Meet Crichton Atkinson

Crichton Atkinson

Chrichton Atkinson performed in the first All Together Now on April 23rd.

Crichton Atkinson :: Performance Art + Video :: NYC
Crichton Atkinson director and performer.  Her work has been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Pittsburg, Santa Fe, Shanghai and London.  Her video work has been exhibited at the AC Institute in Chelsea, Apparition or Illumination: Video Art from the Underground and Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2014 at Nothing Space, Bushwick, NY; Crush the Serpent at The Tea Factory in Bushwick, NY; N2NM: Exchange in Santa Fe, NM; Space Witch, Bushwick, NY; It Is What It Is, 331 Gallery, Beacon NY.  She has performed in The Golfing Party of Brancusi, Satie, & John Quinn at Dia:Beacon, The Missing Book of Spurs by Marianne Vitale for Performa 13; at the New Museum she was in Spartacus Chetwynd: Home Made Tasers; Bona Park’s The box in the plastic bag (la boîte-en-sac plastique) New York version (2012); and Positions: An Action by Public Movement which was part of Performa11.  Atkinson has participated in films- songwriting for Dave Boyel’s Man from Reno, acting in Matthew Barney’s River of Fundament, staring in Joel Clark’s Xmas in July, and writing and appearing in Ben Popik’s The Exquisite Corpse Project.  Atkinson has directed Oedipus after Colonus at HERE and the Byrdcliffe, and NARRATOR at The Paradise Factory with funding from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.  With Dangerous Ground Productions Atkinson assistant directed The Distance from Here, The Madness of Day, and produced Last Tango in Paris at the Paradise Factory.  She performed in Beware of a Holy Whore and was production manager for John Cassavetes Husbands at The Public Theaters Under the Radar Festival, the production was called interesting to think about by the New York Times.  Atkinson is a freelance museum educator at Dia:Beacon and the New Museum. She is the Founding Director of Nothing Space, where she curated De-Script, Shadow Sign: Dance/Performance, Apparition or Illumination: Video Art from the Underground, and Sketches: Propositions and Potentials.

Website: http://www.crichtonatkinson.com

Artist Statements:

“The way I communicate as an artist is a like a waterfall- it’s thick, heavy, unyielding, and all at once, but inside that risk-taking the audience can feel transported and slightly massaged. I want to trade the audience their time for transformation. Like a waterfall I want to refresh you and kind of freak you out.”

“Our body is 60% water, but let’s say for the sake of poetry that it’s 60% art. We don’t define our bodies by this 60% because it is inside everything, but like recognizes like. The art you exhibit when you do well at your day job, the art in you that cooks a good meal, recognizes art when it crashes down and suffocates your ease and wakes you up. Art says the secret name of that 60% in each of us. When something feels powerful and honest, really strange, and awkwardly intentional, we know from that 60% in us all that we are more alive in that moment than others.”

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