Tuesday, February 25, 2020 6-9pm

“PLAY(ing) IN MY PEN(ding doom)”, 2020, Marissa Sean Cruz, video still, 2m35s.

“PLATFORM HEELS, SNOUTS, LATEX AND THE GREEN SCREEN” is both a workshop and brief artist talk that speaks to the mobilization and criticality of erotic fantasy in the cosplay integrated to the green screen. The workshop portion will go over editing basics for keying on Abode Premiere Pro 2019. Primarily using the chroma key method in her videos, Cruz will guide participants on technicalities and playful tips to using the green screen as a way to blend, merge and reintegrate with the digital world.

Cruz’s workshop is centred around her practice grounded in speculative fiction. Her interest in cosplay counters the narrative that dressing up is merely for play, or at least, it’s not limited to that singularity. Reshaping, adorning and hybridizing is a way to carve out new trajectories, futures and fantasies which we imagine ourselves within.

Marissa Sean Cruz is an interdisciplinary artist based in Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) with a focus in video and digital arts. As a biracial Filipinx, Cruz’s work negotiates a layered socioracial identity in sculptural confrontations, conceptual systems and prop-comedy performances. Bringing together a collective of entities through evocative costuming, Cruz brings to actualization an animatronic pink puppy, a latex-laden alien and a pizza obsessed e-girl to compose an alternate landscape to the apocalyptic happenings RN.

Marissa Sean Cruz (b. 1996) is a video and performance artist whose work has been displayed in venues like Xpace, Studio 303, Studio Rialto, Galerie VAV Gallery and ThirdSpace. Her various projects have been displayed throughout the United States and distributed digitally through spaces like the Centre for Art and Thought, North Fork Arts Projects, Public Parking and the Roundtable Residency.

The workshop and talk will take place at Struts & Faucet which is located on the unceded ancestral lands of the Mi’kmaq Nation and the Wolastoquyik (Maliseet) peoples. This territory is covered by the “Treaties of Peace and Friendship” which Wolastoqiyik/Wәlastәkwiyik (Maliseet) and Mi’kmaq Peoples first signed with the British Crown in 1725. The treaties did not deal with surrender of lands and resources but in fact recognized Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik/Wәlastәkwiyik (Maliseet) title and established the rules for what was to be an ongoing relationship between nations. We acknowledge, honour, and pay respect to the traditional owners and custodians of this land.

Space is limited, so please register in advance – email faucet@strutsgallery.ca