Katie Cercone *High Prieztezz Or Nah* is a visionary artist, scribe, prieztezz and spiritual gangsta hailing from the blessed coast. Cercone has performed or shown work in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Dallas Contemporary, Momenta Art, C24 Gallery, Changjiang Museum China, Dodge Gallery and Al… Read More
Katie Cercone *High Prieztezz Or Nah* is a visionary artist, scribe, prieztezz and spiritual gangsta hailing from the blessed coast. Cercone has performed or shown work in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, Bronx Museum, Dallas Contemporary, Momenta Art, C24 Gallery, Changjiang Museum China, Dodge Gallery and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. She has published critical writing in ART PAPERS, White Hot, Posture, Brooklyn Rail, Hysteria, Bitch Magazine, Utne Reader and N.Paradoxa. As co-leader of the radical, queer, transnational feminist collective Go! Push Pops, Cercone spearheaded a 400-women strong takeover of the Whitney Museum in 2014 known as “The Clitney Perennial,” and was awarded the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice the same year. Her work has been featured in Dazed, MILK, Interview, Japan Times, Huffington Post, ART 21, Hyperallergic, PAPER, Art Fag City, Washington Post, and Art Net TV among others. Cercone has curated shows for Momenta Art, KARST (UK), Cue Art Foundation, Local Project and NurtureArt. Cercone is creative director of ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS Urban Mystery Skool in NYC. In 2015 she was a distinguished National Endowment for the Arts Fellow for the U.S.-Japan Exchange Program in Tokyo (JUSFC). Read Less
My ongoing practice encompasses sculptural fabric assemblage, video, performance and socially-engaged ritual. A yogi of 20 years, this work is based in my long-term engagement cross-pollinating the languages of embodied feminism, yoga, folk-mythology, shamanic magic and hip hop. A major goal of my work is the re… Read More
My ongoing practice encompasses sculptural fabric assemblage, video, performance and socially-engaged ritual. A yogi of 20 years, this work is based in my long-term engagement cross-pollinating the languages of embodied feminism, yoga, folk-mythology, shamanic magic and hip hop. A major goal of my work is the resurgence of the knowledge of the Triple Goddess, the reinstating of women leaders, and the restoring to sacred status women’s genitalia and symbols of fertility. As a queer feminist radical, my embodied practice invokes the shamanic medium as prehistoric queer.
My collaborative work with ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS Urban Mystery Skool draws together an international network of radical creatives into a prosperity generator, dynamic hive of innovation, education and resource center. Based on “Hip Hop Yoga,” pioneered since 2011 with my partner UNDAKOVA, our wellness rituals activate palpable group ecstasy. Participants become fully self-expressed and rekindle what Afrika Bambaataa calls “Knowledge of self in community.” Hip Hop Yoga utilizes movement, sound and vibration to create layered dreamscapes; simple vocal percussion and righteous rhymes unlock authentic expression. A healthy sense of belonging combats modern maladies, including our cultural reliance on toxic products of advanced consumer capitalism which thrive on our individual sense of anxiety, alienation and lack. Hip Hop Yoga inspires a sweet submission to music and movement recalibrating our collective sense of humanity. In many African languages there’s no distinction between "music" and "dance"... what today's neuroscience calls “biotechnology of group formation." Hip Hop Yoga is stomped prayer.
Our work at the mystery skool is rooted in a vacillating constellation of sacred truths which draws provocative transcultural lines. As a white female of privilege, I acknowledge the negative aspects of cultural appropriation, including the exploitative watering down of tradition to suit the drives of capitalism and the consistent structural inequity that makes “culture vulturing” a highly unequal exchange. Conscious, respectful integration of various spiritual traditions is embedded in our name ULTRACULTURAL OTHERS. I recognize how Kali (for example) is infrequently claimed as a feminist icon in South Asia, nor is she a symbol of the liberating powers of female sexuality. Despite the cries of neocolonialism raised in academic circles, it’s no mistake that Kali has been taken on as a force of women’s liberation in the West, where women overwhelmingly dominate the field of Yoga. Having practiced as long as I have, there is a necessity to pass on my knowledge crystallized in the three gems - teacher, teaching and community.
Given the explosion of yoga in the West and growing “wellness” and “music” industries, including the detrimental ways in which the face of both yoga and hip hop have become prey to the community-eroding mechanisms of consumer capitalism, there could be no less appropriate Goddess figure to reclaim the ecstatic roots of religion than Warrior Kali - “The Black One,” ravenous beast of death, time and change. ULTRACULTURAL’s work as radical “Others” concocts a spiritual bricolage suturing the dark/light aspects of human evolution.