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Notes on Empty Chairs (part 2)


Notes on Empty Chairs (part 2), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2015

Taking place over three Tuesday evenings at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Notes on Empty Chairs is a series of three one hour performances by Chicago-based artist Kirsten Leenaars, with assistance of Lindsey Barlag-Thornton, that explore themes of empathy, loss, and remembrance in response to the exhibition Doris Salcedo. The performances are cumulative and -collaboratively developed with local community groups. The performances will take place on March 24, April 14 and May 19, 2015, 6-7 pm.


The second performance, Notes on Empty Chairs (part 2), responds to the terms absence and presence. Both describe fundamental states of being. Through a simple choreography in relationship to Salcedo’s installations the performers will explore the notion that a body in totality is much more than a physical presence. Whether representing, presenting, or standing-in, the performers negotiate what it means to occupy or create a space, as subject or object. The human body is not a concept. It is irreplaceable.


The performers for Notes on Empty Chairs (part 2) include: Marvin Tate, Matthew Robinson, ReginIglora, Kim Chayeb, Udita Upadhyaya, Sonia Yoon, Melina Ausikaitis, Christopher Guidotti, Christopher Gambino, Soheila Sima Azida, Valentina Vella, Alex Main, Alexis Atwill, Alison Auwerda. Drummer: Dan Bitney


Video documentation of Notes on Empty Chairs (part 2), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2015

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