The Set Speaks

TheSetSpeaks_posterThe Set Speaks

February 8 – March 31, 2016



Propeller Fund Studios
Mana Contemporary
2233 S Throop St, 4th flr. | Chicago, IL

The problem is to make space speak, to feed and furnish it; like mines laid in a wall of rock
which all of a sudden turns into geysers and bouquets of stone.

– Antonin Artaud, The Theater of Cruelty (First Manifesto)


The Set Speaks is a two-month continuous live stream featuring seven artist-groups who will produce week-long performances from a 641 square foot studio in Chicago. Provided with 24/7 access, four cameras, a video switcher, a computer and a connection to the internet, each group will create their own 168-hour live, durational work. Borrowing from the ubiquitous forms of nature cams and security feeds, the live broadcasts will be equal parts moving image works and portraits of the artists at play, rest, rehearsal, and performance. Taking shape and enduring alongside the viewers’ real-times, the interests and subjectivities embedded in the works will amount to seven takes on simultaneity. Stop-by, call-in, and watch: YYYYMMDD, #NewGlobalMatriarchy, 2 Queens in a Kitchen, soap operas, still LIVEs, and more.


Blair Bogin, YYYYMMDD, 2016. Courtesy the artist.

Week 1: February 8 – 14 / Eke Name Kera MacKenzie, Andrew Mausert-Mooney and Jesse Malmed
Week 2: February 15 – 21 / YYYYMMDD Blair Bogin
Week 3: February 22 – 28 / #OpenTVMarathonOpen TVDarling Shear, King is a Fink, Fatimah Asghar with Jamila Woods, Honey Pot PerformanceLADY/WATCHEli McKinnon, Shea Couleé, TRQPiTECA, Kai Green, Anna Martine Whitehead, James Welch and Mlondolozi Zondi
Week 4: February 29 – March 6 / the strangest gathering since the destruction of the Tower of Babel Adela Goldbard
Week 5: March 7 – 13 / #NewGlobalMatriarchy Stephanie Graham and Maya Mackrandilal
Week 6: March 14 – 20 / Amina Ross
Week 7: March 21 – 31 / By way of Today Cameron Gibson and Kyle Schlie


Technical Assistance: John Kyle Cronan and Nick Bacon

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