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August 7-11, 2013

Liz Magic Laser
The Living Newspaper: Extra Extra
The 2013 Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award public project

August 7 - 11, 2013
Daily Performances: 9 – 11 am and 5 – 7 pm
Daily Workshop: 1 - 3 pm

Off-Site Kiosk Performance Schedule:
When: Wednesday, August 7 – Sunday, August 11, 2013
Times: 9 – 11 am and 5 – 7 pm
Location: Newspaper kiosk at Market Street @ Montgomery and Post Streets

Free Public Workshop Schedule:
When:  Wednesday, August 7 - Sunday, August 11, 2013
Times:  1 – 3 pm
Location:  Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street, San Francisco
Sign Up: RSVP to participate in the FREE workshops at

Southern Exposure is pleased to announce a new public project commissioned through its SoEx Off-Site Graue Award of work from internationally recognized artist Liz Magic Laser. The Living Newspaper: Extra Extra is her first West Coast performance project. Over the course of five days, Laser and her collaborators, actors Audrey Crabtree and Michael Wiener, will stage public performances inspired by daily newspaper photographs and headlines in downtown San Francisco, accompanied by daily workshops at Southern Exposure.

Invoking the traditions of street theater and tableaux vivants, Living Newspaper: Extra Extra will take place as a series of dynamic performances around three newspaper kiosks in the downtown area of San Francisco in the morning and evening rush hours, maximizing the potential for unexpected encounters in these highly trafficked areas.

Beyond witnessing these performances, Southern Exposure invites the public to join in Laser's project by attending mid-day workshops held by Laser, Crabtree and Wiener, in which participants will dissect and perform news stories daily at Southern Exposure, August 7 – 11, 2013, 1 – 3 pm.

Living Newspaper: Extra Extra is part of Laser’s ongoing project to performatively address current news events and the relationship between the public and mass media. In her investigations, she highlights the scripted elements of both televised and printed news, combatting any pretense of an objective lens. By re-performing news performances, she invites the audience to reevaluate their consumption of the daily news.

This project is made possible by a generous grant from the The Graue Family Foundation.

Liz Magic Laser lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She is a graduate of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and Columbia University’s MFA program. In 2013 Laser has had solo exhibitions at DiverseWorks in Houston, Texas, and at the Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany, for which she received the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Grant. She was also the Armory Show 2013 Commissioned Artist. Her work has been exhibited internationally at venues including Lisson Gallery, London (2013); Mälmo Konsthall, Mälmo, Sweden (2012); the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2012); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2012); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); The Pace Gallery, New York (2011); MoMA PS 1, New York (2010); Artisterium, Tbilisi, Georgia (2009); and the Prague Biennale 4, Czech Republic (2009). She has been in residency at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation Space Program, New York (2012), Forever & Today, Inc.'s Studio On The Street artist-in-residence program, New York (2012), Smack Mellon, Brooklyn (2011) and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York (2009). Laser is the recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012), the Times Square Alliance and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010). Liz Magic Laser is her real name from birth.

Audrey Crabtree is an award-winning collaborative artist. Devising performance as an actor, director, writer, clown and bouffon, she creates for theater, festivals, galleries and found spaces. Her work in the theater has garnered a Drama Desk Award and a NY Innovative Theatre Award. She has worked on previous iterations of Living Newspaper, and collaborated with Liz Magic Laser in her performance I Feel Your Pain in 2010.  Crabtree is co-founder of the company Ten Directions, the International NY Clown Theatre Festival, and NY Physical Comedy Lab, and has taught devising and performance in UK, India, Mexico and in universities across the United States.

Michael Wiener is a New York City based film and theater actor, performer and writer. He has appeared in films that have won awards and press acclaim at Sundance, Tribeca, Comic Con and internationally, as well as commercials including a celebrated drug awareness campaign directed by Darren Aronofsky. His recent television appearances include The Onion Video, and IFC. Wiener’s previous projects with Liz Magic Laser include a CNN commission for 2012 election season, an opening night film at the Armory Show and a MoMA PS1 residency. He is a vocalist/lyricist for The Children... with collaborators Jim Coleman of Cop Shoot Cop and Phil Puleo of Swans. He recently published an autobiographical essay in Jews, A Peoples' History of New York, anthologized by Clayton Patterson and Dr. Mareleyn Schneider, and he curates a performing arts series at the Gershwin Hotel and Dixon Place.

In 2009, The Graue Family Foundation invested in Southern Exposure's growing public art initiative, SoEx Off-Site, through the creation of The Graue Award. The award offers an opportunity for local, national, and international artists to propose ideas leading to the development and presentation of an ambitious public art project in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2011, the Graue Award funded Manifest Destiny!, a SoEx Off-Site public project by Jenny Chapman and Mark A Reigelman II, on view in downtown San Francisco from November 2011 through October 2012.


Founded in 2006, SoEx Off-Site commissions and present temporary new work by visual artists that intervenes and interacts in the social and political spheres beyond the space of gallery. SoEx supports and encourages these practices as few venues support emerging artists working in the public realm, generating a critical dialog about emerging creative practices. Through SoEx Off-Site, Southern Exposure has commissioned and presented public projects from a wide range of artists including Allison Smith, Asher Hartman, Cliff Hengst, Nathaniel Parsons, Will Brown, David Wilson, Adam Overton, Liz Glynn, Helena Keeffe, David Buuck, Neighborhood Public Radio, Lee Walton, Glowlab, Kate Pocrass/Mundane Journeys, The San Francisco Bureau of Urban Secrets, Red76, Instant Coffee, Packard Jennings, Natalie Jeremijenko, Futurefarmers, Rebar, Preemptive Media, Bruce Tomb, Christian Nold, Jenny Chapman and Mark A Reigelman II, and more.