One Sunday a month, we present three original pieces in a varied mix, chosen from music, dance, film, theater, performance art, writing, and the like — each 12 minutes or less. The whole event is short and sweet, taking about an hour.
Following each event, we serve coffee and cookies in an informal gathering, a chance for conversation with the artists.
This program is modeled after 12 Minutes Max, a performance laboratory originated by On the Boards in Seattle.
Music composer/producer Asher Bay will present Old Math, a piece made from hypnotic patterns of synthesized sounds. Asher Bay is from Provo, where he makes electronic music, sound art installations, and plays in bands (Grove and Wallfly).
Film director and screenwriter Arthur Veenema will screen his film The Original, which explores the real and the artificial by observing the relationship that develops between a woman and her digital clone. Inspired by Jean Baudrillard's concept of hyperreality in his book Simulacra and Simulations, Arthur “seeks to decipher what an emerging technology, such as artificial intelligence and the replication of the human mind, means to an individual's sense of self”. Arthur specializes in science-fiction and magical-realism narratives, and he is known for producing a series of short films examining the personal impacts of new technology. He graduated from the University of Utah with an Honors BFA in Film & Media Arts, and currently works in the local film industry.
Nora Lang will present TV Dinners on the Farm, a piece that challenges assumptions about live performance by “stuffing modern dance through mediums of pop culture including variety shows and television game shows”. Nora wonders how structure and presentation of movement imprints the meaning, “for there are a limited and equally limitless number of interpretations of a moving body”. Nora grew up in the Pacific Northwest, trained in a dance studio with a dash of Scandinavian Folk Dance and Musical Theatre, and holds a BFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah. They are a collaborative and cross disciplinary artist, working on this project with performers Aileen Norris, Tori Meyer, Arin Lynn, and Emma Sargent.