SAME but DIFFERENT | EQUINOX

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SAME but DIFFERENT 

a global participatory equinox event

TUE 19 MAR 2024 | 6-7PM

BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN | Chicago

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Defibrillator Gallery is proud to present SAME but DIFFERENT – a global participatory event that took place during the last hour of daylight on the Spring Equinox at Buckingham Fountain. In the spirit of cosmic equality, this sharing of time and space brings us closer together as a temporary global community through the medium of performance art.

This year SAME but DIFFERENT in Chicago began on Tuesday, March 19 at exactly 6PM with Gages Sixkiller setting up a folding chair, taking a seat, and playing the spring themed SONG YOU HEAR on a loop over and over, turning it off promptly at 7PM and exiting with the chair. Our celebrated collaborator, THE SUN, officially set two minutes later – at 7:02PM – when day kisses night in the moment they are equal.

Occurring twice a year all around the world, SAME but DIFFERENT is an international day of public actions on the spring and fall equinoxes in over 20 cities worldwide in 2024. 

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW to WATCH THE SPRING 2024 PERFORMANCE ON VIMEO

20240319_DFBRL8R_Same But Different_Buckingham Fountain_Chicago_Photos by Joseph Ravens_8

PARTICIPANTS

Gage Sixkiller [@gagesixkiller] | Blue McCall [@blue.mc.call] | Kyriakos Apostolidis [@kyriakos_apostolidis] | Nora Taylor [@nthanoi04] | Ji Yang [@mr_he_he_he] | Charlie Arsenault [@grotextures] | \|/∆/|\∆Y∆ ‡()RR3S [@nonationartlab] | Michael Lee Bridges [@michael_lee_bridges] | John Thomure [@thomurabitch] | Sarah Pramuk [@sarah_pramuk] | Gabe Pine [@gabepine] | Jinlu Luo [@jinluluo] | Yezhou Zheng [@zhengyezhou_] | Joseph Ravens [@josephravens]

Video: Enrique Vasquez [@thenomadicdiaries] | Drone: Jessica Hyunju Yeo [@jujufoxdragon] | Edit: Joseph Ravens [@DFBRL8R]



MANIFESTO

Is an international day for public actions for freedom for all people. Each year on the two Equinoxes, (~ 20 MAR + 22 SEP) the duration of day and night is approximately equal around the globe. In this spirit of cosmic equality, this event serves as a global connection for people performing together in public spaces. This sharing of time and space brings us closer together as a temporary (global) community by encouraging non-violent expressions for locally specific conditions through performance art. Everyone is welcome to participate with openness and in solidarity, embracing and embodying diversity whilst acknowledging each other’s individual circumstances, difficulties, and conflicts.

For this purpose, everyone is welcome to join and/or organize a group performance. The following conditions should be fulfilled if there are no external restrictions:

  • The event should take place as close as possible to the dates of the Equinox(es)
  • The event encourages performative group work with at least two people performing together
  • The event should take place in a public space.
  • The event is open so offers the possibility for everyone interested to get involved

PAErsche: Same but Different: Equinox, 27 March 2018, Cologne, Germany, Südbrücke. Photo by Anja Plonka

PAErsche: Same but Different: 27 March 2018, Südbrücke, Cologne, Germany. Photo by Anja Plonka


HISTORY

Born of a 2017 symposium hosted by Bbeyond in Belfast, the idea of exploring interconnected performative collaborations in shaping and transforming public space has been a fundamental endeavor of Same but Different and its global network of artists ever since. At the symposium Chumpon Apisuk proposed a day of public action as a continuation of ‘Same Difference: Equinox to Equinox’ (September 2016), during which 283 artists from around the world (45 locations in 29 countries) worked together in public spaces.

Apisuk emphasized the significance of this day, stating, “It is the day that all states must recognize and allow actions from the people which are ‘peaceful’ and ‘non-violent’. This day of action can be with or without context but must recognize people’s rights to share public space together, in solidarity with each other, in mutual respect…” The global discourse sparked by ‘Same Difference: Equinox to Equinox’ revolves around an open dialogue regarding public space as a social and political sphere. 

PAErsche: Same but Different: March Equinox 2022, Cologne, Germany, Neptune Platz. Photo by Yves Itzek

PAErsche: Same but Different: March Equinox 2022, Neptune Platz, Cologne, Germany. Photo by Yves Itzek


 ABOUT THE SPRING EQUINOX

exact moment: 19 MARCH 2024 @ 10:06 PM CHICAGO TIME (Central Daylight Time: CDT (UTC-5)) 

The vernal equinox is an astronomical phenomenon when the sun crosses the celestial equator. In other words, on the vernal equinox, day is equal to night and the length of daylight continues to grow and nights become shorter until the summer solstice. The March equinox marks the beginning of astronomical spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Equinoxes are the only two times a year that the sun rises due east and sets due west. At the exact location where the sun’s plane crosses the equator, the sun is directly overhead, and no shadows are cast. Because the Great Pyramid is on the equator, it casts no shadow at noon on the spring equinox.

Neopagans observe the March equinox (referred to as Ostara) as a cardinal point on the Wheel of the Year. One of the four pagan cross-quarter festivals and a major Sabbat for witches, the Spring Equinox is the day to celebrate the reunion of the Earth Mother Demeter with her long lost daughter Persephone, who has been languishing in the underworld throughout the long winter nights. This is the Greek version of the ancient pagan celebration of the coming ascendancy of the Sun, and the rebirth and renewal of plant life.

PAErsche: Same but Different: September Equinox 2016, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Germany. Photo by UJB.

PAErsche: Same but Different: September Equinox 2016, Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, Germany. Photo by UJB.


Based in Chicago, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery [DFBRL8R] is an international roving platform dedicated to Performance Art. Itinerant since 2020, DFBRL8R presents projects whenever and wherever opportunities arise. Actively contributing to global dialogues surrounding time-based art and immaterial expressive forms, DFBRL8R energetically bridges local and global communities while raising awareness, appreciation, and respect for the discipline of Performance Art.

Defibrillator is made possible with generous contributions from our community. If you are in a position to contribute, you can do so via PayPal: www.paypal.me/DFBRL8R

PAErsche: Same but Different: Equinox, 27 March 2018, Cologne, Germany, Südbrücke. Photo by Sara Hasenbrink

PAErsche: Same but Different: Equinox, 27 March 2018, Cologne, Germany, Südbrücke. Photo by Sara Hasenbrink

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