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Multimedia performance artist CHOKRA harnesses music, rhymes, light, pyrotechnics, video, scents, vivid powders, traditional ceremonial practices and attire, and gender-bending posturing to present performances full of joy—and his queer-spirited challenge to the status quo.


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CHOKRA | JAMAL, Culture Factory Polymer, Dimache Rouge Paris, 2012


CHOKRA performs JAMAL at Dimanche Rouge #20, Culture Factory Polymer, Tallinn on 20 October 2012. Photo by Koala Yip

Friday, October 19, 2012

CHOKRA | 2199 AH: MOSQUE ON MARS



CHOKRA | 2199 AH: MOSQUE ON MARS 
Sunday 21 October 2012, 5pm 
Outdoor Performance 

KUMU ART MUSEUM 
Weizenbergi 34 / Valge 1,10127 
Tallinn Estonia 

On Sunday, October 21, Dimanche Rouge Paris presents 2199 AH: MOSQUE ON MARS a multi-sensory performance by the United Arab Emirates artist CHOKRA at KUMU KUNSTIMUUSEUM 

About 2199AH: MOSQUE ON MARS

2199AH: MOSQUE ON MARS is a performance art project by CHOKRA that teleports into the realms of localized interplanetary narrative to initiate an electronic configuration of extraterrestrial conquest with Islamic terra-formations. Featuring multidimensional compositions of algorithmic and surrealistic visuals, interactive illuminations and multi-channel sound, 2199AH simulates the transportation to Mars in a heightened construct of hyper sensorial and meta-conscious realities. Combining adhans with multi-lingual recitations in Arabic, Urdu and English, 2199AH situates a unique command of shayari, rap rhymes and Emirati space program instruction in a simultaneous and live operative. A ceremonial progression of the multi-sensory in 2199AH shall accelerate CHOKRA's teleportation to Mars with an epic and celebratory propagation of exploding pigments in neon hues, pyromania, Khaleeji (Arabian Gulf) oud, crushed gold and powdered sandalwood. 

About CHOKRA: 

CHOKRA is a performance artist from the United Arab Emirates. His multi-dimensional performances integrate multi-lingual rap rhymes uttered in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Pashto, Bengali and English, live surrealistic visuals combined with digital and analogue sound, an algorithmic processing of electronic operatives via custom software and a heightened build of the theatrical with transnational costume. CHOKRA's performances also accelerate the hyper sensory with an epic propagation of aromatic scent, Emirati oud, neon pyromania, brilliant hues in exploding pigments, petroleum, crushed gold and powdered sandalwood.

CHOKRA's appearances include Al-Mtsaalh Haal | The Trucial Case (The Watermill Center – a laboratory of performance, New York, 2010), Laban U (Dimanche Rouge, Paris, 2011), U+262A | Crescent & Star (SCOPE ART, Miami, 2011), Shoooo? (Big Art Group + theARTcorps, New York, 2011), Haal Al-Mtsaalh (Sikka Art Fair, Dubai, 2012) and Bond on Blonde (MoMA PS1, New York, 2012).

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Friday, May 25, 2012

CHOKRA | BRQA/V



On a digital iris scan of an immigration protocol, an ancestral burqa emerges in a performance art of kinetic and "existential" occurrence. Featuring computer-generated imagery with a multitude of scripting languages including rap rhymes and custom code, the audio and visual electronic synthesis of a monitored burqa configures the retinal modesty of optical surveillance with a constructed gaze of heritage. A spectacle of power emerges triumphant in this hyper-processing computation, where the narratives of faith manifest as digital imprints of identity.

℗  ©  2012 CHOKRA

Saturday, April 7, 2012

CHOKRA | Haal Al-Mtsaalh, Sikka Art Fair, Dubai, 2012

CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra

CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Amreen Khan

CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra

CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra
CHOKRA performs Haal Al-Mtsaalh at Sikka Art Fair, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 15 March 2012. Photo by Leoniza Salvatierra

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

CHOKRA | Bond on Blonde, MoMA PS1, New York, 2012

CHOKRA performs Bond on Blonde on 25 March 2012 at MoMA PS1, New York. Photo by Warra Hugh

Monday, March 19, 2012

CHOKRA | Bond on Blonde, MoMA PS1, New York, 2012

Mx.LOVE<3OPIE by CHOKRA. Original image courtesy Catherine Opie

"They say blondes have more—more money, more sex, more fun. My experience says it's true. Artifice=Advancement. So, where does that get you? A Sunday afternoon slot in a geodesic dome in Long Island City and a piece of fish."

