that performance artist Miao Jiaxin is looking to activate with his latest Airbnb-based project, “Blind Meeting in Bushwick — A Tribute to Barbara DeGenevieve.”
You can rent all types of living accommodations on Airbnb: private rooms, shared apartments, floors in houses … and now, a cage. Courtesy of artist Miao Jiaxin.
On New Year’s Eve I found myself ringing in 2014 at Outlet gallery in Bushwick, watching Miao Jiaxin’s performance piece “News.” It was a fitting choice: “News” elicits a hollow catharsis not unlike a New Year’s Day hangover.
The Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival (BIPAF) is picking up speed, and this last week was its busiest yet.
CHICAGO — The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics induces a sort of lonely feel, one that falls closer in line with Lee Edelman’s No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive, which argues that “the efficacy of queerness lies in its very willingness to embrace this refusal of the social and political order” than the playful camp of Planet Unicorn. It is after Lee Edelman’s polemic text, and namely the notion of “refusal,” that this video screening and the larger exhibition series takes its name. Yet, if queerness is all about transcending and transforming beyond normative modes of being and believing, why do the works in this screening mostly rely on queer theory texts of the past? This video screening presents 11 videos covering topics of the abject body, intersections of sex and death, the gay mystic, explorations of S/M fantasies and fetish, power plays, the bathhouse, and the odd world of online amateur porn.