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Liz Magic Laser: Like You
Laser collaborates with dancer Cori Kresge to develop a method of mimicking the gestures and comportment of unsuspecting individuals in the streets and public spaces surrounding Dallas’ Meyerson Symphony Hall. Alternating between immediate imitations of passersby and recapitulations of the gestures collected, Laser uses the dancer’s body to record, remix and replay the movement of the city. ‘Like You’ was developed through a commission to Laser for Le Mouvement in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland in 2014.
Performed by Cori Kresge
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→ Liz Magic Laser is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her videos and performances intervene in semi-public spaces such as bank vestibules, movie theaters and newsrooms, and have involved collaborations with actors, surgeons, political strategists and motorcycle gang members. She earned an MFA from Columbia University (2008); and she attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2009). She has had recent solo exhibitions at Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2015); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2015); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2013) the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany (2013); DiverseWorks, Houston, Texas (2013); and Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012). Her work has also been exhibited at Lisson Gallery, London (2013); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); the Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2011); and MoMA PS 1, New York (2010). Laser is the recipient of grants from Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation (2013), the Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award (2013), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010).
Cori Kresge was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in Jamaica Queens, New York. She earned a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase and the Dean’s Award for ‘Breaking the mold’. In 2005 Kresge received a Darmasiswa International Scholarship, studying Balinese dance in Indonesia. Cori is a current member of the Stephen Petronio Company. In recent years she has worked with various artists, including Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Sarah Skaggs, Ellen Cornfield, Rebecca Lazier, José Navas/Compagnie Flak, Wendy Osserman, and film maker Zuzka Kurtz. Kresge was a member of the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group and part of the Cunningham teaching faculty. In 2014 she was an adjunct professor at Dickinson College. Cori has worked with Liz Magic Laser on several projects for live performance and film.
Photos: Copyright Casey Reid