January 3 – March 9, 2014
“The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible.”
– Allan Kaprow
Programs & Events
January 3, 2014
During First Friday Art Crawl
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Free and open to the public.
Thursday, January 30
Whispered Art History: Fluxus, Happenings, and Relational Aesthetics
Please join us on Thursday, January 31, at 7 p.m. for a lecture on Fluxus, Happenings, and Relational Aesthetics with Unscripted Play curator and Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Tulsa, Dr. Kirsten Olds. With slides and video she will present a brief introduction to artists since World War II who have, like Trinks and McKemie, probed the line between art and life. How is the notion of the art object forever altered? A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.
Friday, January 31
1:00pm – 4:00p
You are welcome to visit the exhibit, watch the performance and are free to interact. This is a come and go event and is open to the public.
Artists in Conversation
Thursday, February 20 – 7:00pm
Join artists Ieke Trinks and Sarah McKemie, along with curator Kirsten Olds, for a conversation. Bring your questions and ideas!
About Unscripted Play
During a two-month residency at AHHA, artists Sarah McKemie and Ieke Trinks undertake Unscripted Play, a process-based performance project and exhibition that encourages us to transform our daily routines. Building relationships with community groups through improvisatory, creative exercises, Trinks and McKemie re-frame everyday environments and experiences, playfully straddling the boundary between art and life.
The exhibition reflects this sense of playfulness, dynamic interaction, and their organic practice of collaborating with local groups in workshops. Incorporating second-hand materials rich with domestic associations, it encourages viewers to consider the spaces they inhabit, to look at the often overlooked with fresh eyes and curiosity. Visitors are invited to spend time in the galleries and to play—to interact with the exhibition by moving walls or following McKemie and Trinks’ printed instructions to conduct their own improvisations.
Multi-media documentation—text, photographs, audio, and video—from the artists’ workshop sessions and their other works introduce McKemie, Trinks and their community participants to visitors. The dynamic sights and sounds also activate the gallery, transforming it into a space of personal, creative exploration. A project calendar and map offers an overview of the activities during the residency period, which is, quite literally, unscripted, so check back in with AHHA to see the project as it develops.
Sarah McKemie was born in 1980 and is a native of Oklahoma. Since receiving her B.F.A. in photography from Columbia College in Chicago in 2008, she has shown her work in numerous exhibits nationally. Her photography and video works operate at the intersection of documentary and artifice.
More about Sarah McKemie: http://www.sarahmckemie.com/works/tulsa/
Ieke Trinks lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her work mainly focuses on live art, which includes performance art, interventions in public space, and collaborative projects with other artists and/or participants. Guiding her work are two abiding questions: ‘what is performance?’ and ‘how does it relate to our everyday life?’
Her performances often result in absurd situations that play with our interpretations and expectations in response to a particular written text. She engages with simple, everyday routines, focusing our attention on aspects of life that seem repetitive, mundane, or unnoticed. Her work shows an attempt to control, to make sense out of chaos, to make rules, to create systems, and to keep order. She concentrates on small details, which at first appear to be unimportant.
The involvement of participants has recently become more a part of her work, with projects such as in ‘110 seconds’ (produced for Radio Voicemail, 2013) and ‘Stacking’ (developed during a residency at the Living Arts of Tulsa, 2013).
Trinks has presented in various venues in Europe, South America, USA and Canada. She is part of a performance collective called TRICKSTER that works with “emergent-form composition,” a practice of improvisation using sound, movement, objects, actions and text. Since 2009 Trinks has been the organizer and curator for PAE (Performance Art Event) in Rotterdam.
More about Ieke Trinks: http://ieketrinks.nl/