CURRENT Projects
Tatyana Tenenbaum, Tidal
Lex Brown

Past Projects
Michael Joseph McQuilken,
The Infinite Hotel
Moriah Evans, Configure

Mana Process Lab Participants



In partnership with Danspace Project
November 30, 2018–April 20, 2019

Choreographer and composer Tatyana Tenenbaum develops her newest work Tidal, which will premiere in May 2019 at Danspace Project, in collaboration with performers Marisa Clementi, Pareena Lim, Emily Moore, Jules Skloot, and Saúl Ulerio. Tidal calls on the bodily power of song to heal. This work will be presented in conversation with new works by Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba and Samita Sinha.

Photo: Pareena Lin. Photo: Megan Stahl

Lex Brown, C.E. 2018. Performance with Aaron Fowler at the New Museum. Courtesy New Museum. Photo_ Scott Rudd.jpg

In partnership with The Kitchen
September 10–January 23, 2019

While at Mana Contemporary, multidisciplinary artist and designer Lex Brown will be working on music, video, and performance for her upcoming solo show at The Kitchen. Fluctuating between levity and seriousness, Brown’s work draws on familial narratives and current and historical events. “In the process of dismantling my own internalized racism and sexism,” explains the artist, “I build new characters, expansive fictional worlds, and unexpected linguistic relationships.”

Brown holds a BA from Princeton University and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Her work has been performed and exhibited at the New Museum, High Line, and International Center of Photography, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; REDCAT Theater and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and Munch Museum, Oslo.

Image courtesy of Lex Brown



In partnership with Prototype
November 25–December 23, 2018

In a new performance by the Old Sound Room and the Windmill Factory, rock music and Rube Goldberg-like cinematography collide in a cathartic and inventive experience titled The Infinite Hotel. Audience members become ‘extras,’ stepping into an elaborate moviemaking machine to help weave a filmic narrative around five strangers who are unknowingly writing music together across space and time. The work questions the nature of human interrelatedness, our appetite for visibility, and the creative ideas we accidentally share.

Prior to the premiere performance at the 2019 Prototype Festival in New York, rehearsals for The Infinite Hotel will be open to viewers at Mana Contemporary, and attendees will be invited to become part of the collaborative process as a test audience.

Michael Joseph McQuilken has exhibited works at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and worked with the musician Drake on concert visuals.

Image courtesy of Michael Joseph McQuilken

In partnership with The Kitchen
September 10–November 24, 2018

Using Mana Contemporary’s unused and temporary spaces to develop her upcoming performance Configure, Moriah Evans focuses on dance in all its forms. Positioning dance as artifact, object, and culture, Evans posits a new language through which to engage with physical movement, navigating dance’s utopian and dystopian potentials and tendencies.

Evan’s choreographic work has been presented at venues including Danspace Project; MoMA PS1; Issue Project Room; and the American Realness Festival, New York; CalIT2, California; Kampnagel, Hamburg; and Atelier de Paris Carolyn Carlson, Paris.

Image courtesy of Moriah Evans


In partnership with HERE
August 27–September 7, 2018

Multidisciplinary artist and director Rob Roth will be creating SOUNDSTAGE, an audio-visual performance poem to premiere at HERE in fall 2018. Roth combines theater, film, audio, and performance to create richly textured work that has been showcased at venues including the New Museum, Abrons Art Center, Deitch Projects, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

SOUNDSTAGE is a collaboration with actor Rebecca Hall that uses cinematic language to reflect on the muse and her remedy for loneliness. Through a queer lens, SOUNDSTAGE focuses on alternative realities that combine to form a metaphysical and alchemic journey in which sound, time, gender, and fantasy are transformed.

Image courtesy of Rob Roth