Unto Each Their Own Safe + More by The Queen of Luxuria
Performance at the Bridgeview Bank, 4753 North Broadway Ave on October 19 & 20, 2013 for Open House Chicago.
Performers: Meghan Moe Beitiks, Natalia Nicholson, Olive Stefanski and Carron Little
Curated by Eden Unluata
Videography by Jamie Gannon, Photography by Joanna Matuszak
Edited by Carron Little
The Queen of Luxuria was invited Eden Unluata to create a performance for Bridgeview Bank as part of Open House Chicago, 2013. 5 Artists/ 5 Stories was the title of the project funded by Uptown United to celebrate the unique architecture in the neighborhood. This interactive performance was created for members of the public passing through a bank. The Queen of Luxuria was accompanied by Meghan Moe Beitiks, Natalia Nicholson and Olive Stefanski as ‘Women of the Bank’. The Queen of Luxuria interviewed forty people over the two days and wrote each person a check re-evaluating the wealth that each person should have received in their lifetime. The Queen of Luxuria invented a criteria that everyone should be on or above the minimum wage of $80,000 and if a woman sat in front of her she calculated all the money she hadn’t received in her wage slip due to the gender pay gap. The Queen of Luxuria collated the data that revealed major inequalities in American society in terms of how much people are paid.
For more information: http://www.openhousechicago.org
Performance at Wicker Park Fest curated by Defibrillator as part of their Air Pockets Series.
Videography by Laura Moore and Jamie Gannon, Edited by Carron Little
Performers: Yuri Lane, Alana Parekh and Nora Sharp
Additional Performer for Uptown: Jessica Kearney
Islands in the Sky was inspired by Dream Minds poem No.33 and the characters were built for this performance in a residency at Ragdale. The piece was also made in conjunction with the development of the City Alive With Dreams project and was an interactive public performance piece performed three times in Chicago in the summer of 2014. There were four parts to the performance:
First sequence: Performers invited the public to write their sleep dreams on their bodies.
Second sequence: Performers selected dreams from each others bodies in a choreographed sequence and wrote them on helium balloons that formed a garden in public space of public dreams.
Third sequence: The public were invited to write a poetic phrase from Dream Minds poem No. 33.
Fourth sequence: The member of the public was taken to Yuri Lane with their poetic phrase that was jammed by Yuri Lane into a fabulous Beat Box, spoken word, improv song.
Performed: July 27 & 28, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm and then 6pm to 8pm, Wicker Park Fest curated by Defibrillator
Performed: August 22, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm in Buttercup Park, Uptown curated by Eden Unluata.
LOVE over MONEY, Buttercup Park, August 18, 2015
Performers: Nora Sharp, Amy Sinclair, Lamar Gayles and Carron Little
Curated by Eden Unluata
Photography Jamie Gannon, Videography Laura Moore
Studio Assistant: Lamar Gayles
This was the third interactive public performance I have produced for the Uptown community. I decided to create a trilogy combining the two previous performances together: Unto Each Their Own Safe + More and Islands in the Sky were the inspiration for this new piece. The public in the neighborhood could bring their checks they received at the Bridgeview Bank or get a new check through a process of playing the two games. Checks were accounted through a process of calculating all the money people don’t get paid due to their race and or gender inequity in 2015. From Islands in the Sky I took all the public dreams people wrote on the performers bodies and built them into sculptures. In the trilogy performance LOVE over MONEY the public could come to The Queen of Luxuria and buy the sculpture with their check and take it home with them. It became this wonderful conversation about value and art.
Big thanks to Buttercup Park Advisory Committee for supporting the work and a special thank you to Eden Unluata-Foley for curating for three consecutive years.