The Tug of War: Where Conflict Resides (August 2014)
A collaborative multi-media performance featuring 40 artists at Billings Open Studio
"We and you ought not to pull on the ends of a rope which you have tied the knots of war. Because the more the two of us pull, the tighter the knot will be tied. And then it will be necessary to cut that knot, and what that would mean is not for me to explain to you. I have participated in two wars and know that war ends when it has rolled through cities and villages, everywhere sowing death and destruction. For such is the logic of war. If people do not display wisdom, they will clash like blind moles and then mutual annihilation will commence." ~ Robert McNamara qting Khrushchev in the film Fog of War (2003).
Artists: Dan Mont Eton, Corina Kinnear, Dave Caserio, Parker Brown, Matt Taggart, Camille Griep, Ethan Stewart, Ricki Feeley, Amber Nichols, Billie Parrott, Heather Sather, Kersey Voss, Jessica Hannesson, Frankie Parrot, Katie Conrad, Kate Blakeslee, Allison Kazmierski, Heather Sather, Olivia Brown, Hunter Howe, Teal Darkenwald (contributing choreographer), Kira Fercho, Vincent Severo, Jayme Green, Patrick Scott-Wilson, Riley Wisler, Sam Phillips, Dave Schanno, Chris Monson, Nicolle Ament, and students from the Billings Dance Academy. Flagship sponsor: CMYK Community.
PC: Allison Kazmierski + Doug James
In the Ever Now (August 2016)
a new kind of arts experience
August 1-12th, 2016 in Billings will be the site of a creative exchange with local and visiting artists. Drawing on shared themes, collaborators will experiment to innovate contemporary storytelling and invite the public to a new kind of hybrid art experience.
Find the beauty in the construct we've all helped in creating. For without art, a blank slate. Without our memory, we'll forget. And without an attachment to the environment around us, we lose ground.
Artists: Jayme C Green, Eliot Gray Fisher, Erica Gionfriddo, Krista Leigh Pasini, Tanner Bolin, Katie Conrad, Carly Mann, Alys Marshall, Anna Paige, Patrick Scott-Wilson, Nate Petterson, Billie Parrott, Maribel Parman, Michael Pasini, Fieldhouse Cafe. Sponsored in part by Goddard College
PC: Anna Paige + Patrick Scott-Wilson + Casey Paige
The Practice of Presence as Art Making
HaltForce Art Collective hosts Two-week Performance Residency
Billings, MT— August 3rd – August 18th, 2018
Artists from right here, around the corner, and afar explore a series of engaging and contemplative performance events. HaltForce Art Collective along with guest artists from Austin, Bozeman, Missoula, and Seattle will connect with artists in the Billings community to participate in a two-week exploration on how performance lives in our daily interactions and how the spaces between each can be blurred, simplified, curated, interpreted, and integrated. This 2018 performance residency artists will present new work, works in progress, along with performative pieces that will develop over the course of the residency. Over a period of two weeks artists will enter and exit the project sharing their interpretations on the theme.
This all starts Friday August 3rd at several locations in and around Billings and continues through the week with day time and evening studio sessions designed to bring perform[ing]ance into smaller less formal spaces. Saturday August 11th will feature an evening performance salon hosted at 2905 Event Center for community artists to share, observe, converse, contemplate, and even participate on the performative theme. The residency will round out with round table discussions over family style meals, field trips, and restorative self-care practices throughout the two-week residency.
At the center of this two-week residency is an intention for self-organization and the conscious decision to not have agenda or expectations. To be present to the space and spaces we create. This is a long form inquiry on presence as performance. With that being said, there is an agenda, only in as much as you choose to use it. It can be a schedule, a program, or even a menu to allow some structure to our engagement. You may enter and exit as you desire, and you may amend and alter the selections as well.
“You cannot hide;
your growth as an artist is not separate from your growth as a human being: it is all visible.” ~ Anne Bogart
Photos by John Speier (2018)