Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival

Main Library

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The City Library’s Performance Art Festival invites you to experience world-class performance art, live and in person, featuring works from 12 respected local and international artists. Curator Kristina Lenzi has assembled a varied group of performances, suitable for all ages and interests. Each of the pieces will allow the artist and the viewer the opportunity to share an experience. Watch these videos featuring artists Alastair MacLennan and Marilyn Arsem to learn more about performance art.



FRI, OCT 6 SCHEDULE

9am–11am
Share Space
Kristina Lenzi, Eugene Tachinni,
and Sasha Thompson
Salt Lake City, UT

Kristina Lenzi is a performance artist, painter, curator and educator. Lenzi holds a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Utah and an MFA in painting and performance art from Tufts University. Lenzi has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the University of Utah, Westminster College, and Weber State University. Lenzi’s work, both performative and painterly, is most often sociopolitical and humorous in nature. She has exhibited widely within the United States and Europe, and is the founder and curator of the Annual Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival.

Eugene Tachinni was born in Shiprock, New Mexico. He has earned a BFA, MFA, and an MAT from the University of Utah. He has had a few art shows. He is a photographer, artist, tailor, educator, son, brother, and uncle.

Eugene and Kristina will be assisted by Eugene's sister, Sasha Thompson.

Grafting

Eugene and Kristina will sit side by side in silence for a duration of 2 hours in the SHARE Space. Spectators are encouraged to enter the room and observe.

Eugene and Kristina will be assisted by Sasha Thompson.

10:30am–11:50am
Level 4 Conf. Room
Gretchen Reynolds
Salt Lake City, UT

Gretchen Reynolds has a background in painting, modern dance, theater, puppet theater, and performance art. She teaches art and puppetry at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Gretchen is also an assistant librarian in Salt Lake City.

The Basket

Two people contemplate a basket.

Noon–5pm
SHARE Space
Marilyn Arsem
Boston, MA

Marilyn Arsem has been creating live events since 1975, presenting work throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. For the last 15 years, she has focused on creating site-specific performances where she engages with the landscape or structure of the location, its history, use, or politics. Sites have included a 15th-century Turkish bath in Macedonia, the site of the Spanish landing in the Philippines, and a ghost town in the Arctic Circle. Arsem is a member of Mobius, Inc., the experimental art organization that she founded in 1975. She taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for 27 years, establishing an internationally recognized program in performance art.

Don't Look!

What are we ignoring? What are we avoiding? What do we refuse to see?

1pm–4pm
Roaming the Library
Chris Irving
Salt Lake City, UT

Chris Irving is a writer and artist based in the Intermountain West. He curates a regional writer’s series, and is co-director of a seasonal storytelling troupe based in Utah.

(Untitled)

Irving will be exploring the ambient, unnoticed, and little-used spaces in and throughout the City Library building, creating alternative human uses for these newly discovered areas, and devising a new "map" of the library based on unique human interaction. He may need assistance.

1pm–5pm
Level 1, East Couch
Tony Schwensen
Boston, MA

Tony Schwensen was born in Sydney, Australia, and completed a PhD at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. He has maintained an active contemporary art practice since 1988 by hosting international artists, providing exhibition and performance opportunities, and exhibiting nationally and internationally. Schwensen’s research-based practice manifests as combinations of painting, sculpture, drawing, performance, video, installation, printmaking, photography, text, actions and interactions. He has been based in Boston since 2008, and his recent research interweaves fact, fictions, myth and propaganda, to examine the socio-political history of the United States as a behavioral conditioner.

Once Upon A Time

Using personal genealogical research, this performance uses ancestral stories as the narrative plot for invented fairytales. It is hoped that audience members will participate in the performance. Interweaving fact and fiction, understatement and hyperbole, the performance investigates the alteration of narrative structures when an audience is participating in its creation.




SAT, OCT 7 SCHEDULE

9am–1pm
Stairs
Lisa DeFrance
Salt Lake City, UT

Lisa DeFrance is a self-taught artist with a Master of Arts in Teaching (Westminster College, 2010) and BS in Apparel Design (Oregon State, 1990). Lisa is involved in teacher leadership and promoting equity in public education.

Fold: Repetition and Difference

For some reason, I think a lot about health. I struggle to belong, or understand unfamiliar people, places, and things. Health is dependent upon relationships; how we integrate and balance. During a performance, I try to suspend judgement and create a condition necessary for relating. This performance is an exploration of how the past and ideas about the future inform how we experience the present moment.

9am–5pm
Roaming the Library
Macie Hamblin
Bountiful, UT

Originally from Washington State, Macie Hamblin currently lives in Bountiful, Utah and has a BFA from Weber State University (2015). She has also studied Web and Media Technology at Davis Applied Technology College and has studied Performance Art extensively for the past four years. She has shown her artwork in the BDAC Annual Statewide Exhibit, the Weber State University BFA Thesis Exhibit, and the Green Loft Gallery.

