A Performance Laboratory
The name is new, but the friendships and collaborations go back for years. Julie, Kenny, and Miriam have been working together since 2007, under a range of different names and companies – most notably Vicious Trap, a scapegoat and catch-all moniker for our various interests.
Grapefruit Lab is the new combined vision and multimedia intersection of our work. Grapefruit Lab’s name, derived from Yoko Ono’s quip that a grapefruit is the hybrid of a lemon and an orange, encapsulates our goal of combining highly-aesthetic, compelling artistic work with work created with and alongside communities in ways that matter.
We want to make art without assumptions – art that humanizes and entertains and challenges and brings you into conversation.
WHY GRAPEFRUIT LAB?
“Grapefruit is a hybrid of lemon and orange. Snow is hybrid of wish and lament.” — Yoko Ono
The name is inspired by the quote above by Yoko Ono: this hybridization, this blurring of boundaries, this queering of edges.
Grapefruit Lab aspires to create highly-aesthetic, experimental, bold artistic work that is created with and in community.
Grapefruit Lab intends to mix media and blend various forms, defying discipline and genre.
Grapefruit Lab likes to play with others and resists territorialism, believing there is room at the table for all of us.
Grapefruit Lab, like Vicious Trap before, is a catch-all and scapegoat for the projects of the co-founders Mia, Kenny, and Julie.
Grapefruit Lab wishes to both challenge and invite you and laments that we don't yet know each other as well as we could.
Julie identifies as a director, performer, and scholar. She has done theater and performance art for over 27 years, working on over 80 performance projects – with a focus on original work, immersive/site-specific experiences, and new plays. Julie has also worked in the prison system for over three years, facilitating new works at four prisons with men and women. She attended the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU/Tisch and Naropa University, and holds an MFA from Arizona State University.
Kenny is a musician, DJ, media designer, director, voice coach, and project manager. He hasn't given me a bio, and he doesn't have a website. Poor Kenny.
Miriam is an author, musician, designer, and web developer – working also with OddBird, Teacup Gorilla, and CSS Tricks. Formerly Artistic Director of New World Arts, and Technical Director of The LIDA Project, she's a recipient of the 2016 True West Award for theater. Recent publications and performances include Riding SideSaddle*, The Post-Obsolete Book, Jump Start Sass, and 10 Myths on the Proper Application of Beauty Products – along with the Susy and True open-source toolkits.