The first day I stepped into Mugwumpin’s brainstorming session for The Looking Glass Self I had no idea what to expect. As Mugwumpin’s summer intern, I’ve been in the Project Space with Mugwumpin during their Combustible Residency rehearsals for 4 months now. I’ve worked as an Assistant Stage Manager, I’ve stood in as a practice […]
About This Artist
Simone Aughterlony is an independent artist based and supported in Zurich and Berlin, working predominantly in dance and performance contexts.
Over more than decade, Simone she has been devising and producing choreographic works. As a performer she has worked with artists such as Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Forced Entertainment and Jorge León, Phil Hayes amongst others. In 2015 «Supernatural», a collaboration with artists Antonija Livingstone and Hahn Rowe premiered in American Realness while in the same year the performance project «Uni * Form», devised by Jorge León and Simone premiered at Zuercher Theater Spektakel. Alongside en extensive tour of these works and the «Biofiction Trilogy» of which «Biofiction» is the third part. She is currently performing with Jen Rosenblit with their peformance project «Everything Fits In The Room», a commission from HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Engaging with alternative forms of kinship, inside her process new constellations of family emerge as possibilities for reconfiguring a culture of togetherness that foster both familiar and unknown quantities. Her works playfully compose with representation and its saturation, seeping into and embracing the phenomenology of mis-recognition and the absurd. Simone approaches the performance genre as a world building practice where she navigates the contradiction between the domination of desire alongside the agency of all elements.
About This Project
Observing the Supernatural grants access to a shared kaleidoscopic body.
Human and non-human actants camp together on a hot pink terrain under an unblinking fluorescent sky. With axes, wood, violin, electronics and the bare body, Simone Aughterlony, Antonija Livingstone and Hahn Rowe stage an inquiry into some vibrant matters.
Supernatural suggests a wilderness that signifies a plurality of agencies without ontological hierarchy – the vigour of the blade, the skin, the wood, the rope, the gaze, and all in our midst, buzz together lovingly in a hot debate on the political ecology of things.
Queer lives know that being in disguise can encourage the dissolution of normative identity patterns of recognition. Supernatural actively chops up the topography of gender perceptions and welcomes the joyful techno construction of multiple bodies and pleasures.
Is this movement research or fun post-porn practice?
Whatever it is, it brings the bodies and companion materials in conversation to know no difference between being excited, being exciting and being excited-with.
Mark your calendars, CounterPulse is moving full throttle in a relentlessly risk-taking performance line-up this Fall. See our Fall 2019 performance schedule and get tickets below! Combustible Residency 2019 Mugwumpin: The Looking Glass Self Mabel Valdiviezo with Travis Bennett: Metamorphosis: Phase 1 Sept 12-14 & 19-21, Thu-Sat, 7:30pm & 8:15pm Pay-what-you-can Thursdays CounterPulse is […]
Mugwumpin Company Member Ray Oppenheimer on the development of The Looking Glass Self One of the things that I am interested in is the democratization of technology, lowering the barrier for the creation of high quality digital falsehood. As a tool to explore this loss of autonomy and ease of creation we decided to experiment […]
#NotABugSplat A little girl’s face stares towards the clouds in a meadow, a place where drones fly as often as the birds. Her face covers a massive portrait printed by a group of artist-activists as part of an installation titled #NotABugSplat. Since 2004, drone strikes in Pakistan have killed over 3,000 people, including a large […]
June 11, 2019
The Tenderloin Art Lending Library (TALL) is a queer-artist-run project that lends artwork to Tenderloin community members free-of-charge. TALL is a trust-based program where artists—the majority of whom are homeless, formerly homeless, and live or work in the Tenderloin—donate artwork that is available for loan to any member of the Tenderloin community free-of-charge. TALL is […]