UPRISING #19 is a participatory performance that took place Friday July 10, 2009 at 1:00pm at the Washington Park Lagoon in Chicago. Performed by Rebecca Zorach and 8 University of Chicago students. Photos: R. Robbins. Video: Nicole Garneau

The students in Rebecca Zorach’s “Art in Unexpected Places” class at University of Chicago had already put forward written proposals for public performance, so the UPRISING was an attempt to mash-up a collaboration. From the students’ writing, we developed a multi-layered performance that explored their relationship(s) to Washington Park; their attitudes toward the Chicago Olympic games that might take place there; emotionally charged events in parks of our youth; and feminist gender analysis of our process and its results. We marked flat round cookies with remembrances, worked our bodies in a game of chase, and finished with this gesture: students and professor offering their cookies and memories to the Washington Park lagoon.

This performance is part of UPRISING: a 5-year performance project 2008-2012. UPRISINGs are monthly, site-specific performance works broadly exploring practices of revolution. UPRISING performances create public demonstrations of the possibilities for a more loving, just and humane present and future. They are attempts at making the world in which we want to live, and then inviting people directly and immediately inside it. UPRISING is a project of Links Hall. More info at nicolegarneau.com.

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