Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It

Get Real(ity) 

Wednesday, Mar 23 2011
When we hear "reality competition," visions of Heidi Klum and Donald Trump invade our heads. Artists, not so much. Bravo made a noble effort to shoehorn contemporary art into the reality TV format last year with its show Work of Art, and it did generate buzz. On the other hand, some called the challenges silly and the ethics of granting the winner a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum questionable at best, while personally we lost interest after the fabulous Nao Bustamante was eliminated early on. Bustamante would probably do better at SQUART, choreographer Laura Arrington's unique performance art contest. SQUART stands for spontaneous queer art, and it's previously been held at The Lab and SOMArts. In it, teams of volunteers are given themes and a limited amount of time to come up with a work that they perform for a panel of judges. Today's round is "SQUART Into the Wild," an extension of Arrington's current residency at the center. Four teams of 10 have 24 hours to come up with a piece touching on the topics of endurance and retreat. The judges are dance and improv luminaries Meg Stuart, Jess Curtis, Keith Hennesy, and Ivo Dimchev. In keeping with the center's commitment to artistic process, people are welcome to stop by any time during those 24 hours to watch creativity in action. As you might have guessed from a giggle-inducing name like SQUART, absolutely anything goes, from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Sun., March 27, 3 p.m., 2011

About The Author

Keith Bowers


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"