Andrea Liu

30 Jun - 30 Jul 2013

Andrea Liu (United States)

Andrea Liu is a New York City-based visual art and dance critic, and dancer. Her current research attempts to parse the distinction between postmodernism as a value-neutral indicator of a time period versus postmodernism as an aesthetic category (postmodern literature, postmodern architecture) versus postmodernism as a prognosis of a cultural condition versus a postmodernism of resistance, an oppositional epistemology that destabilized the grand narratives of Enlightenment versus a cynical ahistorical “anything goes” postmodernism disemboweled of any element of critical resistance, complicit with neoliberal capitalist consumerism. She has been artist-in-residence at Museum of Fine Arts at Houston CORE Critical Studies Fellowship, Art & Law Program, Atlantic Center for the Arts (Master Artist: Cornelius Eady), Ox-Bow/Art Institute of Chicago, Millay Colony, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, Jacob’s Pillow, Corniolo Art Platform (w/visiting artist Brett Bloom of Temporary Services), was a New Museum Nightschool Core Participant (organized by Anton Vidokle) and Triple Canopy Speculations School core participant at PS 1. Her most recent project “What’s Wrong with Visual Pleasure?” at Homesession Art Space in Barcelona examined how the discursive regime has displaced the ocular regime in contemporary art, and how the critical geneaologies of post-structuralism delegitimized aesthetics.  She has written for ArtUS, New York Arts Magazine, Movement Research Journal, galeria perdida, Social Text, Pastelegram, Claudius App, and has book chapter contributions to Infinite Instances: Studies and Images of Time (Mark Batty Publishers, 2011), The Swedish Dance History (Inpex, 2010) and  Sarai Reader: 09, curated by Raqs Media Collective (2013). She has given talks at Sculpture Center, Black Mountain College Museum, Triangle Arts Workshop, Banff Centre (Society of Dance History Scholars), Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Archetime Conference, Bruce High Quality Foundation University, and NYU Performance Studies Conference .She has danced at Artists Space (‘05), Queens Museum of Art (‘06), Danspace at St. Marks Church (‘06) and Chez Bushwick (‘07) for choreographers Jennifer Monson, koosil-ja hwang, and Elise Knudson. She was a literature major at Yale and thereafter studied literary criticism at Centre Parisien d’Etudes Critiques in Paris. She founded the temporary gallery the Naxal Belt in Bushwick (Brooklyn, NY). After ZK/U she will be artist-in-residence at Culturia, Berlin contributing to their Non-Material Collection and CRIR (Christiana-Researcher-in-Residence) in Copenhagen in Fall 2013.

Project at ZK/U

While at ZK/U she will work on Theory Monster and The Impossibility of Cowardice

Theory Monster: A performative lecture and dance insurgency. People entering into the space will receive post-structuralist fun packs which will activate an onslaught of “theory tidbit performative modules” from the Theory Monster. The evening will be divided into three parts: (1) Greatest Hits of Postmodern Theory (2) Queer Mutiny and (3) Occupy Wall Street punctured by periodic outbursts of dance insurgency.

The Impossibility of Cowardice: In our late capitalist postmodern era, there is no longer any opportunity to be a coward. Cowardice is an anachronism, conjuring up 18th century Victorian novels of men challenging each other to a duel to prove their honor. In the late capitalist postmodern era, there is no anterior history of dystopia, revolutionary failure, melancholia, that preceded the state of cynicism—cynicism is the starting point, not the result of failure or loss anymore. With the fragmentation of the subject, the onslaught of spectacle, the replacement of agency by consumption, the end of history as teleological progression, our late capitalist terminal condition is such that there is no longer a field of moral action in which we could choose to show either courage or cowardice.

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