"The Unreliable Bestiary": a multimedia artwork by Deke Weaver

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 3:30pm

The Performance Studies Working Group welcomes Deke Weaver, who will present his multi-part, multimedia artwork The Unreliable Bestiary on 11/16, at 3:30 p.m., in 301 Van Allen Hall. Faculty and students invested in animal, environmental, and sustainability studies -- as well in theater and performance art -- will be especially compelled by Weaver's work.  

The Unreliable Bestiary presents a performance for each letter of the alphabet; each letter represents an endangered animal or habitat. The deliberate, audaciously ambitious gesture of creating 26 individual, full-length performances will present a sliver of our current catastrophic loss of biodiversity. In this presentation Weaver will show video clips from the site-specific performances MONKEY, ELEPHANT, WOLF, and BEAR, while talking about the goals, strategies, and hopes for The Bestiary.

Weaver’s work has been presented in venues such as Channel 4/U.K., the Sundance Film Festival, the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, the Berlin Video Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art/LA, the Chicago Humanities Festival, the Moth, and many others including night clubs, backyard sheds, and living rooms.  A resident artist at Yaddo, Isle Royale National Park, HERE, Ucross, and the MacDowell Colony, his work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital, commissions, fellowships, and grants from the city of San Francisco, the states of Illinois and New York, the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), and other public and private foundations.  

He is currently an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with appointments in the School of Art & Design and the Department of Theater.