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Awardee: Narcissister

Visual Arts, 2015

Narcissister works at the intersection of performance, dance, art and activism. Integrating prior professional dance and commercial art experience with long-standing visual art practices in a range of media including photography, video and experimental music, she has presented work at The New Museum, PS1, The Kitchen, Abrons Art Center and many nightclubs, galleries and alternative spaces. Her performance piece, Organ Player, was nominated for a 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award. Narcissister has also presented work internationally at Music Biennale Zagreb, Chicks on Speed's Girl Monster Festival, Festival of Women Ljubljana, and Camp/Anti-Camp festival Berlin, among many others. Her videos have been included in exhibitions and festivals worldwide. Her video The Self-Gratifier won Best Use of a Sex Toy at Good Vibrations Film Festival 2008; Vaseline won the main prize in 2013. Interested in troubling the divide between popular entertainment and experimental art, Narcissister appeared on America's Got Talent in 2011. In 2013, she had her first solo gallery exhibition at envoy enterprises.

Project: Organ Player

Organ Player is a feature-length experimental art film based on, and elaborating on, a performance piece by the same name presented by Narcissister at Abrons Art Center in 2013. In the episodic performance, she stages an uncanny reanimation of a wooden doll through a blend of music, dance and theatrical techniques, luring the audience into a body that threatens to eject its contents. The Organ Player film will combine the highly stylized episodes of organ enactment from the performance piece with gritty verite footage exploring relationships to our physical bodies both inside and out.