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Peepshow 2013: Hot Mess

Squeaky Wheel fundraising extravaganza Saturday, February 23, at the Dnipro

A kind of centerpiece installation for Squeaky Wheel’s Peepshow 2013: Hot Mess on Saturday is a seven-foot-high active volcano. It’s one of about 40 installations and performances by regional and from afar artists at the biennial bash and fundraiser, including lots of video.

The event will be held at the Dnipro Ukrainian Center, 563 Genesee Street, from 8pm until it’s over. Tickets are $20 at the door, but $15 in advance at Squeaky Wheel, Spiral Scratch, Café Taza, or online. But $15 even at the door for students with valid ID. Because of some adult-themed material, you need to be 18 or older to attend.

The volcano is an art project by J. Garrett Vorreuter and Rachel Stover. Among other installations, Adam Cummins and Vincenzo Mistretta have an audience-interactive disorientation effects piece employing multiple cameras and monitors. Midwestern artist Eric Souther explores the pleasures of cloud computing in a piece he describes as “reappropriating the most unique pornography” on the internet, however “the datamoshing of the appropriated footage will erase the sex of the active agents into a flowing technicolor experience of 0’s and 1’s.” Mark Sniadecki has an immersive electronic installation with an apocalyptic theme, called December 21. And Louisiana artist Derick Ostrenko’s interactive piece delves into such phenomena as autopoeisis and liminality to devise a solution to the hoary dance world problem, how to notate movement.

In the more strictly performance category, Brooklyn-based performance artist Amanda Nicole Schmidt sings a capella and in the dark whole favorite albums from her adolescence. She will thus perform Save the Day’s album Through Being Cool. A performance by artists’ group PARTS involves the performers wandering about the premises in black mime costumes with large detachable and rearrangeable body parts. Anna Scime and Neil Terry’s performance is described as employing minimal material and empty space to explore borders, boundaries, and socioeconomic hierarchies through participant engagement and/or disengagement. And the Pyromancy Fire Troupe will perform indoors, so using LED lights rather than actual fire.

Among other art projects is Steven Ansell and Tammy McGovern’s animated collage interactive video projection, called Hyper-body. And Michael Beam will auction off a porn images quilt of his own manufacture. There will be live painting by artists Chuck Tingley and Phil Durgan, and photo booths by Nancy Parisi and Liz Rywelski.

Straight video (unassociated with art installations or performances) will include formal screening of new work by Sandra Araújo, Liat Berdugo, David Montgomery, Kristin Reeves, Megan Moncrief, and Matt McCormick, and impromptu ambient projections of works by Rachelle Beaudoin, Sara McCool, and Daniel Temkin.

Music for the night is by emcee Holly Johnson, ABCDJ, Cinnamon Aluminum, KooLiE HiGH, Mallwalkers, and MJB Corporation.

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