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D+R Residency 2017

May 14–27, 2017

Anna Luisa Petrisko: Creator, Performer
Micaela Tobin: Musician
Adee Roberson: Visual Artist, Musician

Named after the iconic converted WWII army jeeps of the Philippines, Jeepneys makes work that investigates the complexities of postcolonial identity and encompasses a multitude of experience of time, space and self. While in residence at Automata, Jeeneys begins the development of TRIBE, an experimental sci-fi opera that travels to a future dystopia characterized by a highly technologized, colonized universe in order to explore neoliberalism and white supremacy, and to posit modes of survival for the marginalized body. TRIBE aims to unpack the colonial implications of space travel in science fiction by exploring acts of re-indigenization, speculating on how to maintain culture in the Post-Singularity. Instead of searching for a new world, characters remain in suspension while moving through fractured realities, creating rituals to re-inhabit the body and decolonize the mind.

Jeepneys (Anna Luisa Petrisko) is an artist working in music, video, dance, and performance. Whether it is experimental opera or multimedia installation, Jeepneys’ work is an otherworldly spectacle that explores science fiction motifs where future and ancient ideas collide. She is invested as much in sacred concepts as she is interested in technological speculation. Her trademark hand-painted bodysuits are re-indigenized alien skin, referencing the pre-colonial tattooing practices of Pacific Ocean Peoples. With synthesized sounds, intuitive movement, and inter-dimensional imagery, Jeepneys creates new mythological landscapes. She is a member of Black Salt Collective, whose members are Black, brown, and indigenous women creating work about contemporary non-linear identity in which experience results in atmosphere. Jeepneys has exhibited at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Presents, the NY Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), ALOUD for the Los Angeles Public Library, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), Machine Project and Human Resources. She has received artist-in- residence fellowships with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), Yaddo, SOMArts Cultural Center, and Echo Park Film Center. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

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Collaboratively offered by Los Angeles Performance Practice and Automata, with support from the California Art Council’s Creative California Communities program.

Photo by Nastya Valentine.

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