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robert kocik

Brooklyn , NY

Robert Kocik is a Brooklyn‐based artist who works across multiple disciplines, shifting between the roles of builder, architect, poet, artist, librettist and political economy theorist. Along with choreographer Daria Faïn, Kocik initiated a new field of research called the Prosodic Body, an experiential science that explores language as a potent vibratory medium interrelating sound, biosystems, health and social change. Together with Faïn, Kocik co‐directs The Commons Choir, the performance and activist aspect of the Prosodic Body. The Commons Choir is committed to benefitting the local community, as well as being multi‐national/lingual/racial in scope. Kocik is also the founder of the Bureau of Material Behaviors, researching both new and traditional design materials, exploring the micro‐structure and macro‐behavior of materials and human behavior. Because he believes that our socioeconomic and environmental crises ultimately trace to the business sector, he includes the creation of businesses as part of the necessary work of artists. His building practice focuses on “missing” civic services. He is also the author of several books of poetry and essays including Over Coming Fitness (Autonomedia, 2000), Rhrhubarb (Periplum Editions, 2007), E‐V‐E‐R‐Y‐O‐N‐E (Portable Press at Yo‐Yo Labs, 2012), and Supple Science (On Contemporary Practice, 2013).


Libretto for The Commons Choir performance (NYLA 2013). This libretto uses the International Phonetic Alphabet as a vocal score for the choir and soloists. It is the genome for the choir’s expression. It draws upon forms and phenomena such as algorithms, choral ode, breathing patterns, dead languages, lost grammatical modes, and bad‐English. In BR the research conducted – including interviews with community members as well as traditional research into the history of entitlement and displacement in Brooklyn, will lead to a libretto.


In this excerpt from Act 2 text is predominant. Kocik uses the ancient Greek structure of strophe, anti-strophe and epode found in ancient Greek tragedies. The dance steps of the chorus are inspired by traditional Greek dance taught by a professional traditional Greek dancer and choir member. In Brooklyn ReZound, we will draw on different rhythm structures inspired by speech patterns and further the relationships between main characters and chorus.

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