The societal standards we often consider iron-clad—what is familiar, normal and what is “other”—are ultimately rather fluid, based only on tradition and the strength of our collective belief. Power Animal Systems, a multimedia performance ensemble created by Albany-based artist, musician and teacher Jason Martin (pictured), is looking to bring this knowledge out of the hazy realm of thought and make it as plain as the nose on your face.
Their latest show, at first glance, seems bizarre. In addition to experimental music and video installations, the cast dons spandex uniforms and animalian head pieces to look something like aerobics instructors from an alternate dimension. In that garb, they enact “species-queer” alien rituals. But their bodies remain inexorably, undeniably human, leading audiences to consider, and perhaps rethink, the philosophical power structures that shape our lives. Valley-based performance artist and member of Fat Worm of Error Neil Young Cloaca opens the show.
Oct. 25, 8 p.m., $5-8 suggested donation, Center for Digital Art, third floor, 74 Cotton Mill Hill, Brattleboro, (802) 254-7390, http://centerfordigitalart.com/