cut the FAT 

*Effective October, 2020: "cut the FAT" will culminate into a series of dance for camera works over the next five years and beyond. This was not the original plan for this project, but due to COVID - I have spent the last year reimagining how I will continue the development and production of this project. Once more safety in performing is restored, this project will also be presented in public spaces.

 

A lecture-performance project. In progress since 2016. Premiering will begin in 2022/2023.

The bones of this project comprise of ten written journals, interviews in seven languages, research in twenty-nine countries, four animations, 2,000+ field recordings, 1,000+ hours of mass media footage from the 1920’s to the 1990’s, 100 styrofoam heads and my experiential shifts towards what it means to cut the fat in a decade’s time. The irony of this project at this present time is real. Humans are awakening to their own versions of cutting the fat, making shifts and forging new paths towards REAL social change. This is what “cut the FAT” seeks to encompass.  

"cut the FAT" intends to reflect on the societal and economic systems all across the world while exposing some of the flaws of capitalist societies. It represents a culmination of my research, writings, thought processes about the effects and impacts of the evolution of language, social justice issues, behavioral sciences, media manipulation and mental conditioning.  

It is a densely physical and auditory inquiry of the body's intangible and kinesthetic response to depict the subjective emotions and responses that objects and events can arouse in us. It's aimed through distortion, exaggeration, primitivism, and fantasy and through the vivid, jarring, violent, or dynamic application of formal elements today. It investigates political ideologies and explores the forbearance of personal breakdown within the display of moving forward in today's societies.

 

Composers: Tulpa Noise // SmackDab // Jun Jun

Visual Artist: Warren Harris

Choreographer/Video Artist: The Movement Kitchen

A dance film by Oji Valencia in collaboration with The Movement Kitchen

 

Music composed by Jun Jun

Production Design: Anne Zettler

Producer: Oji Valencia

Filmed and Directed by Oji Valencia and Nap Jamir of Depth Charge Films

 

"FLUX" is the first of twenty movement scores for "cut the FAT"

"FLUX - cut the FAT" is a spiritual conveyance for our bare bones, our need to unearth the roots of our systemic issues, our religious issues, our consumption issues, our cells - our gels - our fat.

 

Reflect. Restore. Relearn. Rebirth. FLUX. and then we - cut the FAT.

 

**This project was supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

Jello Series - March 6, 2020
An excerpt from "FLUX - cut the FAT"

Video/Performance: The Movement Kitchen

Composer: Tulpa Noise

a clip from "cut the FAT"

 

HONEYBEES, THE WISDOM OF CROWDS + COLLECTIVE BEHAVIOR

Video: The Movement Kitchen

Composer: Ose

a clip from "cut the FAT"

 

THE MASSES + BANDWAGON EFFECT + CROWD DYNAMICS

Video: The Movement Kitchen

Composer: SmackDab

a clip from "cut the FAT"

 

MENTAL + SOCIAL + CULTURAL CONDITIONING

Video: The Movement Kitchen

Composer: Jun Jun

a clip from "cut the FAT"

 

MEDIA MANIPULATION + MASS MIND CONTROL

Video: The Movement Kitchen

Composer: Skeleton Goode

Remixed by Sunshine Primo

a short animation from "cut the FAT"

 

ANCESTRAL LANGUAGE

Composer + Animation: The Movement Kitchen

a clip from "cut the FAT"

 

RHETORICAL TACTICS + INTERPLAY + COERCION

Text Rework/Video: The Movement Kitchen

Composer: Jun Jun

a short animation from "cut the FAT"

 

COGNITIVE BIAS

Composer + Voiceover: Jun Jun

 

Animation: The Movement Kitchen

a clip from "cut the FAT"

 

SOCIETAL COLLAPSE

Composer: Jun Jun

 

Field Recordings & Video: The Movement Kitchen

a clip from "cut the FAT"

 

RUNNING FALLING

Composer: Space Panther

 

Video: The Movement Kitchen

a clip from "cut the FAT"

 

BYE BYE BETA

 

Video & Sound: The Movement Kitchen

Meet 34 of our 100 binaural styrofoam heads from "cut the FAT"

 

Visual Art: Warren Harris a.k.a. Hanna in collaboration with Emily Navarra a.k.a. The Movement Kitchen

Written excerpts from "cut the FAT": 2016 - present