Reverse Rehearsals

Six artists and seven writers respond to each other's projects in three stages of creation

Reverse Rehearsals

Curated by SoEx Curatorial Committee members Michele Carlson and Nathan Lynch

Open to the public: Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm
Public reading and closing reception: Thursday, May 30, 2013, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Playing on the idea of reverse engineering, Reverse Rehearsals turns the storytelling process inside out. The project begins with the creation of theatrical sets and culminates with a dramatic reading of new written works. Reverse Rehearsals brings together six visual artists and seven writers who interpret and respond to each other’s work in three separate stages of making.

In the first phase of the project, three artists (Terry Berlier, Patrick Gillespie and Julie Henson) use the gallery space of Southern Exposure as an empty stage on which to design and build three sets. Next, three more artists (Maria Porges, Jenene Nagy and Weston Teruya) respond by creating objects and images to fill the sets. Finally, seven writers (Dodie Bellamy, Victoria Gannon, Susan Gevirtz, Kari Marboe, Pam Martin, Kyle Metzner and Michael Swaine) engage with the populated sets and respond with a piece of writing. The project closes with a public reading and reception on May 30, 2013.

Reverse Rehearsals points to the unexpected outcomes within artistic creation, highlighting the exciting moments of affiliation and collaboration between artists, writers, and the narratives they create.

Phase 1: May 7 - 11, 2013 – Set Building 
Phase 2: May 11 - 16, 2013 – Objects, Props and Images Fill the Sets
Phase 3: May 16 - 30, 2013 – Writers Respond with Texts 
Final Event: May 30, 2013 – Public Reading and Closing Reception