Performance
Wednesday 3 August 2022, 7pm (MST)

Jeffrey Gibson presents 'THE SPIRITS ARE LAUGHING'

Anderson Park Meadow, Aspen Institute, Colorado, USA

Jeffrey Gibson presents 'THE SPIRITS ARE LAUGHING', an ambitious flag twirling and speaking performance at Anderson Park Meadow at the Aspen Institute. The live piece incorporates a group of fifteen colour guard performers in a specialised choreographed presentation. The group will wear unique helmet regalia constructed from tin and aluminium commercially produced cans and perform using flags designed by the artist.

Over a two-week period in late July and early August, performers will rehearse with Gibson, acting and performing in a video iteration of the live performance in multiple sites throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. This corresponding video will be featured as part of Gibson’s exhibition of the same name on the museum’s Roof Deck and in the Lower Level from November 4, 2022, through November 5, 2023. Concepts rooted in Indigenous kinship philosophies inform this performance and video, which acknowledge all living things in our shared environment as our relatives and as equal living entities.

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