Work in Progress Showing on Thursday, March 16 at 9pm
Thompson Arts Center at Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue at 67th Street, Manhattan
Justin Hicks’ Ramp 2017 residency will take place at the Park Avenue Amory on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He will use this time to work on a new music piece, “House or Home,” in collaboration with director Charlotte Brathwaite. Starting with a series of vocal meditations on ownership and the American dream, Justin draws inspiration from Toni Morrisonʼs novel “Home”, the experimental writing of French author Georges Perec, and iconic characters from children’s stories such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
The subtly radicalized and under-breath utterances of a community in “flux” becomes a census built of inherited language, the layered vocabularies of gentrification, and conversations on the concept of progress. In what comes across as a funk-operatic, punk-gospel playlist on shuffle, the work aims to mix banality and familiarity with the disturbingly alien.
In partnership with Park Avenue Armory.
About PS122's Ramp Residency Program:
Performance Space 122’s Ramp residency program is designed to foster the creation of ambitious, new work from three New York City-based emerging artists working across genres, perspectives and cultures. With this residency, PS122 not only provides the space needed to work but also technical assistance, commissioning fees, marketing support as well as the confidence to make bold moves in new directions. For more information and residency artists, visit ps122.org/ramp