MARISSA NIEDERHAUSER

is creating Dance and Interdisciplinary Body Based Art

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About

Hello! If you are new to my work, thank you for looking! Let me introduce myself.

I am Marissa and I use my body to create artworks in dance, performance, film, installation, noise and photography. Often my work is a hybrid of these mediums often also including spoken word.

All of these mediums draw directly on the deep relationship I have built with my body through a lifetime of dance training, research and performance.

2020 has given us a world that none of us were planning on living in. A world which is often terrifying, frustrating and disheartening. Our wellbeing, lives, political systems, social structures, personal relationships, livelihoods, etc are all being tested and sometimes failing. Humanity is resilient and we have survived times equally strange and several times more horrifying than this. One of our historical survival tools in seeing ourselves through the darkness has and continues to be; art.

Stability is not necessary to a creative mind but it is necessary for creative thoughts to reach their full fruition. Like many artists I am in a financially unstable place even in normal times, as you are aware Covid19 has dramatically increased this uncertainty and your support will help create a net of stabilization from which I can continue working from.

Personally the despair of 2020 has been balanced by a ray of hope in the form of being granted an incredible year long studio residency and presentation as an Alembic Artist at Performance Works Northwest here in Portland, OR where I now live.

This is the kind of opportunity I’ve been working towards for several years and it could not come at a more challenging but perhaps more fruitful time. Trauma and hardship is often alchemized by artists. If you have been following my work for awhile you know that this is familiar territory in my endeavors. While we don’t know when or if live performance as we knew it can exist again, I am determined to make the most of this time creatively and if needed find innovative ways to present work in our new paradigm.

To this goal I ask for your help. Join me in this upcoming year as I learn how to make work in this world in which everything feels alien even my forever-home my own body. A year that will demand fluidity, perseverance, and hope from all of us.

For more about what I intend to be exploring read on:
Does history, our memory of it, define our identity? In a parallel timeline with a different history do we have a different identity? What parts of our histories are remembered in our bodies and what part in our minds? How is our identity affected with radical shifts in perspective- as in age related dementia or catastrophic events? Using movement and the manipulation of prerecorded sound with analogue devices (record players, tape decks, etc) I will investigate what is fixed in the self and what is dependent on the environment.
I have long been wanting to do work around identity, dementia, parallel selves in the multiverse, history stored in memory and history stored in physical habit/patterning through pre-recorded sound manipulation and movement as inspired by watching a family member struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. In our current crisis I am seeing how these thoughts I had been exploring through the framework of an individual's possible lives can also be applied to the fracture that we are all collectively seeing in our world. Our collective identity is being radically broken and restructured. Will it remain fractured? Will we bounce back to what we were? Are we forever changed? What parts will remain? It's as if we are now in the dystopian multiverse of mysterious disease and widespread death, rising totalitarianism, technological takeover/eclipse of physical world, etc but we are stuck in the memory of our other timeline -the one in which we had travel plans, we dreamt of possibility, we anticipated the touch of our most loved ones.

More info about the residency:
 https://pwnw-pdx.org/about/alembic-resident-artists-program/

A list of possible things your donation will be spent on:
  • Cost of having my record player shipped from Brooklyn to Portland.
  • Another record player, cassette decks, vintage answering machines, noisy vintage toys, VCR/televisions, etc and the accompanying media in which to “compose” my sound score with.
  • Costumes (costume designer stipend).
  • Props- I know I need a chair, probably a small table, maybe more.
  • Transportation, for now on the bus, but if Covid progresses I may need to switch to a hired car for safety. This would allow me to continue to rehearse in the very sanitized studio even during a surge that could shut down public transport.
  • If covid allows, I would like this project to be a duet with a sound artist who I would like to offer a stipend too.
  • Professional documentation.

A general artist’s statement/bio here:
My work is taut, atmospheric and mystical, with an underlining sexuality that is not necessarily titillating or easily appropriated. While only rarely overtly political, my work is always created through the lens of feminist analysis. I am greatly influenced by the environments that I travel to and live in and my work reflects a sense of permanent displacement. My work is often sourced from deeply personal events in my own life but research expands the seed idea to intersecting experiences and broader concepts. I have a special interest in self-invented rituals, percussive sounds and the psychological and neurological systems’ influence on the performing body.

I have a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA (USA).

I am an award winning filmmaker with international screenings, including: Seattle International Film Festival (USA), Cinedans (NL), AAS (JP) Napolidanza (IT) and Sao Carlos Videodance Festival (BR) among others. My short film ‘Your Chevrolet’ (2016) was awarded Second Prize and Cinema Prize in Choreographic Captures/Joint Adventures 2015, Munich (DE). I had a 2 month solo exhibition of my video art at Projektraum LS43 in Berlin in 2019 and an evening length selection of my video works screened at Director’s Lounge, Berlin 2017.

My live works have been presented at On the Boards, Seattle Art Museum, Velocity Dance Center, Henry Art Gallery, and Seattle University in Seattle, WA and at Judson Memorial Church and Ideas City Street Festival in NY, NY and at FECK:ART and Lucy Guerrin Inc in Melbourne, AU, and at ADA Studio, K77 Studio, Kunstraum Tapir and Lake Studios in Berlin, DE as well as at Performance Works Northwest in Portland OR and on Zoom.

My photographic work has been published in the 2nd edition of UK arts journal Blue Milk. Group visual art exhibitions include Perceptions at Kunstraum Tapir and Gi-Eok at The Corner Room in Berlin, DE and in FAKESLEEPAWAKE at Space Available, Seattle,WA.

I was a Guest Artist in Residence at Cache Valley Civic Ballet, Logan, UT (USA) in 2016, 2012, The Field NYC Artward Bound Resident at Earthdance (Plainsfield, MA-USA) and a 2011 Summer Dreaming Resident (NY, NY- USA) a 2010 resident artist at Space Available (WA-USA) and a 2009 Flight Deck Resident at Open Flight Studio (WA-USA).

I was a 2012 Artist Trust (WA-USA) award winner, a 2011 Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (WA-USA) Individual Projects award winner and a 2008 and 2010 4Culture (WA-USA) grantee. I have received additional support from Kodak and The Northwest Film Forum and you!





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