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.


We will hear music by Hoofless, a local trio consisting of Halee Jean, Michael Nebeker and David Payne, featuring cello, violin, and drums. They aspire to make “organic music that focuses on personal connections, the human experience, and vulnerability.” Many of Hoofless’ compositions are lengthy, highly repetitious endeavors that feature gigantic swells and huge contrasts in emotion.

Filmmaker Steve Wetzel will screen his video Aquarius the Waterman, which is based on an Austrian legend about the founding of one of the largest open pit mines in Europe. The video—whose body consists of interviews sourced from YouTube and an adaptation of the Aquarius legend—is, Wetzel says, “about storytelling, the intersection of geography and human culture, and perhaps the need to reassess our relationship to the material world. Additionally, beyond its core content, the video asks its viewer to question the very nature and authority of the documentary form.” The work screened recently at festivals in Winnipeg and Ithaca. Steve is an honorary Utahn, and is the Director of the Graduate Program in Film at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee.

Author Joe Bauman will read his short story Another Desert Miracle, which details perilous events in the southern Utah desert. Joe spent his formative years on a U.S. missile testing base, Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, in the mid-Pacific Ocean. He worked for a TV station and several little newspapers in the East before starting as a reporter at the Deseret News, where he retired after 36 1/2 years. Bauman writes an astronomy blog and has several fiction and non-fiction books on Kindle. In 1987, the U of U published his book Stone House Lands: The San Rafael Reef.

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