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DFBRL8R and SITE/less proudly present:

u n s t u c k 

resisting the pull of conventional disciplines

SAT 27 APR 2024 | 7PM | SITE/less | 1250 W Augusta Blvd, Chicago

featuring performances by 

Ále Campos [aka Celeste]

Kuba Falk *

Michelle Kranicke

Carole McCurdy

Sal Moreno

* Falk is a visiting artist from Warsaw with support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

Humans have a natural inclination to categorize and compartmentalize in order to comprehend our complex world. Often artists find themselves mired within particular mediums, constrained by established conventions and the guardians who uphold them. In defiance of this impulse, unstuck is a live art exhibition that embraces divergent performance practices by artists who, despite feeling the gravitational pull of conventional disciplines, actively resist to find freedom within the interstitial spaces of art forms. 

Curators Joseph Ravens and Michelle Kranicke worked together in 2011 on a project that explored the nuanced relationship between dance and performance art. Fast forward and over a decade later they continue to explore the ongoing dialogue between these two disciplines. Ravens and Kranicke invited artists who, with various approaches, consider the human body as a foundational element when giving form to time and space. 

The unstuck performances occur within an unconventional and ephemeral structure built by David Sundry at SITE/less, a guerrilla storefront positioned as an experimental architecture, movement, and research center. 


Ále Campos aka Celeste photo by Talon Cooper

Ále Campos aka Celeste photo by Talon Cooper

title: onto a skin, highly reflective

This performance is iterative – pulling at the threads of previous experimental performances that carefully deconstruct drag and ponder the ways we construct and see ourselves through the eyes of the other and yet become our own muses. Ále is over the moon to be generating this work fluidly in true collaboration with some truly special angels: bun stout [@_bun4fun] | jasmine lupe mendoza carrasco [@jasminelupemendoza] | Melina Gaze [@melina.gaze] | Will Mitchell [@will_lcm_m].

Ále Campos aka Celeste [b. 1994, Los Angeles, California] received a BA from Bennington College [2016] and an MFA in Performance at The School of The Art Institute of Chicago [2022]. Their work has been shown at the Hyde Park Arts Center, NO NATION, Comfort Station, Heaven Gallery, Ruschwoman, Jude Gallery, Roots & Culture, Elastic Arts [Chicago, IL], Lane Meyer Projects [Denver, CO], Collar Works [Troy, NY], September Gallery, The 405 Project [Hudson, NY], Kunsthalle Darmstadt [Germany], SS Gallerie [CDMX], BMOCA [Boulder, CO], Pamplemousse Gallery [Richmond, VA] They’ve attended ACRE Residency and are a recipient of the 2022 James Nelson Fellowship Award at SAIC and the City of Hudson’s Tourism Board Grant [2021]. Their work has been written about in Sixty Inches from Center, The Chicago Reader, and Resident Advisor. They are a current BOLT artist-in-residence at the Chicago Artists’ Coalition and were named one of the ten New City 2023 Breakout Artists of Chicago. They are currently a lecturer in Performance at SAIC and are an active, participating member of the drag and nightlife community in Chicago and are currently a resident performer / co-producer of Rumors, a monthly event that showcases some of the city’s premiere performers and DJ’s. @celestes.wrld | www.ale-campos.com


Deep Moon Pluto | Kuba Falk + Zbigniew Bzymek | Photo by Miao Jiaxin 2023

Deep Moon Pluto | Kuba Falk + Zbigniew Bzymek | Photo by Miao Jiaxin 2023

title: Deep Moon, Pluto

This is a performance about the body entangled with technology; about vulnerable male sexuality, voyeurism, openness, and transformation through exposure and subordination. Original music by Falk, special thanks to video artist Zbigniew Bzymek.

Kuba Falk* [b. 1984, Poland], intermedia artist and performer, creates and interprets “bodytales,” as he calls performative actions realized in various formats, through which he combines work with text and interests, especially from the areas of ecofeminist thought, mythology and rituals. He uses provocative gesture, juxtaposing the practice of a paradigm of care with the reality of a technocratic dystopia. Falk also creates sculptural objects and installations that reference nature, as well as music for his performances. Falk created more than 50 actions presenting them worldwide at numerous festivals and in exhibitions and venues such as Grace Exhibition Space, NYC, Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC, WeHo Prose Arts LA, The Watermill Center, Long Island, Art in Nature Festival, Austria, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, National Museum in Krakow, Poland, Grey Space Gallery, The Hague, The Netherlands, Performance Crossings Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, Carbonarium Festival, Kiev, Ukraine, F.a.i.t. Gallery Krakow, Poland, Epipiderme Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, Espacio OFF Limits, Madrid, Galeria CMTV, Barcelona, Spain, Interactions Festival, Poland, Performance Platform Lublin Festival, Poland and others across Europe and Americas. Falk is a visiting artist from Warsaw with support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. @kuba_falk | www.kubafalk.com


Michelle Kranicke photo by Cheryl Mann

Michelle Kranicke photo by Cheryl Mann

title: Ballad of  Dying Hapsburg–Study #1

This movement piece is a  preliminary study for a new work entitled Ballad of a Dying Hapsburg. The piece continues my investigation of ephemeral material, an integral element in my practice since 2010, as movement partner, body covering, mask and elusive floating object. In this study, my continued research into ephemerality will inform a meditation on empire, passing—a fall from grace.

