Defibrillator Gallery + Zhou B Art Center + Art NXT Level present ::
A Performance Art Object Exhibition
FRI 19 JAN 2018 | 7-10PM | 3RD FRIDAY Open Studios
Art NXT Level [4TH FLOOR] | ZHOU B ART CENTER
1029 W 35TH ST | CHICAGO IL 60609 [Bridgeport]
What makes an object valuable? We think of precious objects as ones that are rare or difficult to acquire, fragile or fleeting, old or ancient, laborious to construct or masterful to render. All these reasons makes sense to some degree. But some objects are given value because of their proximity to the exceptional – because they were owned, used, or somehow in the presence of greatness. If you’ve ever seen Antiques Roadshow you know that an object is more valuable if it has established Provenance – documentation or proof of authenticity, origin, chronology of ownership, or historical significance.
Defibrillator presents this exhibition out of curiosity for the notion of value. How might Provenance apply to relics or artifacts once used in works of Performance Art? Can we [through shared experience] manufacture value for seemingly worthless objects? This exhibition is an attempt to answer these questions through modes of display and documentation. What makes an object valuable? With Financial Value on one end and Intellectual Value on the other, would objects fall on a spectrum? How would that be measured?
Defibrillator is celebrating our seventh anniversary. Since 2010 we’ve been collecting objects and ephemera from performances that we’ve produced. Organized, Stored, and documented, this growing collection of strange objects has become a focus for our organization. This exhibition, Provenance, is invaluable as an opportunity for experimentation and creative exploration around ideas and relationships of object, value, documentation, and display.
Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery [DFBRL8R or dfb] is an international platform for Performance Art. Brave and thoughtful programming of live art aims to stimulate discourse surrounding underrepresented voices and time-based practices. A non-profit 501c3
charitable arts organization, DFBRL8R is dedicated to fostering local talent while invigorating Chicago with artists of exceptional calibre from around the world. Championing ephemeral art that looks to the live body in concert and conversation with time, space, object, architecture, and society, Defibrillator succeeds at cultivating an enthusiastic and dedicated international community who is knowledgeable and appreciative of Performance Art.
Above Photo: Adam Gruba [Poland] photo by Arjuna Capulong, Rapid Pulse 2015
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