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WE Series: Escapisms

  • Elastic Arts 3429 West Diversey Avenue Chicago, IL, 60647 United States (map)

Molly Roth Scranton & Samuel Scranton

How are you?

Maybe you're on the bus and it's very compressed and time has stopped. Maybe the windows are dewy with human breath, and maybe there's a dried urine spot somewhere. Maybe you're going to a place and you don't want to go there. Out of a sense of preservation, your senses dim a bit, the edges crinkle together into a crumple, and your body recedes 6 inches within your body, so that your outer layer can become protective, rocklike. 

Maybe you’re talking with someone you love, and you realize that they are very different from you and that you can’t help them to be more like you. Maybe you don’t want to help them. Maybe you don't think you're someone to be like. Maybe their voice and your voice become tinny and incomprehensible in your head and mouth. Out of a sense of misguided generosity, you shove your heart down deep into your belly to deal with on a different, better day.

We invite you to participate in a set of exercises that will help your senses decompress and your heart find buoyancy. You can re-acclimate to the world, not to ignore its ugliest aspects, but to increase vigilance. Throughout the evening we will consider art practice as a tool to sharpen attention and bring feeling to the extremities.

The WE Series asks artists to create ceremonies, rituals, or rites of passage that promote a collective mindfulness with the audience toward a specific intention.

Earlier Event: December 10
Jessica Aszodi at Constellation
Later Event: December 14
Stuck foot open hand running mouth