Jacob C Hammes will perform a new piece entitled “Prisoners Cinema” where through hypnotic suggestion, the audience may experience visual hallucinations of color, texture, and form. Participation begins at 10 pm sharp and the performance lasts approximately 2 hours.
Lauren Payne will perform a lunar ritual once at dusk (8:51pm) and again at midnight. A related video and neon will also be on display.
Hammes’ work is a broad exploration of the ambiguous distinction between perception and belief, and the physical and psychological conditions that inform the experience of space and sensory perception. Hammes is concerned with experiences that signal transformation within the tangibility of space and the often illusionistic properties of perception. Hammes uses hypnosis as a performance and collaborative medium towards the creation of images and narrative which disrupt normal perception and moving subjects towards a more desire-oriented experience.
Payne’s work focuses on establishing a physical relationship with the moon, using the cyclical nature of the lunar calendar to create a system to align the cycles of the female body. Payne’s desire to connect is steeped in creating site-specific happenings and rituals in aims of thrusting the content beyond the personal pursuit of connection into a new mythological context by creating a space for shared experiences.’
JACOB C HAMMES is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Chicago. Hammes has exhibited and performed throughout the US and internationally, most recently at the Grunwald Museum at Indiana University and Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in Auckland, NZ. Hammes’ work and various projects have been reviewed in publications such as Art Papers, Proximity Magazine, and the Leonardo Music journal.
More information about Jacob C Hammes can be found at www.stopgostop.com/jacobchammes
LAUREN PAYNE lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Selected Exhibitions include: Is This Thing On, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Magic > Nature False Front, Portland; White Lodge, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago; Out of the Woods, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit.
More information about Lauren Payne can be found at www.laurenpayne.com