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Empathy Play: Social Health Performance Club

Friday, October 31st 2014

Social Health Performance Club is proud to present "Empathy Play", an evening of performances with artists:

Lorene Bouboushian Zachary Fabri Ian Deleón Geraldo Mercado Rafael Sanchez

The title pays reference to the empathy play that psychologist Piaget described as the pretending to be another person or thing that leads to greater empathy in the development of a child. Operating within a framework of identity politics, "Empathy Play" asks what does it means to make work from another perspective? Is it ok to assume another identity? When does that become offensive co-opting and when is it investigation and "empathy play"? "Empathy Play" marks the first in an extended series of teaser events leading up to culminating exhibition program "Before it’s Over: Identity, Difference and Hegemony" slated for Fall 2015.

Primarily operating as a curatorial entity founded by Ayana Evans, Esther Neff and Elizabeth Lamb, Social Health Performance Club gathers temporary collectives of artists to produce events, exhibitions, and other public art projects. The Club itself is framed as a performance, gathering together as action, understanding social relationships as artistic processes.

SPEECHMUSICCAMP::Geraldo Mercado/Raul de Nieves/FUTURE DEATH TOLL/Lee Todd Lacks with Tom Swafford/Household Tales

Friday, May 2nd 2014

SPEECHMUSICCAMP::::::::: An interest in communication via the flapping of the jaw and tongue, in addition to sound as art material, IN ADDITION to CAMP - you know, polka dots, sly grins, stripes, et cetera.

Geraldo Mercado

Raul de Nieves


Lee Todd Lacks with Tom Swafford

Household Tales Household Tales sings songs about cemeteries, trains, hangings, shipwrecks, pregnant women, baleful drunks, and urban coyotes, accompanied by acoustic and electric guitars, double bass, drums, and found objects.

Beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery


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