Michelle Kranicke is the artistic director of Zephyr, the experimental dance company she founded in 1990, and co-director of SITE/less performance space. In 2010 she began to shift her aesthetic perspective and creative process, reexamining how dance should be presented, who determines what movement is considered dance, and who lays claim to the role of performer. She has received artist residencies at Djerassi Artist Ranch, Woodside, CA and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY, a commission by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, an artist residency at Defibrillator Gallery, Chicago, an artistic associate and curatorial resident award from Links Hall, Chicago, and a Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist Award. In 2019 she was named one of Chicago’s 50 Players in New City. Michelle’s work has been presented locally and nationally by, Defibrillator Gallery, The Dance Center of Columbia College, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; 9×22 Dance Lab, Minneapolis, MN; Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn, NY; Mulberry Street Theatre, Cunningham Dance Studio, New York; The Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL; North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND; Margaret H’Doubler Theatre, Madison, WI; and more. Michelle’s writing has been published in the Journal for Dance Education and Bridge, NFP. For 10 years she was adjunct faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University and has taught at The Dance Center of Columbia College and Columbia College’s Center for Community Arts Partnerships. She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame. @zephyrdance | www.zephyrdance.com 


Carole McCurdy photo by Aza Greenlee

Carole McCurdy photo by Aza Greenlee


This work is an attempt and a failure to let go of the past. Forgetting is a gift. Gravity is unfaithful. Cleaning is great: it’s all about playing in the dirt. Thanks to The Outfield, Paul Escriva, and Red Onion Arts Collective.

Carole McCurdy is a Chicago-based artist whose movement-based work addresses grief and anxiety, duty and resistance, and the absurd mysteries of embodiment. She has performed at spaces including the Chicago Cultural Center, Epiphany Dance, Links Hall, Hamlin Park, High Concept Laboratories, Defibrillator Gallery, and Movement Research [NY]. She received a 2016 Lab Artist award from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum and was a Fall 2016 Sponsored Artist at High Concept Laboratories, Chicago. She created and directed an ensemble piece, WAVER, with support from CDF, HCL, and 3Arts Chicago, and more recently created Just Passing Through [2021–22], a video, installation, and performance shown at Roman Susan gallery. @oraclemccurdy | www.carolemccurdy.com 


Sal Moreno image courtesy of the artist

Sal Moreno image courtesy of the artist

title: experiments in free-drumming II

This work is a motion-capture extended reality performance that expands the sonic capabilities of marching-style drums and envisions a post-human version of drumline. The audience will witness a transformation of traditional drum sounds and rhythms, and interact with virtual artifacts via augmented reality. The virtual extension of the performance explores a post-human environment, delving into what a drumline might resemble once its regimented and militaristic roots are stripped away using familiar yet otherworldly imagery and artifacts.

Sal Moreno [he/him] is a creative technologist and artist based in Chicago who engages with creative computation, sound, performance, and new media. Sal experiments with free-drumming and emerging technology to dismantle the regimented traditions of marching band and its origins in Western military and music ideologies. His fluency with game engines and motion capture allows him to develop animations, visual effects, particle systems, and generative sounds to re-envision the representation of the human body in virtual spaces. He has shown work at Ars Electronica, EXPO Chicago, Mana Contemporary, and virtual platforms. Sal received the 2021 Excellency in New Media Award by the New Media Caucus. He is an educator at UIC Chicago, Northeastern Illinois, and UC Irvine. @salmorenoj.art | www.salmorenoj.art 



SITE/less [www.siteless.org | @siteless1250] is a guerrilla storefront overseen by Zephyr Dance [zephyrdance.com] artistic director Michelle Kranicke and architect David Sundry. Positioned as an experimental architecture, movement, and research center, SITE/less seeks to rethink the relationship between the typical model of most performance venues and how the organization of those venues inevitably limits and conditions the curatorial practice. 

Based in Chicago, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery [www.DFBRL8R.org | @DFBRL8R] is an international roving platform dedicated to Performance Art. Itinerant since 2020, Defibrillator presents projects whenever and wherever opportunities arise. Actively contributing to global dialogues surrounding time-based practices and immaterial expressive forms, Defibrillator energetically bridges local and global communities while raising awareness, appreciation, and respect for the discipline of Performance Art.

* Kuba Falk is a visiting artist from Warsaw with support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.

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