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Elaine Thap, Reports From Afield @MOBIUS

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Boston-based artist and curator, Elaine Thap will share her recent project, Disposition at dfbrl8tr Gallery in Chicago.

Transitioning between cities, emerging artist friends gathered at dfbrl8r Gallery in Chicago, IL to share their process. Using projections and sounds as extensions of the body, Disposition was a 3-day performance event featuring Nabeela Vega, Eames Armstrong, Helina Metaferia, Cris Schayer, Luke Mannarino, Caitlyn Pozerski, and Elaine Thap in collaboration with Virtual International Exchange, a curatorial project by Nabeela Vega. The artists were asked to ponder and conceptualize around Position and Disposition: physically, metaphysically, and imaginatively. Working with limited light sources, ambient sounds or noise, we re-shaped the atmosphere of the gallery space.

Central themes include identity, time/space, body limitations, gender performativity, and failure. From virtual DJ sets to installation to short durational performances, the audience could actively view the work physically or digitally: questioning what it means to experience or participate in performance.

In addition, some of the artists are not limited to making visual work. They were able to produce while multitasking, simultaneously considering the experience of the performer and the viewer. These dual roles allow for an understanding of mutual respect for conceptualizing for and with others. Dualities of sound/visual, real/digital, performer/viewer, and artist/producer were a few of the bookends from Disposition.

Reports from Afield is a series of artist talks and presentations that share experimental projects that have occurred outside of Boston.  

Image: Caitlyn Pozerski "Obstinately, Please Me," (2015)