Curated and presented by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond and Caden Manson (Big Art Group). Video and object installation by Big Art Group with performances by Theo Kogan (Lunachicks, Theo and The Skyscrapers), Viva Ruiz (The Crystal Ark, Escandalo), Jack Ferver, Nath Ann Carrera, CHOKRA (Conscious Hoarding Of Kinetic Rage Associated) and Mx. Justin Vivian Bond.

Performances, Music, and installation from 3pm - 6pm in The Performance Dome.


www.momaps1.org

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

CHOKRA | Haal Al-Mtsaalh (INVITE), Sikka Art Fair, Dubai, 2012


CHOKRA | Haal Al-Mtsaalh
Thursday 15 March 2012, 9 PM
Outdoor Performance

Sikka Art Fair
Courtyard C, Al Bastakiya, Dubai
United Arab Emirates

On Thursday, March 15th Sikka Art Fair in association with The Fridge hosts Haal Al-Mtsaalh, an opening night performance by the artist CHOKRA (Conscious Hoarding Of Kinetic Rage Associated)

About Haal Al-Mtsaalh

Haal Al-Mtsaalh is a performance by the artist CHOKRA situated at the historical district of Al Bastakiya in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Informed by the intricate architecture of the district, network of alleys, neighbouring Souq and the ancestral residential centre of the fareej, Haal Al-Mtsaalh examines the earliest formations of Trucial identity as a cultural impetus of kinetic operatives in a performance art of epic sensory proportions.

As negotiable research, saturated historicity and the meta-conscious formations of site and state assimilate in a heightened momentum of cultural hybridity, Haal Al-Mtsaalh encapsulates in a poetic consequence an overlay of the multidimensional with a hyper processing of augmented reality and the celebrated multi-lingual/multi-cultural consequences of articulated state.

About SIKKA

More than an art fair, SIKKA is a showcase of emerging Emirati and local talent. A first of its kind initiative by Dubai Culture Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) it celebrates the artworks of Emirati and local artists at Al Bastakiya from March 15 - 25, 2012.

Named after the alleyways in a neighbourhood, SIKKA is the journey of undiscovered art, the physical route where many artistic inspirations will be showcased to challenge the routes of art and culture, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority introduced Sikka Art Fair to exhibit the advancement of Art in the UAE by providing a substantial platform for emerging artists.

About CHOKRA

CHOKRA (Conscious Hoarding Of Kinetic Rage Associated) is a performance artist from the Trucial States. His multi-dimensional performances incorporate multi-lingual utterances conducted in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Pashto, Bengali and English, live surrealistic visuals combined with digital and analogue sound, an algorithmic hyper-processing of augmented reality via custom software and a heightened build of the theatrical with transnational costume. CHOKRA's performances also accelerate the senses with an epic propagation of aromatic scent, crude oil, flares, neon pyromania, brilliant hues in exploding pigments, ground spices, crushed gold, Emirati sand and powdered chillies.

CHOKRA's recent appearances include Al-Mtsaalh Haal | The Trucial Case (The Watermill Center – a laboratory of performance, New York, 2010), Jawaz Al-Saqr | Falcon Passport (New Museum, Festival of Ideas for the New City, New York, 2011), Laban U (Dimanche Rouge, Paris, 2011), SHOOOO? (Big Art Group + theARTcorps, New York, 2011) and U+262A | Crescent & Star (SCOPE ART, Miami, 2011).

Sunday, March 11, 2012

CHOKRA | Emergency Index 2011

CHOKRA is super pleased to announce that his live video performance of Laban U (Dimanche Rouge, Paris, 2011) has been selected to feature in Emergency INDEX 2011 - the new yearly publication documenting performance art in the words of its creators.

