For “Sketchy Walk” participants will meet at a historic and still-active cruising point on the Bowery. They will singly explore both anachronistic and current urban symbols and rituals that facilitate sexual encounters. Betancurth and Shalom will incorporate stories from Carlos Motta’s and Joshua Lubin-Levy’s book Petite Mort: Recollections of a Queer Public into the walk, as the group has the opportunity to intimately realize its past repression and potential joy in the present.
Juan Betancurth blurs dream-life, memory, and the present through sculpture, installation, and performance. He creates installations to frame his performance work and draws upon poetry, witchcraft, religious rites, and domestic routines to both reconfigure roles within family and offer a place of community to participants.
Todd Shalom is the founder and director of conceptual walks organization, Elastic City. He works with text, sound, and image to re-contextualize the body in space using vocabulary of the everyday. In his performance work, Shalom leads his own walks and often collaborates with performance artist/director Niegel Smith. Together, as Permiso, they conceive and stage interactive rituals in public and private environments. Shalom is currently a visiting instructor in the Writing Department at Pratt Institute.
“Sketchy Walk,” 2012
Photo: Todd Shalom and Juan Betancurth
Thursday, May 31, 2012 | 7:30 PM