Breadwoman is the 1980s brainchild of Anna Homler and Steve Moshier, two interdisciplinary artists from Los Angeles. Their curious collaboration adopted the visual figurehead of baguette-toting woman who’s “so very old she’s turned into bread”. This nameless, origin-less, and language-less character stands for Moshier’s and Homler’s valuing of music as primitive, futuristic, ritualistic, theatrical, and mythical, and of the voice as a sonic element more than an arbiter of meaning. Homler sings in a made-up language over Moshier’s drenched, locomotive loops. The collaboration was marked with a cassette release in 1985, which has upon its 30th anniversary recently been reissued as Breadwoman and Other Tales by Brooklyn’s RVNG Intl. For this performance, Homler is joined by an extra theatrical performer and by Steven Warwick, who will rework the project’s original music.
Steven Warwick is a Berlin-based visual artist and musician. His multidisciplinary work invites the interaction of objects and media within an immersive environment. In his dance music project Heatsick, he sends a solitary Casio through a myriad of effects, looping up coarse, crisp, and twinkling out-house music into wonderfully queasy eternity. He teases out melodic and rhythmic mantras to an off-kilter, Burroughsian effect that wins on the floor and never forgets to be lo-fi fun(k).
Anna Homler is a Los Angeles-based vocal, visual, and performance artist and the co-creator of the 1980s project, Breadwoman. Her work employs a sensibility both ancient and postmodern. By singing in an improvised melodic language, she explores alternative means of communication and illuminates the poetry in the ordinary.
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