Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Siobhan Aluvalot & Xara Thustra
7:30 pm, Monday November 4th, 2013
160 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Free and Open to the Public!
Reception to follow.
Based in San Francisco, LOVEWARZ is the category-defying visual arts, video, and performance project of collaborators Siobhan Aluvalot and Xara Thustra.
The artists present performances in which they cycle through a multiplicity of wildly colorful costume changes, act out ambiguous celebratory ritual actions using a variety of theatrical props, and transform their intensely patterned, handmade sets, all set to a jarring yet danceable sound collage. With these actions the artists “tell mythic and surreal stories” that challenge received gender categories, resist patriarchy, and question the value of individualistic thinking.
Their work includes video works such as “Baby Xalm Down Bye,” which presents “complicated takes on misogyny, femme solidarity, loneliness, non/monogamy, and dolphins and includes both live performances edited in with pre-written footage.” In the words of the artists:
LOVEWARZ produces live performances, movies, art, fashion, food, and parties.
LOVEWARZ likes people and art and creating more ways to experience people and art.
LOVEWARZ feels a deep and heavy need to expose and change the exploitative and violent norms of our incredibly broken society.
LOVEWARZ has performed for 6 years, on stages big and small, including but not limited to, drag shows, clubs and bars all across the country, coffeeshops, bookstores, art galleries, queer youth music festivals, the street, punk county fairs, and museums, including the Museum of Transgender Hirstory and Art.
Siobhan Aluvalot is a self-taught artist, performer, musician and DJ who uses the mediums of performance art, dance, fashion, film and music to communicate about queer politics and identity, anti-oppression mantras, and community healing. She studied with postmodern dance pioneer Anna Halprin.
Both an activist and artist, Xara Thustra has been pushing the envelope socially and artistically for 15 plus years in San Francisco. Xara’s ever evolving creative medium has been graffiti, screen printed posters. calendars, murals, paintings, video, music, performance and protest. Socially, Xara has been responsible for anti-war actions, gay activism, feeding the hungry, anti-capitalist actions, and squats such as 949 Market. Thustra’s solo show “THX” was presented at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles this Fall.