Defibrillator proudly presents
GARY WINTERS & CLAIRE HIND | FIVE DEAD ACTS FIVE DEAD CATS
CHRIS SULLIVAN & BLAIR BOGIN | GOD IN THE MONKEY HOUSE, AND OTHER UNNATURAL ACTS
Each day for five days, Hind and Winter will develop a new act of performance building towards a culminating work on Saturday 17th October. This series of action based tasks explore the concept of deadness:
A dead King meets a dead gorilla, meets a presumed dead adventurer meets a dead singer meets a dead wonder of the world meets a dead writer meets a dead career, meets a dead psychoanalyst meets a dead cat.
GARY WINTERS & CLAIRE HIND are UK based artists with an international reputation. They collaborate on live performances for the city and for the studio, gallery or museum; they also make Super 8mm film shorts, printed artworks and boxed archives that slip between performance documentation and artefact. Their collaboration encounters the relationship between writing, play and performance and the possibilities of slippage between the self and character.
CHRIS SULLIVAN has been creating experimental film and theater for 30 years, showing work in festivals, theaters, and museums worldwide, including Zagreb World Festival of Animation; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Ottawa Animation Festival; Guggenheim Museum; Boston Museum; Tribeca Film Festival; Annecy, Holland; Haifa Film Festival, Chicago International; Vancouver International; Denver Starz; and New York’s Film Forum in December. Consuming Spirits began production in earnest in 1999 after receiving funding by a fellowship from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and then equal funding came in the next year from Artist The Rockefeller Foundation Film Fellowship. Just as Consuming Spirits is finally finished, I received a Creative Capital Grant to start work on another experimental feature, The Orbit of Minor Satellites.
BLAIR BOGIN makes video, takes photo, writes and performs. Through various forms of documentary, she explores the urge to differentiate oneself with the paradoxical longing to intimately fuse with others. This oscillation from a sense of singularity to a more pluralistic view is met with modes of madness, play and poetic absurdity. Blair is founder and host of Wax Long Storytelling, a full moon performance event; and conducts Circle for Square, a pop-up community art space at the Logan Square Farmers Market.
This project is made possible with the support of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Performance.