Feb 19th 2020

Defibrillator Gallery proudly presents

What Remains: On the Sacred, the Lost, and the Forgotten Relics of Live Art > CHAPTER 3

February 7- 28 | ARC GALLERY [www.arcgallery.org]: 1463 W Chicago Ave [Defibrillator’s former home in Noble Square].

Curated by ieke Trinks, this international performance art series and visual art exhibition marks the beginning of Defibrillator’s 10th Anniversary year. Massive in scale and retrospective by nature, What Remains features 40 artists from around the world who responded to an open call to reanimate a collection of objects from performances that took place over the past nine years.

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>>> CHAPTER 3: REFERENTIAL | “Referential” relates to participating artists’ personal stories, and experiences. The relics featured in this chapter act as conduits, channeling narratives and associations, referencing biographies and experiences. REFERENTIAL features live installations, a satellite sound-performance event at No-Nation, a Performance Art Program on Saturday, February 22, and our second and final Soup Kitchen Conversation.

WED 19 FEB | 4-6PM | Witness work being installed

– Jessica van Deursen [Netherlands] | proxy* CR Cooper

THU 20 FEB | 4-6PM | Witness work being installed

– Jeremy Saya [Canada] | | proxy* CR Cooper

THU 20 FEB | 7-9PM | Off-site Performance Program: No Nation | 1542 N Milwaukee Ave, FL 2

– Erin Peisert [Minneapolis] + Amy Whitaker [Cincinnati]
– Maya Nguen [Chicago b. Russia] + Noa/h Fields [Chicago]
– will sōderberg… [desplaines]

SAT 22 FEB | 6-9PM | Performance Art Program

– Alice Vogler [Atlanta]
– Ashley Hollingshead [Minneapolis]
– Christine Ferrera + Dan Hanrahan [Chicago]
– Frans van Lent [Netherlands]
– Madison Juliana Alexander [Chicago]
– Nora + Mána [Chicago]
– SUNGJAE LEE [Chicago b. South Korea]

SUN 23 FEB | 2-4PM | Soup Kitchen Conversations

Katya Oicherman [Minneapolis b. Russia] will present a performative lecture, followed by an open conversation over a hot bowl of soup or stew [vegan+gluten free].

proxy* | when the featured artist isn’t able to be present, a local artist will produce the work.


Curator ieke Trinks conceived of a project that would speak to the challenges of keeping records of live performances beyond the dominant and didactic lens of video and photographic documentation. What Remains 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. 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.

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.

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