Too Much! a queer marathon was presented twice, in January 2010 at Mama Calizo's Voice Factory and in January 2011 at Dance Mission.
Most of the info on this site is from the 2011 edition. You can click here to see images from most of the 2011 performances and installations, with short texts about each work.
The current plan is to skip 2012 and work towards a 3d edition of Too Much in 2013. Current curator/organizers include Julie Phelps, Keith Hennessy (Zero Performance), and Ernesto Sopprani (TheOffCenter). Not content to reproduce the previous marathons, we have invited LA artist/curator Dino Dinco to work with us. We are keen to include 1 or 2 other collaborators in the curatorial and production aspects of the event.
The 2nd annual
Too Much! a queer marathon
Too Much! 2011
January 23, 2pm-midnight, 2011
Dance Mission, 3316-24th St. SF
Produced by Zero Performance & TheOffCenter
Curated by Julie Phelps and Keith Hennessy.
Over 60 artists, 3 simultaneous rooms of performance, installation, video and action. Workshops in street art and queer games. Themed programming includes an avant-drag hour curated by VyvvyAnne ForeverMore, and two series of performance followed by public discussion, one on representations of women within the tensions between feminism and queer, and another on the use of racist or racially-charged imagery in contemporary performance. Plus a whole lot more. Breaking things, making things, doing stuff, and dinner. And it's only 10 bucks.
Too Much! provides a platform for investigation and negotiation – through live performance and video art – of queer as an identity, aesthetic, and tactic. Working the margins of both mainstream and LGBT cultures, Too Much! offers a temporal community in the borderlands of artistic contagion, exchange, friction, and tourism.
TOO MUCH! PROGRAM 2011
(times are approximate, program subject to slight change)
$10 bucks for 10 hours
60+ artists present overlapping events on Main Stage, Corner Studio, Back Studio, Outside and around the building
In the tensions between and around queer & feminism...
Questioning Minstrel (Race, History, Representation…)
Dance + Video + Performance
Big group photo of queer artists
Queer safety, Grindr the ritual, relationships, and self-determination
Dazié Rustin Grego
Ara Glenn Johanson + Matthew Sergi
Questioning War Activism
Abjeez (music video)
Iraq Vets Against War/Veteran Artists
B.j. Dini 7’ video
Even More Performance
Macklin Kowal + Kiele Stewart-Funai
Work More curated by VivvyAnne ForeverMore
Drag artists meet contemporary artists from other other genres.
Mica Siguorney + Laura Arrington
Ambrosia Salad + Nathan Raport
Anna Conda + Marke B
Talks & Installations
The Knot Dramaturgy invites us to question queer, queer performance, and Too Much! The Knot is
Minna Harri, Tessa Wills, Virginia Preston, and Michelle Lynch.
Talk Feminism & Queer Frictions (following Questioning Feminisms)
Philip Huang – 3 ppl on Salvia
Allison Wyper 4hr installation, - 25min perfs for only 1 person (repeated)
Brittany Fosbrook + Loren Robertson – tweeting texts onto bodies
Scottie Hall + Jay Thomas – text into flesh, performance installation
Various times and sites
Jorge Rodolfo De Hoyos Jr + Maria Francesca Scaroni – dance research installation, Abramovic/Ulay revisited.
Workshops, Performances, Movies
Talk Minstrel as tactic
Chef/artist Amara Tabor-Smith (Our Daily Bread)
More dance & music
Laura Arrington – breaking stuff participatory installation
Revival House Films – Double Feature
Taxi zum Klo (1980, Germany, Taxi to the toilet) – touching story, sexually explicit, autobiographical West Berlin fags in the 70s
Rise Above : The Tribe 8 Documentary (2003, USA) – wild women queercore punk San Francisco in the 90s
Workshops, Performances, Installations
Irina Contreras –outdoor workshop – posters & stencil activism
Honey McMoney – cinder block throwing contest in the alley
Qilo Matzen – bathroom performance installation – cruising & plumbing
Hana Erdman + Kira Kirsch – dance research installation in the lobby
Mary Armentrout - articulating layers of identity, 5 min performance for 5 people (repeated).
Maryam Rostami + Ryan Crowder – endurance crocheting, you make my clothes & I'll make yours.
Read B.J. Dini's poetic critical reactivation of Too Much! 2010.