IN>TIME 2010: Photo gallery + review
Saturday evening at the Chicago Cultural Center, sister wife assassins eerily roamed the building’s stately staircases while lab coat-clad Stepford Wives approached audience members with the survey question, “When choosing a color for your living room, do you prefer a warrm color, or a coool color?” Answers were marked on clipboards before they’d about-face to lock eyes with another festival-goer through horn-rimmed glasses. They were performance artists in Angela Ellsworth’s Another Women’s Movement and Jessica Hannah’s The Living Room, respectively; the latter’s mothership was installed in an anteroom of the Center’s cavernous GAR Hall. One woman placidly knit while another sang “The Way You Look Tonight” in a set straight out of Revolutionary Road. Maybe Ellsworth’s piece had put me on edge, but the scene was as taut as piano wire, its energy whispering “RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!” through the performers’ distant stares and frozen grins.
Inside the Hall, Every house has a door performed a men’s dance trio to an “inaudible layer of interference,” we were told, between Benny Goodman’s clarinet and Béla Bartók’s Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano. Hobbling around on platform sandals made of birch stumps, Justin Cabrillos gasped through “Camptown Ladies” on an incredible journey toward a bucket of KFC with a radio in it, a toilet plunger hoisted high above his head. Each event was packed beyond capacity, audience members squeezing together cross-legged on the floor and peeking from the best vantage points they could find. If you missed my memo, this was the first IN>TIME since its 2008 debut; the free biennial won’t return until 2012.
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