Listening III

Macie is interested in communication amongst people. She will be roaming the Library with a crochet hook and a lot of yarn, crocheting a large blanket.

10am–11am
Noon-1pm
Roaming the Library
Julischka Stengele
Vienna, Austria

Julischka Stengele is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural worker from Germany who is based in Vienna, Austria. Stengele studied Visual Communication, Performance, Fine Arts and Queer and Gender Studies in Berlin, Helsinki and Vienna. Her performances, videos, photographs, installations and texts have been presented widely in North America and Europe.

flesh and bone, glass and stone

Stengele will engage directly in a physical dialogue with the architecture by putting her body as a human architecture in relation to many different spots within the library. A set of small poses, temporary sculptures. The audience might draw her as in a life model setting. Challenging body norms on the go. The relationship of a body and its environment serves as a base for her work. In particular the fat, classed, gendered and otherwise stigmatised body in its socio-cultural context. Most of her projects are experience-oriented and often created at and for a specific site or situation, taking different (spatial, social, political) aspects into account.

10am–Noon
Urban Room
Eugene Tachinni
Salt Lake City, UT

Eugene Tachinni was born in Shiprock, New Mexico. He has earned a BFA, MFA, and an MAT from the University of Utah. He has had a few art shows. He is a photographer, artist, tailor, educator, son, brother, and uncle.

When I Have Time

Eugene will document the passage of time using masking tape to outline the movement of a shadow. He will ask viewers to participate by thinking of something they've been putting off, writing it on the tape, and taping it to a shadow line.

11am–Noon
Balconies and Urban Room
Kristina Lenzi
Salt Lake City, UT

Kristina Lenzi is a performance artist, painter, curator and educator. Lenzi holds a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Utah and an MFA in painting and performance art from Tufts University. Lenzi has taught at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the University of Utah, Westminster College, and Weber State University. Lenzi’s work, both performative and painterly, is most often sociopolitical and humorous in nature. She has exhibited widely within the United States and Europe, and is the founder and curator of the Annual Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival.

Almost 51

Working with the idea of an enigma, Lenzi will perform a series of actions while thinking about being a middle-aged woman.

Noon–12:30pm
SHARE Space
Dawn Oughton
Salt Lake City, UT

Dawn Oughton graduated with a BFA in Art Education at the University of Utah. She participated in Ernesto Pujol’s performance piece at the Utah State Capitol Building in 2010, which led to a growing interest in performance art. She has since taken several workshops with Marilyn Arsem, was a part of the 2015 Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival, and performed a political piece in the public square in Sugar House, Utah in 2017.

(Untitled)

Using many discarded books, Oughton will perform a piece referencing what we can and cannot hear; what gets overheard and what gets unheard.

1:30pm–2:10pm
East Plaza
Alastair MacLennan
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Alastair MacLennan represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1997, with inter-media work commemorating the names of all those who died as a result of the political tension in Northern Ireland from 1969 to that time. He was a founding member of Belfast's Art and Research Exchange, and Bbeyond performance art organization. Since 1989 he has been a member of the performance art entity, Black Market International, which performs globally. He has taught at the Ulster Polytechnic, and is presently an Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at the University of Ulster. He travels regularly to Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, North America and Canada presenting performance art and installations called Actuations.

Bust As Dust

1) The performance will engage:
"...empathy across conflicting identity (ies)..."
"...transforming suffering..."
"...justifying (or otherwise) conflict to private/public conscience..."
"...stagnation transitioning to fruitful futures..."

2) Same Difference:
"...seeing sameness in difference and difference in sameness..."
"...showing what we hide...hiding what we show..."

3) "...CONCERNING...GIVING...PROMOTING...
DISPATCHING...SILENCING...MAKING...
CARRYING...BECOMING...SEEKING...
EXPECTING...KILLING...STRENGTHENING...
CONSIDERING...BANNING...FLEEING...
WILLING...SAVING...FINDING...
BREATHING...BEING..."

2:30pm–5pm
Auditorium
Shannon Cochrane
Toronto, Canada

Shannon Cochrane is a Toronto-based performance artist. Her work has been presented in more than 18 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, and the United Kingdom. Her performance work uses humor to engage with the audience, and uses physical material to present situations and images that look critically at the formal presentation of art action, authorship, and repetition. She is the Artistic Director of FADO Performance Art Centre and is a co-founder and curator of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art.

Performance for a Reading of La Jaconde

This performance uses a carefully crafted found object as the source material in a durational performance-lecture deconstructing the world’s most famous painting. Audience is invited to come and go throughout the reading.

The Salt Lake City Performance Art Festival is sponsored by The City Library as well as by the following:

Location: Main Library

Contact Information: 801-524-8200