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"Chai Stories" by Praveen Maripelly

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I want to bring back my experiences with Chai in India to a new cultural place. We will drink chai, tell stories, and enjoy outside life.

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"Chai Stories" by Praveen Maripelly

Chai stories project main aim is to provide a space to build public space and community. And also, to investigate the meaning of social engagement, community, and outside life in the context of other cultures. Chai stories project is a place where people come together and create dialogue while having Vegan Chai.

I moved to the USA middle of the pandemic for my graduate studies in MFA-4D at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Every culture has its way of social interactions, outside life, and community. And my transition into a new culture made me consciously think about social engagement, community, and outside life. Therefore, Chai stories project investigates redefining public space, building community, and creates a conversation between people.

Praveen Maripelly is an interdisciplinary artist working in drawing, painting, printmaking, videos, sculpture, site-specific art, and performance art.

Location and Time:

UW–Madison. 4:30-6:00pm on August 21,28 and September 4.

Logistics and Accessibility:

15-20 people per performance.

Chai Ingredients: Oat Milk, Organic Spices (No Caffeine), Sugar (Optional).

If participants are vaccinated, they are not required to wear a mask because this performance involves human interaction. If they are not vaccinated, it is highly recommended to wear a mask during the performance.

It is their wish to donate, if they want (between $1-$5), I can use these funds for buying materials for the performance.

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If there is bad weather, the performance will be rearranged or rescheduled.

A Home Stretch Performance

Home Stretch is a “distributed festival” of small artistic acts taking place in Madison, WI between the summer solstice (21 June) and the autumn equinox (22 September). By appointment, local artists are offering intimate performances and other arts experiences throughout the summer.

In this time of transition between COVID lockdowns and eventual reopening, Home Stretch explores how forms of performance and other kinds of aesthetic sociality can help us re-learn how to be together.

The title Home Stretch refers less to the idea of the final part of a race, since the pandemic is far from over. Rather, it’s about artists stretching their homes into public space, and the public stretching out of lockdown bit by bit. These art experiences are a chance to stretch both social and artistic muscles.

All events are free to attend, though some performers may pass a hat or request donations to specific causes. Information and registration is at homestretch.art.

Home Stretch is a project of Spatula&Barcode, a Madison-based arts collaborative devoted to conviviality, criticality and commensality. More information about Spatula&Barcode can be found at https://spatulaandbarcode.net/ and you can follow @spatcode on Instagram (if you post about Home Stretch on social media, we encourage you to use #homestretch).

Home Stretch is funded in part by grants from the University of Wisconsin Division of the Arts and the Madison Arts Commission, with additional support from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Organizer Spatula&Barcode

Organizer of "Chai Stories" by Praveen Maripelly

Spatula&Barcode is dedicated to making events in which the performance of place and of hospitality are central aesthetic concerns. Discourse, food and swag are persistent elements of our work.

Spatula&Barcode was founded in 2008 by Laurie Beth Clark and Michael Peterson (both Professors in the Department of Art at University of Wisconsin - Madison).

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