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Collaborative team with AU ties to perform in Buffalo

Collaborative team Longva + Carpenter will present “Hunger,” a durational performance that “uses the familiarity of the dinner table to isolate and augment the subtext of small talk between intimate pairs” from 12- 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Big Orbit Gallery, 30D Essex Street, Buffalo, NY.

Longva + Carpenter is a collaborative partnership of Terese Longva, a Norwegian video/performance artist, and Laurel Jay Carpenter, a U.S. performance/installation artist. Longva received her BFA degree from Alfred University’s School of Art & Design in 2008. Carpenter is an assistant professor of fine arts in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Alfred University.

The two have been collaborating via blog and video conferencing to develop new works that “utilize both the body and time as material in their investigations of personal longings, feminist ideology and political urgency.”

In “Hunger,” the pair sit motionless across from each other at an bare table, physically connected; their arms are linked in s single tube “as if they are wearing a single piece of clothing. The knitted band suggests warmth and coziness, but also becomes a shared straight jacket, confining each to the unrelenting mirror of the

Each speaks a single sentence, one seeking approval, “Is it good?’, the other withholding approval, “If I don’t say anything, it is good.”
As interdisciplinary artists, Longva + Carpenter share interests in site, time and body as both material and tool.

Longva studied at the Aalesund School of Art in Norway and the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, followed by three years at Kosta Glass School in Sweden before coming to Alfred to earn her BFA. She has shown her work throughout the US and Europe. For more information, see

Carpenter has exhibited extensively in New York City at venues including Exit Art/The First World, the Knitting Factory, Performance Space 122, Judson Church House and Brooklyn’s Borough Hall. She has been a Fellow and invited artist at the International Performance Art Festival in Cleveland, the Performance Studies International Conference and the MacDowell Colony. Internationally, Carpenter has presented her work at the NMAC Foundation in southern Spain; with Wooloo Productions and the Hebbel Theatre in Berlin, Germany; and as part of the 2007 Venice Biennale, where she was one of only two U.S. participants in the Independent Performance Group, founded and facilitated by Marina Abramovic. For more information, see

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