CHRIS REEVES & LAUREN SUDBRINK
"Reunions or Our Beloved Ghosts of the Past, How Did They Create the Illusion that the Masses are in Control?"
15 minute video
Lauren C. Sudbrink is an artist and educator living in Chicago. Her work examines the liminal spaces of representation via performance, photograph, and sculpture.
Chris Reeves is an art historian, artist, and event organizer living in Chicago. His research surrounds the empirical effects of documentation on performance art. He is currently working on a book about the “world’s worst orchestra,” The Portsmouth Sinfonia.
This short film re-enacts the famous “Reunion” collaborative performance from 1968 of a chess match between John Cage and Marcel Duchamp. One actor (Lauren Sudbrink) plays both roles, alternating between the “white knight” (Duchamp) and the “dark horse” (Cage). This is accomplished by a “costume change” in between each chess move. The score of the match has been updated to feature songs from the film “Fantasia,” a signifier of modernity into postmodernity, representative of the move from Duchamp to Cage. This film attempts to consider the position of being someone else, particularly from the position of a woman, and the slipperiness of citation and valorization.