Studio Visit: Muyassar Kurdi

Release Date: Sunday, November 15, 2020

In this Studio Visit, RTV chats with artist Muyassar Kurdi about Vast Geographies— a ritual exploring ecology, movement in stillness, walking, embodiment, and sound as liquid architecture.

2020 Roulette Commissioned Artist Muyassar Kurdi presents Vast Geographies— a ritual exploring ecology, movement in stillness, walking, embodiment, and sound as liquid architecture. It is a meditation on traveling and awareness through movement where there are no borders—only boundless geographies in a sea of graphic scores and earthly materials. Opening with the sensual and urgent short dance film Vast Geographies, variation 3 (16mm to digital) directed by Kurdi and performed by Eryka Dellenbach, the screening will be followed by a concert with Luke Stewart on bass and Kurdi on voice and electronics. The works in total present a cinematic and interdisciplinary performance centered on presence and space.

Vast Geographies was originally scheduled for Spring 2020 but was postponed and rescheduled due to Covid-19. Roulette’s Fall season will be presented virtually and available for free on a variety of streaming platforms. Our theater is currently closed for public performances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the safety measures that Roulette has put in place to keep staff, artists, and the public safe.

Vast Geographies, variation 3 (16mm to digital) directed by Muyassar Kurdi, performed by Eryka Dellenbach

Luke Stewart
: upright bass
Muyassar Kurdi: voice, electronics

Muyassar Kurdi ​(b. 1989 in Chicago) is a New York City-based interdisciplinary artist. Her work encompasses sound art, extended vocal technique, performance art, movement, analog photography, and film. She has toured extensively in the U.S. and throughout Europe. She currently focuses her attention to interweaving homemade electronic instruments into her vocal and movement performances, stirring a plethora of emotions from her audience members through vicious noise, ritualistic chants, and meditative movements. Recent projects include: SEVEN VOICES, a multichannel project for seven voices, which was recorded during her artist residency at EMS in Stockholm February 2018. She also released Travelling on NORENT Records, Intersections and Variations on Astral Spirits in early 2018, and Voice Games, a duo with Ka Baird, on Astral Spirit Records February 2020. Publications include KunstMuzik Journal (2018) and Array Journal: Gender and Sound Technology (2018). Recent artist residencies include: Harvestworks 2020 for the development of Brain Works as well as The Watermill Center Spring 2020 with Lucie Vítková and OPERA ensemble. Performance highlights include: The Rubin Museum of Art, Issue Project Room, Cafe OTO, Chicago Cultural Center, Center for Contemporary Art Laznia, Bond Chapel, Fridman Gallery, University Galleries, Zaratan – Arte Contemporânea, and Judson Memorial Church as well as exhibitions and film screenings (solo and group works) at VIERTE WELT, Trieze Gallery, Knockdown Center, Queens Museum, Spectacle Theatre, and Anthology Film Archives. Kurdi’s 16mm dance film Travelling was an OFFICIAL SELECTION for the BLOW-UP International Arthouse Film Fest – Chicago in October 2018. Kurdi has collaborated with composers Yasuno Miyauchi, Ka Baird, Arrington de Dionyso, Daniel Carter, Tomomi Adachi, Diana Policarpo, Lucie Vítková, Bradley Eros, Laraaji, Patrick Holmes, and Ben LaMar among others.