Mata Noise gallery and Art/Noise are pleased to present “Why I Use My Body”, the first Los Angeles solo showing of artist Jane “Pain” Chardiet.
“A photo series that explores self-inflicted corporeal punishment as a response to trauma.”
Using female models, Jane Chardiet set out to capture self-harming behaviors that have burdened her own life as well as the lives of her models in 35MM film. The photos exhibited are part one of Chardiet’s series which will culminate in the anthology “Why I Use My Body” published next year by Dark Chart Publications. Jane Pain’s work reflects on the use of the body in art and music and closely reflects on her own performances under monikers The Waitress and Appetite
“Why I Use My Body” will feature live sets by performers who have a history of mixing performance with noise: Appetite (noise duo featuring Jane Chardiet), Timeghost (Providence RI based biomechanical industrial noise), Saran Man (New York) and Nephila (Shannon Kennedy, Los Angeles)
Art//Noise is an ongoing a series of performances and installations pairing visual work with extreme underground music. “Why I Use My Body” its the sixth episode.
Jane “Pain” Chardiet lives and works in New York City.
If you can not make it to the show, I also have a new zine for sale here .
This is by no means a comprehensive photo documentation of the weekend. Simply a few snaps of one of the most inspiring and insane weekends I have ever enjoyed in semi-chronological order. Shout out to all who made it possible, to smoke machines for looking really cool but making it really hard to take pictures and, of course, to astroglide.
This year marked the fifth Savage Weekend, a two day noise festival hosted annually at the Nightlight in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Curated by Ryan Martin (AKA Ry Mar AKA Secret Boyfriend AKA the dude who does Hot Releases), Savage Weekend always offers a fun spirited and diverse plethora of projects. Whether you want harsh noise, hard techno or performance based weirdness, there is always a little something for everyone. Ry Mar has threatened that Savage Weekend 2014 may be the last, which would be a shame and a loss. No other noise fest of it’s kind offers such great vibes, good biscuits or general savagery. It has been a great delight to attend the past four years and watch some projects grow, watch some projects begin to bud.
I would not have started to play solo if it were not for Ry Mar’s encouragement. Three years ago, he asked me to play Savage Weekend. I told him I would DJ, as I did not have a project at the time. He told me there were no DJs, that he wanted me to play and that it didn’t matter that I didn’t have a project. My multimedia project The Waitress was born. I still carry the crumbled up dollar that I chased around on a stick while being dominated live in a waitress costume in my synth bag for good luck.
I recently resurrected an old project with Ciarra Black, Appetite. Before preparing for Savage Weekend 2014 we had only played one show three years ago- a Secret Boyfriend/ Lack show that I set up in Philly as my going away party before moving to New York. I am not so sure I would have if it were not for the push of performing at the fest this year. While trying to write new material for The Waitress, everything seemed to come up flat. I decided it was time to hang up the apron and explore new territory. I am grateful for the push every year. I really hope that this was not the last Savage Weekend, as every year has been as fun as it was inspiring but if it was- I will always have a lot of love for Ry Mar and for the fest and for everyone who participated in any capacity. These pictures are not even representative of all the awe inspiring things that I heard and saw, just the things I managed to get a decent snap of. Hope to see many of you next year.