NON GRATA’s Diverse Universe Festival – Saturday, December 12, 2015

Diverse Universe, an ongoing performance art festival led by NON GRATA, the notorious Estonian performance art collective, is coming to Gowanus Ballroom! The festival features an impressive lineup of local and international performance artists, as well as visual and sound artists. Diverse Universe has been touring around the world non-stop since 2005, including most recently a tour of the United States and Mexico.

Gowanus Ballroom is pleased to host the tour’s triumphant return to NYC on Saturday, December 12, 2015. The day’s program consists of live performance art, experimental electronic and noise music, and a visual exhibition with works for sale. Additionally, NON GRATA will be hosting performance art workshops throughout the day. Please contact to register. Workshop participants will present their performance as part of the main event that evening.

Diverse Universe at Gowanus Ballroom
Saturday, December 12, 2015
10am–4pm – Performance Art Workshops
5–7pm – Visual Art Exhibition Reception
7–9pm – Performance Section 1
9–11pm – Performance Section 2
11pm–12am – Performance Section 3: NON GRATA and WILD TORUS
12–2am – Audiovisual Performances

Featuring Live Performance by:

Non-Grata (Estonia)

With smoke and fire, blowtorches and red-hot cattle brands, Non Grata has emerged from Estonia as one of the most audacious and evolving performance art groups to regularly come to and perform in the United States. Taking its name from the phrase persona non grata, meaning “an unwelcome person,” the group first started as an alternative art academy called Academia Non Grata. Now they travel the world practicing performance art with a revolving set of members that has, over the years, totaled up to nine hundred different individuals.



WILD TORUS is an evolving art cult, led by Vlady Voz Tokk (1979, Moscow) and Mág Ne Tá (1988, USA), who stage interactive performance/happenings within immersive digital installations. WT is the spiritual practice of post-religious, consumer society. WT creates shared, multi-sensory experiences, combining digital and physical means, in an effort invert pervasive cultural notions.




Peter Rosvik  (Finland)

Peter Rosvik has a long experience of working with crossover art strategies in diverse cultural communities. He works in a variety of media, including fine art, video, sound, and installations. Since 2007 he focuses on performance art exploring what he calls ‘the often specious distinctions between the artificial and the natural of being human’. Concepts that underpin cultural construction, such as belonging, marginalization, dialogue and other forms of socio cultural phenomena appear to fascinate him.




Alex Romania  (NYC)

Alex Romania is a multidisciplinary maker and performer currently living in Brooklyn who creates dance, performance, visual art, installation…




Geraldo Mercado (NYC/Puerto Rico)

Geraldo Mercado is a Brooklyn based Puerto Rican artist. Through the medium of performance art, Geraldo seeks to transform his body into an empathetic zone; to become a catalyst for your self-reflection. He creates performative works that are confrontational, funny, aggressive, and high energy.

Chris Carlone (NYC)

Chris Carlone explores through movement, what happens when hidden secrets and trauma are accidentally discovered and unlocked inside of our bodies.

Sherry Aliberti and The Cocoon Project (NYC/PA)

The Cocoon Project is a NYC-based multi-disciplinary collaborative that performs and documents the hand-crafted fabric Cocoon with movers, live projected visuals and soundscape.  The Cocoon is performed site-specifically with different performers and collaborators.

Anrrea Dune (New Jersey/Ecuador)

Andrew Braddock (NYC)

David Ian Griess (NYC)

Jenna Kline (NYC)

Helios Circuit (Oklahoma)

Helios Circuit is a tour that travels across 24 states and 7 different countries.

Danny Gonzalez (Oklahoma/Puerto Rico)

Danny Gonzalez is an international performance artist and printmaker

Michael Wilson (Oklahoma)

Sound and multimedia performance:

Jonas Bers (New York)

Based in the Hudson Valley, Jonas Bers works with video and sound in the noise and DIY aesthetic; using improvised electronic and electroacoustic instruments, video installation and projection, feedback loops, circuit bending, glitch, drone, recursive images, and video as a sonic medium.

Spreaders (New York)

I got mono in 2013 and everything has been different ever since.



Natalia Steinbach (NYC) with guests including Alex Cohen

Natalia Steinbach is a violinist, vocalist, and composer. Her musical writing is greatly influenced by classical music as well as a variety of other genres including experimental, metal, avant-garde, and alternative rock.

The Strange Walls (NYC)

This music project is just the thing for fans of tear garden, the legendary pink dots and anyone seeking a mellow and obscure sound scape experience.

It’s intriguing with it’s raw punk-ish attitude and melancholy stripped down electronic devises

Blood Flames (NYC)

The multi-dimensional ethos of sounds more subtle aspects.

Visual exhibition featuring works in print, photo and video by:

Non Grata (Estonia)

Wild Torus (NYC)

Anonymous Boh (Estonia)

Narcissister  (NYC)

Miles Pflanz  (NYC)

Danny Gonzalez  (Oklahoma)

Michael Wilson  (Oklahoma)

Helios Circuit  (Oklahoma)

Ott Piibeman (Estonia)

Kasper Rabby (Estonia)

Hannes Paldrok (Estonia)

NON GRATA’S DIVERSE UNIVERSE NYC 2015 is organized and curated by Wild Torus and Non Grata, and facilitated by Gowanus Ballroom, Special Thanks to George Sferra and Josh Young.








Al Paldrok as Anonymous Boh prints: offset lithography, size 60 x 90 cm


Performance pics:
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