Art-A-Whirl: Czeslaw’s Loop
Northeast Minneapolis’s annual art festival Art-A-Whirl is nearly upon us! While there is bound to be a wealth of art, music, and food on offer, one of the most interesting events announced so far seems to the the three day multimedia event Czeslaw’s Loop, a piece that takes place over four different periods and includes some of the Twin Cities best and brightest.
From the website:
Czeslaw’s Loop is a three-day multi-media performance project based on the creative struggle of late 1960s electronic composer Czeslaw Janecki, whose final opus was never performed. An event composed and executed as a four-act opera spread over a three day period, Czeslaw’s Loop features a generational cross-section of Minneapolis’ most influential figures in arts and music.
ACT ONE: DESIRE Friday, May 20th / on the river / Sunset Conducted by Ryan Olson (Gayngs, Totally Gross National Product) and Stef Alexander (P.O.S., Doomtree). The concept of desire and the creative “brainstorm” will inspire a 2+ hour multi-media composition featuring Isaac Gale, members of Marijuana Deathsquads, Martin Dosh, a fleet of drummers, musicians from numerous local bands, electronic overtures, and large scale projections, lights and motion visuals from Playatta, Dr.Clement Shimizu and the Elumenati Group.
ACT TWO: EPIPHANY Saturday, May 21st / on shore / Noon The Sample room parking lot will be transformed into an ongoing installation curated by Creative Electric Studios. Focusing on the reflective part of the creative process, Act Two will feature sculpture, sound art and interactive performance from artists Sean Connaughty, Ben Garthus, John Keston, and Ostraka Performance.
ACT THREE: CREATION Saturday, May 21st / on the river / Sunset Conducted by Chris Strouth (Paris 1919, Future Perfect, Twin Tone Records). The third act will bring to life the completed opus, the pinnacle of the artist’s creative process. Featuring a conducted orchestra, choir, local musicians including Tom Hazelmyer (HazeXXL, AmRep, Halo of Flies), Dylan Hicks, ZacharyVex (Fauna), soprano Maria Jette, and large scale projections, lights and motion visuals from Wonderhaus, Dr.Clement Shimizu and the Elumenati Group.
ACT FOUR: DECLINE Sunday, May 22nd / on shore / Noon The fourth and final act will be performed on Sunday afternoon by collaborating artists creating a physical, day-long effigy to the end of the creative process. Interactive performance, sound art and sculpture park featuring the work of Sean Connaughty and Ostraka Performance.
Tabatha Pedrovitch, Jacquline Ultan, Tim Ritter, TS-DJ/Hustler, Drew Miller, Scott LeGere, Hastings 3000, Matt Franklin, Jon Hunt, Christian Erickson, Mike Croswell, Rob Callahan, Jeremy Ylvisaker, Richard Werbowenko, Matty Schlinder, Joe Vanphillips, Charles Gehr, Mark McGee, Jason Power, Ben Ivascu, Freddy Votel and more.
Czeslaw’s Loop happens over Art-A-Whirl Weekend, May 20-22 on the river behind the Sample Room Restaurant: 2124 Marshall Street, Northeast Minneapolis, MN or Mississippi River mile marker 856.2.
Czeslaw’s Loop is made possible by: Permanent Art & Design Group, Creative Electric Studios, The Sample Room, Implex, Sheba Productions, Dave Russ/It’s a Secret, and Pabst Blue Ribbon.