President’s/Not My President’s Day

Light Box is hosting an evening of performance and installation on February 20, 2017, in solidarity with BAD AND NASTY’s (aka Bad Hombres and Nasty Women) https://badandnasty.com/ call for art and action on President’s/Not My President’s Day. We are inviting artists (visual and performance), musicians, writers and provocateurs to submit work and join in an evening of hellfire and brimstone that will lift the roof right off the Box. Amid an abusive climate of bigotry, sexism, xenophobia, environmental devastation and a long list of injustices, we call on you to come out of your studios to strengthen community, engage/rage in dialogue, rupture false rhetoric, disrupt the normalizing and be heard. This process and event takes cues from Viennese Actionists, Arte Chicano, Interventionists, All-wave Feminists, Butoh, Punk, Rap, South Park, Cyber-activists, insert your influences and muses here:__________.

We are interested in voices from ALL communities – mainstream, downstream, upstream, stream-of-consciousness: LGBTQ, POC, Disability, First Nations, Muslim, Self-Identified, White Male okay too.

Interested participants: Send a brief written proposal and/or images describing your intended offering, along with optional links to online time-based documentation to lightboxperformance@gmail.com

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: January 15th
Notifications will be made on January 25th

Information:
• Durational installations and video installations to be shown in basement spaces at Light Box.
• Shorter performative works, 8-10 minutes maximum, and readings in main space from 6 – 9 pm, Feb. 20th.

Venue/Tech:
Light Box, located at 8641 Linwood Street in Detroit, has an accessible main performing space 1500sq.ft total — about 1300sq ft open space with sprung floor; audience or performing risers; about
75-90 chairs; PA system with a couple of mics; two video projectors; only house lighting.

Basement spaces — not ADA accessible include a large room with a former baptismal (now also a shower), a room with a former bank vault and a couple of other spaces.

Curators for this event: Amanda Grace Ewing, Emilia Javanica, Melanie Manos and Stefanie Cohen

About the national/worldwide efforts from badandnasty.com:
BAD AND NASTY (aka Bad Hombres and Nasty Women) is a loose-knit coalition of artists, activists, media makers, theater folk, web geeks, designers, performers, writers, concerned citizens, and [whatever YOU may be that is not in the list above] around the world who are tired of waking up every morning since Election Day 2016 feeling angry/scared/sad and not having anything useful to do with those emotions. We are currently planning a day (and night!) of art and action taking place around the world on FEBRUARY 20, 2017, called NOT MY PRESIDENTS’ DAY. Cool stuff will be happening at a safe and special theatre (or two or three!) near you. Check our map to find out what’s going on in your neck of the woods.

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