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Thursday, December 10, 2020


Ich komme in den Saal, weil mich die Sorge treibt,

Die Unruhe, die sich bei dem Anblick des ersten gedämpft hatte, ist mit dem letzen, der hier hereinging, nun von neuem ausgerochen.

The latest from the fine people of Participant Inc. with Participant After Dark. Don't forget to donate donate and then donate some more.

Jordan Strafer in dialogue with Darla Migan
Sunday, December 13, 2020, 7pm EST
This event includes live ASL interpretation

As part of:
Jordan Strafer, No Bag
December 2, 2020 – January 10, 2021

Jordan Strafer occupies PARTICIPANT AFTER DARK with No Bag, an interactive multi-media web-based artwork.

For my school project I took a machete and destroyed everyone’s backpacks.

I gave an incoherent speech then gave out my phone number and promised to replace the backpacks.

After it happened, I couldn’t believe I made that promise to return the backpacks.

They must have been expensive. Some may have been sentimental and irreplaceable.

Everyone would be heading home with all their books and no bag!

A fellow student tapped me on the shoulder and said, “I’m going to bang your cake in.”

“Shit,” I said, “What a stupid way to die.”

I lay on the ground, with hands outstretched, ready for my punishment. “I love you,” I said. “You’ve misunderstood me,” they said.

Jordan Strafer (b.1990, Miami, FL) is an artist, working primarily in video, based in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from The New School in 2016 and her MFA from Bard College in 2019. She has participated in group exhibitions at Red Tracy, Copenhagen, (2020-21); Housing, New York (2020); SculptureCenter, New York (2020). In 2021, she will be participating in a three-person exhibition with Maryam Hoseini and Rindon Johnson at The New Museum in New York and a group exhibition at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Her first solo exhibition will be at Participant Inc, New York in 2022.

Darla Migan is an art critic and culture worker based in New York City. She completed her Ph.D in Philosophy with a dissertation on Adrian Piper’s contributions to B/black aesthetics and will continue her research at the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2021. Darla’s essays on contemporary art and visual culture have been published in Artnet News, The Brooklyn Rail, CulturedMag, and Texte zur Kunst.

PARTICIPANT AFTER DARK is a virtual performance, screening, and event space launched by PARTICIPANT INC in October 2020. The site will host artist projects commissioned specifically for the AFTER DARK web platform and remote viewing. PARTICIPANT invited artist Glen Fogel to design and help develop AFTER DARK. Artists will work with Fogel ongoing through the Fall/Spring 2020-21 season, inhabiting the site and fully modifying it for their projects' specific needs. AFTER DARK is conceived of as a blank slate, removing as much institutional framework as possible. The site will only present current projects, and will often go ’dark’ in between events.

Access: Transcripts of audio media available in the site’s index. Strafer’s videos, sparkle and the shining include closed captioning.


The handsome, sexy French photog lover of rock star Michael Stipe is in a group virtual exhibition that you might want to check out:

These are virtual days and this is a virtual show, but it definitely still is a London show. And I am always here for a London moment. I'm really happy to see these portraits from a couple years back join the works of this great of artists.
Enjoy the visit through the link below, and happy holidays to you and all your loved ones.

Entre Amis Trois
3 December 2020 - 31 January 2021

with works by
Christina Cushing
Thomas Dozol
Helena Foster
Seana Gavin
Tom Gidley
Simone Kennedy Doig
Samuel Levack
Jennifer Lewandowski
Nicholas Pankhurst
Giles Round


This announcement from the adorable Adham Hafez the Prince of Cairo:

Dear all,

I am very excited to share with you our latest production 'Cairo Critical Club'. Rehearsed and filmed between Berlin, New York and Cairo, the production takes cabaret into the digital realm, and rethinks of assemblies of pleasure and public conviviality through the history of the KitKat Club.

To register and watch the performances online, please follow this link
Shows: 11-14 December, 5pm NYC time
Ticket: Free

Living at a time when we are made to stay distant from one another because of a global pandemic, where intimacy means infection, and public conviviality causes contagion, this project looks back at assemblies of pleasure and politics that took place between Cairo, Berlin, and New York embodied in the history of the infamous nightclub, The KitKat. Built almost 100 years before Berlin’s KitKat Club of the 1990’s, Cairo’s KitKat was a radical cabaret by the Nile that saw constellations of artists, politicians, spies, and societal figures at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. Stories at the KitKat were shaped by major world events, from the Spanish Flu pandemic, the shutting down of theatres, to WWI and WWII.

This project, screened on a projector in the front window of the Goethe-Institut New York, weaves stories from the Isherwood’s American imagination of Germany, and Hollywood's depiction of Weimar cabarets in the 1972 film Cabaret (also taking place at a ‘KitKat Club’), going all the way back to the belly dancing, microtonal singing and glamorous houseboats in Cairo. Anita Berber, Josephine Baker, Hekmat Fahmy, Adolf Hitler, Hans Eppler, Anwar Sadat, Laszlo Almasy, Samia Gamal, Cecile B. DeMille, and Amina Mohammed are some characters that stride reality and fiction in ways akin to the performances of nationhood perpetuated by governments at times of cultural wars. The project is based on research conducted in Berlin, Cairo, London and New York, with MI5 files that have been recently declassified by the British Intelligence, oral histories from the KitKat neighborhood in Cairo, and chronicles of intergenerational clubbing within Cairo, New York and Berlin’s nightlife as we continue to live through a world of no theatres, cabarets or clubs today. Filmed on site at the KitKat Club in Berlin, La Mama Theatre New York, and Cairo.

Cairo Kitkat Club is an episodic and modular project, staged in different constellations each time it is presented.

