Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute Encuentro:Staging citizenship : cultural rights in the Americas(7th : 2009 : Bogotá, Colombia). , Hemispheric Institute archive
Title: Given over to want
Alternate Title: Entregados al deseo
Date: 2009 Aug. 27
Location: Performed at Mapa Teatro, in Bogotá, Colombia, on August 27, 2009, as part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
Work Type: Performance.
Carmen Oquendo, videographer.
Nao Bustamante, Larry La Fountain-Stokes, performers.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:28:55
Language: Includes English and Spanish.
Synopsis: 'Given Over to Want' (Entrgados al deseo) was presented as a part of the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia, under the title 'Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.' This 10-day event brought together activism, scholarship, and art around the themes of legacies, memories, struggles, and frontiers of citizenship.As a part of the Encuentro, performance artist Susana Cook coordinated a series of late-night performances that were staged in Mapa Teatro’s theater space – an old house where the ruins of the past coexist with the vitality of live performances. Every night, participants presented short, sometimes impromptu, cabaret-style performances, transforming Mapa Teatro into an open site for artistic experimentation and exchange. One of these performances was 'Given Over to Want', a piece where sculpting the body with tape, shadow-play, and boxed wine all provided material for the exploration between human want, both natural and contrived. The performance dealt with the themes of transformation, desire, and desirability. The precariousness of citizenship crumbles into an image as primordial as it is hungry, both fully human and fully alien. Bustamante is a performance artist born in California. Her work encompasses performance art, installation, video, pop music, and experimental rips in time. She is currently teaching New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York.
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