a performance piece/installation presented by Joseph Hernandez, Ian
Whalen and Ayaha Tsunaki
Evidence in Metropolitan Designated Case [REDACTED]
Letter to [REDACTED], postmarked May 10, 1984
“Dear [REDACTED]. Don’t tell a lie. All [REDACTED] begin with a lie as
we say in [REDACTED]. Don’t you know that?” Why don’t you keep it to
yourself? You seem to be at a loss. So why not let us help you? We’ll
give you a clue. We entered the [REDACTED] by the front gate. The
typewriter we used is Panwriter. The plastic [REDACTED] used was a piece
of street garbage. – Monster with 21 faces”
The Monster with 21 Faces is a performance piece/installation conceived by Ian Whalen and Joseph Hernandez in cooperation with the Nielsson Collective.
The Nielsson Conversations I/II is a series that will attempt to implement and create theory about collaboration. With the fictive character J. Nielsson for a guide, artists are invited to investigate their own narratives, and to create new ones, as well as to examine the space where that overlaps. One of Nielsson’s first tenants is that “space” holds the key to our human design. Through dance, tension, and close documentation, the Nielsson Conversations aim to create installations and performances that know themselves, and that take their places among a network of always more complicated narrative. see here: www.vimeo.com/nielssonc
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Joseph Hernandez, current dancer with the Semperoper Ballett, created his first piece (We, Tender) for the Royal Ballet of Flander’s “Coupe Maison” series in 2012. He went on to create two works for Les Ballets De Monte Carlo; Sawdust and Rust (2013), and Persistent Sequence (2014). He founded the Nielsson Collective with installation artists Yannick Cosso and Jordan Pallages in 2012, focusing their work on the research of narrative and collaboration, and the place these concepts have in contemporary art.