What happens after you shuffle off this mortal coil is a mystery
—maybe you actually do go to heaven, maybe you’ve been seriously evil and go to that other place, or maybe you reincarnate into something or someone else entirely. Like most things, it’s all subject to interpretation. But if you’ve lived on this planet long enough, you might have had a little run-in with death, a brief exchange where you’ve been close to the edge but lived to tell the tale.
Sometimes I swear that the hazy, out-of-body moment I experience late at night while staring at my ceiling listening to techno mixes isn’t just a sudden rush of energy from last night’s fading hangover, but instead unknown spirits greeting me with open arms in the dark. Totally creepy.
Near Death Performance Art Experience aims to make you think about the unthinkable.
The performance artists that are re-contextualizing their relationships to death and the unknown have studied these concepts extensively.
Over the course of two days, the program (curated by Vela Phelan) will include performance works by Boston-based artists Jeff Huckleberry, Faith Johnson, and Marilyn Arsem, with appearances by the traveling Jamie McMurray (LA) and the collective VestAndPage (Germany).
“In Near Death, artists and audiences are challenged to uncover the small territory that we claim between life and death,” describes press coordinator Maggie Cavallo. In addition to performance works, the event will host the cryptic noises of BATHAUS, a sound-set by Jesse Kaminsky, and will be documented in a Polaroid series by the ironically titled DEAD ART STAR.
This weekend, let’s embrace death together. It’s less dismal that way.
NEAR DEATH PERFORMANCE ART EXPERIENCE
SAT 2.2.13-SUN 2.3.13