photo by Whitney Browne (2023)

E r y k a   D e l l e n b a c h (they)
is a genderfluid filmmaker, performance artist and educator based in the Sonoran Southwest (Turtle Island/US). Their embodied films and performances are rites of passage for themselves and collaborators driven by consent practices, inquisitive hedonisms, corporeal excavation and a belief in the capacity for mutual transformation through collaboration and art-as-life process. Their works mine relationships to power, the malleability of consciousness and psychophysical thresholds.

Their process and technique have been informed by studies in dances of resistance and experimental ethnography. They are especially indebted to teachers Wendy Clinard (flamenco), Atsushi Takenouchi (Butoh), Deborah Stratman (experimental documentary film), and the late Dr. Waud Kracke (psychoanalytic, cross-cultural anthropologist). They have worked with artists across mediums including Yunuen Rhi, Martin Toloku, Atsushi Takenouchi, Tino Sehgal, Amanda Gutierrez, Tori Wrånes, Éva Mag, Matty Davis, Nola Sporn Smith, Amelia de Rudder/La Casa de Satanas and the band HOGG

Eryka has presented work at venues such as Alliance Française Kumasi (Ghana), crazinisT artisT studio (Ghana), Communitism (Greece), Movement Research at the Judson Memorial Church, Coaxial Arts (LA), Casa Moloch (MX), Lausanne Underground Music & Film Festival (Switzerland), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Roulette Intermedium, Green River Cemetery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Intuit Outsider Art Museum, Links Hall, No Nation Gallery, and at the Shiryaevo Bienalle of Contemporary Art (Russia). She has been a resident artist at perfocraZe International Artist Residency (Ghana), eX...it! international butoh dance exchange and performance festival (Germany), Earthdance (MA), Echo Luna (Ukraine) and Cucalorus (NC).

They earned a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a master’s degree in Film, Video, New Media, Animation and Sound from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

They are a Senior Videographer and Editor at Arizona Public Media, and continue to work independently as a freelance filmmaker, performance artist, choreographer, educator and interviewer. They are a celluloid filmmaking instructor at MONO NO AWAREa collaborator of the transnational group HEKLER and an advocate with California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP). They are a board member of Movement Culture, LLC (Tucson, AZ).

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image by Raven Jackson


Call to support projects initiated at perfocraZe International Artist Residency 

I am calling to my community and those who have been inspired by my work to help support creative projects that were initiated during my 2-month residency at pIAR (perfocraZe International Artist Residency) last year in Spring 2021 !

About the projects:
While at pIAR, Ghanaian multidisciplinary artist and pIAR house member Martin Toloku and I collaborated on an interdisciplinary performance project we named Hedge Subs[tan]titute that was presented live at pIAR for the group exhibition X:7 along with other international resident artists. We expanded the piece into a performance film taking place between pIAR in Kumasi, and Lake Bosomtwe. Artifacts from the piece were presented later in 2021 at the Alliance Française of Kumasi at the exhibition or.gan.is.mus alongside other contributing artists-in-residence from 2021.

After a year-long period of integration, nomadicism, processing and rest, we are moving into remote-production at Lake Bosomtwe with videographer CediMfoni and the fisherman Ofa. Upon completion of filming the final scene, we will move into post-production in collaboration with sound artists Hanna Elliott (US) and IBK Violinist (Lagos) in a collaborative process taking place between Amsterdam and the US. 

In addition, a new hybrid-documentary film collaboration emerging from my time at pIAR is steadily moving from a research & development phase into early-production beginning May 2. However, due to the sensitive subject matter of the project, we unfortunately cannot share details at this time, but will do so later in the year. 

At this time I am trying to raise $2,500 by May 11 to support the costs of upcoming travel in May and compensation for the supporting artists. As an artist that has self-produced the majority of my work and developed processes in consideration of the limits (and potentials!) of the resources at hand, I know well that I cannot wait for the support of grants and institutions to manifest work. At this time however, I am in need of additional financial support for these projects.

Supporting documentation of my pIAR residency :

How to contribute:
I am currently making limited-edition cyanotype prints taken from Martin’s and my project Hedge Sub[tan]titute to help support the projects and give back to pIAR and selling them at a sliding scale. The prints are exposed onto fine Arches Aquarelle paper under the Sonoran Desert sunshine.

$55-75 (+ shipping), 7 x 10”

$100-150 (+ shipping)

To purchase a print:

Venmo me the sum (I will know which image it corresponds to) along with your mailing address. My venmo is private however if you do not wish to share your mailing address there you are welcome to email me at: erykadellenbach@gmail.com . I will follow up with shipping costs and receipt.

Venmo: Eryka-Dellenbach-1

2. PayPal (erykadellenbach@gmail.com) and email me your mailing address. I will follow up with shipping costs and receipt.

***If you cannot afford to purchase a print, you can also donate what you can to either my Venmo or PayPal. No sum is too small!

***15% of proceeds will be donated to pIAR towards their fundraiser