COUNTER/ACTS W/ devynn emory and Jules Gimbrone
Marisa Perel Curatorial Fellowship
Sunday, November 10th 2013



Marissa Perel programmed an evening of performance by devynn emory, and Jules Gimbrone as part of the Counter/Acts series. Counter/Acts is a dynamic exchange between artists from multiple disciplines and cities. The series facilitates a dynamic exchange for artistic communities, emergent ideas, and forms of performance.

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Artist Statements

Jules Gimbrone will present Outer Edges for the surrounding environment of Vox Populi and the AUX performance Space. This durational piece will begin at sunset (5 PM), as performers map the outdoor spaces of the gallery with a score that dictates location as well as sonic material. The outdoor performance will coincide with a video installation inside AUX, “This body is not that solid.” Outer Edges investigates the intersections of the perceived solidity of formal structure with the dynamic and transitional nature of sound. Utilizing dirt, large steel sheets, magnets, electronics, and metal scraps, Jules and performers create a series of feedback/reverb loops. As these sounds circle in cacophonic precision, they problematize the ‘being-ness’ of the sheets and with their slippery, bombastic, sonic fluidity. The visibility of this transitional state is located through the perceivable physical change created from sound on and through the body. The performance is an extension of the sonic, spatial, and bodily considerations explored in a previous sculptural performance piece A Thin Wall Sympathetically Maintained, which premiered outdoors in Moon Canyon in Los Angeles in August 2013.

Influenced by the history of set design for dance, the grid, queer mapping, the wall and floor drawings of Sol Lewitt and John Diviola, devynn emory‘s This room this braid revisits essences of formal dance training with dance artist Aretha Aoki. Painter RJ Messineo will create a large scale painting for the AUX performance space in conversation with the performance. emory is thrilled to return to their hometown of Philadelphia to explore this developing project. It will premiere as an evening length program in NY with Issue Project Room this coming January.

Video Documentation

Poster Art


Photo Gallery


devynn emory, born and raised Philadelphian, has been living in NYC for almost 5 years. There, they run their company devynnemory/beastproductions which has shown at DTW, NYLA, BAX, Dixon Place, Danspace Project, AUNTS, The Poetry Project, and Roulette. They have been in residence at NYLA, BAX and are currently in residence at Issue Project Room. As a dancer emory is working with Tere O’Connor Dance on a three-year project called BLEED, which premieres at BAM this December.

Jules Gimbrone is a composer, performer and artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Jules approaches sound and composition through the lens of architecture, sculpture and choreographic interplay. Jules attempts to erect systems and structures, which are conceptually sound but simultaneously house their inevitable demise and fallibility, specifically within the multiple failures and queerings of the performative body. Jules’ work has been shown at a variety of spaces including: Human Resources LA, ISSUE Project Room, Spectrum, 3LD Art & Technology Center, Bodega Gallery, MOMA PS 1, Socrates Sculpture Park, Galapagos Art Space, The Performance Project, and Cameo Gallery. Jules is the recipient of grants from the Princess Grace Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media, and an Emerging Artists Commission from ISSUE Project Room with choreographer, Jen Rosenblit. Among Jules’ many projects and recordings is Pack Projects, an art-music collective based in New York City and Los Angeles, which recently released a compilation LP, book and digital download titled FAULT LINES. Jules’ 7-piece electro-acoustic ensemble recording, WREST, was also released through Pack Projects. Jules is currently pursuing an M.F.A. at CalARTS in Composition.