Kim Hoeckele: Rosy-Crimson
Created by Kim Hoeckele
Co-produced by Rachel Zeiger-Haag
Performers: Katie Looney, Hannah Müller, Rachel Murray, Mike Press, Catherine Song, Lionel Thomas, Rachel Zeiger-Haag
Kim Hoeckele’s Rosy-Crimson uses Homer’s The Odyssey as both catalyst and armature for a poetic play, drawing text from multiple translations of the legendary Greek epic. In this new work, performed live for the first time at NURTUREart, Hoeckele activates the mutability of language via performance, dialogue, inflection and tone while emphasizing the slippages in meaning intrinsic to the translations. Several years ago the artist began re-reading The Odyssey and accidentally became aware of its many translations, and the sometimes dramatic shifts in language, phrasing and feeling they imparted to Odysseus’ long journey home to Ithaca. How does language change meaning? How does time change language? Homer’s epic, weaving adventure and a desire to return to a home that no longer exists, speaks to the longing to connect and communicate.
Kim Hoeckele is a New York-based artist born in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work explores personal, historical, and geological times, manifesting how identity and memory are communicated over variable timescales. Hoeckele’s multiple research strategies, investigating histories, mythologies, and land are integral to a work process in which art exists as both document and abstraction. Recent exhibitions include: Cosmic Needs, Dossier Outpost @ South Street Seaport (NY); DIVIDE, Pelham Arts Center, NY; For and About, Brooklyn Art Council Gallery, NY; and Amnesiac, Family Business, NY. Hoeckele is a recipient of a Parsons faculty project development award to research her work, Rosy- Crimson, and she has recently published an excerpt through Oranbeg Press, New York. Hoeckele is currently faculty at NYU Steinhardt, Parsons The New School for Design, and Hunter College. She holds a BFA from Georgia State University and an MFA from Hunter College.
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