Flesh Deity is a ceremony dedicated to the fictional flesh deity. Visitors are invited to participate with no prior knowledge of who the flesh deity is or what she stands for. Upon entering the space, each visitor is given a necklace. They move around the bright blue floors, between patches of grass. They see visceral red decorations on the walls. They can see that the necklace they wear is made of the same material as the deity, and the grass, and the wall pieces. In the center of the room the flesh deity appears to be a stationary blob, made of shiny vinyl stuffed with yarn, until they approach it, and it moves. Flesh Deity aims to explore how the imposed connection to one’s environment and fellow visitors, created by the context of ritual, affects their experience.
This event is part of 2nd Floor Rear 2017: RITUAL
2nd Floor Rear 2017: RITUAL is moveable feast of artist-run events, projects, exhibitions, and performances that shine a light on the occult, hidden nature of alternative arts practices and the communities of care that spring up around them. The 2017 edition of 2nd Floor Rear kicks off with a dinner party on the evening of Friday, February 3, continues on Saturday, February 4, with events throughout Avondale, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, and Wicker Park, and wraps up wraps up on Sunday, February 5, with events spanning Pilsen and Little Village. Over 125 Chicago artists, curators, organizers, and venues are participating in 35 events.