Ruth Patir: I dream of the elections
In my dream last night I hopped on a plane to Tokyo…Hillary Clinton was there. She came up to me and asked me if I wanted to take a picture with her… I had on a silly headwrap that I didn’t think would photograph well, but I said yes anyway. When the photographer tried to snap the picture, the camera broke. –26-year-old Hillary Clinton supporter from California
Interdisciplinary artist Ruth Patir’s research into dreams and the political imagination has been ongoing since 2014. Patir’s most recent video work, Sleepers, was shot at Danspace Project in the St. Mark’s Church sanctuary in September 2016 in the midst of a tumultuous election season. The dreams of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama described in the work were collected by writer Sheila Heti as part of a 2008 project, idreamofhillary.blogspot.ca.
Coinciding with Inauguration Day 2017, Patir will host events in the Danspace Project sanctuary dedicated to healing, sharing, and conversation.
On Thursday, January 19, at 8pm Patir will present a newly edited version of Sleepers and a solo lecture performance.
Admission: $10. Purchase tickets here
On Friday, January 20, from 3pm – 9pm, Inauguration Day, Patir will host a day of conversations and readings reflecting on the 2008 and 2016 elections. Patir will invite guest artists to consider the dream as a site of political intervention. All events on this day are free and open to the public.
3PM: Installation by Ruth Patir with live score by Jackson Randall (ongoing)
3:30PM: Dream readings compiled and edited by Sheila Heti, performed by Storm Garner, Clinton Powell, Amir Farjoun, and Linda Simon.
4:30PM: Gaga Class, taught by Lee Sher, open to all levels of dance experience. Age 16 and up. Wear comfortable clothes!
5:30PM: Nathan Carey
6:15PM: Tamar Ettun and The Moving Company (Movers: Mor Mendel, Tina Wang, Ruby Onyiynechi Amanze)
6:45PM: Lauren Bakst in collaboration with Effie Bowen
7:15PM: Dream readings compiled and edited by Sheila Heti, performed by Storm Garner, Clinton Powell, Amir Farjoun, and Linda Simon.
7:45PM: Virginia Lee Montgomery
8:00PM: Morgan Bassichis
8:30PM: Screenings of “Primal Speech” (2016) by Liz Magic Laser, Martha Rosler “Prototype (God Bless America)” (2006), and “Sleepers” (2017) by Ruth Patir.
All events on Friday, January 20 are free and open to the public.