Project of HaRaKa Platform, in partnership with and supported by Goethe-Institut New York, and Co-presented by La Mama Theatre, and further supported by the Hilal Foundation, Sundance Institute, Kuchar&Co, and Yashmask. The project is developed through Cairo Critical Cabaret, a performance lab initiated by HaRaKa Platform, experimenting with the form and history of cabaret, staging multiple artistic objects, processes and interventions.

Performance, research, composition by: Mona Gamil, Lamia Gouda, Cindy Sibilsky, Adam Kucharski, Adham Hafez

Guest stars: Amie Sultan, Nicky Paraiso, Ohoude Khadr, Fadi Khoury
Urban history research: Adam Kucharski
Senior experts: Ashraf Gharib, Raph Cormack
Music compositions: Mona Gamil, Adham Hafez

Technical director and production management: Mido Sadek
DOP: Monti Bayoud, Mariam Mekiwi

Editing: Waad Taai
Visual consultant: Shayma Aziz

Initial script dramaturgy: Leyla Rabih
Berlin research: Layal Seifan, Ohoude Khadr
Initial research: Sara Soumaya Abed
Conceived and directed by: Adham Hafez

HaRaKa Platform was established in 2006 by a group of artists, theorists and specialists initially based in Cairo and working from Berlin, New York City, and Cairo since 2011. HaRaKa is the first platform dedicated to performance studies and movement research in Egypt, and through local, regional and international partnerships it has curated, produced, published, researched and set up pedagogic programs in the Arab world, Europe and the US. Its latest projects were presented at Sharjah Architecture Triennial (UAE), La Mama Theatre (US), Hebbel Am Ufer (Germany), among others. The platform focuses on colonial histories in relation to body-based practices, gender in performance, the Anthropocene and its cultural implications, as well as new planetary paradigms. It is steered by its core members, Mona Gamil, Lamia Gouda, Adam Kucharski and Adham Hafez. Over the past fifteen years HaRaKa has created collaborations with renowned artists including Cristina Caprioli (Stockholm), Constanza Macras (Berlin), Mey Seifan (Damascus/ Berlin), Yoshiko Chuma (New York), Myriam Van Imschoot (Brussels). HaRaKa stages performances, publishes and translates texts on choreography and theatre, and has curated several international festivals and exchange platforms in Egypt, the US and Germany specializing in contemporary Arab performance practices and diasporic communities.

Adham Hafez is a Berlin and New York based choreographer, sound artist, theorist and performer. Recipient of multiple awards including First Prize for Choreography by Cairo Opera House, Adham Hafez was recently described by the New Yorker as 'an intellectual magpie whose text-heavy works bristle with political ideas'. He studied science, choreography, political science and performance studies in Amsterdam, Paris and New York. Adham Hafez is the founder of HaRaKa Platform and is the principal choreographer associated with its work.

Adham Hafez
Artistic Director
HaRaKa Dance Development and Research
Adham Hafez Company


As part of the 13th Gwangju Biennale I would like to share with you a little text that lovesexy writer and scholar Travis Jeppeson wrote for the online journal:


Hump of the Month


Jose E. Montaño the super gorgeous and talented Swedish/Bolivian production designer at the Cheese Endique Trifecta, the studio of Vaginal Davis at 7850 Sunset Blvd on the Sunset Strip at La Villa Rosa, the location of Fertile La Toyah Jackson Magazine, Shrimp-the Magazine for Licking and Sucking Bigger and Better Feet and Hag Gallery-small, contemporary,haggard 1992. The disco ball is the same one that Afro Sister "Pop That Cherry Jefferson" aka the late Priscilla Hazelwood stole from the pop group Devo when the Afro Sisters opened up for Devo at LlasaLand back in the late 1980s

Berlin actor and beauty "IT" Boy  Emilio Sakraya

Sunday, December 06, 2020


legt ihre Hand auf sein Gewand und weist auf die Wäarterin

lächelt und führt sie mit sich hin

My supremely talented best girlfriend that gifted young woman known as Ms. Glen Meadmore of Winnipeg, Canada is back at his dayjob as the Limousine Driver to the Schtars. Because of the Pandora Pandemic he was furloughed by the company he works for several months. Glen has made a very good living as a driver, well he did until the horrible ride sharing apps of Lyft and Über came to Los Angeles.

Recently Glen was driving fashion design God Rick Owens who was back in California visiting his elderly mom Connie. Rick is from the central California town of Porterville. His mother is Mexican and is one of the most beautiful and loving ladies I have ever met. Rick's late father was caucasion and possessed a super intellect but was somewhat cold and distant. Rick is now in Dubai for business with his longtime companion and wife of over twenty years the legends legend Michele Lamy. I've actually known Michele much longer then Rick. Michele and I have had a contentious relationship over the years. Michele is very tough and doesn't take any shit from anyone. We've called each other out many times over the four decades we've known each other. One time at Michele's studio in downtown LA in the late 1980s on Traction Avenue she was dying some clothes which she would do when she was troubled about something. I said one of my smart alec flippant remarks in that innocent manner in which one is not exactly sure the meaning behind it. Of course Michele who is a genius knew exactly my meaning and she did not mince words and yelled at me with her sexy cigarette fueled voice "GET OUT! banishing me from her inner circle for about a month. Michele loves to dance, and I was her favourite dance partner at clubs like Flaming Colossus so I was able to worm myself back into her good graces.


Just received a note from one of my alltime favourite peeps the delicious anarchist artist extroidinaire Sherry Milner who sent me another one of her amazing post card serials. Sherry and her longtime companion Ernie Larson are the real deal 100%. Enjoy.

And this from my old pal from my spoken word days in the 1980s, Miss Janet Klein: