"The 4th World" by Nataly & Tyson Goldfisch
Performance on Thursday, June 16 @ 7:30 PM
This work visually express what our world might look to anthropologists centuries in the future. Our artifacts left clues of who we are, attempted to be, and wished we weren’t. In the year 2022, a time period already plagued by racial violence, hate crimes, massive social and economic inequities, World War III is threatening its sinister visage. We ask how could this happen and perhaps what has been lost that can be found again during the liminal space between the worlds we find ourselves in today and our future we hope could inhabit.
Our creative endeavor seeks to bear witness to the atrocities of human life and humanity at large. To make sense of this madness, Georgio Agamben’s theory of “state of exception” became a focal point in our inquiry. We attempted to depict in three dimensional space what Agamben’s “camp” and “remnants” manifest as. It is our deep wish that this work and accompanying performance opens up a collective dialogue. We invite you to imagine with us and pay homage to the innocent lives lost during the war on Ukraine.
Nataly is an Associate Professor at SUNY New Paltz. She teaches mathematics pedagogy in the education department. Her area of research focuses on the intersectionality between philosophy of mathematics education, aesthetics, and deep ecology. She has authored books and articles about STEM education and critical/ecojustice education. Tyson has performed and shown his work in several states over the last two decades. His preference for exhibitions are outside the traditional art world, consisting of popup art displays, street performances, and improvisational creative outbursts/situations. His visuals, performances, and sound-based work reanimates discarded objects, transforming already-used utilitarian objects and refuse into end-times totems or renderings of end-times characters. Key themes in his work include joy, transformation of sickness into health, deterioration, disparity, alienation, rust, industry, roots, altered states of consciousness and post-rapture spiritual economy.
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