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Constructing the Mezzaniney: Steven Warwick and Carlos María Romero, with students of Central Saint Martins, UAL

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4 October 2019 (7pm)
Constructing the Mezzaniney: Steven Warwick and Carlos María Romero, with students of Central Saint Martins, UAL

HQ: (I feel so Mezzaniney) (2018) is a collaboration between artist & musician Steven Warwick and dance artist/choreographer Carlos María Romero, developed initially at the FUGA residency in Zaragoza and later presented also in Volksbühne in Berlin, Jupiter Artland in Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire in Zürich and at the co-working space Second Home for London Contemporary Music Festival.  

This performance is a mutation of Warwick's ‘Mezzanine’ performance series, each of which responds to the architecture in which it happens, in conjunction here and previously with María Romero's interest in go-go as a form of work linked to performative economies and social spectacle.

As per Velazquez's painting "Las Meninas", dancers (Las Mezzaninas) are maids-in-waiting, performing labour and acting out the conflicts found in, and on, platform-capitalism, where self-care routines and community-building are monetised and gaslighting fragments trust. Sound is dissected and reduced to the minimal rhythms found on runways and in club spaces. 

If go-go is a dance form that often objectifies the body into a spectacle to be gazed at by the voyeur, in this fictive HQ the body’s pose becomes ambient; less to be experienced, more part of the structure. Warwick and María Romero deliberately inhabit the Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins, UAL, as an ecology where bodies and sound are temporal sculptures. Reflecting upon contemporary feelings of isolation and community building, they posit questions of agency and conspicuous displays of social interactions in an age of unsettling populism.

For "Constructing the Mezzaniney", Warwick & María Romero will present a new live performance piece, which is a result of a five-day workshop with a group of students studying various programmes at Central Saint Martins, UAL. This project will involve new scenes being developed in collaboration with the students of CSM, which extend the Mezzaniney project and repositions the site of the fictive Mezzaniney to another new location, involving new collaborations across disciplines.

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Carlos María Romero aka Atabey Mamasita is a UK-based Colombian multidisciplinary artist and performer. María Romero is a founder of the collectives SPIT! –Sodomites, Perverts, Inverts Together!– with whom they wrote and performed a series of queer manifestos (initially for Frieze Projects 2017), and Vividero Colectivo, a group of multidisciplinary artists and architects re-claiming as cultural heritage historically marginalised social practices and architectural sites; and of Vogue-Chi, a multi-generational queer and allies movement practice and safe space for self-expression and coming together. María Romero is since 2018 part of the Post Graduate Studies in Arts at the Royal Academy  

Steven Warwick’s practice is paradigmatic of an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses theatre-making, DJing and installation along with art, music and writing. His work is disseminated on a multitude of platforms. Warwick creates assemblages of performance, image, sound and language that speak to the ways in which ideologies construct and inhabit spaces, online and offline, and where social codes are performed in the public realm. His visual work has been exhibited at KW Berlin; ICA, London; Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin; Reading International; and Cleopatra's NYC. He has performed music at Berghain, Berlin; LCMF; and Issue Project Room, New York. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, and Frieze. His audiovisual lecture with Nora Khan Fear Indexing the X- Files, was published as a book by Primary Information.

Concept, direction: Steven Warwick & Carlos María Romero

Music, text, performance: Steven Warwick 

Choreography, performance: Carlos María Romero 

Developed at FUGA

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