Camp Kid Friendly

    Sun, Nov 8, 2009, 5pm

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    Malcolm Stuart's hoop dance troupe Color Wheel, together with friends, will perform with Baby IKKI at SculptureCenter on Sunday November 8th at 5 pm. Manipulating hoops, fire, and other objects, the dancers will activate Mike Kelley's and Michael Smith's video installation, A Voyage of Growth and Discovery, with a carnivalesque performance. Baby IKKI will be on hand to take it all in, occasionally interacting with revelers and mixing up a special flambé recipe of Atomic Fireballs, sand and other mystery ingredients. Accompanied by musical selections from Mike Kelley and Scott Benzel's "Dance Beats for Baby", the performance will also feature videos by Bec Stupak produced and designed specifically for the many screens hanging throughout the installation.

    The ringleader of Camp Kid Friendly, Malcolm Stuart brings his unique choreography, costuming, make-up design and overall performance vision to the complex multi-channel installation at SculptureCenter. Having performed with hoops for the past eight years, Malcolm is widely recognized as one of the genre's foremost innovators. He created Color Wheel two years ago as a means for expanding his costuming and hoop choreography into a group format.

    Baby IKKI is a character invented by the artist Michael Smith. The installation, A Voyage of Growth and Discovery, is a collaboration between Mike Kelley and Michael Smith and follows Baby IKKI's journey to a festival in the Black Rock Desert. The six channel video installation reflects the fantasy-oriented environment of the festival, which is both grand and folksy-an odd mixture of fairground, playground, hippie commune, and the futuristic architectural aesthetics of R. Buckminster Fuller. The installation is on view through November 30. Presented by SculptureCenter in conjunction with Performa 09.