My interview with Nico Lang for the Windy City Times is live online! It sums up quite succinctly a lot of what has brought me to where I am today, and what influences the work I make.
"Jerry Blossom Brigade," the piece I’ll be performing (alongside some amazing artists and queer community members) this Friday for December First Fridays: Summoning a New Queer Reality is a manifestation of my history, politics, and personal experience as a genderqueer, Filipino, US Navy veteran, visual and performance artist.
Although Junio explained that they already felt like they’d been performing for different people, it was the character of Jerry Blossom that allowed Junio’s interest in the medium to flourish. “It began just as a name,” Junio explained, but Jerry started to grow into a manifestation of my suppressed behaviors, cultural signifiers slapped up against white privilege and color. This performance had the potential to become a vehicle to discuss these kinds of issues.” For Junio, Jerry Blossom is an act of resistance. “I think a lot about the invisibility of Filipino bodies in space, performance and art,” Junio said. “Filipinos are the second most populous Asian population, but we’re nowhere to be seen on TV. Our experience is not represented.”
Chances Dances: summoning a New Queer Reality for First Fridays at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Don’t miss this momentous event!
Dec 6, 6-10 pm at the MCA
I’m so excited to be a part of this along with so many of my dear friends and chosen family :)
I’m performing a piece called “Oriental Flavor” at Anatomy/Gift/Association in Pilsen on Dec 7. I’ll be taking a hot bath in ramen noodle soup and pouring sesame oil on myself, and making the bathwater and ramen available for consumption. Come by or stay tuned for pics and details!
The Cabaret Cabaret (XIV or XV?)
an evening of performances
A/G/A Fancy House
1619 W 16th St
I’m tired of pop music. I’d rather hear my peers make original sounds. We all have hands to beat on things, we have voices, some of us can even play instruments. Most of us have mics on our phones to record with, and apps on our iPads. Luckily, some of my friends are talented DJs who are able to craft new landscapes and sonic collages out of a variety of sounds that express history, personality, and passion. But I’m still hungry for more, for something new.
I’ve been listening to the same recycled lyrics and heteronormative narratives all my life. Lyrics like “I need you, I can’t live without you, how could you do this to me, I am incomplete without your validation of my existence…” only serve to perpetuate these destructive themes in my life. I don’t want experiences with people to unfold like love songs (or for that matter, rom-coms, but I’ve stopped watching those years ago). And I want music to reflect the complexity of love and relationships, especially as a queer person.
Life is not simple, love is not simple. Where are the songs about platonic friends who like to make out? Where are songs about wanting to date several people because each interaction is a unique experience worthy to explore? Where are songs about exes you get along really well with, but are sometimes jealous or possessive of? Songs about cuddling? Or songs about kinks and fetishes as a normal expression of human sexuality instead of a depraved, scandalous, pearl-clutching stories? Songs about healthy open relationships? Or even songs about monogamous coupledom, written in ways that affirm each individual as whole beings unto themselves?
How do we embody these normative narratives? How do we break away from them? How do we create our own myths, legends, and songs? We have so much creative power than we know what to do with. When I lived in Spain, there was always music in the streets, whether blasting from speakers or performed in spontaneous jam sessions on a street corner or the town square. People’s physical presence and live rhythms are truly life-giving. I want this in my life again, and I know I’m capable, and so are a lot of my friends and peers.
We are all frequencies, vibrations, waveforms. Let’s express the presence of our bodies, and mark our voices upon the wind. Let’s make sounds.
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Trailer - Baraka (1992)
Some of today’s research material