Courtesy of the filmmaker

Screening & Live Event
Lunch Poems in VHS Tapes

Part of Changing the Picture (2019)
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room

With Miss Expanding Universe and J Triangular in conversation with Tiffany Joy Butler  

2017, 45 mins. Digital Projection. Filmed and edited by J Triangular. Written and performed by Ashley Yang-Thompson (aka Miss Expanding Universe). A cross cultural collaboration between the artists J Triangular and Ashley Yang-Thompson, this experimental video journal extends performance art into the everyday, daring to imagine a surreal world of intimacy between kindred spirits who wander, dance, sing and simply live in New York City. Through the dreamlike blur of the VHS aesthetic, we hear the empowering, curious poetry of Miss Expanding Universe, encountering a film rooted in queerness, that diverges from heteronormativity through expressive language and a nonlinear structure. 

Note: The film contains some sexually explicit language and profanity.  

Organized by Tiffany Joy Butler 

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J Triangular is a Colombia-born and Taiwan-based independent curator, queer poet, do-it-yourself video artist and analog photographer. They are the editor and founder of RUB, an online zine and exhibition. They make art projects that address themes as counterculture and music, queer community identity, self-empowerment and camcorder activism.

The product of a Chinese immigrant and a white polygamist from Fort Scott, Kansas, Miss Expanding Universe has been a performance artist since the day she was ruthlessly shoved out of the safety of her mother’s womb. She works in a wide range of media, from hyperrealist oil paintings to coloring book memoirs to VHS Poetry. Currently based in Great Barrington, MA, she distributes a weekly graphic haiku, Worm House.

Tiffany Joy Butler is a curator, writer, educator, and artist. A daughter of a Black American and Puerto Rican family, her work wrestles with stories of rebellious, humorous curiosity. She is the founder of Hot Cabinet, a nomadic video screening initiative. Her experimental films have screened at VIA Festival’s Afronaut(a) 4.0, Queens Museum, Museum of the Moving Image, and A.I.R. Gallery. Her memoirs have been published as part of the Bodega Monthly Anthology, Muchacha Zine, and Telling Our Stories Press. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center and the Wassaic Project and she recently completed the AIM Fellowship of the Bronx Museum. She graduated with a BFA from Alfred University and currently resides in The Bronx.