What Remains

What Remains: On the Sacred, The Lost, and the Forgotten Relics of Live Art:  Opening Reception Fri.  Feb 7, 6-9pm

CURATED BY IEKE TRINKS [NETHERLANDS]

Celebrating the start of Defibrillator’s 10th anniversary year, this visual art exhibition and performance art series features a cohort of artists from around the world who responded to an open call to reanimate our collection of objects from performances that occurred over the past nine years.  Taking place from February 7th to the 28th, 2020 at Defibrillator’s former home on Chicago Avenue in Noble Square – framing the site itself as a relic or record of ephemeral practices.

The one-month exhibition is broken into four chapters and will include a performance art series, visual art installations, discussions, and satellite events on the following days:

CHAPTER 1: FIXING | FRI 07 > SUN 09 FEB 

  • FRI 07 FEB | 6PM | Opening + Performance Program
  • SUN 09 FEB | 2PM | Discussion: The Impulse to Collect

CHAPTER 2: MERGE | TUE 11 > SUN 16 FEB 

  • WED 12 FEB | 12PM | Off-site: Guerrilla Street Performance.
  • SAT 15 FEB | 6PM: Performance Program + 10PM Late Night Program [Off-site: Bridgeport]

CHAPTER 3: REFERENTIAL | TUE 18 > SUN 23 FEB 

  • THU 20 FEB | 7PM | Off-site Performance Program:  No Nation Unspace Lab
  • SAT 22 FEB | 6PM | Performance Program
  • SUN 23 FEB | 2PM | Discussion: Activating an Archive of Ephemeral Practices.

CHAPTER 4: CONSUME | TUE 25 > FRI 28 FEB

  • TUE 25 FEB | 7PM | Off-site: Video Program at Nightingale Cinema
  • FRI 28 FEB | 6PM | Performance Program + Finissage

What Remains takes place at ARC Gallery1463 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60642. Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays from 12 to 6pm and Sundays 12 to 4pm from February 7th to the 28th, 2020. Events at ARC Gallery are free and open to the public. Satellite events may request a small donation at the door.

More about the project…

What Remains explores the connection between performance and relic. Instigator and artist ieke Trinks conceived of a curatorial project that would speak to the challenges of keeping records of live performances beyond the dominant and didactic lens of video and photographic documentation. The project is structured around proposals from artists to re-interpret the relics in the Defibrillator object archive and provide a framework for reconceptualizing their value and meaning through new works.

What Remains tackles several questions, including: What impact does history have on a performance object’s status? What value does it have when it is not specifically an artwork itself, or not intended to be an art object that now stands on its own as a relic? How much will the relic tell us about the performance for which it was originally used? What value can we place on the collection itself? These questions and more are addressed through performances and discussions throughout the month.

The exhibition will focus on a different theme each week: FIXING, MERGE, REFERENTIAL, and CONSUME. The presentation of objects will change from week to week, with new pieces added when relics are reactivated as performances or installations. The relics that aren’t yet activated will be on view downstairs in the basement on shelves waiting to be used and displayed throughout the month. The overall idea for the exhibition is to keep it vivid and in a constant flux, just like the nature of performance art itself. Transformation of the space and installation of objects will be done during open gallery hours, underlining the performativity of the accumulation and exhibition of relics. There will also be space given to display the 91 submitted proposals from around the world.

What Remains features 40 local, national, and international artists:

