Y

Y has recently been showed in 2009 – 2011 through Highways Performance Space and Continuum Studio as part of SOMAFest (Santa Monica),  Subterranean ArthouseMoment’s Notice (Berkeley), and Pieter PASD (LA). Some pictures from a recent show by Gary Ivanek:

Y is a stream of research that began in 2002. Hermes: God of writing and magic!

Y signifies a splitting. Y is a symbol for the Word. Son of Hermes and Aphrodite. 3. It is an image of the androgyne, shared base-body and bifurcating above, into 2 – m + f heads. Or is that M, F, M/F, neither? They (the androgyne) quicken through burning in the element fire, lying on wood, and through this, ferment. Arms upright to heaven form the Y in the Hyperborean and cosmic traditions. Kha, Rebis. The tree, both branching down and through and up and out. Eve from the rib.

For me, there is something in Y that instantiates the beginning of language, the richness of polyglotism, and multiplicity.  Look at its form: Y. A center with branches extending from – what? Imagine that as the seed, in time, in space, in action. Y-form is the cell splitting and becoming-human from potentiality, is the moment in cell differentiation when the gender is determined (at first, potentiality), is markedly queer. Y as a sign abolishes  reductionist conflict with a creative cross-pollination, inviting a range by opening up. It’s conjoining/disjoining, carving the Stone. The fault lines and fissures. This is very sexy to me, where language makes the cut, those indeterminate spaces that come from an opening. So elegant is the polarity of yin/yang M/F receptive/protective and on and on, yet as we know from 3, once there is 1, then 2 then 3, and so on… So, on…..

In 2002, I was reading an article on Marcel Duchamp and alchemy (“The Alchemist Stripped Bare in the Bachelor, Even”). I got a glimpse of the potential and depth of Y, researched in the hermetic seal of what it means to read and write on my own. Later that summer, Angelina Baldoz and I performed in Seattle at SFADI (now SFDI).

We Y’d. The score was so simple – to begin together, embodying the Y, at some point branch and then end simultaneously. In practice, we found it, but there, with the audience, such a different scene!  This experience set some questions that came to bebeing scene, crossed into other streams. On the level of engagement with the audience, some kind of success. Something in this piece arose a big uncertainty- whom did I/It serve? I had lost the space she provided, lost the connection. After so much personal research, the transition to public was a leap. The piece laid latent as performance material until it revived in late 2009.

video still by David Gilbert, 2011

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