MAIDA WITHERS WITH ARTISTS ACROSS THE NATION PERFORM freedom of information 2008: A PERFORMANCE/PROTEST/RITUAL IN RESPONSE TO THE WARS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ AND A SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE DISPLACED BY WAR DECEMBER 31, 2008 – 24 HOUR CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCE LOCATION: VARIOUS, THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
In response to the continuing U.S. led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, choreographer Miguel Gutierrez, NYC, has invited artists from across the country to perform freedom of information 2008: a 24 hour performance/protest/ritual of continuous movement improvisation performed while blindfolded and ear-plugged, which is intended as a contemplative act of solidarity with those displaced by the wars.
This action takes place over the last 24 hours of 2008, from midnight to midnight of December 31st. It ends with the ringing in of the New Year. At present, there are 30 artists participating in freedom of information 2008. Each artist will perform the action in her/his respective state and during the 24 hours that correspond to December 31st in his or her time zone. Miguel Gutierrez originally performed freedom of information alone on December 31, 2001, in response to the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. This time, inviting artists from across the country creates a nationwide, synchronous event.
freedom of information 2008 involves staying in one room for the duration of the event. Moving continuously for 24 hours throughout the space of her/his choosing in a sensory-deprived state, the performer meditates on the dislocation and disorientation of those who do not have the basic right of being safe for the duration of a single day, who instead must be continuously on the move because of the threat of violence.
freedom of information 2008 is free and open to the public in each of the venues that the artists have selected. Throughout the 24 hours, people are invited to come and go as they please, watching the participating artist as they attempt to fulfill the simple but rigorous demands of this action.
For more information on the preparations and locations for this event go to: freedomofinformation2008.blogspot.com
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Artists will be added who will participate in this action throughout the month of December. As of this press release here are the participating artists for freedom of information 2008:
Alabama – Rhea Speights Alaska – Kyli Kleven Arizona – Aileen Mapes California – Jesse Hewit Colorado – Lily Brown-Johnson Connecticut – David Dorfman Florida – Heather Maloney Georgia – Diana Crum Hawaii – Brianna Skellie Illinois – Marissa Perel Iowa – Amanda Hamp Kentucky – Ben Asriel Maryland – Sharon Mansur Massachusetts – Jesse Zaritt Michigan – Amy Chevasse Minnesota – Morgan Thorson Montana – Harmony Wolfe New Hampshire – Gregory Holt New Jersey – Joshua Bisset New York – Miguel Gutierrez North Carolina – Janice Lancaster Ohio – Lena Lauer Oregon – Tahni Holt Pennsylvania – Jung-Eun Kim Vermont – Selene Colburn Virginia – Zap McConnell Washington – Tonya Lockyer Washington, D.C. – Maida Withers West Virginia – Katherine Ferrier
In New York, Miguel Gutierrez will perform freedom of information 2008 at The Barn, an independently run dance studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (ilovebarn.com)