• Eight Variations For Object (Vitrine)

    EIGHT VARIATIONS FOR OBJECT Performed on September 13, 2013 INSTRUCTIONS One or more blindfolded performers each with a rectangular stone (approximately 5” x 2 ½” x 1/2”) and a chair, choose one of eight possible postures (listed below) to hold for ten breaths then change to any one of the remaining seven (of the original…

  • RITUAL 6: THE WHISPERERS

    Ritual No. 6: THE WHISPERERS Performed on August 9, 2013 The basic concept relies on one or more performer following the instructions listed. Number, arrangement, appearance, and sex of performers adhering to the instructions can vary. The space between the two assigned points can also vary. The performer or performers move to the beat of…

  • Ritual No. 4: TOLL OF EYES

    Performances at ROOMS Gallery. March 8th and April 12, 2013 with performers: Sabrina Baranda, Veronica Bruce, Stephanie Chavara, Alexandria De Leon, Havalah Grace, Danielle Lavoy, Carolina Molina, Lauren Sudbrink. Striker offers stone in right open hand to Blinker. Blinker steps right to reach right grasping stone palm down. Striker’s hand to pocket. Thus Striker now…

  • MEANING MACHINES

    Meaning Machines is a performance installation performed June 14th, 2013 at ROOMS Gallery in Chicago. ROOMS continues their recent exploration into sensory deprivation by blindfolding the performers and feeding them separate audio triggers via headphones. Seven blindfolded performers, both male and female, are interspersed amongst one another and simultaneously perform unsynchronized activities combined with sounds…

  • LABOR KEEPS THE HEART

    Performance on July 27, 2013 as part of the Out of Site Chicago Public Performance Series Following a handful of specific rules that utilize Wicker Park’s Polish Triangle and the surrounding three intersections that define its shape – for two hours – twenty-four performers will create a system of group motion and vocalization to conjure…

  • ASSEMBLAGE

    Sixteen performers assembled at ROOMS Gallery for three hours on February 8, 2013. These participants were blindfolded and asked to commit to only one of two physical positions – Sitting or Standing. While in these positions they could vocalize one of two rudimentary sounds or remain silent for only a minute at a time. It…

  • RITUAL 3: I AM I

    For Pilsen’s Second Fridays on September 14, 2012, ROOMS Gallery featured the performance of RITUAL 3: I AM I. I AM I explored the idea of existence as both the viewer and performer experience the flux between “question” and “answer.” A single performer was draped in massive swaths of black material as he repeats his…

  • RITUAL 2: SHE SPEAKS HER COUNT

    RITUAL No. 2: SHE SPEAKS HER COUNT Performed on July 13, 2012. The performance was a sensually meditative loop where concept becomes content. A study in language, value, and purpose. A systematic performance that presented a loving yet hellish relationship between two doomed creatures trapped in a cannibalistic existence. Two figures (ODD and EVEN) took…

  • SONGS FROM THE SEA OF BOTHS

    In ROOMS Gallery’s performance installation on May 4, 2012, SONGS FROM THE SEA OF BOTHS, artists Todd Frugia and Marrakesh explore ideas of musicality, peacefulness, chaos, and effort. Twelve female performers, equipped with chimes and a simple set of rules, create a unique visual and sonic landscape for visitors to experience, contemplate, and enjoy. Commissioned…

  • RITUAL 1: COUNTING BIRDS [@defibrillator]

    ROOMS’ installed a version of its March 2012 performance at defibrillator Performance Art Gallery. The off-site installation was the second incarnation of the first in a series of ceremonial like performances created based on abstract systems. RITUAL NO. 1, COUNTING BIRDS features a large group of participants simultaneously vocalizing a self referential mantra. For three…

  • RITUAL 1: COUNTING BIRDS [@ROOMS]

    ROOMS’ March 2012 installation was the first in a series of ceremonial like performances created based on abstract systems. RITUAL NO. 1, COUNTING BIRDS features a large group of participants simultaneously vocalizing a self referential mantra. For three hours they countED, in ascending order – using each number’s value (in seconds) to determine the length…

  • SHE WHO WILL BE SLAPPED [excerpts]

    On January 13, 2012 ROOMS showed a new video installation written and conceived by ROOMS co-founder Todd Frugia. A moment is pieced together on camera – lights are adjusted, the set is dressed, the scene is rehearsed, and an off camera voice directs it all. Among the flurry of activity – the “lead actress” sits…