You are here

Kevin Lenny

Just Situations: Day 1, Situation Room

Chloë Bass situation at the School at the Museum of Fine Arts (Petrichor/Panoply exchange) Photo by Tiara Jenkins
Thursday, July 13th 2017

THURSDAY, JULY 13 (@PPL) JUST SITUATIONS: a performative convention

Day One: Situation Room
We live in states of triage and embattlement, how do we strategize, convene, plan, and devise tactics? How do we experience the affects of this perpetual situation room?

6pm-8pm: potluck and DINNER CONVERSATIONS (Welcome to the family) with Chloë Bass
(Please bring food and beverages to share. Note: there is no oven at PPL)


J. Coatl/Kevin Lenny

(dis)BAND TOGETHER (anonymous)



1. How has your life changed since the election of the 45th president?
2. How do you feel like your life has changed since the election of the 45th president?
3. What did you fear or hope would change due to the election of the 45th president?
4. How did you know when these changes, or changes in feeling, had occurred?

Chloë Bass is a multi-form conceptual artist working in performance, situation, publication, and installation. Her work addresses scales of intimacy, where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand, and daily life as a site of deep research. Her current project, The Book of Everyday Instruction, is an eight-chapter investigation into one-on-one social interaction. Chloë is a 2017 - 2018 Workspace resident at the Center for Book Arts, and a 2017 studio resident at Triangle Arts Association. Her projects have appeared in recent exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the James Gallery, and elsewhere. Her forthcoming book will be published by the Operating System in December 2017; her writing is most often found on Hyperallergic. A native New Yorker, she lives and works in Brooklyn, and is an Assistant Professor in Art at Queens College, CUNY. You can learn more about her at


Prepared instruments will be provided, set up as if a performance is about to occur.

Each instrument will have a different stipulation/handicap attached to it.

The instruments will be:
- prepared piano (no notes as such)
- prepared guitar (things stuck in strings)
- prepared recorder (with latex glove attached)
- prepared drum (with extra noise making business)

The problem is invitation - how to invite/make space for engagement?
One way is to complicate/make interesting the situation of each instrument (hence the preparedness). Something which is immediately enjoyable to both professionals and amateurs (see: playing the building by David Byrne).


Subscribe to RSS - Kevin Lenny