As part of The Unwellness Center, Qubit is proud to present two remarkable evenings of new and rarely heard work by some of America's best known conceptualists. With two shows, on April 26 and 27, this is truly an event not to be missed.
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Set in a former Santander Bank Branch in Alphabet City, Varispeed will perform their arrangement of Robert Ashley's "The Bank" from his masterpiece Perfect Lives. Varispeed's site-specific rendition of Perfect Lives found its way onto both Time Out New York's and the LA Times's Best of 2011 lists back when they first performed it in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Since then, it has traveled to Jersey City, the Catskills, Pittsburgh, and Middletown, CT. The members of Varispeed - Gelsey Bell, Brian McCorkle, Paul Pinto, Dave Ruder, and Aliza Simons - have been celebrated for their interpretations of Ashley's work and recently appeared in the production of Robert Ashley's Improvement at the Kitchen.
Vanessa Place and Alec Hall present their latest collaborative work, entitled "When Freud and Lacan say the unconscious knows only one sex, they mean that in the unconscious, the phallus does not have a corresponding female signifier, and due to this basic dissymmetry, both male and female assume their sexual positioning by way of one signifier, the symbolic phallus, so that for the unconscious there is no representation of the female sex, rendering the unconscious monosexual or homosexual (same sexual), leaving only one signifier for both sexes, i.e., the phallus, and, thus, as Lacan (1998) notes in Encore (Sem XX), as far as love is concerned, gender seems irrelevant (“Quand on aime il ne s’agit pas de sexe” [“When one loves, it has nothing to do with gender”] (p. 25)), suggesting that even as we seek love we are chained to a signifier that corresponds, finally, only to itself, for we are both its substance and its shadow, our liaisons revolving around the precise point of this continuous impossibility and the temporary coincidence of its assertion, fated to repeat, as love does not resolve the bind, but act as a binding solution, intimating the possibility of a new signifier, one that makes of love that steady surprise of affect and effect, i.e., sound always comes first."
In the spirit of unwellness, composer-performer Gelsey Bell will perform a solo from her current piece-in-development "Within," which explores themes of embodiment, pain, disease, and uteri.