Movement Matters


Defibrillator Presents
A discussion organized by Michael Workman
MON 09 OCT 2017 | 7pm | Free

Movement Matters investigates work at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body. This discussion will focus on the co-optation of social practice approaches to art-making by an encroaching creative industrialization overwhelmingly driven by commercial interests in the art world.



Edra Soto

Edra Soto is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the artist-run outdoor project space The Franklin. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, as well as attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Beta-Local in Puerto Rico and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program in Captiva, Florida though a 3Arts Foundation Fellowship.

Shawn Lent

Lent is a social practice dance artist and program manager, blogger, adviser, and presenter/facilitator. She currently serves as Program Director for Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Director of Dance Peace, a project creating dance and music education opportunities for Syrian refugees alongside their diverse neighbors in Chicago [Dance Peace was recently featured on PBS P.O.V.], Writer and Alliance Building Lead for the think tank and online publication Createquity, Contributing Editor for the The Clyde Fitch Report, and as a Dance educator at Performing Arts Limited.

Mat Rappaport

Mat Rappaport’s artwork has been exhibited in the United States and internationally in museums, galleries, film festivals and public spaces including the United Kingdom and the former Yugoslavia. His current work utilizes mobile video, performance and photography to explore habitation, perception and power as related to built environments. Rappaport is a co-initiator of v1b3: video in the built environment, which seeks to shape the experience of urban environments through media based interventions. He has received fellowships from the @School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Howard Foundation, the Mary L. Nohl Fund, the Montgomery County Ohio Cultural District, and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Center for 21st Century Studies. Rappaport received his MFA from the University of Notre Dame. Rappaport is an Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Organized and moderated by Michael Workman, Founder and Director of Bridge, a (501) (c) (3) organization, reporter and columnist at The Chicago Tribune, Guardian US, Newcity & Sixty Inches From Center


A biweekly column at Sixty, seasonal symposia series and periodic performance initiative, Movement Matters investigates work at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy and issues related to the body. Supported in part by a grant from the Illinois HumanitiesIllinois Speaks program. Additional program support is provided by Art Intercepts, the Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Links Hall and Audience Architects. A program of Movement Matters, The Neo-Judson Project: Dance, Performance, Art, Politics & Philosophy and Bridge, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Thanks to our sponsor Revolution Brewing for their generous support of the Movement Matters series

Image credit: Installation of the Industrial Board Room, Art & Economics, Artist Placement Group, Hayward Gallery, 1971-72