You Are Here - Brooklyn 2012 - Presented by Trouble
Video by David Cory
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Secret Project Robot Gallery
The ‘You Are Here’ Festival (also known as 'The Maze', as it is a performance festival in a life size maze!), takes place in New York City approximately once every two years. Between NYC installs the festival travels to other locations in America and around the world. Recently, the You Are Here Festival appeared in Berlin, and the festival will be traveling to Chicago this April.
The ‘You Are Here’ festival interrupts the performance rituals of the arts communities it inhabits. Artists who present are members of these communities. Audience members arrive at ‘You Are Here’ with the intention of catching a particular presentation, but intentions are frustrated and transformed by the labyrinthine construction the festival provides. Artists and audiences alike are invited to question the expectations that arise around performance in the context of community.
The festival consists of 2 to 4 weeks of performance and time- based arts events in a life size maze installation. Trouble, Sam Hillmer and Laura Paris – the art duo responsible for ‘You Are Here’ - designs and builds an actual maze into a gallery space accompanied by light, projections, sound, sculpture, and of course, a myriad of performance and time-based arts events.
Some artists who have performed at past ‘You Are Here’ festivals include musical acts: Laurel Halo, Xeno and Oaklander, Miho Hatori, Dustin Wong, JG Thirlwell, Lucky Dragons, JACK Quartet, NYMPH, Hunter Hunt Hendrix, Excepter, Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, Thee Oh Sees, A Place To Bury Strangers, Calvin Johnson, and ZS, theater troupe Dome, artists Swimming Cities Oceans of Blood, and Nick Doyle, poetry collective Ugly Duckling Press, and the dance troupe Skint.
Trouble is looking forward to meeting audiences in the maze this year in Chicago and Detroit.
Trouble is devoted to creating extreme environments that have no exterior, public art both condoned and illegal, and other kinds of visual/sound art intended to be used for some purpose. Their work is about community, spirituality, politics, craft, and beauty. Trouble is Sam Hillmer and Laura Paris.
Please meet the AMAZING You Are Here Festival Team without whom none of this would be possible