DISBAND Interviewed in DIS Magazine

“It’s 2012, and the pussy riot is louder than ever. Alaina Claire Feldman interviews a No Wave feminist band and finds out about its early rumblings.

Hot on the heels of Pussy Riot’s condemnation of Russia’s politicized justice system and suppression of freedom of expression, millions of young women have been caught donning balaclavas in solidarity with feminism for the first time. Echoing scenes of riot grrrl rebellion and Guerrilla Girls anonymity, certainly, the call to charter communities of supportive and creative women via music is nothing new. An apartment on the edge of Prospect Park in Brooklyn now serves as host to infrequent practices for DISBAND members Martha Wilson, Ilona Granet, Donna Henes and Diane Torr (a rotating membership, which at one moment also included Barbara Kruger, Ingrid Sischy, Barbara Ess, Daile Kaplan and others). Amongst the numerous No Wave bands in New York in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s who predicated on negation, DISBAND represented one of many new spaces for women who rejected the mainstream culture of the time. …”

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Thirty Years After the End of Art and Articles: A Conversation with DISBAND

In the pantheon of New York artist collectives of the 1970s and 80s, the inimitable DISBAND represents the all-singing, all-dancing, all-girl contingent. The “conceptual art punk band of women artists who can’t play any instruments” joined the fray in 1978 with melodies proclaiming “the end of art, the end of my career and yours, the end of articles.” Its roster of seminal art and performance icons appeared at venues throughout New York from 1978 to 1982, going on to tour Italy with Laurie Anderson, Paul McCarthy, and Chris Burden. In 2008, the group reunited for MoMA PS1’s exhibition WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution. Their first audio CD was released in 2009 by Primary Information and features once long-lost early recordings. On March 14th, core members Ilona Granet, Donna Henes, and Martha Wilson rejoin forces for a not-to-be-missed evening at AUX Performance Space in Philadelphia’s Vox Populi gallery. Culturebot correspondent Mashinka Firunts speaks with them about their upcoming performance and why their project remains uncannily timely thirty years after its original inception.

For more information about their AUX performance, visit the Vox Populi event page, or to view footage of early performances, visit PrimaryInformation.org. DISBAND is currently working on an official website set to feature photographic and video documentation of their early work.

Mashinka Firunts: The broad spectrum of issues addressed in DISBAND’s early work ranges from gender identity to the distribution of power in the art world. Needless to say, these concerns are no less pressing than they were three decades ago. I’m curious, what are the specific circumstances surrounding the decision to reunite in 2008 and continue performing in 2012? … ”

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DISBAND Performs at AUX Performance Space in Phun Philly!

Don’t miss DISBAND in their first US performance since 2008’s reunion at “WACK!: Art and the Feminist Revolution,” MoMA PS1! On Wednesday, March 14, 9pm at the AUX Performance Space in Philadelphia, Ilona Granet, Donna Henes and Martha Wilson will perform new songs developed last summer during a MacDowell Colony residency in New Hampshire.

This performance is presented in conjunction with Fleisher/Ollman’s exhibition You, Me, We, She (February 23-March 31) featuring contemporary female artists working with community or collective identity in their practices.

Wednesday, March 14th, 9pm
AUX Performance Space, 3rd Floor, 319 N 11th Street, Philadelphia.
AUX programming is made possible through the generous support of The Knight Foundation, The
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, and The William Penn Foundation.

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