Emegrency INDEX 2011 | LAUNCH PARTY
Tuesday, 20 March 2012, 7 PM
at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, NY

Visit http://www.uglyducklingpresse.org/ to get your copy now!

Emergency INDEX

Every year, Emergency INDEX invites authors to document performances they made in the previous year. By including performances regardless of their country of origin, their genre, aims, or popularity, INDEX reveals a breathtaking variety of practices used in performance work as it actually exists today. For readers, INDEX offers a cutting edge view of performance as it is used in dance, theater, music, visual art, political activism, scientific research, poetry, advertising, terrorism, and other disciplines. For artists, INDEX provides an opportunity to document the most important aspects of new work, without the need for spin or salesmanship. For anyone interested in contemporary performance, INDEX is required reading. INDEX 2011 includes 249 performances and a comprehensive index of key terms used to describe them.

Friday, March 2, 2012

CHOKRA | Once Emerging Now Emerging, Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, 2012

CHOKRA | SATI.ED, New York, 2010. Digital film screened at Open Network, Cirrus Gallery, Mar-May 2012
Open Network | Once Emerging Now Emerging
10 March – 5 May, 2012

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, 10 March 2012, 7 -10 PM
http://www.oncenowexhibition.com/

 Cirrus Gallery
542 S. Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013-1708 US
http://www.cirrusgallery.com/exhibitions/OpenNetwork2012_1.html

Artists and groups include: artobjectculture.net (Lucy Chinen and Emile Gervais), Josh Atlas, James Austin Murray, Lee Axelrod, Anna Bruinsma, Chris Burden, Cameron, Sudan Choi, CHOKRA, Oscakdo Ciblis, Andrew Cox, Bobby Davidson, Rachel Dawson, Michael Decker, Ruth Dudley Carr, Allen Dunn, Corey Fogel, Jack Goldstein, Nicholas Grider, Michael Haight, Peregrine Honig, Keith J. Varadi, Michael Jiroch, Andrea Joki, Anna Julien, Chang Kyun Kim, Jane Lee, Justin Lincoln, Megan Madzoeff, Allan Morrow, Elizabeth Nees, Sheila Noorollah, Jiwan Noah Singh, Human Resources, Jimmy Rexon, Valerie Rubinaccio,  Conchi Sanford, Jamison Sarteschi, Corrie Siegel, John T. Lange, Eternal Telethon, Justin Thomas Schaefer and Geoff Tuck (Notes on looking) 

Cirrus Gallery has created a four part exhibition entitled Once Emerging, Now Emerging as part of the Pacific Standard Time initiative curated by Cirrus’ founder, Jean Milant, with Aaron Wrinkle (CalArts MFA ’08, Dan Graham Gallery) . Once Emerging, Now Emerging is a means to display the roots of Cirrus’ past alongside the artists emerging today. Cirrus has worked primarily with Los Angeles based artists—John Baldessari, Bruce Nauman, Eric Orr, Ed Ruscha, Barbara Smith and others—throughout it’s 40 year history. This group of shows works towards building a largely unwritten history and knowledge of this past with an anticipation for the future.

The fourth and final exhibition, entitled Open Network, will consist of primarily submissions and focus on the new ways art bypasses the middlemen of yesterday (gallerists, museums, and critics) and goes straight to the users of today, who in turn are able to reply immediately. And through this concept Cirrus is holding an open call for submissions that consist of responses to its archives—comprised of happenings, performance, and exhibitions from its past as well as the work displayed as part of the Once Emerging, Now Emerging series—part 1 Now & Then, a museum style retrospective of the gallery’s forty years, part 2 Livin’ L.A., an exhibition based on artists working in Los Angeles, and part 3 The Visitation an exhibition loosely based on artists and art professionals visiting L.A. from elsewhere. And to further the search for the Now Emerging amongst the Once Emerging, Cirrus’ open call extends to visual artists in all forms and media and writers interested in developing catalogue essays for its past exhibitions.

