Test Pattern 02: SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY
Watch the livestream HERE!
In a live performance at the ICA, new media artist SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY presents DEWCLAW, a multimedia composition that uses the choreography of sadomasochist bondage play and the faux-rage fueled narrative vocalization styles of ‘80s and 90’s wrestling promos, to consider the forgotten memories, habits, and desires that are stored within our bodies and identities. For this performance, she will collaborate with local kink practitioners Cake, Ms TNT Impact, and Kitten.
The performance will be followed by a conversation with artist and VCU professor Julian Kevon Glover and Jackie Bishop Wells, owner of Richmond’s Fallout nightclub.
Test Pattern is a hybrid performance series that invites visiting artists to use the ICA auditorium as an experimental production studio, inspired by the legacy of public access TV and alternative video movements in the US.
During each week-long residency, the artists will collaborate with members of the local community, transforming the ICA auditorium into a space for music, movement, activism, and deep conversations. Each week will culminate in a live performance and broadcast.
Test Pattern presents the public with a unique window into the creative process, to observe rehearsals, participate in live tapings and online streams of the performances, and to later access each episode in its final form.
Test Pattern is curated by ICA Assistant Curator and Producer David Riley.
RUN OF SHOW
6 PM: Join us at the ICA for refreshments and a cash bar
6:30 PM: Doors to the auditorium open
7 PM: Unclaimed tickets released to waitlist
7 PM: SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY performance begins
8 PM: Intermission
8:20 PM: Panel discussion
SHAWNÉ MICHAELAIN HOLLOWAY is a new media artist and poet. Known for using sound, video, and performance, Holloway shapes the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power. She has spoken and exhibited work internationally in spaces like The New Museum (NYC), The Kitchen (NYC), The Time-Based Art Festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Currently, shawné is a 20-21 Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art Queer Theatre & Performance Resident and is teaching across the New Arts Journalism and the Film Video New Media and Animation departments at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Isaac aka Cake is a leatherman of 12 years based out of Virginia. They teach classes on rough body play, tea service, and conflict resolution in Dominant/submissive relationships. They are deeply passionate about making the scene and BDSM in general more accessible to Black people and other POCs through their work with the 757 Spectrum Munch group, their time as a group leader for Richmond TNG, as well as through mentoring and writing. Recently Cake has spent their time exploring the intersection of African spirituality and BDSM.
Ms TNT Impact identifies as a masochistic bi femme leather girl who has been active in the kink community since 2016. During her journey, she has attended numerous BDSM conferences throughout the country. She is currently the Vice President of the Mid-Atlantic Onyx Pearls chapter, and has also served in the Memphis Project and the 757 Spectrum Munch, both based in Virginia. When she is not serving, she loves to play. Her kinks include cigar and ash play, rough body impact play, primal play, wax and knife play, and being bitten––with consent of course. She also has a passion for music and her new kink involves singing while involved in a scene.
Kitten is a non-binary transmasc Leatherboi active in the LGBTQ+, BDSM and Leather circles. They enjoy the local scene’s sense of intimacy and are dedicated to making space for support and inclusion among them through frequenting queer spaces and events as well as through their work with the Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP.) In addition to their dedication to community, they are enamored by the art of being in service to others and love the hit shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel for their empowering portrayals of queerness. On the weekends, you can catch them fighting (or worshiping!) their own demons in the dungeon.
Julian Kevon Glover is a scholar and artist who graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, holds an MPA from Indiana University and earned a PhD in Black Studies from Northwestern University. Their research focuses on Black/brown queer cultural formations, performance, ethnography, embodied knowledge, performance theory and Black futurity. They were awarded a Franke Fellowship at Northwestern’s Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and their work appears in journals including American Quarterly, Feminist Formations, South Atlantic Quarterly, Souls and Text & Performance Quarterly. In 2019, they were inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society at Yale University and is a longtime member of the ballroom scene. They have also worked with the Grammy award-winning Swedish singer Robyn and appeared in the music video for the title track of her 2018 album Honey. A classically trained cellist, their creative work is multidisciplinary and engages sonic, visual, affective, written and kinesthetic registers with the aim of bringing viewers into critical dialogue with themselves towards psychic, spiritual and interpersonal transformation.
Jackie Bishop Wells graduated from the VCU Graphic Design Program in 2008 with a BA in Fine Arts. She has owned Fallout—Richmond’s Premier Goth Industrial Fetish Nightclub—since 2015 and has been organizing events and working with the BDSM, Leather, LGBTQIA+ and Alternative Communities in the Richmond, Virginia area for over 10 years.
Anthony A. Dunn (aka Terran Wretch) makes music that spans cluttered, noisy industrial adjacent to warm/spacey ambient with synthesizers, drum machines, tape manipulation and vocal performance. His tapes and records have been released on labels such as Sol Y Nieve, Bloodlust!, and Land of Decay. In 2010, Sun Splitter (2008-2015) closed out the farewell show of legendary Chicago DIY venue, The Mopery, drenched in fake blood.