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

Main Library

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12 Minutes Max is a year-round monthly performance series featuring short works by local artists in many disciplines. One Sunday a month, we present three original pieces 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.


T.E.V. Ensemble
T.E.V. Ensemble will perform 20 Actions 400 Times. T.E.V. Ensemble is a fluid group of musicians trained in composition and performance whose primary focus is on immediate action.

Kevin Hanson
Filmmaker Kevin Hanson will screen his new film Ibex Well, which is part of Hanson’s Dee Grant project called Traverse, a film and multi-media project that investigates the relationship between Film, Dance, and the Landscape and seeks to contribute to a conversation about convergence, the special interdisciplinary nature of dance and new media, and the impact of new technologies in electronic cinematography. Ibex Well was part of this year’s ARTLandish series at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Hanson is a beloved professor and Chair of the Department of Film and Media Arts at the University of Utah.

Hikmet Sidney Loe
Hikmet Sidney Loe will read from her new book, The Spiral Jetty Encylco: Exploring Robert Smithson's Earthwork through Time and Place, which draws on Smithson’s writings for encyclopedic entries that bring to light the context of the earthwork and Smithson’s many points of reference in creating it. Readers of the book will discover how much significance Smithson placed on regional considerations, his immersion in natural history, his passion for travel, and his ability to use diverse mediums to create a cohesive and lasting work of art. Loe will focus on Smithson's regional considerations, reading a few passages from her book that highlight his deep interest in Great Salt Lake's physicality (water, brine, oil extraction) along with the museum he planned to build near the Spiral Jetty in a nod to Golden Spike National Historic Site. Loe is a distinguished teacher of art history at Westminster College. Her work examines the changeable nature of the earth and addresses our perceptual and cultural constructs of the land.

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