The Visitation, a sound walk
Inspired by the appearance of a one-antlered deer in Harlem in 2016, this site-specific sound walk is a meditation on the presence of the mythic in the everyday. This through-composed stroll interweaves history and song, fact and fiction and uncovers the indigenous history of the land, its colonization and eventual return to the shared resource that is Jacki Robinson Park.
HERE, NYC, 2021-Ongoing
Co-Creators: Stephanie Fleischmann (writer) and Christina Campanella (sound and music). Performers: Black-Eyed Susan, Abraham Gomez-Delgado, Carl Hancock Rux, Callie Katrice Holley, John-Andrew Morrison, Mia Pixley, Jude Shimer, Sammy Baker, Ryan Packard and Mark Spencer.
To experience the walk, download the GESSO app on your smartphone, register and search “the VIsitation”. You can go to the park or listen remotely.
Archive: This Was the End
At once an artifact and an experience—the afterlife of a performance as interactive sculpture . You are the actor, and a wall—salvaged from the old PS 122 community center—is the physical manifestation of a memory of a play, which your presence activates and disrupts.
EMPAC, Troy NY 2018 CultureHub, NYC 2019
Set Peter Ksander, Sound & Video Manipulation G Lucas Crane, Interaction Ryan Holsopple, Video Keith Skretch, Costumes Olivera Gajic. On Video Perfomers: G Lucas Crane, Black-Eyed Susan, Jim Himelsbach, Rae C Wright and Paul Zimet.
A visceral liturgy of sound, video and sculpture, interweaving images and noises of brain circuitry and Victorian mourning rituals
3LD, NYC, 2016 & Lesley Heller Gallery, NYC, 2018
Creator Nene Humphrey, Director Mallory Catlett, Composer Roberto Carlos Lange, Poetry Tom Sleigh, Video Designer Simon Harding, Lighting Designer Yuki Nakase
Dread Scott: DecisionPerformance installation and recitation of the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott Decision
Next Wave, BAM Fischer, NYC, 2012
Creator Dread Scott, Director Mallory Catlett. Performers: Clifford Owens, Lawrence Graham-Brown, Wilmer Wilson IV, “Roc” Belizaire & Dread Scott
City Council Meeting
Performed Participatory Democracy
"The audience makes the piece," Catlett says. "We value every role, not just the people who speak; everyone is active." - Houston Culture Map
Redfern Center, Keene, NH 2014 Zspace, San Francisco, 2014 HERE, New York City, 2013 ASU/Gammage, Tempe, 2013 DiverseWorks, Houston, 2012
Co-Creator/Director Mallory Catlett, Co-Creator/Writer Aaron Landsman, Co-Creator/Designer Jim Findlay. Performers: City Council Meeting is performed by the audience and facilitated by an entirely local working group comprised of artists, activists and the genuinely interested.