2012 Propeller Fund Awardee Lucky Pierre as Lucky Pierre Free University (LPFU) presents The Sky Is Falling. The Money’s All Gone., a 10-week seminar in which L.P.F.U. facilitators and participants will create responses to themes of environmental and economic fragility.
We are living in a time of both unprecedented technological wonder and the alarming consequences of unchecked “growth.” Natural, industrial and economic disasters threaten the patterns of ordinary life. How can artists respond to and work against despair amid evidence of ongoing economic, environmental, and social fragility? Are we the relief workers of the new collapse?
The Sky is Falling. The Money’s All Gone. is a year-long project by Lucky Pierre exploring the consequences of unchecked growth (natural, industrial and economic) while working with artists to respond to and work against despair in an era of seemingly permanent crisis and ongoing collapse. In response to the continuing growth of the corporatized neoliberal art school/university, Lucky Pierre has initiated Lucky Pierre Free University (L.P.F.U.) a self-organized, collaborative research and learning project. Using the Propeller exhibition space as their classroom, this in-person course will include invited participants/collaborators, guest speakers, assignments, readings, and discussions. At the conclusion of the course Lucky Pierre with the class participants and invited guests will host a community teach-in and presentation open to the public.Concurrent with the seminar, Lucky Pierre will present an exhibition of generated outcomes from their work with Live Art Development Agency (UK) in collaboration with 12 international artists in the fall of 2014.Participation in the course is open to all levels of experience. Anyone with an interest in exploring the themes, collaboration, research, performance, is encouraged to apply.
Opening Reception: January 30, 6-9pm, Propeller Fund at Mana Contemporary, 4th floor
Screening & Presentations: January 30, 7pm, UIC Space at Mana Contemporary, 5th floor
Experimental Teach-In: April 17, 6-9pm, UIC Space at Mana Contemporary, 5th floor
Exhibition Dates: January 30-April 17, 2015
Gallery Open Hours: Saturdays, 12-5pm, and by appointment
About Lucky Pierre:
Lucky Pierre, founded in 1996 by Michael Thomas and Mary Zerkel, is a Chicago-based collaborative group working in writing, performance, and visual forms. Lucky Pierre creates structures for engagement with various publics. In these forms, they explore complex issues and ideas (political, aesthetic, social) in ways that accommodate a wide range of experience, styles and approaches. The open structure allows collaborators and viewers to define their own participation; helping to create the meaning, and determine the final form and outcome of the work.Past projects include I Hate America/I Love America a 10-hour event occurring simultaneously in London and Chicago; What We Don’t Talk About: 13-hour Conversation on the War in Afghanistan in which invited artists, scholars, activists, friends, and strangers worked to create a conversation about America’s longest war; and America/n a 12-hour piece about the US Constitution presented US presidential election day 2012 and followed by a publication America/n (the book) released on presidential inauguration day 2013. Ongoing projects include Final Meals in which the group prepares and videotapes volunteers eating the final meal of a Texas death row inmate, and Actions for Chicago Torture Justice, in which we work with volunteers to create performative actions addressing the history of police torture in Chicago and the use of torture worldwide. Performance works include Emerson Takes a Walk performed in Chicago, London, Budapest and Brooklyn and How to Manage Fear which was featured at the Eurokaz International Theater Festival in Zagreb, the Belluard Bollwerk Festival in Switzerland, and the KanaNahk Festival in Estonia.