Winner of the 7th Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction
Animal Sanctuary meditates on the making of one's own meanings through repurposing, inverting and detourning the structures imposed upon us--particularly investigating how gender, species and art are performed.
"Stylistically fresh, culturally lush, intellectually exciting, and elegantly emotional, Falkner's provocative, surreptitiously beautiful novel dissolves the boundaries between animals and humankind, racial and ethnic groups, and men and women and reminds us that we can all "give and receive and be sanctuary." -- Donna Seaman
"A wild and mysterious novel of multiple characters and episodes structured around the life and career of a fictional actress and animal rights activist..."
"Animal Sanctuary is an intensely focused, ambitious work with a wonderfully insistent sense of obsession. The novel brings together weirdly disparate elements in the same surprising way that life does. Returning continuously and seemingly helplessly to animals as a point of reference, Animal Sanctuary suggests that obsession may be the only way of pinning down the truth. This is a rich, interesting, multidimensional book that knows fragility and maps it." Read the full review
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REWILDERMENT is an interdisciplinary collaboration between C. Ryder Cooley and Sarah Falkner, utilizing performance, installation, photography and process-based media.
The project began in the fall of 2011 with a series of video and performance/ritual pieces. In August 2012, Cooley and Falkner created an installation lair – an active working space/work-in-progress – at TSL Gallery, Hudson NY. On Halloween 2013, the piece will manifest a book project and an installation at MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA.
REWILDERMENT is a Dreamtime whose inhabitants and visitors transgress borders of time, space, identity, gender and species. Transpersonal and transpecies consciousness, communication and cooperation guide REWILDERMENT’s inhabitants, who facilitate their ruptures between dimensions with a ritual sigil that is coded map, gateway and hypnotic trigger; the sigil is inscribed in artificial materials, organic elements and REWILDERMENT’s human custodians’ flesh. Symbolic actions are taken in one dimension to effect change in another in the interest of reclaiming and liberating the contained and constrained, and a basic drive towards transmutation. Visitors can enter or encounter REWILDERMENT via various media appealing to different senses and modes, and stations within the installation/process lair have simultaneous documentary, navigational and oracular functions.
Watch REWILDERMENT part 1, FILM THEORY: animal disasters/animal sanctuaries, a debut performance of Sarah and Ryder's first collaboration at DownStreet Arts in North Adams, MA on September 29, 2011. This piece was also performed at Bluestockings Books in New York City on January 10, 2012.