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Art & Art History

The Imaginary Center of Perception

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.

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Albeit highly mediated in TV and the Internet, artist Kirsten Leenaars responds to the witnessing of the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, to name a few. Leenaars’ performance responds to the anger, the pain, the injustice, a flawed system and the senseless loss of lives.

Through a poetic collaborative performance with spoken word, sound, and choreographed movement, this expression derives from the original transcripts of eye witness accounts of the shooting of Michael Brown and Tamir Rice. The performance questions the act of witnessing today in light of such recent events in the US as the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and Tamir Rice. What does it mean to be a witness today? How is the story framed? What does your testimony mean? And what or who do you see? How can being a witness move away from merely being a passive observer to a position of hope, affecting change?

Performers: Marvin Tate, Matthew Robinson, Regin Iglora, Kim Chayeb, Wa Chontong, Opel Smittinet, Valentina Vella, Calbe Yono, and Lindsey Barlag
Drummer: Dan Bitney