Saturday, June 2, 2012
In preparation for his performance, Friends of Dorothy: Screen Test #2, Tara Mateik held a series of auditions and enlisted the help of other divas and production crew to realize the project. During Friends of Dorothy: Screen Test #1, Mateik interviewed queens out of costume about each person's motivation to impersonate gay icons Diana Ross and Judy Garland.
On Saturday, June 2, 2012, Friends of Dorothy: Screen Test #2, took place at Shoot The Lobster, New York City. In this iteration of his ongoing project, the queens met again in full drag. Each Diana Ross or Judy Garland performed an audition for the role of Dorothy, lip-syncing to an assemblage of voice-overs from live performances, The Wiz, and The Wizard of Oz. The Cowardly Lion, Michael Jackson, Sidney Lumet, and other Oz–themed characters ran the screen test, which took place in front of a live audience.
CAST: Cece Suazo-Augustus as Diana Ross; Reggie Flowers as Dropsy Dousman as Diana Ross; O'Neill Hayes as Sapphira Cristàl as Diana Ross; Bill Shea as MargOH! Channing as Judy Garland; J. Moses Harper as Michael Jackson; Stephen Remington as The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion; Tara Mateik as Victor Fleming and Sidney Lumet. Props and costumes by Emma Hedditch, MPA and Guadalupe Rosales. Production by Alhena Katsof.
Mateik understands the story of Oz, its pop culture manifestations, and devoted fans, as a structure through which people queer the concept of home. In Men With Missing Parts the same characters, dialogues, and visual references from The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz appear over and again, through citation and repetition and in various forms, to overrule the gender binary.
In his videos, performances, and assemblage, Mateik cast himself as myriad theoretical and cultural transvestites from media culture, competitive sport, and weird science. This practice includes regular participation in a collaborative process that fosters transfeminism, an inclusive feminism that integrates the lived experience of genderqueer people and extends important feminist concerns beyond the limits of rigidly defined gender. His work has been supported by Creative Capital Foundation, Experimental Television Center Film Art Grant, and PSC-CUNY and exhibited at international venues including MOMA PS1 Greater New York Cinema, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Dixon Place, Roebling Hall, and Reena Spaulings in New York; Outfest and LACE, Los Angeles, CA; Aurora Pictures, Houston, TX; Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany; and The Images Festival, Toronto, Canada. His videos are distributed by the Video Data Bank.
November 22, 2013
A participatory performance, filmed live, in which artist Tara Mateik used misplaced, replaced, and displaced interviews and screen tests, characters, dialogues, and visual references from The Marvelous Land of Oz to tease out the transfeminist narrative in this classic tale and to imagine a new concept of home—one that is self-actualized, self-possessed, and queer.
Staged in The Segal Theater at The Graduate Center, New York. Cosponsored by the Film Theory Working Group: Moving Images in Theory and Practice.