The New Red Order (NRO) presents Believable Impossibilities, a lecture performance and treaty orchestration featuring Christopher Bracken and Ange Loft, DJ’d by Yamantaka // Sonic Titan.
Believable Impossibilities is part of the Biennial’s weekly Performance and Reading Program, Isonomia in Toronto, which takes place within Adrian Blackwell’s two interrelated structures at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Invited guests include poet CAConrad, artists Camilo Godoy and Lawrence Abu Hamdan, RISE Edutainment, Sister Co-Resister, and percussionist Marshall Trammell.
Image: The New Red Order, We Cover For You, 2019. Courtesy the artist.
Ange Loft (Kahnawake Mohawk, born in Kahnawake, QC, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is Associate Artistic Director of Jumblies Theatre and Arts, and an interdisciplinary performing artist and initiator practising in Toronto. She is also a vocalist with Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. Her collaborations use arts-based research, wearable sculpture, and theatrical story-weaving to facilitate workshops and theatrical spectacle. Loft created the Toronto Indigenous Context Brief for the Toronto Biennial of Art’s Advisory Council.
Christopher Bracken is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, where he teaches courses on Indigenous Literature, Settler Colonialism, and Literary Theory. He is the author of The Potlatch Papers (Chicago 1997) and Magical Criticism (Chicago 2007). He has more recently published “Reconciliation Romance: A Study in Juridical Theology” in Qui Parle (2015) and “The Deaths of Moses: The Death Penalty and the Division of Sovereignty” in Critical Research in Religion (2018).
Adam Khalil (Ojibway, born in Nyack, NY, USA; lives in New York, NY, USA), Zack Khalil, (Ojibway, born in Newton, MA, USA; lives in New York, NY, USA) and Jackson Polys (Tlingit, born in Ketchikan, AK, USA; lives in New York City, NY, USA) are The New Red Order (NRO), a public secret society whose members collaborate with self-described informants to create videos and performances that function as a radical “calling out [and] calling in.” Recent presentations include The Savage Philosophy of Endless Acknowledgementat the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, 2018.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (formed in Montreal, QC, Canada, and currently operating in Toronto, ON, Canada) is a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, rock band and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom.