On Friday, April 28th at 7 p.m., the IMRC Center will host an evening of experimental performance. Studio Ajar: Performance Edition is a showcase of performative works developed by UMaine Intermedia MFA students over the course of several months or more.

Images from Alicia Champlin’s Performance “I am Sitting” 2017Composer and performer Steve Norton is a first year MFA student with over 30 years of music performing experience; he will perform an experimental music composition inspired by a Samuel Beckett text. Josh Couturier (JaeOhEsh) is an adventurous pop media artist exploring meditation as a source of enlightenment and direction during construction of art projects; he will perform a piece entitled Entangled. Alicia Champlin and Eleanor Kipping are both second year MFA students. Alicia’s work, entitled I am Sitting, draws inspiration from Alvin Lucier and Nam June Paik and presents itself as a performative installation. The piece exploits biometric data and feedback loops to explore issues of neutrality and mediation. Eleanor’s work explores the identity politics surrounding the black female experience in America in light of colorism and racial passing. Her piece, I Will Not Say Nigger, is a spoken word performance that explores the language, both spoken and unspoken, between races throughout generations of segregation and racism in the United States.

This performance will be followed by a reception with the artists. Light refreshments will be provided and audiences are invited to bring beverages and additional refreshments and delights. View event on Facebook.