VOLTAS | «The Spigot Makes the Mouth Real » by Laura Stinger

25 Maio 2024 18h00

VOLTAS | Cycle of Performances
«The Spigot Makes the Mouth Real » by Laura Stinger

Taking place in five sessions, between March and May 2024, the VOLTAS performance cycle is led by 6 international artists/activists who, with their work, address universal issues linked to the protection of the values of democratic societies and the development of an awareness collective: the decolonization of knowledge, political oppression, social inequality, gender issues, climate change.

The revolution is considered a fundamental point of convergence for the development of a collective consciousness, the place to once again define the borders and characteristics of minorities, or rethink the instruments for welcoming and protecting democratic society. Thus, reflection on the 25th of April becomes an opportunity to explore current political and social contestations not only in Portugal, but also at an international level.

With performances by Katarina Balunova (SK), Laura Stinger (US), Letícia Larin (BR), Melissa Rodrigues (CV/PT) with Carolina Varela (PT) and Roxanna Albayati (UK/IR) with Rebecca Moradalizadeh (PT/IR).

On May 25, at 18:00, we present the last session of the cycle, time-specific video-performance by Laura Stinger. The Spigot Makes the Mouth Real uses trace and remnant to follow the lithium mining cycle from the point water is used to mine it out of deep geological time to the endpoint consumerist landscape of green energy promises, AI, bipolar medication, and glaze material. 

We present the video documentation of «The Spigot Makes the Mouth Real», a performance for five interpreters that perform tasks and improvise scores using grief work as a reterritorialization of this alienation. The presentation rhythm of the videos is regulated by a series of water clocks that dictate expected decisions about the order of presentation.

The clocks are sculptures in the form of tubes, prostheses, containers and drains, designed to hide waste and, at the same time, aid consumption.

VOLTAS is an integral part of the “Lápis Azul / Lápis Vermelho” project, with joint support from the Portuguese Republic – Culture / Directorate-General for the Arts and the 50th Anniversary 25th of April Commemorative Commission.
LAURA STINGER is an artist, educator and activist. She is originally from California, where she currently lives and works. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and is currently an MFA candidate in the ceramics program at Cal State Long Beach. His artistic practice is expressed in media such as sculpture, performance, artificial intelligence. His practice incorporates subjects such as primitive cybernetics and mycelial communication to create open-structure installations involving various texts, objects and performance. Performance is used as a place to translate individuality, strangeness, and chaotic complexity while finding a modern spirituality. In her work, Laura creates situations that, in their vivacity, rebellion and confusion, attack homogeneity and the paralyzing advances of capitalism, choosing to see art as a responsibility and a political act of radical collaboration. He has held several solo exhibitions, including: 2019 “Entheos Cul-De-Sac”, ROY, Los Angeles, California, 2019; 2016 “Unnatural History”, Pieter, Los Angeles, California, 2016; “After the Breakdown: I Love You Anna Nicole,” Dixon Place, New York, 2010; “Keeping It Down”, PS122, New York, 2007. Among the group exhibitions, the following stand out: “Siblings” (with Colin Self), Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2019; “Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon” (with Dyke Division), New Museum, New York, 2018; “Golden Dome Cinema”, Coaxial Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 2015; “Vicious Dogs On Premises” (with Witness Relocation Co.), Theater de Chaillot, Paris, France, 2011. His performance work has been presented at Performance Space 122 (New York), La Mama (New York), New Museum (New York ). York), Pieter (Los Angeles), Roy (Los Angeles), Zaratan (Lisbon), among others.