C. Ryder Cooley: MFA Thesis Installation

C. Ryder Cooley: MFA Thesis Installation

West Hall Gallery, Room 111, RPI Campus

February 25, 2008 10:00 AM - March 2, 2008

Gallery Hours:  Monday-Friday, 10AM-4PM.

MFA Thesis Performance:  March 2, 2008 at 5:00PM in the DCC, Room 174, RPI Campus.  Reception to follow in the West Hall Gallery, Room 111 immediately after.

MFA candidate C. Ryder Cooley will present her final thesis with a performance and exhibition, "Animalia: Stories of Collapse, Calamity and Departure", on Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 5:00PM in the iEAR Black Box located in the Darrin Communication Center (DCC, Room 174) on the campus of RPI, Troy, NY.  Gather in the West Hall upper parking lot at 4:30PM and you will be led to the performance site.  A reception in West Hall Gallery to follow immediately after the performance.  The exhibition itself will run February 25 – March 2, 2008.  Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00AM – 5:00PM.  The event is free and open to the public.  For directions or more information, please visit www.arts.rpi.edu or call (518) 276-4829.

Animalia is a multi-media inter-species fairytale inspired by the performative behavior of animals and insects. Through aerial movement, projection and live music on singing saw, accordion & upright bass the work invokes visions of human & animal interrelations, secret bee societies and haunted circus scenes.

Exploring metaphors of flight in response to times of violence and war, this gender bender narrative travels through a sequence of dystopic tableaux. When the performer falls under the spell of a deer, she at last escapes her humanity and becomes an antlered deer creature.  Appropriating the masculine power symbol of the buck "rack" and reinserting it onto a feminine character, the performance blurs the division between masculine/feminine identity and human/animal forms.

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