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Mary Mattingly: What Happens After
November 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
BRIC has commissioned activist artist Mary Mattingly to create a major new work, one that examines the connection between mineral mining and the massive military industrial complex; and its profound effects on the environment, individuals, and communities. With an expanding military economy and slow erosion of public services, this exhibition poses the question of what happens when our public spaces become more militarized. A creatively transformed 19,000 pound military cargo truck at the center of the exhibition acts to turn the conversation outward toward reimagining a public life together through the use of objects with violent histories. The vehicle will be collaboratively redesigned by a group of nine performance artists into a platform for performance. The exhibition will also include sculpture and photography further informing the connections between the U.S. military, the environment, and mineral extraction.
In collaboration with the exhibition, a group of performance artists were invited to redesign a 10 x 10 ft. decommissioned military cargo truck into a platform for performance. During the design process they were asked: How can complex histories be told through collectively transforming objects in order to imagine other ways of working in the world? Performances by these artists, as well as many of the programs taking place in the month of October at BRIC House, will be staged on this vehicle.