CULTUREMART: City Council Meeting Aaron Landsman
About the show
The Commissioner sucks on a lifesaver, as she delivers a farewell speech after 20 years of service to the city of Bismarck. An old man in tweed dumps a bag of crack vials, used needles, and dirty diapers on the table, and announces "I found this at my grandson's playground." Someone objects to the cost of a dumptruck. Someone else wants to know who owns the water. Part social sculpture, part play and part town meeting, City Council Meeting is performed participatory democracy.
Borrowing tales from half a dozen cities where Aaron Landsman sat in on government meetings, as well as improvised testimony from you the viewer, this piece imagines public discourse as art and vice versa. Come early and you might end up in the Mayor's chair. Come late and you might lose your voice. Directed and dramaturged by Mallory Catlett.
On a shared bill with Botch.
For more on City Council Meeting, visit the artist's Project Page.
Directed and Dramaturged by Mallory Catlett.
Photo Credits Aaron Landsman