Jonathan Gonzalez

Jonathan González is an artist, educator, and amateur farmer from Queens, NY. Their work interrogates the act of performance and notions of blackness related to economies of creative production, the architectural, and geopolitcal efforts in urban planning & sustainability. They are a 2018-19 Workspace Resident at LMCC, NARS International A.I.R. (2018), and Bessie-nominated director for ZERO (2018) at Danspace Project/St. Marks Church.

Work in Development | April 2 - 11

Lucifer Landing II

During their time at MANCC, Jonathan González will be in residence with their collaborative team of Lucifer Landing II to focus on the project’s theatrical concerns of lighting, projection, and choreography and to finalize the original libretto.

Lucifer Landing is a two-part series of works conceptualizing Blackness and the geopolitical, specifically post-anthropocentrism. In Lucifer Landing I, González takes the ideas of poet June Jordan and CHARAS as starting points to create an immersive environment in PS1’s VW Dome, which is intended to function as an interactive model for sustainable living. Active in the Lower East Side during the 1970s, CHARAS was a collective founded on the ideas of Buckminster Fuller, proposing geodesic domes as an alternative model for social housing. Over the course of two days on April 19 and 20, González invites visitors to enter this environment one at a time. Surrounded by a geo-responsive lighting design and a sonic score referencing celestial cosmologies, each visitor can reflect on alternative hierarchies of biodiversity. In this work, González proposes that solitary dwelling within this space can be considered a choreographic action unto itself. Lucifer Landing I will offer visitors a contemplative space to consider what they term “the entanglements between the state of dispossessed non-being that is Black life with the non-human and the architectural.” This extended exploration concludes on Sunday, April 21 as González presents a solo choreography that signals the close of the work through the representation of self-immolation.

Lucifer Landing II, presented in Abrons Arts Center’s Playhouse Theater, attempts to exhaust mechanisms of the ‘epic’ in human innovation and theatrical invention through the form of classical opera to fathom an end to idealizations of the ‘human’, and the possibility of living and dying well in this contemporary time.

The work will premiere at MoMA PS1’s Sunday Sessions on April 19-21 (Lucifer Landing I) and Abrons Arts Center on May 2-4 (Lucifer Landing II).

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Collaboarators in Residence: Rena Anakwe [Interdisciplinary Artist], Valdemar Bertelsen [Designer], Johann Diedrick [Sound Artist], Rudy Gerson [Theatre-Maker], Geng [Sonic Explorer], Pamela Liou [Artist/Computational Designer], Nadia Tykulsker [Administrator]

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