Performance — 25, 26 Oct 2019
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is pleased to present Jason’s Crazy Night, a newly commissioned performance by Ann Hirsch. Born in the Baltimore, Maryland, and currently residing in Los Angeles, California, Hirsch is among the most celebrated artists working with themes relating to sexuality and feminism today. Jason’s Crazy Night follows recent performance commissions by the New York-based collective CFGNY and artist Alicia Frankovich.
Using humor as a tool to disarm, the play Jason’s Crazy Night takes the structure of the Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol to tell the story of a pornography-addicted, self-proclaimed “bro” named Jason Biddies. In the play, Biddies (played by Hirsch) encounters apparitions representing his past, present, and future, as did Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. These apparitions are embodied by three porn stars who take various forms and who help him understand his relationships to pornography, women, and his sometimes-toxic masculinity.
Hirsch’s work often centers on uncomfortable but relatable subjects such as pornography, shame, sexual development, and gender roles. Even though online pornography is consumed by a staggeringly high number of people worldwide, its effects on sexual development are rarely spoken about openly. As pornography often narrativizes racial stereotypes and gender roles, and frequently depicts violence against women and people of color, its existence in popular media is overdue for public debate.
Ann Hirsch is a video and performance artist who examines the influence of technology on popular culture and gender. Her work frequently uses the internet as a subject and/or medium, including Cuts.video (2018), an examination of themes and stereotypes found in pornography; hornylilfeminist.com (2014-15), an online video compilation; and Scandalishious (2008-2009), her online YouTube performance in which she created a YouTube "cewebrity" channel that garnered over two million video views. In 2013, Rhizome commissioned Playground, Hirsch’s play about coming of age via an online relationship, which debuted at the New Museum in New York and was premiered by South London Gallery. Hirsch has presented solo exhibitions at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center, Arcadia Missa in London, and the New Museum’s online project space First Look.
Jason’s Crazy Night is the 2019 performance commission of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Previous commissions include CFGNY: Fake Fashion 3 (2018), and Alicia Frankovich: Atlas of the Living World (2017). The videos Jason's Past, Jason's Present, and Jason's Future were commissioned by KRIEG, Hasselt as part of Ann Hirsch's solo exhibition Jason’s Room, on view until November 16, 2019.
Jason’s Crazy Night is presented in the Stedelijk’s Teijin Auditorium with barrier-free, elevator access. Seats with backs provided, and early access can be arranged for less-able viewers. For questions or requests regarding accessibility please contact email@example.com.
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