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Offsite Performance: Nearing by Jen Clay

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1350 Sunrise Blvd

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Girls’ Club presents Offsite Performance: Nearing, an elaborate, multi-media performance from the Fort Lauderdale-based artist Jen Clay on Saturday, June 3, 2017, 6-9pm, at ArtServe, 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, in Fort Lauderdale.

The first performance will begin promptly at 6:30, the second at 7:30pm.

Nearing is a total immersion performance bringing together large scale puppets, performative sculpture, ambiguous creature-like costumes, stop motion animation and an extra-terrestrial soundscape created by Clay’s collaborator Elise Anderson.

Audiences of all ages are invited to witness the origins of seemingly friendly non-human beings with unknown intentions and a very visceral obsession with the audience, in this interactive performance.

Like much of Clay’s work, Nearing is inspired by the culture of mysterious creature sightings reported in rural communities, like that of West Virginia’s Moth Man and North Carolina’s Brown Mountain Lights. These mysterious phenomena have fed a subculture of paranormal believers, conspiracy theorists and generations of suspicious, imaginative people who doubt we are alone in our universe. The creatures introduced in Nearing are possessed with an obsession of all things human, not unlike the The Little Mermaid’s longing to be human.

Although the event is appropriate for all ages and takes significant influence from children’s edu-tainment tropes like Sesame Street and Teletubbies, adult themes persist. Nearing references supernatural and fantastical occurrences, re-creating very human experiences of social anxiety, fear and existential doubt.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP/registration required.

VIP tickets are available and include a copy of Jen Clay's recently created artist book, published by IS Projects, which acts as a prologue to this performance and includes interactive elements, pop-open doors and pull-out tabs.

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