Johnny Forever and Gambletron are a queer multidisciplinary duo based in Montreal. Together they create immersive, interactive performance environments exploring queer resistance through radio transmission, video, and fibres. Largely improvised public performances bring together Forever’s video and soft sculpture with Gamble’s experimental noise incorporating modified electronics. For the past two years they have worked together in theatre, gallery, and festival settings including The Rhubarb Festival at Toronto’s Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Electric Eclectics in Meaford, Ontario, and Camp Wavelength at Artscape Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island. – text by htmlles
Johnny Forever Nawracaj
is a Polish-born writer, performer and multidisciplinary artist currently based in Montreal. Their work weaves surrealist narrative through the use of song, fibres, video, gesture, illustration and drag. In their academic and artistic pursuits they explore love, loss, and longing with a particular investment in these themes as a part of radical queer and trans cultural production. Their works have seen the cabaret stages, theatre vitrines, and gallery floors of Warsaw, Berlin, Montreal, and Toronto.
is a sound artist and musician based out of Montréal who is known for her noise-electronic improvisations, experimental karaoke and for curating performances in unique outdoors locations. She creates loud, glitch, textural soundscapes with a slight reference to dance music accompanied by lo-fi, circuit bent toys, found objects, musical saw, home made mics, radios, bowed bike wheels, cheap synths, reel2reels and other types of electronics. Gambletron has toured internationally and participated in various festivals and residencies, some of which include the Donau Festival (AU), Nuit Sonores (FR) and Etoilles Polaires (BE). She is also found performing and collaborating in numerous projects on Constellation Records such as Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista, Hrsta, Clues, and Matana Robert’s Coin Coin. She plays with Greenland’s current pop sensation, Nive Nielsen and the Deer Children, and is currently curating Objet inusite in partnership with Eastern Bloc and Suoni Per il Popolo.
Curated by Charo Oquet and Frank Falestra (Rat Bastard )
M/P ’17 is a stage for both young and emerging artists, curators, critics, and scholars to present their latest work. This world-class performing arts festival will provide the opportunity for our live audience of approximately 7,000 to engage deeply with the ideas emerging from these provocative works.
Miami Performance International Festival (M/P’17) seeks to continue to expand and provide a platform for South Florida-based performance and sound artists to create new work in Miami. This “challenge”, also bringing professionals together for the sake of a common goal: pushing the boundaries of their practice and making that same work accessible to a wider audience.
About Edge Zones
Edge Zones has a 14-year history of supporting artistic practices in the public domain. EZ produces events located specifically and contextually in Miami and the Caribbean region through participatory processes. With Miami Performance International Festival, EZ will seek to establish a new network of public engagement in Miami and Miami Beach.
EZ is a platform for cultural production, artists and volunteer-run contemporary arts non-profit dedicated to the research, conceptualization and execution of events that strengthen the contemporary art environment in Miami. EZ seeks to make contemporary art accessible, to engage audiences and to create a focal point for international research and awareness.
The principal sponsors for the Miami Performance International Festival ‘15 are: Edge Zones Project, Florida, USA, Miami Dade County-Cultural Affairs Council, Florida State Cultural Affairs Council, Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Council, The Miami Beach Botanical Garden.