12 Minutes Max: a Monthly Showcase of Short Works by Local Artists

Main Library

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12 Minutes Max is a monthly showcase of short works and works-in-progress by local artists in many disciplines. One Sunday a month, we feature three new pieces in in a varied mix, chosen from music, dance, film, writing, theater, performance art and the like—each 12 minutes or less. The whole event is short and sweet, taking about an hour.

After each month's performances, coffee and cookies are served—a time for conversation and feedback.

Devin Maxwell will present Cloudseeding 5, his new composition for electronics and percussion that was commissioned by the NEXT ensemble and premiered recently in Ogden. This piece is an irreverent take on the act of cloud seeding, in which a mass coalesces around a foreign body. In addition to composing, Maxwell is a percussionist and music technology entrepreneur. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the California Institute of the Arts, and a recent PhD graduate from the University of Utah School of Music. He currently teaches at the University of Utah, Westminster College, and for Utah Youth Orchestras and Ensemble’s Young Composers Project. He is Chair of the VU Symposium for Experimental, Electronic, and Improvised Music in Park City.

Artist and teacher Megan Hallett has been experimenting with community generated, collaborative audio pieces, and will present work from her two current projects: Promise and If You Really Knew Me…. This work stems from her interest in a social practice of art making which is less concerned with object making, but instead emphasizes participation, performance, investigation, and activism. Hallett is the Director of Framework Arts, which is a local nonprofit that engages youth and educators throughout the community in creating and representing personal narratives. She is also a visual artist and an art teacher at Escalante Elementary in the Salt Lake City School District.

Filmmaker Alexander Woods will screen Say The Sins, a short film about a young Catholic Priest hearing his first confession from a woman who reveals her strange obsession with Simon Cowell from American Idol. The film originated from the play My First Confession by Shawn Francis Saunders, which was featured in a series of short plays called The Worst Thing I’ve Ever Done, produced by Sackerson, a Salt Lake City-based theater company. Woods has spent most of his life as a musician, and in recent years, while studying theater performance at Utah Valley University, has moved to acting, directing, and writing for film and theatre. He is currently working on a feature length screenplay.

This program is modeled after 12 Minutes Max, a performance laboratory originated by On the Boards in Seattle.

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200