Mallory Catlett is a creator and director of performance across disciplines from opera to installation. Her ongoing focus is the connection between linear constructions of time, language, and the destructive impulse. She is the artistic director of Restless NYC, a company that re-constructs and re-situates old stories to ask what else can time and language do? Employing strategies of disruption, site-specificity, mixed media, fragmentation and reconfiguration, Catlett creates unique time machines, that blur the senses and destabilize the word. The dismantling and re-purposing of stories that have already been told is a practice in transformation; an attempt to create openings, to find a way out, and forward.
Archive: This Was The End (2019) | In this interactive archival sculpture, Mallory Catlett has created a theatrical memory machine that evokes a past production based on Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
Decoder 2017 (2016) | In this multi-media concert series, Catlett explores William Burroughs’ Nova Trilogy and his use of the cut-up technique that decodes the current cultural and political moment by cutting in episodes of this intergalactic space odyssey, blurring the lines between past, present and future.