Gary Setzer gives performance art a good name.

Setzer, an associate professor of art at the University of Arizona, combines language, music, video art and a distinctly unique perspective and humor to create performance art pieces that can mesmerize.

And he’ll show us what he’s got at the Museum of Contemporary Art at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

Here’s what the release says: “Paralleling our immersion in the landscape with our immersion in language, he portrays the mouth as a space of both lofty construction, and great discomfort. From here, electronic music and process-oriented performance art are merged to deliver a hybrid spectacle that recalls (sculptor) Erwin Wurm as much as it does (musician) Devo.”

That’s a high-falutin’ way of saying Setzer’s works address our relationships with the world and with words. He’ll be performing some new works, as well as excerpts from his “The Black Tongue Lexicon” and “Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain.”

He’ll make you think. But you’ll have loads of fun doing it.

Check out a video of his work — an excert of “Supralingual/Sublingual” with this story at

MOCA is at 265 S. Church Ave. It’s free to member; $5 for non-members. For more information go to or call 624-5019.