At SPUR, Body Atlas will feature performances by Wizard Apprentice and Anna Luisa Petrisko exploring the ideas of conjuring, ritual, and transformation necessary to survive within the infrastructures of oppressive constructs. Wizard Apprentice will perform a work alongside their avatar based on concepts around the shadow self. Anna Luisa Petrisko will unveil work focused on the ritual death of a her musical alias Jeepneys through sound, dance, and game play.
Anna Luisa Petrisko (Jeepneys)
Anna Luisa Petrisko is an artist working in music, video, dance, and performance. From 2008 to 2017, she performed under the moniker JEEPNEYS, after the iconic converted WWII army jeeps of the Philippines, which later evolved into a platform for artistic collaboration between Filipino/American artists and Diasporic research. Anna Luisa's art investigates the complexities of the colonized body while encompassing a multitude of experience of time, space, and self. Whether it is experimental opera or multimedia installation, her work is an otherworldly spectacle, exploring the space where future and ancient convene, invested as much in the sacred as in technological speculation. Petrisko's trademark hand-painted bodysuits are re-indigenized alien skin, an embodied research project and contemporary expression of pre-colonial tattooing practices of Pacific Ocean Peoples. With synthesized sounds, intuitive movement, and inter-dimensional imagery, she creates fresh mythological landscapes.
Anna Luisa is a member of Black Salt Collective, whose members are Black, brown, and indigenous artists creating about contemporary non-linear identity in which experience results in atmosphere. Anna Luisa has exhibited at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), The Getty's Pacific Standard Time Presents, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), ALOUD for the Los Angeles Public Library, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), Machine Project and Human Resources. She has received artist-in-residence fellowships with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), Los Angeles Performance Practice, Yaddo, and Echo Park Film Center. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Wizard Apprentice Bandcamp: https://wizardapprentice.bandcamp.com/releases
U.R.L.G.U.R.L. was created by independent electronic music producer, motion graphics and live performance artist Wizard Apprentice. As a highly-sensitive introvert, her multimedia projects are strategies for energetically managing an overwhelming world. Her music is a combination of lyrical precision, minimalistic composition, and technically amateurish charm. She creates digitally-based media that takes advantage of accessible, user-friendly technology; allowing her to skip time consuming learning curves and get straight to focusing on inventing personalized yet highly relatable language for deeply subtle and internal experiences. She's not a gear-head, rather, a digital folk artist who vividly and simplistically expresses her inner world using resourcefulness and honesty. Her video work incorporates green screen graphics, digital puppetry, and minimalistic compositing to produce imagery that’s cerebral, psychedelic, campy, and hypnotic. She combines song and video to create multimedia live performances that explore intimate emotional themes ranging from the challenges/triumphs of being an empath to overstimulation in the Internet Age.
Photo:: Safety Third Productions