Ian Swanson’s “BRB/Total Id Pigs” : One night only, Saturday July 30th @ Re:View Contemporary
Ian Swanson’s one night site-specific performance, BRB/Total Id Pigs, explores the relationship between ordinary objects and the ideas, people, places and events attached to them. Borrowing elements of various ritual paradigms, the performance is designed to remind us how commerce and ephemera shape our reality, asking us to consider how we define ourselves, and how history defines us.
Gallery visitors are strongly encouraged, although not required, to bring with them an object which holds personal value of a particular size; preferably of or under what could fit in the palm of a single hand. Material value is not a consideration. They will be asked to donate these objects for inclusion in the performance. They will not be returned. Instructions will be provided to attendees upon arrival.
With BRB/Total Id Pigs, Swanson explores again a common thread that connects his work in all media: the use of his creative process to investigate his own personal and cultural identity, layering and deconstructing to expose the “tenuous relationship between what we reveal and what remains unseen,” inviting viewers to embark on their own explorations of existing references and conventions.
**The performance will begin promptly at 7:45, please arrive on time if you don’t want to miss it. Additional works by the artist will be on display in Re:view’s alternate gallery space during the performance.
*Music will be provided after the performance by Jennifer Paull of nospectacle).
*In addition, there will be a gallery talk with the artist the following day from 4:00-6:00 pm in Re:View’s Exhibitions Gallery.”
Re:View Contemporary Gallery is located at 444 W.Willis, Detroit, MI 48201