SELF WINDING WHEEL OF THE LA LA LA is a new, site-specific installation by Katie Cercone at Satellite Art Show
Activated with ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS ADI SHAKTI REMIX & a participatory HIP HOP YOGA CYPHER
“Self-Winding Wheel of the La-La-La is a site-specific, unique single channel video installation encompassing a set of wearable fabric assemblage pieces with an improvised KALI yantra (a geometric diagram used as an aid to meditation in tantric worship) at the base. The encompassing textile works are hand-sewn, fabric based sculptural pieces made from recycled materials that have multiple uses as ritual talismans, wearables, ecstatic birth blankets, dreamcatchers and traveling altars. Each has its own total vision and tapestry of meaning. All these aspects function as would yantras – crystallizing my relatedness to all that is, the woven, devouring nature of reality. They translate the living principles of my personal queer hip hop feminism, animating synergy and sacred sexuality within their warp and weft. The fabric pieces become activated within the immersive, sacred ritual space. Each is a living and breathing microcosm of reality, and can bend to the task at hand, dissolving and being remade as needed. Coronating the installation space is a Hip Hop Yoga cypher led by myself and UNDAKOVA of our ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS Urban Mystery Skool. My interdisciplinary work encompasses installation, video, fabric assemblage, performance and socially-engaged ritual art. My hand-sewn hanging textile pieces, wearables and immersive installations are the ground of my socially-engaged ritual art practice involving the fusion of Hip Hop Yoga I pioneered with my partner UNDAKOVA in 2011. My Immersive installations become experimental spaces for ritual play – Hip Hop Yogis blending spiritual practice with indigenous intuited herstories, where the rap cypher and Hindu kirtan collide (“mother tongues” based on the power of call and response, or “Word to the Mother”). Organic, transcultural energy exchanges ensure that my transformational visual tapestries interweave within a canopy of co-created ritual magic.” – Katie Cercone
* * About Hip Hop Yoga* *
A fusion of hip hop yoga led by MC “Make Change” Undakova, a native New Yorker and renown conscious hip hop artist/composer and his partner High Prieztezz Or Nah. Based in the 5 Elements of Holistic Hip Hop, our “cyphers” (sacred circles) utilize movement, sound and vibration to create layered soundscapes, simple vocal percussion and righteous rhymes to unlock authentic vocal expression. Drawing on mantra meditation, positive affirmation and transformative breathwork, participants learn to channel source energy and use their voice as a wand of manifestation. Optimal root chakra medicine for those returning home to indigenous ways. All ages and experience levels welcome.
Katie Cercone aka “High Prieztezz Or Nah” is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, scribe, yogi and spiritual gangsta. Cercone has been included in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Whitney Museum, Dallas Contemporary and C24 Gallery. She has published critical writing in ART PAPERS, White Hot, Posture, Brooklyn Rail, Hysteria, Bitch Magazine, Art511, Utne Reader and N.Paradoxa. She is co-leader of the queer, transnational feminist collective Go! Push Pops and creative director of ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS Urban Mystery Skool. Cercone was a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow for the U.S.-Japan Exchange Program in Tokyo. Follow her on instagram @0r__Nah_spiriturlgangsta and learn more at KatieCercone.com 私 の ち ん こ を 吸 え