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Daniel Bertalot / Mary Walling Blackburn
May 26th through May 31st, 2015
Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space


This week, each day, separate but successive performances by Daniel Bertalot and Mary Walling Blackburn will take place in the gallery. Walling Blackburn’s (Contaminated) Sermon Chart will begin at 5:30p each day. It will be followed by Bertalot’s Sound Pageant.

For a hundred years, the sermon chart served as a preacher’s graphic aid and was executed by the preacher on a bedsheet. The claim is that it is a rhetorical device but examining the charts in their North Texas archive, logic does not flow; it pools. Mary Walling Blackburn will hang a different painted fabric element on the wall each day and these will serve as scores for the audience during Walling Blackburn’s performance.

Using technologies familiar to a stage setting Daniel Bertalot incorporates the body into a feedback generative process that simultaneously invites and repels. Sound Pageant interrogates expectations of spectacle and the body becoming object within a performance.

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Traveler’s Dick: Our Self-Portrait

This is the score for all who enter the space.

The diagram will choreograph our moves: each of our bodies tracing the outline of the dick and its nodules with our feet onto the surface of the floor. Each person will choose to embody Anthropologist or Spy or Missionary or Artist or Journalist or Tourist or NGO worker or Teacher and collectively, we will form the Traveler’s Dick. As the piece unfurls, the participants will generate the soundtrack, audibly repeating a sound they associate with their self-selected role when the central orator topically refers to their identified character.

Super Groupie and her Capitalist Mind Tricks

This is the score for all who enter the space.

The diagram will choreograph our moves: each of our bodies advancing across the floor to reproduce the zigzagging lines that enfold the categories of institutional and institutionalized embodiment.

Each participant will choose to sonically represent Super Groupie or Junkie or Sexpatriate or Prisoner or Goa Freak or (Unclaimed) Body or Anthropologist. With capitalist mind tricks, we will suture together a young golem.

As the central monologue is delivered, the participants will generate the soundtrack, audibly repeating a sound they associate with their self-selected role.

The People’s Businessman?

This is the score for all who enter the space.

The diagram will indicate categories each participant claims and interprets on a sonic level (a grunt; a whir; an inhale; an…). This day someone will claim Outlaw; another Businessman; some participant as Smuggler; another visitor as Cameraman or Peddler or Burner. As the homily unfurls, the participants will generate the soundtrack, audibly repeating a sound they associate with their self-selected role. A hashish smuggling route as utilized by American and European expatriates in the 1970’s will surface as we proceed– inseparable from its entanglements with mass-produced soft activism and the active remains of colonialism.

Egress (Parade Route/Migration Corridor/ The Riot’s Course/ A HikingTrail)

This is the score for all who enter the space.

The diagram will choreograph our moves: each selecting to circulate through the space as if she is carefully following the parade route, the migration corridor, the riot’s course, the hiking trail. The visitant will locate the path in her mind and walk it throughout the course of MWB’s oration. He will realize that he is the living soundtrack for the lecture as it advances.

Sometimes she will make sounds with her feet as she walks or crawls or marches. Sometimes he will utter a sound that he associates with his crossing. Visitants might have claimed the role of the Vertical Crosser or…the Lateral Crosser or…Intra Crossers.Their sounds surface when the orator’s narrative addresses the selected category. The orator will pause as the sounds build and then begin again once they have receded.

The Wild Pile (the Asylum’s)

This is the score for all who enter the space.

The diagram is a holding tank. It holds the holding tanks: Asylum, Orphanage, Zoo, Refugee Camp, Prison. Her hand visits the outer surface of the asylum and the exterior of the zoo. My hand does not touch the juvenile hall/ jail/prison but it touches the released: mama/aunt /friend.

One holding tank holds another; each night, an expatriate made a human orphanage of the closed zoo; the children slept in the grounds between cages. Guattari’s daughter makes record of the asylum’s open ditch of human shit and names it: The Wild Pile. These stories are populated by fact and by estranged citizens.

The visitor to this lecture will become the living soundtrack for the lecture as it advances. Sometimes she will make sounds with her feet as she walks or crawls or marches. Sometimes he will utter a sound that he associates with his crossing. These sounds surface when the orator’s narrative addresses the selected category. The orator will pause as the sounds build and then begin again once they have receded.

This project is the fourth installment of Threshing Floors, on view through May 31, 2015.

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Daniel Bertalot was born in Houston, Texas in 1988 and primarily works in drawing, sculpture, and performance. He recently performed a sound-based work in the 2014 Lone Star Performance Art Biennale at Art League located in Houston, TX.

Mary Walling Blackburn, artist, in lieu of a bio, has provided a record of sound-related search terms (with their correlative number of searches within that category) that led online users to her website: welcomedoubleagent.com Search Terms for 365 days ending 2015-04-14 (Summarized) (welcomedoubleagent.com) April 14, 2015, 3:30 pm Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 8.13.03 PM