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Theatre & Performing Arts

Nick Cave in Conversation with CHAOS

A screening and conversation with Nick Cave, with a performance by CHAOS



Wednesday, April10

5:30 – 7:30 pm


Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts

915 E. 60th St.






This symposium will bring Chicago-based artist Nick Cave into dialogue with the Tbilisi, Georgia-based experimental performance group CHAOS. Both Cave and CHAOS interrogate race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality through the mediums of performance and wearable art. Like Cave’s famous Soundsuits, CHAOS’s performances feature elaborate sculptural costumes that engage with a variety of natural and urban ecologies. At once manipulating the scale of the human form and repurposing discarded materials, these wearable sculptures challenge the boundaries, optics, and intimacies surrounding both the body and identity politics.


The program will include a live performance by CHAOS followed by a screening of Cave’s film Here, shot in Detroit on the occasion of his 2015 exhibition Hear, Here at the Cranbrook Art Museum. Afterward, CHAOS and Cave will join the research team on the Neubauer Collegium’s Costumes and Collapse project for a discussion about performance and material culture in relation to forms of embodied resistance.


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