Aug 052013
 

Sabri Reed and I codirected the Urban Anthropology Project in the spring of 2006.  As organizers, we (re)introduced participants to overlooked sites in downtown Durham for creative response.  This process of dialogue, documentation,  and action, culminated in an exhibition and evening of events at the Transom Gallery.

Aug 052013
 

Assembly: Rehearsing a Public Ritual for the Founding of the Land of Apocryphy, was a collaboration under the name The LOLO Trio, with Sabri Reed and Jacob Reed.  We invited theater-goers to build with provided material in a way that engaged the broader implications of our constructed world.

Aug 052013
 

In this performance, Sabri Reed and I created momento mori as wind-up flying sculptures, and provided them (through the mail) at a performance event in Oakland, CA.  We find puritan imagery to be appropriate content for asking formal questions of art, audience, artist and the production of meaning.   Consider the following parallels between puritan theology and creative production.  In the puritan worldview the concept of Original sin leads to an overwhelming consciousness of one’s sinful nature, which seems to parallel nicely the artist’s overwhelming consciousness of meaning making, and thus implies the inescapable symbolic resonance of everything we do.

Aug 052013
 

My long-time collaborator and I, Sabri Reed started the DeLaurence Performance Investment InCorporated as a venue to publicly share and distribute, through pushcart and mail order catalogue, instruction sets and tools for private performative exercise.  We see these kits, which grow out of our studio and performance research (and that of other collaborators we meet along the way) as ways anyone can engage in a daily personal practice of perceptual and material play.  We engage the public as small business owners, taking the familiar interactions of retail as opportunities for playful disruption of expectations.