Tomorrow is Cancelled

A HOST: Fusebox Program with Jim Findlay

Tomorrow is Cancelled is a one-night, multi-media installation and performance presented by theater artist Jim Findlay in collaboration with sound/video artist Jim Dawson and performer Cyrus Moshrefi. Described as a “ritual performance exploring the constructive use of violence,” the work is presented in conjunction with our current exhibition, HOST: Fusebox.

Beginning at 8P with a cocktail reception and film-installation, at 8:45pm the audience will gather within an audio-visual environment that unfolds and develops over time, including participatory and performance elements. Audiences are encouraged to move freely through the performance space, with some limited seating provided.

A school bus fight in North Texas. An intricately impossible escape from Iran. A sanctuary for spiritual violence in a former nunnery. All are situations and sites through which the artists consider societal effects and experiences of violence via the mediums of film, audio, and performance.

The galleries will be open for viewing HOST: Fusebox and Lubaina Himid: Make Do and Mend. See below for the schedule of the night.

 
An overview of the schedule below:

  • 8P – Rooftop opens and refreshments available
  • 8:45P-9:30P Program by Jim Findlay, Jim Dawson & Cyrus Moshrefi
  • 10P – Rooftop Closes

     

    For accommodations, please email salexander@thecontemporaryaustin.org.

     

    About the Performers

    Jim Dawson

    Jim has worked in the arts since wandering into an empty theater at nineteen. He’s mixed music for the free jazz artists of AACM, runs rehearsals for Trisha Brown, and designs sound for the Wooster Group and numerous award-winning films. He’s collaborated on texts for devised theater projects and crafted web copy for the United Nations. Galleries in New York and LA galleries show his video art, and after all that, lately he’s been writing and his stories have appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine, On-The-High, [Alternatvie Route], The Lifespan Anthology, and Dumbo Press.

    Jim Findlay

    Jim Findlay works across the boundaries of theater, visual art, music and video. His work includes the original performances “Vine of the Dead” (2015-2023), “Electric Lucifer” (2018), “Dream of the Red Chamber” (2014), “Botanica” (2012), video for Graham Reynolds “The Forgetting Curve” at Fusebox 2024, the direction and design of “Whisper Opera” by David Lang, performance in “Decoder” by Mallory Catlett and video for “Over and Over” at Komische Oper in Berlin. His video installation in collaboration with Ralph Lemon, “Meditation”, is in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center and he is currently working with Lemon on another project that will be shown at MOMA PS1 in fall 2024. He is a founding member of the Collapsable Giraffe and in partnership with Radiohole founded the Collapsable Hole a multi-disciplinary artist led performance venue in Manhattan’s West Village. In addition to his work as an independent artist, he maintains a long career as a collaborator with many theater, performance and music artists including Bang on a Can, Daniel Fish, Aaron Landsman, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Ridge Theater, Ralph Lemon, the Wooster Group, Radiohole, Stew and Heidi Rodewald and Julia Wolfe. His work has been seen at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BAM, Arena Stage, A.R.T. and over 50 cities internationally. In 2016 he received a Creative Capital Award for “Electric Lucifer” and in 2015 he received the Foundation for Contemporary Art Artist Grant. He was a MacDowell Colony Fellow in 2012 and 2016. Other recognition includes two Obie Awards, two Bessie Awards, two Princess Grace Awards, a Lortel and a Hewes Awards and residencies at Baryshnikov Arts Center, UCross, MassMOCA and Mount Tremper Arts.

    Cyrus Moshrefi

    Cyrus Moshrefi is a Persian-American performer, filmmaker and martial-artist. He is a member of The Collapasble Hole Theatre in NYC and also operates a self-defense and boxing gym in Texas. He has worked with theater company Sister Sylvester in the past on multiple projects as a performer, creator and video designer. He was last seen in David Lang's Note To A Friend directed by Yoshi Oida in NYC and Japan.