IN>TIME is Chicago’s triannual winter-long performance festival. The IN>TIME Festival features a season of performances, presentations, and exhibitions at venues throughout the city from local, national, and international artists.
In 2019, IN>TIME is working in coordination with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events’ upcoming exhibition, goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it, at the Chicago Cultural Center. Nine artists/collectives will develop responsive performances to the nine works created over the course of Goat Island’s 23-year history, with a tenth performance created from fragments of the nine new responses. Festival creator and former Goat Island member Mark Jeffery describes the festival being initiated in 2008 as coming out of the close of the Chicago-based group’s time together: “Chicago is an important hub for global conversations around art and culture, and performance is a vital part of this, and with all the opportunities and networks and friendships that Goat Island was part of, it was important to bring this knowledge and connections closer to home, here.”
In the spirit of continuing these global conversations, the responding artists will bring these new works into the Sidney R. Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center throughout the duration of the goat island archive exhibition (open March 30 through June 23, 2019). The exhibition has been devised to reflect the generative and pedagogic processes of Goat Island while exploring the extent of the company’s influences. Materials from the archive will be presented alongside the new works made in residency. Exhibition curator Nicholas Lowe describes how the IN>TIME Festival is part of a two-stage process to facilitate the work being made for the exhibition: “When working with the archive it was always clear that the performances of Goat Island were themselves missing. The performing bodies that made the work, the bodies of the performers and audiences, are absent. To attempt to recreate the work of Goat Island would yield a poor imitation. Working at first through an in-progress residency and then into an exhibition presentation would facilitate a discovery of material in the archive as content from which to make new performances that respond to the legacy of Goat Island.”
IN>TIME works with a wide range of local venues across Chicago’s neighborhoods to support artists through a period of residency and showcases of their new works-in-progress. Participating venues in 2019 include: 6018North; Chicago Cultural Center; Comfort Station; Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery; Gallery 400; Graham Foundation; High Concept Labs; Hyde Park Arts Center; Links Hall; Museum of Contemporary Art; Ohklahomo; Red Rover Series at Outer Space Studios; and Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
For the 2019 edition, a selection of artists is paired with a former Goat Island member as mentor to develop their new work. Featured artists responding to the Goat Island archive are: BADco. (Croatia); Augusto Corrieri (U.K.); hancock & kelly (Germany/U.K.); Ian Hatcher (New York); Vlatka Horvat (U.K.); Judith Leemann (Boston); Erin Manning (Canada); Jefferson Pinder (Chicago); Ryan Tacata (San Francisco); and Robert Walton (Australia).
In addition, IN>TIME features satellite performances and exhibitions with artists from Chicago and abroad. These satellite presentations highlight Chicago as a vibrant destination for performance art, and they further the purpose of the IN>TIME festival to focus on Chicago as a hub for artists locally and internationally. Artists in satellite presentations include: Marilyn Arsem (Boston); Fredrik Floen (Norway); Jenn Freeman (Chicago); Robin Deacon (Chicago); Ingri Fiksdal (Norway); Ginger Krebs (Chicago); Oblivia (Finland); Henrik Vibskov (Denmark); and Anna Martine Whitehead (Chicago).
The IN>TIME festival performances in conjunction with the goat island archive are partially supported by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Event.