About Cirrus

Print visionary Jean Milant founded Cirrus Editions and Cirrus Gallery, originally located in Hollywood, in January 1970. From that time, Cirrus stamped itself as a unique American art institution, functioning as a combination print workshop, publisher and art gallery. (Preceding similar operations in New York, Cirrus’ home was a warehouse loft space with 3,000 square feet under skylights and surrounded by pure white walls!) Milant chose to give priority to the publication and exhibition of work by California artists. He saw a unique excitement and lifestyle, which promoted new ideas and visual forms. Cirrus has had over 250 exhibitions including painting, installations, performance, sculpture and photography. This diversity in offering continues today.

With a focus beyond Los Angeles, Cirrus was the very first L.A. gallery to participate in the European art fairs. The international response to Cirrus and the Los Angeles artists was tremendous. In 1979, Cirrus moved the center of its operations to downtown Los Angeles on Alameda Street, once again pre-visioning the explosive art scene that soon was to come. Milant initiated a summer art festival called LAVA (for Los Angeles Visual Arts) that provided leadership in supporting the downtown galleries and alternative spaces such as Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art (LAICA), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), and the Women’s Building.

In 1986, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art acquired the archives of Cirrus Editions. LACMA has continued to collect the prints and related materials from Cirrus and in October 1995, the museum presented a major exhibition spanning the entire 25-year publishing history. In conjunction, they published an award winning catalogue raisonné.

Cirrus continues today as a print workshop, publisher and gallery with no restriction to medium. New projects include technology-enhanced work.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

CHOKRA | ASVOFF, Barcelona, CaixaForum, 2012

ASVOFF BARCELONA
A SHADED VIEW ON FASHION FILM BARCELONA
PROGRAM
24th, 25th, 26th and 27th January 2012
CaixaForum Barcelona
http://www.asvoff.es/

CHOKRA has been selected for the Official competition and screening at ASVOFF Barcelona, CaixaForum, 24th-27th January, 2012

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

CHOKRA | SHOOOO? with BIG ART GROUP + theARTcorps, 2011

CHOKRA performs SHOOOO? at SPANK WOW's 4 year anniversary with BIG ART GROUP + theARTcorps, New York on Dec 3, 2011. Video still by Warra Hugh
CHOKRA performs SHOOOO? at SPANK WOW's 4 year anniversary with BIG ART GROUP + theARTcorps, New York on Dec 3, 2011. Video still by Warra Hugh
CHOKRA performs SHOOOO? at SPANK WOW's 4 year anniversary with BIG ART GROUP + theARTcorps, New York on Dec 3, 2011. Video still by Warra Hugh
CHOKRA performs SHOOOO? at SPANK WOW's 4 year anniversary with BIG ART GROUP + theARTcorps, New York on Dec 3, 2011. Video still by Warra Hugh
CHOKRA performs SHOOOO? at SPANK WOW's 4 year anniversary with BIG ART GROUP + theARTcorps, New York on Dec 3, 2011. Video still by Warra Hugh

CHOKRA performs SHOOOO? at SPANK WOW's 4 year anniversary with BIG ART GROUP + theARTcorps, New York on Dec 3, 2011. Video still by Warra Hugh

CHOKRA performs SHOOOO? at SPANK WOW's 4 year anniversary with BIG ART GROUP + theARTcorps, New York on Dec 3, 2011. Video still by Warra Hugh

CHOKRA performs SHOOOO? at SPANK WOW's 4 year anniversary with BIG ART GROUP + theARTcorps, New York on Dec 3, 2011. Video still by Warra Hugh
CHOKRA performs SHOOOO? at SPANK WOW's 4 year anniversary with BIG ART GROUP + theARTcorps, New York on Dec 3, 2011. Video still by Warra Hugh
CHOKRA performs SHOOOO? at SPANK WOW's 4 year anniversary with BIG ART GROUP + theARTcorps, New York on Dec 3, 2011. Video still by Warra Hugh

Monday, December 5, 2011

CHOKRA | U+262A (Crescent & Star), SCOPE ART MIAMI 2011


SCOPE Miami 2011 presents U+262A (Crescent and Star), an opening-night performance by the artist CHOKRA (Conscious Hoarding Of Kinetic Rage Associated). 

