COUNTER/ACTS: CAConrad and Miguel Gutierrez present PARAQUEERATRICAL
Marissa Perel Curatorial Fellowship
Wednesday, December 11th 2013
Miguel Gutierrez Image credit: Kelsey Johnson
Miguel Gutierrez and CAConrad, Image credit: Kelsey Halliday Johnson


In this once in a lifetime shared evening, Philadelphia Poet and Wunderbeing CAConrad and Brooklyn Performance Bimbo Miguel Gutierrez alternate and overlap charged, vulgar and heart-breaking poems, songs, dances, interviews, and the debut of a co-authored somatic poem. Both artists, who met last year at Radar LAB, a writing residency in Mexico, are known for their singularly evocative and urgent work, which emphasizes the challenges and glories of living a present and full queer life.

Download “(Soma)tic Poetry Exercise & Poem” by CAConrad

Download “(Soma)tic Poetry Rituals & the Resulting Poems” by CAConrad & Miguel Gutierrez

Download Marissa Perel’s Text and Essays for Subject Worthy and COUNTER/ACTS 2013

Artist Statements

Water molecules absorb sound unlike anything else. Our human bodies are 75 to 80 percent water. And fruit is 95 percent water. Play this video of drones over Gaza as loud as you can.

FILL your body with the sound. Draw a target on your left hand. When the explosions in this video occur SCREAM into the target of your hand and then write WRITE AS FAST AS YOU CAN!! Set a piece of fruit near a speaker, cover them with pillows and blankets to lock the sound in and play the recording as loud as you can, filling the fruit with the sound of the flying killer robots the Pentagon wants us to call Drones. Then eat the fruit as quickly as you can, chewing, swallowing the SOUND of the drones set into the molecules of water in the fruit, then write WRITE AS FAST AS YOU CAN!! Listen to the recording with headphones in a dark room, listen outside looking up at the sky, listen on the toilet, hiding in a closet, under the bed. When you hear the sound of the explosions scream into the target of your hand, then reach your left hand over the top of your head to grab the right ear then PULL YANK THE EAR AND HEAD TO THE SIDE AND FORCE IT TO BE STILL WHILE WRITING WRITING AS FAST AS YOU CAN!!

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Miguel Gutierrez, a 2010 Guggenheim Fellow in choreography, is a performance-maker based in NYC. His pieces include Last Meadow, HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE, and And lose the name of action. His work has been presented by venues such as ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Bipod Festival in Beirut and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has received fellowships from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, United States Artists, and the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as support from Rockefeller MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital, and the NEA. He has received three NY Dance and Performance ‘Bessie’ Awards, has choreographed music videos and he volunteers as a mentor for TDF’s Open Doors program. As a singer he has worked with Antony and the Johnsons, Vincent Segal, and Holcombe Waller. He leads workshops in his approach to creative practice all over the world. His book WHEN YOU RISE UP is available from 53rd State Press. He invented DEEP AEROBICS.

CAConrad is the author of six books including ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness (Wave Books, 2014), A BEAUTIFUL MARSUPIAL AFTERNOON (WAVE Books, 2012) and The Book of Frank (WAVE Books, 2010). A 2011 Pew Fellow, a 2013 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2014 Lannan Fellow, he also conducts workshops on (Soma)tic poetry and Ecopoetics. Visit him online at