David Bologna

David_Bologna_001David Bologna began his artistic career with extensive work in community, regional, and professional musical theater productions across his hometowns of New Orleans and Austin. By the age of thirteen, he claimed five southern region and two national champion titles in the competitive Irish dance world in addition to placing as high as fifth in the world championships. At fourteen, David was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role of Michael in the original Broadway production of Billy Elliot the Musical. Since then, he has continued to study performance in experimental forms of dance, music, art, and fashion. A Gallatin junior, his concentration in multimedia performance art blends his passion for all artistic media with the scholarly core of the recent field of performance studies for a philosophical, cultural, and social approach to the artistic act of performance.

Looking for a Wormhole to Fall Into

“A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction.”  —Donna Haraway

An installation creates a multi-sensorial space of media as the live artist performs his collaged self in a mechanical routine of movement set to original music. The one-minute experience is performed in a cycle throughout the entire gallery day, parodying the repetition of a GIF—a technological machine in and of the 21st century. Only by the physical interaction of a viewer—like the finger on a touch screen—is the artist activated. The work performs Haraway’s notion of the Cyborg recontextualized for the millennial generation and speaks to the digital age with its infinite (and sometimes chaotic) possibilities of representing a self through media.

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“A wound with blood and pus, or the sickly, acrid smell of sweat, of decay, does not signify death… No, as in true theater, without makeup or masks, refuse and corpses show me what I permanently thrust aside in order to live. These body fluids, this defilement, this shit are what life withstands, hardly and with difficulty, on the part of death. There, I am at the border of my condition as a living being.”  —Julia Kristeva

The artist picks and pops pus and acne from his face, expelling the fluids in an installed bathroom that combines visual and aural media. The performance of this intimate act questions the definitions of private and public, the blurry line between subject and object/self and other, and how rituals such as this relate to those beings expelled or being made abject or excluded from culture and society such as sexual, gender, and racial “others.”