12 Minutes Max is a curated monthly performance series featuring short works by local artists in many disciplines.
Ben Swisher will be sharing a new short visual album, entitled "A Windchime", which attempts to answer a series of questions:
What do you think of when you hear the sound of a windchime?
What can the response be to an abundance of music and things?
What can albums look like in a moment with less room for focusing on one thing at a time?
Can something small expand the available time in a world which leaves us so little to spend?
Are windchimes a suitable metaphor for how special and brief all of life is and how before-its-time any stopping is?
Why did the sound of my neighbor's windchime make me think about all of this?
Ben is “frequently a musician and sometimes an artist” from Seattle, now based in Salt Lake. He has made work for and collaborated with Deseret Experimental Opera, Wasatch Contemporary Dance, Westben Performer-Composer Residency, Song Club Records, and local artists such as Jasmine Stack and James Talbot. In April, he will be contributing music to a performance at 801 Salon with Bly Wallentine, Roxanne Gray, and Scout Invie.
Elijah Hancock and Melissa Younker will present an excerpt from their project “Snapshots & Souvenirs''. They have combined their artistic curiosities to collaborate in a musically driven performance art work. “Snapshots & Souvenirs” is a reflection of memory. Each song/dance is a snapshot of moments in their ancestors' histories and personal pasts. Elijah and Melissa find comfort and comedy in their shared understanding about the souvenirs we carry. A vocal artist and multi-instrumentalist, Elijah has specialties in songwriting, opera and choir. Melissa is a multi-disciplinary movement artist with experience in dance performance, choreography and costuming.
Willow Skye-Biggs will screen her film “Vapor Trails”: - It is 1997 in a parallel universe amidst the backdrop of a not too distant war. Two displaced trans-lesbian lovers find transcendence through connection. - Willow creates emotive works drawing on interests in the human, non human, supernatural and the spiritual. Her work is strongly informed by her personal experiences as a lesbian, transgender and autistic woman. She has spent much of her career exploring possibilities in electro-acoustic music production, creating and releasing more than 30 albums. In 2009 she was invited to perform at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona and ZBT gallery in Lisbon Portugal. In 2017, Willow presented a solo exhibition at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art entitled "Tastes Like Mandy" which combined sound, light, and sculpture into an immersive, surreal emotional environment. Willow’s films have played at numerous film festivals including Fear no Film and Davey Fest in Salt Lake City, and the Toronto Queer Film Festival and No Name Festival in Canada. In 2022 she was the recipient of a Utah Arts and Museums Career Empowerment Grant that funded the film “Vapor Trails”. Later that year she received a Career Advancement Grant from the Salt Lake Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts to produce her film “Dragonfly” which will screen this Spring/Summer.
This program is modeled after 12 Minutes Max, a performance laboratory originated by On the Boards in Seattle.
AGE GROUP: | Teens | All Ages | Adults |
EVENT TYPE: | Performances & Presentations | Music | Arts & Creativity |
|Mon, Mar 27||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Tue, Mar 28||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Wed, Mar 29||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Thu, Mar 30||10:00AM to 8:00PM|
|Fri, Mar 31||10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|Sat, Apr 01||10:00AM to 6:00PM|
|Sun, Apr 02||11:00AM to 5:00PM|
NOTE: The Main Library's Rooftop Terrace is closed through 2022 for repairs and renovations.
Salt Lake City's Main Library, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Moshe Safdie in conjunction with VCBO Architecture, opened in February 2003 and remains one of the most architecturally unique structures in Utah. This striking 240,000 square-foot structure houses more than 500,000 books and other materials, yet serves as more than just a repository of books and computers. It reflects and engages the city's imagination and aspirations. The structure embraces a public plaza, with shops and services at ground level, reading galleries above, and a 300-seat auditorium.
A multi-level reading area along the Glass Lens at the southern facade of the building looks out onto the plaza with stunning views of the city and Wasatch Mountains beyond. Spiraling fireplaces on four floors resemble a column of flame from the vantage of 200 East and 400 South. The Urban Room between the Library and the Crescent Wall is a space for all seasons, generously endowed with daylight and open to magnificent views.