Literature Program
 


Thursday, February 6, 1986

PUBLIC DOMAIN: THE POLITICS OF EVERYDAY LIFE

Presented at:
Hallwalls

Public Domain, a Buffalo-based inter-media arts and performance art collective, presents  THE POLITICS OF EVERYDAY LIFE, Parts 6-10: "Forced Intimacy". The production conisists of Anne Wayson, Janet Lundeen, Jeffrey DeShell, Martha Hurley, and Ronald Ehmke(e).

THE POLITICS OF EVERYDAY LIFE series, which has already uncovered the secret links between the CIA interventions in Nicaragua and office politics (in Part 7: COVERT ACTIVITY) and between Keith Haring and frozen pot pies (in the 5-hour epic Parts 12-27: LEISURE TIME), now turns its attention to the psycho-sexual ramifications of interpersoanl relationships, from crowded elevators to the barber chair at Fantastic Sam's. Public Domain offers you an evening of performance, political commentary, social satire, and aerobics -- a madcap mix of singin', dancin', True Love poetry, and Massage for the Eighties.

Public Domain is not a company or troupe in the conventional sense; instead, the name serves as an umbrella term for a number of widely varied casts and productions. Performances have incorporated film, video, painting, music, specially designed props, even cooking. Members of the collective have performed on the beach, in movie theaters and abandoned factories, in parks and parking lots, as well as in bars, art galleries, and convenitonal theaters.


Some publications related to this event:
January and February, 1986. - 1986

 
 
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