ACT×4 When artist Marina Abramović famously declared The Artist Is Present, the immediate follow-up question that could be asked is: “present to what end?” Can we think of a physical presence of an artist in a gallery as having a goal? Presence is an action: performance is the most affordable form of making, the most direct form of engagement with space, surroundings, and society. And the first thing to do is to dispel the expectation that the term “performance” has…
Celebrate the end of the first year of the new program at the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration and meet the studio cohort and their UMN collaborators for an evening of celebration, conversation, and performance.
Target Studio Activations and Performances | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Performances, installations and activations by the artist-fellows of the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration: Aniccha Arts and Pramila Vasudevan, Terry Hempfling and Rachel Jendrzejewski, Nooshin Hakim and Pedram Baldari, Marcus Young and his students at the Art for Social Change program at HECUA, Anna Marie Shogren, Peng Wu, Yuko Taniguchi, Alison Hiltner, and Monica Sheets.
Meet Boris Oicherman, WAM’s Cindy and Jay Ihlenfeld Curator for Creative Collaboration, for an informal conversation about the Target Studio for Creative Collaboration program.
Conversation on Performance and Public Art | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
In contemporary art, “performance” stands for an extremely broad range of creative practices that use live action as the basis of work. Meet artists Nooshin Hakim, Pedram Baldari, Monica Sheets, Pramila Vasudevan, and Peng Wu for a conversation about ways in which their diverse performance-based work activates public spaces, and the challenges and opportunities the public sphere imposes on ephemeral art practices.
Featuring artists Jay Afrisando, Pedram Baldari, Sean Egan, Maja Radovanlija, Manja Risti, and Christopher Rochester. The piece is performed with the barrels of guns decommissioned by the Minneapolis Police Department and converted to wind instruments by Baldari.
The performance and the preceding workshop are in conjunction with the conference of the International Society for Improvised Music.