A_MARCEL [BOSTON B. LATVIA] | ALICE VOGLER [ATLANTA] | ANGELIKI CHAIDO TSOLI [GREECE] | ASHLEY HOLLINGSHEAD [MINNEAPOLIS] | BERNARD RODDY [CHICAGO] | CHRISTIAN BUJOLD [CANADA] | CHRISTINE FERRERA + DAN HANRAHAN [CHICAGO] | DORO SEROR [GERMANY] | EMILIA WHITE [ANN ARBOR] | ERIN EVANS DELANEY + MARIA LUISA [CHICAGO] | ERIN PEISERT + AMY WHITAKER [MINNEAPOLIS] | ESTHER NEFF + KAIA GILJE [ST. LOUIS] | EUNJIN CHOI [LOS ANGELES B. SOUTH KOREA] | FRANS VAN LENT [NETHERLANDS] | HEINRICH OBST [BELGIUM, B. WASHINGTON D.C.] | JACQUELINE VAN DE GEER [CANADA, B. THE NETHERLANDS] | JANNEKE SCHOENE [SWEDEN B. GERMANY] | JEREMY SAYA [CANADA] | JESSICA VAN DEURSEN [NETHERLANDS] | JOHN THOMURE [CHICAGO] | JOLANDA JANSEN [NETHERLANDS] | KATYA OICHERMAN [MINNEAPOLIS, B. RUSSIA] | KIRSTEN HESHUSIUS [NETHERLANDS] | KRISTIN MCWHARTER [CHICAGO] | LOLA BLAKE + EZRA HAWKINS [CHICAGO] | MADISON JULIANA ALEXANDER [CHICAGO] | MARINA RESENDE SANTOS [CHICAGO B. BRAZIL] | MARVAL A REX [LOS ANGELES] | MAYA NGUEN [CHICAGO B. RUSSIA] + NOA/H FIELDS [CHICAGO] | NICK TOBIER [ANN ARBOR + DETROIT] | NICOLE GOODWIN [NEW YORK] | NINA BOAS [NETHERLANDS B.FRANCE] | NORA + MÁNA [CHICAGO] | OWEN MORAN [MILWAUKEE] | PATRÍCIA JANEIRO [NETHERLANDS B. PORTUGAL] | PETER BAREN [NETHERLANDS] | RENAN MARCONDES [GERMANY B. BRAZIL] | SUNGJAE LEE [CHICAGO B. SOUTH KOREA] | WILL SŌDERBERG… [DESPLAINES] | ZANDER PORTER [GERMANY B. LOS ANGELES]

Participating artists:

What Remains features four Netherlands-based visiting artists Nina Boas, Jolanda Jansen, Frans van Lent, and Kirsten Heshusius; all other artists have been selected from an open call. When putting out the call Trinks wrote, “Proposals can be bold, daring, (un)conventional, conceptual, personal, insightful, (de)constructive, (ir)responsible, monumental, fleeting, portable, technical, emotional, minimal, and all of the above.” This foreshadows the wide range of works that will be presented in the exhibition. The entire open call is available at: dfbrl8r.org/exhibit/open-call-remains.

About the curator and organization

ieke Trinks | Curator (b. 1977) is an artist living and working in the Netherlands where she received a Master of Fine Arts. In 2017 she finalized her second Masters degree in Critical & Pedagogical Studies at the Malmö Art Academy in Sweden. Trinks has performed extensively at international venues, including: Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst [Leipzig, 2019]; 13 Festivalen [Gothenburg 2018]; Performance Site [The Hague 2017], New Performance Turku Festival [Finland 2015]; Amorph!14, performance art festival [Helsinki 2014]; Bienal Internacional de Curitiba [Brazil 2013]; Out of Site Chicago [2013]; FADO Performance Art Centre [Toronto 2013]. And since 2013 Trinks has been a returning performer at DFBRL8R. In the past three years Trinks has done research on performance art documentation, and wrote on performance art initiatives in the Netherlands as a contribution for the publication ‘Art Action 1998 – 2018’ by Le Lieu, centre en art actuel [Quebec City]. Trinks is since 2010 co-organiser of PAE (Performance Art Event) and works since 2008 in collaboration with the all-women performance troupe, TRICKSTER. www.ieketrinks.nl.

Defibrillator Gallery [www.DFBRL8R.org] is an international platform for Performance Art known for bold and courageous programming that aims to provoke thought and stimulate discourse surrounding experimental time-based practices. DFBRL8R actively contributes to a global dialogs about conceptual, ephemeral, or enigmatic modes of expression – aiming to raise awareness, appreciation, and respect for the discipline of Performance Art. DFBRL8R LTD is a 501c3 arts organization made possible with support from The Tanne Foundation Award; Reva and David Logan Foundation; Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust; Martha Strutters Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation; Zhou B Art Center; DFBRL8R Board of Directors; and generous contributions from our loving community.

Opening Reception, Friday, Feb 7, 6:00-9:00pm

  • Exhibition dates: Feb 5-28, 2019 
  • Gallery hours: Wed – Sat 12-6 pm,  Sun 12-4 pm