2017 Improviser-in-Residence Kade. L Twist
The IICSI and Musagetes are pleased to welcome Kade. L Twist to Guelph as the 2017 Improviser-in-Residence from December 3rd to 9th, 2017. During his time in Guelph, Kade will be working with members of the Indian and Indigenous communities to workshop and create a score for a collaborative vocal performance that will premiere at Silence, 46 Essex Street in Guelph on Friday December 8th from 7-9 pm. Tentatively titled “That’s Just Indians Being Indians,” the project is envisioned by Twist as a generative, socially-engaged sound piece. This capstone event for the residency will also feature a book launch and poetry reading for Twist’s new volume, Marginal Equity, published by Publication Studio.
Kade L. Twist is a poet and interdisciplinary artist working with video, sound, interactive media, text, and installation environments. Twist’s work combines re-imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism, and American Indian cultural self-determination. Mr. Twist is a co-founder of Postcommodity, an interdisciplinary artist collective. With his individual work and the collective Postcommodity, Twist has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Mr. Twist is an Associate Professor of Art and Social Practice at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. He is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
Throughout his artistic practice, Kade L. Twist combines re‐imagined tribal stories with geopolitical narratives to examine the unresolved tensions between market-driven systems, consumerism and American Indian cultural self‐determination.
Marginal Equity is a book-length poem that parodies the form of a corporate/governmental prospectus—complete with opportunity statement, deliverables, and budget—all while exposing their smooth rhetoric, exploitative intentions, and empty promises. Kade L. Twist’s critique of and unavoidable complicity with capital (in the form of suburbia, beer cans, and minivans) sits powerfully in relation to his knowledge of the land, his Cherokee elders, and all that comes from his own ethical desires. The last line of the poem sums it up beautifully: “this is what / i must do / it is my / ceremony.”
The book will be available for purchase at the event or online at: publicationstudio.biz
Publication Studio prints and binds books by hand, creating original work with artists and writers we admire. It serves as a space for publication in its fullest sense: it doesn’t simply produce books, but also brings people together through the shared experience of reading. The PS Guelph studio is one of several sibling studios from around the world that work under a shared concept.
For media questions, contact Justine Richardson, Project Manager, International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, (519) 824-4120. Ext. 53885, or [email protected]