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My name'sound (work-in-process)

My name'sound is a multimedia performance and video installation inspired by "The Creative Process”, radical writer James Baldwin’s Artist Manifesto, reflecting on creative agency, censorship, and isolation. Balancing joy and theatricality with thought-provoking contemporary Queer stories, we celebrate queer bodies and investigate LGBTQ resilience in pursuit of artistic freedom.


APRIL 2022 (Performance dates TBD)




BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Conceived and created by Pioneers Go East Collective

In this BRIClab residency, Pioneers Go East Collective will work on their new piece, My name'sound.

My name'sound is a multimedia performance and video-art installation inspired by thought-provoking literary icon James Baldwin's Artist Manifesto. A meditation on creative agency and Queer identity, we create a space of inclusion to celebrate cross-cultural and contemporary stories of resilience and otherness, juxtaposed against censorship and isolation.

My name'sound investigates our role as artists on a journey towards a Queer futurity and how our everyday struggles affect our creative paths. Baldwin's Manifesto on the artist's responsibility and the intimacy and sensuality of "Giovanni's Room" will launch a passionate exploration of the history, empowerment, and visibility of the LGBTQ experience in pursuit of artistic freedom. In a 1984 interview journalist Goldstein noted that writing "Giovanni's Room" was "enormously risky and that his publisher suggested that he "burn" Giovanni's Room because the theme of homosexuality would alienate him from his readership", to which Baldwin replied, "The alternative was worse. If I hadn't written that book, I would probably have had to stop writing altogether."

 Baldwin's courageous stance as a Black Gay artist, his creative isolation, and his legacy as a radical thinker embolden us. The project interweaves video interviews about our journeys and the collective's signature theatricality – infusing Queer art with high energy physicality and dance. My name'sound allows viewers to collectively reflect on how we lift ourselves up through our creative process, explore ourselves in society, build our support structure. 

 A personal examination of how intimacy, identity, and Queerness intersect with personal and social dynamics to create forms of resistance. We are collectively inspired by Baldwin's explorations of otherness and his call to political engagement. As LGBTQ immigrants and 1st generation US artists, we ask the question of how, in a time in which Queerness in the public sphere is an inherently political act, do we live and express our private and intimate lives? How have we found community through our collective displacement?


Pioneers Go East Collective is a multicultural radical Queer performance art group. We entertain, celebrate, and liberate to amplify the LGBTQ experience. We collectively devise multimedia projects shaped around personal narratives to explore Queer art and pop culture's intersectionality, to reflect on our history, vulnerability, courage, beauty, and power. Using an interview-based process, each story's subject matter is developed with an emphasis on the interaction between performance and video-art, to strengthen the viewers' perceptions and emotional participation. We interweave theatricality with multi-layered experiences to allow viewers to collectively explore our history. Imaginative and infused with Queer art and pop culture, we build frameworks to share LGBTQ stories with authenticity, to reveal commonalities over stereotypes, and to champion unexpected bodies telling unexpected histories in unexpected places. @pioneersgoeast or
Bree Breeden (storyteller/ choreographer) is from Cheraw, SC. Currently, she is a dancer and the managing director for Proteo Media + Performance, production manager for Sidra Bell Dance New York, and dances with VON HOWARD PROJECT and Michiyaya DANCE. She choreographs and performs her own work which has been presented at Embodied Spaces Festival, Montclair State University, Danceworks, ACDFA, and the Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts dance talk series. Breeden has been awarded the Choreographic Excellence Award (2015) and Outstanding Performer Award (2016) from MSU.
Daniel Diaz (writer/ storyteller) is an artist-in-residence with Pioneers Go East Collective since 2014. Daniel creates works from a queer Black male perspective through storytelling, choreography, burlesque, and video. Featured performer at La MaMa, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, PS1 MoMa, Brooklyn Museum, Joe’s Pub, Judson Church, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, The Exponential Festival, Chez Bushwick, The LGBT Center, and Performance Mix/NDA.
Gian Marco Riccardo Lo Forte (director/ video-maker) is a Gay immigrant artist of Italian and Middle Eastern descent, and Pioneers Go East Collective’s founding member. A Foundation for Contemporary Arts (2019-20), NYFA/New York City Artist Corps awardee (2021), NYSCA Individual Artist (2019), and Jerome Foundation Fellowship finalist (2019-20). Projects presented at La MaMa, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Chashama, Judson Church, JACK, Goethe Institute, LMCC’s Process Residency at Governors Island, Art on Air - Clock Tower Gallery, Judson Church, Venice Biennale, and has collaborated with The Foundry, Great Jones Rep, Ellen Stewart.
Philip Treviño (designer/ dramaturge) is Pioneers Go East artist-in-residence since 2016. Philip is a Chicano/Latinx and LGBTQ artist, NYSCA individual artist (2021), a 2010 BESSIE recipient for the design of Pam Tanowitz' Be In The Grey With Me, and 2014 Outstanding Production BESSIE for Camille A. Brown’s Mr. Tol E. Rance. Other credits include work with Jenn Freeman, Kymera Dance, Catherine Cabeen, and Brian Brooks Company. His work has toured worldwide and at notable venues including BAM, The Joyce/Joyce Soho, DTW, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Kitchen, New York City Center, Judson Church, and Jacob's Pillow. Technical Director and Professor at Marymount Manhattan College.  

Previous Work

1. Lucky Star by Pioneers Go East Collective (featuring choreographer Bree Breeden Image by ZANNI Productions.jpg

Pioneers Go East Collective, still from Lucky Star. Video by Jon Burklund of ZANNI Productions.

2. LuckyStar by Pioneers Go East Collective (featuring Daneil Diaz) Image by ZANNI Productions10 copy 2.jpg

Pioneers Go East Collective, still from Lucky Star. Video by Jon Burklund of ZANNI Productions.


BRIClab is a multi-disciplinary residency program created to advance opportunities for visual artists, performers, and media makers. BRIClab offers emerging and mid-career artists essential resources, mentorships, and opportunities to share their work. The residency aims to build a stronger and more diverse artistic community in Brooklyn by supporting long term growth and fostering relationships across disciplines.

The program's four tracks are Contemporary ArtFilm + TVPerforming Arts, and Video Art. Each track offers unique resources designed to meet the needs of varied artistic practices. Residents receive additional financial support, mentorship, skills-based learning opportunities, and documentation of their work. In-process public programs for the 2021/2022 cohort will take place from September 2021 through April 2022.

COVID Protocol

In accordance with the Key to NYC mandate, attendees of any BRIC House programming must show proof of vaccination for entry in addition to a photo ID that matches vaccination record. While BRIC remains committed to creating open and accessible visual art experiences for all of New York City, we must also ensure the safety of our staff, our audiences and the communities that we serve. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email For our full BRIC House vaccination policy, visit:

Venue Information:

BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough. **In accordance with the Key to NYC mandate, please note that this event will require proof of vaccination for entry. View our full COVID-19 safety protocals here.**

BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Cristina Tamarez at or 718.683.5610.