DFBRL8R + ZHOU B proudly present
The Ninth Annual
LYP SINC SHOW
A Fundraiser for Bubbly Creek Performance Art Assembly
MON 01 APR | 6PM | $10
Host: Silky Jumbo | DJ: Sasha No Disco | Performances by: Sasha Hodges | Joseph Ravens | Mark Jeffery | Beverly Fresh + The Crooner | Alexander Grelle | Darling Shear | Po’Chop | Angeliki Tsoli + Li-Ming Hu
Lyp Sinc Show is an unforgettable experience. Every year on April Fools’ Day, performers are invited to riff on the idea of lip synchronization for a badass benefit to raise funds for Bubbly Creek Performance Art Assembly – our spring micro-festival curated this year by Fulbright Scholar from Greece and DFBRL8R Curatorial Assistant, Angeliki Tsoli. Taking place in June, Bubbly Creek will feature over a dozen artists who will present performances in gallery and in situ, video works, and visual art. Funds raised will go toward artist materials, artist fees, and room and board for visiting artists.
“Bubbly Creek” is a branch of the Chicago River that forms the western border of Bridgeport. It has this nickname because gases bubble out of the riverbed from decomposing animal waste dumped into the river long ago by the Union Stockyards. Brought to notoriety by Upton Sinclair in his exposé on the American meat packing industry, The Jungle, the contaminated river is a revolting reminder of the harshness of industrial capitalism, exploitation of [often immigrant] labor, and disproportionate concentrations of wealth in America. It still bubbles to this day. Carl Sandburg’s poem, “Chicago” refers to our metropolis as the “City of the Broad Shoulders,” referencing physical strength and fortitude. Appreciation for labor is exemplified by practitioners of performance art who, working in an ephemeral and non-commodifiable medium, tend to value, by choice or circumstance, process [labor] over product [wage] – thereby challenging value driven art production and capitalist systems. Rooted in and inspired by locality, Bubbly Creek Performance Art Assembly celebrates the Bridgeport neighborhood and is an homage to Chicago’s rich labor history and how it relates to and influences the local art community.