Performance: Bonnie Jones
Thursday, July 14th 2022 at 7PM
Streaming to Vimeo and Facebook

Free | Open to All

Memory for Intentions (2022)
For this commission, I used some archival performance footage from the past two years of the pandemic to make a hybrid, palimpsestic contemplation of the present. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the tension inherent in how we hold ourselves responsible to the past and how we allow ourselves to move past – move from the past in order to make. The call to “make it new” that is the legacy of experimental art practices is shifting – for there is nothing new, and those who want to erase the past are those who have less to lose from doing so or more to lose if the past is brought to bear in accountable ways in the present. Nothing is without history and no history is without the movement, flux, and relationality that shape the material of time. There is nothing new, but I believe there is transformation, re-weaving.

Bonnie Jones is a Korean-American improvising musician, poet, and performer working with electronic sound and text. She performs solo and in numerous collaborative music, film, and visual art projects. Bonnie was a founding member of the Transmodern Festival and CHELA Gallery and is currently a member of the High Zero Festival collective. In 2010, she co-founded TECHNE, an organization that introduces young female-identified women to technology-focused art making, improvisation, and community collaboration. TECHNE’s programs are delivered through partnerships with grassroots organizations that share an aligned commitment to racial and gender equity. She has received commissions from the London ICA and Walters Art Museum and has presented her work extensively at institutions in the US, Mexico, Europe and Asia. Bonnie was a 2018 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award. Born in South Korea, she was raised on a dairy farm in New Jersey, and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland and Providence RI on the lands of the Susquehannock, Piscataway, Algonquian, and Narrangansett.