PERFORMANCE ART NOW! @ BIENNIAL PAVILLION
JULY 18TH, 2015
Time: 12 - 4 PM
Location: Biennial Pavillion
1550 Wewatta at 16th and Wewatta
In collaboration with the Biennial of the Americas and RedLine, artists’ Theresa Anderson and Justin Beard organized a program of performance art that explores the conversations, styles and concepts that are circulating within contemporary performance art practice (Performance Art Now!). Drawing particularly from the professional and practicing performance artists & groups in the Denver Metro area, this indoor/outdoor convergence of performance art serves as a “living” installation to be programmed the first Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 12 – 4PM at the Biennial of the Americas Pavilion.
From solo to collaborative presentations the work represented in Performance Art Now! reflects interdisciplinary methods of contemporary art production that include parenting, labor, housing, gender, dating rituals, relationships, media saturation, and networked identity.
Jared David Paul Anderson, Theresa Anderson, Justin Beard, ESC, David D’ Agostino, Noah Phillips and Aurora Lord, Porscha' Danielle, Kalindi Delaney DeFrancis, Liz Greene, Esther Hernandez, Jiah Shin and Olivia McLean, Impromptu Company, dylan scholinski, Tracy Tomko and Brenda LaBier
IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING WHAT I AM PLANNING TO SHOW
an empathy project
empathy produces a total travesty if it doesn’t unravel the nature of the outsider’s presence
the concepts -
for nobody knows i’m trans*
participants to wear printed nobody knows i’m trans* t-shirts and hand out mini-zines
“it is my hope to widen the opportunities for others to question their own identities while also normalizing trans* identities by providing the space for all people/trans to feel empowered, to increase support and compassion in community. use abstracted props to create a communal experience that heightens awareness of the strength and fragility of community.”
for why won’t you play with me?
playing catch in open and often forbidden spaces
“i hope to examine play as sacred, covered, structured, planned and limited - from the idea that as children we begin to play and are open... then pretty quickly the phrases like “no”, “not inside”, “not right now”, “that’s not how it’s done”, ‘“let me show you”, or “ that is not how a girl/boy does it”, and so on… trickle in and change everything. we become afraid of play - embarrassed, uncomfortable, anxious, and hidden. With this piece i want to show how obvious and harmful this practice is to us all.”
participants will wear printed nobody knows i’m trans* t-shirts, hand out zines,
and play catch with each other with a variety of balls in and around the space.