Public Functionary Presents:
In Which _______ and Others Discover The End
In Which _____ and Others Discover the End harnesses the transformative power and value of contemporary performance, stimulating our collective capacity to dream, think inventively, and make connections between divergent ideas while creating space for reflection and dialogue. In Which will include three components: A visual installation/exhibition by Liz Miller, open SuperGroup and Brute Heart performance rehearsals during gallery hours and a grand finale series of free performances to cap off the exhibit run.
ABOUT THE WORK
In Which circles around the possibility that the current generation, as the first to come of age in the era of climate change, has a collective, unconscious anxiety stemming from the immense idea that the world may, in the foreseeable future, be uninhabitable for humans.
Taking inspiration from scientific discoveries (the identification of a new knee ligament, a new class of mathematical shape, the previously unknown mating spot of the blue whale) that are continually updating what we think we know, In Which asks us to acknowledge that we live in a world of uncertainty. Emerging from a densely layered collaboration between performers, audience, material, and sound, In Which is an expansive rumination on the ways we embody polarity, mystery, mortality, discovery, and change.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Liz Miller creates large scale suspended installations assembled from felt, fabric, plastic, and other flexible materials. Her work explores repetition and shape, and recently has delved into a number of binary juxtapositions such as order and chaos, pastoral and violent, decoration and utility. www.lizmiller.com
(Jeffrey Wells, Sam Johnson, Erin Search-Wells)
Performance collective SuperGroup creates experiences that stem from the desire to communicate who we are, find out who you are, and manifest the world we want. www.supergroupshow.biz
Playwright Rachel Jendrzejewski works by intricately collaging words, utilizing threads of fragmented characters and narratives as well as looped, slowly evolving building blocks of text. Her use of language ranges from personal, poetic reflections to simple, precise distillations of accumulated experiences. www.rachelka.com
(Crystal Brinkman, Jackie Becky, Crystal Myslajek)
Brute Heart’s compositions are at times ethereal and haunting and at times driving and upbeat. They utilize complex meters, durational looping, and sparse melody lines, conjuring both familiar and alien sounds that draw upon art-rock, classic metal, post-punk, and various international musics. bruteheartband.bandcamp.com
Also featuring: collaborating performers Angharad Davies, Hannah Kramer, Stephanie Stoumbelis. Lighting designer Heidi Eckwall. Process correspondent Hannah Geil-Neufeld.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
All Events are Free & Open to the Public
LIZ MILLER EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION
March 7th (7pm-12am)
Installation artist Liz Miller will build on her existing interests in creating large-scale, site specific works with mixed media such as felt, fabric, tarp, paper and spray paint, while responding to the conceptual framework of the larger project and exploring possibilities for interaction in performance. The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, March 7 and include a series of 2D works on paper as well.
ONGOING REHEARSALS & PF TAKEOVERS
(March 9 – March 20)
Gallery hours to view the installation will be open to the public throughout the month of March. In addition, several of the scheduled gallery hours will feature open rehearsals in which the public can view the performance work in progress. Every Friday night during the run of the exhibit leading up to the performances, other outsider groups will “take over” the space and curate music and performances unrelated to the overall project. This will activate the gallery and provide a “public space” context for the final part of the project.
Liz Miller’s installation will alternately serve as harmonious element and obstacle. Through the weeks, its form will be changed through the interaction of performers as they potentially push, pull, enter and collide with the environment. By the end of the project, the installation will have evolved even more dramatically and will be enhanced with lighting design by Heidi Eckwall.
FINAL PERFORMANCE SERIES
March 27, 28, 29 & April 2, 3, 4 (Each night @ 8pm, except March 29 @ 3pm / Free)
The final piece will be a more recognizably formal performance within Miller’s installation, with rigorous movement, both improvisational and set; expansive spoken language and singing; and an integral sound score performed live by Brute Heart. Eschewing a single unifying framework, it will instead weave layers of narrative, content and form to create poetic frictions and synchronicities. In Which will encompass a range of performance modes and audience interactions that are both engaging and powerful.
EXHIBIT EVENT SCHEDULE (March 7-April 10th)
All events are free and open to the public
Saturday, March 7: Liz Miller Exhibit Opening Reception (7pm-12am)
Week of March 9: Open Gallery Hours (Thurs, Fri, Sat 12-6pm)
Friday, March 13: PF Takeover: Hotrocity (7-11pm)
Week of March 16: Open Gallery Hours (Thurs, Fri 12pm-6pm)
Friday, March 20: PF Takeover: Greg Grease (7-11pm)
Sunday, March 22: PF Takeover: #talkDonation Event
March 23-March 26: TECH week / CLOSED / NO HOURS
March 27, 28, 29: Performances (8pm Daily + 3pm 3/29)
April, 2, 3, 4: Performances (8pm Daily)
Week of April 7: Open Gallery Hours (Thursday, Friday 12pm-6pm)
Friday, April 10: PF Takeover: MplsArt.com Launch Party