Lucky Pierre Presents “Works Against Despair,” the concluding event for “The Sky is Falling. The Money’s All Gone.”

2012 Propeller Fund Awardee Lucky Pierre as Lucky Pierre Free University (LPFU) presents the concluding event for “The Sky Is Falling. The Money’s All Gone.” a 10-week seminar in which L.P.F.U. facilitators and participants created responses to themes of environmental and economic fragility.
Works Against Despair
April 17, 6-9pm
Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S. Throop St. 
We are living in a time of unprecedented technological wonder and the alarming consequences of unchecked “growth,” as natural, industrial and economic disasters threaten the patterns of ordinary life. How can artists respond to and work against despair amid this ongoing economic, environmental, and social fragility? Are we the relief workers of the new collapse?This winter and spring, Lucky Pierre as Lucky Pierre Free University has directed the collaborative seminar “The Sky Is Falling. The Money’s All Gone.” Over a period of 10 weeks, LPFU facilitators and participants have together developed creative responses to themes of environmental and economic fragility.The concluding event, Works Against Despair, will feature short presentations, performances, and gallery works displayed in the Propeller Fund Project Space at Mana Contemporary.
LPFU participating artists:
Holly Abney, Jorge Jose Bolaños, Leo Damian Dorsey, Justin Goh, Ashley Hollingshead, Bettina Johnson, Kevin Kaempf, Michael LaHood, Heather Lindahl, Lora Lode, Gwenn-Aël Lynn, Ross Middleton, Martina Nehrling, Sara Nelson, Matthew Nicholas, Lara Oppenheimer, John Rich, Matthew Robinson, Emerson Sigman, Bill Talsma, Michael Thomas, Dolores Wilber, Moses Williams, Mary Zerke.
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.