U+262A (Crescent and Star) is a performance by the artist CHOKRA (Conscious Hoarding Of Kinetic Rage Associated) that implements a unicode command to activate a somatic operative of performance. It encapsulates in a “Crescent and Star” meta-narrative the historical code, existential stance, socio-political condition, national construct and overlapping cultural histories of migrant workers in the United Arab Emirates. With the actuality of migrant labour accelerating residence narratives beyond “East/West” guest-ideologies, U+262A consciously situates in a poetic consequence the collapse of polarized trajectories for a transfiguring command of majhdoor muhajreen - the exalted divinities of desert paradise.


U+262A features an electronic composition in digital and analogue sound, live utterances synthesized with labour camp field recordings from the Emirates and the algorithmic filtered remnants of “world music exotica.” U+262A also features multi-lingual rap rhyme verses conducted in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali, Pashto, Nepali and English; an intensified build of the multi-sensory with theatrical transnational costume; a sensorial propagation of engulfing scent, flares, timely pyromania; and an overwhelming diffusion of brilliant pigments, ground spices, crushed gold, sonapur sand, powdered cement and bright red chillies. 


CHOKRA performs U+262A (Crescent & Star) at SCOPE MIAMI opening night on Nov 29, 2011. Photo by BeachedMIAMI

CHOKRA performs U+262A (Crescent & Star) with tear gas at SCOPE MIAMI opening night on Nov 29, 2011. Photos by Benjamin Lozovsky at Billy Farrell Agency
CHOKRA performs U+262A (Crescent & Star) at SCOPE MIAMI opening night on Nov 29, 2011. Photos by Benjamin Lozovsky at Billy Farrell Agency
CHOKRA performs U+262A (Crescent & Star) at SCOPE MIAMI opening night on Nov 29, 2011. Photos by Benjamin Lozovsky at Billy Farrell Agency
CHOKRA performs U+262A (Crescent & Star) at SCOPE MIAMI opening night on Nov 29, 2011. Photos by Benjamin Lozovsky at Billy Farrell Agency


CHOKRA performs U+262A (Crescent & Star) at SCOPE MIAMI opening night on Nov 29, 2011. Photos by Benjamin Lozovsky at Billy Farrell Agency


CHOKRA performs U+262A (Crescent & Star) at SCOPE MIAMI opening night on Nov 29, 2011. Photos by Benjamin Lozovsky at Billy Farrell Agency





Open publication - Free publishing - More art

INFINITE SCOPE: A gorgeous publication at SCOPE MIAMI 2011 utilizing images from a performance of Al Mtsaalh Haal at Watermill Center, 2010. Photos by Hronn Axelsdottir

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

CHOKRA | Laban U, Dimanche Rouge, Paris, 2011

Laban U is a live video performance by the artist CHOKRA screened at Dimanche Rouge, Paris on Nov 19, 2011. The performance investigates the national category of “Performance Art in the United Arab Emirates” as an over-simulated liquid display in internet streaming. Laban U features an overlay of digital and analogue sound, live utterances in Arabic, Urdu, Hindi and English, web-cam feedback, algorithmic video, custom software programmed by CHOKRA, pixelating gold leaf and an intensified ablution utilizing Laban Up: the popular Emirati yogurt drink that replenishes salt levels.

CHOKRA performs Laban U at Dimanche Rouge, Paris on November 19, 2011. Video performance and custom software still by CHOKRA
CHOKRA performs Laban U at Dimanche Rouge, Paris on November 19, 2011. Video performance and custom software still by CHOKRA
CHOKRA performs Laban U at Dimanche Rouge, Paris on November 19, 2011. Video performance and custom software still by CHOKRA
CHOKRA performs Laban U at Dimanche Rouge, Paris on November 19, 2011. Video performance and custom software still by CHOKRA


CHOKRA performs Laban U at Dimanche Rouge, Paris on November 19, 2011. Video performance and custom software still by CHOKRA


CHOKRA performs Laban U at Dimanche Rouge, Paris on November 19, 2011. Video performance and custom software still by CHOKRA

CHOKRA performs Laban U at Dimanche Rouge, Paris on November 19, 2011. Video performance and custom software still by CHOKRA
CHOKRA performs Laban U at Dimanche Rouge, Paris on November 19, 2011. Video performance and custom software still by CHOKRA