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The Imaginary Center of Perception

Video documentation of The Imaginary Center of Perception, a collaborative performance by Kirsten Leenaars. Performed July 21st, 6-7 pm at Gallery 400, Chicago

Albeit highly mediated in TV and the Internet, artist Kirsten Leenaars responds to the witnessing of the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, to name a few. Leenaars’ performance responds to the anger, the pain, the injustice, a flawed system and the senseless loss of lives.

Through a poetic collaborative performance with spoken text – derived from the original eye witness accounts of the Michael Brown shooting – sound, and choreographed movement, this performance explores the act of witnessing today in light of such recent events in America as the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Freddie Gray. What does it mean to be a witness today? How is the story framed? What does your testimony mean? And what or who do you see? How can being a witness move away from merely being a passive observer to a position of hope, affecting change?

Performers: Marvin Tate, Matthew Robinson, Regin Iglora, Kim Chayeb, Wa Chontong, Opel Smittinet, Valentina Vella, Caleb Yono, and Lindsey Barlag. Drummer:Dan Bitney