"As a sort of anti-panopticon, the labyrinth explores the boundaries that we often take for granted about where one art community ends and another begins, while advancing the notion that the audience, itself a kind of community, should be stripped of its consumptive role and forced to discover its creative one." - The Brooklyn Rail
"(an) "anti-festival festival" in which a bevy of versatile musicians and artists play shows within the confines of this tailor-made labyrinth." - The Village Voice
"Sam Hillmer and Laura Paris' You Are Here art maze hits a measured sense of eerie whimsy, sort of like being in one of the sets from the Labyrinth." - Impose Magazine
"If NYC’s experimental-music scene seems like a daunting labyrinth, you couldn’t hope for a better guide than saxist-composer Sam Hillmer. Appropriately, his latest project, You Are Here - a monthlong installation by Trouble, his collaboration with artist Laura Paris - is an actual maze, one that hosts a variety of progressive luminaries." - Time Out New York
This July, Trouble (Sam Hillmer of ZS and Sculptor/Projectionist Laura Paris) and the Secret Project Robot Gallery bring the infamous You Are Here Festival back to NYC at the Secret Project Robot Gallery in Bushwick Brooklyn. As with all You Are Here festivals the month will feature a gigantic life size maze that will house myriad performances and artists throughout the month. Check out a digital simulation of this years design
This year's festival will feature performances by:
LAUREL HALO - MIHO HITORI'S NEW OPTIMISM - ANN LIV YOUNG - DUSTIN WONG - ZS - WIN WIN - HUNTER HUNT HENDRIX' KEL VELHAAL - AUTRE NE VEUT - JG THIRLWELL - BABY CASTLES - DOME THEATER - NYMPH - EXTRA LIFE - LARKIN GRIMM - AMEN DUNES - DIAMOND TERRIFIER - C. SPENCER YEH - NINE 11 THESUARUS - VAZ - GDFX - DAN FRIEL - MV CARBON - LOUD OBJECTS - BACHANALIA - DRIPHOUSE - PSYCHIC REALITY - BLACK JEANS - FUCKTON - PHONETAG - and many many other musicians, performers, artists, DJs, and novelty acts!
The maze will be in operation from Thursday through Saturday every week for four weeks beginning July 12th. In addition to show times, the You Are Here curatorial team will be presenting a gaggle of performance and time based artists during gallery hours from 2PM til 8PM Thursdays through Saturdays as well. Details TBA!
This is the third maze installation mounted by Trouble in NYC. View images, video and press of past mazes as well as other work by Trouble. So far, You Are Here has been a strictly New York affair. However, this September Trouble will break free of this association presenting the You Are Here Festival in Berlin, Germany, at the West Germany Gallery and Show Space in Kreuxberg Berlin. Help them do it on Kickstarter!