Michelle Handelman x Shannon Funchess

Livestream Performance from PICA and MH Studio: May 22, 2021 at 8pm EST / 5pm PST
Video Premiere: October 17 - 24, 2021

Presented in collaboration with The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)
Organized by Lia Gangitano and Kristan Kennedy

PARTICIPANT AFTER DARK and PICA present DOOMSCROLLING, a livestream video premiere of Michelle Handelman’s THE PANDEMIC SERIES (2020-2021), with a live collaborative reading and performance between Handelman and musician/performer Shannon Funchess, co-founder of the band Light Asylum, which originally premiered on After Dark on May 22, 2021.

THE PANDEMIC SERIES (2020-2021) recontextualizes characters from her previous works into a hypnotic visual essay about the transfiguring of interiority during periods of isolation and fear. It takes as its starting point the current coronavirus pandemic and filters it through theorist Jill Casid’s writings on the necrocene—which Casid has described as living and dying on a dying planet—and Walter Benjamin’s writings on the difference between thresholds and boundaries. Handelman's characters, who each have already struggled with existential questions of belonging and fear in her projects DORIAN, A CINEMATIC PERFUME (2009/11); IRMA VEP, THE LAST BREATH (2013/15); and HUSTLERS & EMPIRES (2018), are juxtaposed with found images and texts sourced during the pandemic to take on a new form that both denies and struggles with containment.

Concept, Videos and Live Performance by: Michelle Handelman
Live Perfomance: Shannon Funchess
Livestream Video Directed and Edited by: Glen Fogel and Michelle Handelman
Livestream Audio & Video Engineers: Lazar Bozic (NY) and Chris Balo (Portland)
Animation: Enrique Maitland
ASL Interpretation: Candance Davider

Director/Producer/Editor: Michelle Handelman
Cinematographer: Ed David
Performers: Quin Charity, Zackary Drucker, Shannon Funchess, K8 Hardy, John Kelly, Armen Ra, Viva Ruiz, Mother Flawless Sabrina, Sequinette
Costumes: Neon Music, Garo Sparo, Karen Young, Zaldy
Hair/Makeup: Michael Gwaltney, Armen Ra, Naomi Raddatz, Sequinette
Composers: Vincent Baker, Quentin Chiappetta, John Kelly, Jonathan Kreinik, Carol Lipnik, Stefan Tcherepnin

Full credits for Hustlers & Empires (2018/2020), Irma Vep, The Last Breath (2013/2015), and Dorian, A Cinematic Perfume (2009/2013), can be found at: