IMPACT Performance Festival 2019

Friday, April 12 from 6pm to 10pm, and Sunday, April 14 from 5pm to 9pm

Zhou B Art Center, co-presented with Defibrillator Gallery

1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Free and open to the public.


The IMPACT Performance Festival showcases MFA and BFA Candidates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who are presenting work in live performance and time based media. This year participating artists include: Aram Atamian, Wanbli Gamache, Li-Ming J. Hendrix, Christopher Huizar, SUNGJAE LEE, Helen Lee, Kyra Lehman, Chloe Yu Nong Lin, Katie L. O’Neill, polina protsenko, Zachary Sun, Lariel Joy, Phaedra Beauchamp, Maria Luisa, Marie Peña.


Friday, April 12 from 6pm to 10pm

This program plays with performance expectations by activating multiple installations throughout the Zhou B Art Center. Within these spaces artists use different modes to investigate personal histories and navigate between the sincere and the absurd. Audience is invited to navigate the building on their own, observing ongoing activations and engaging with intimate presentations.

Zachary Sun, Li-Ming J. Hendrix and Lariel Joy will have ongoing performances that invite the audience to witness activations and at times participate. The first presentational work will be an immersive installation presented by María Luisa. Helen Lee will perform the first iteration of her work inviting a limited audience to participate in the performance (nonparticipants are welcome to standby and observe). SUNGJAE LEE will be activating the central space of the first floor in a one hour duratorial piece, audience are encourage both to linger or come and go throughout the presentation. TANDY Solutions! invites audience to participate in their seminar. Finally, the night will close with a presentational work by Aram Atamian.


Durational Performances

Zachary Sun

6:00-10:00 p.m.

Li-Ming J. Hendrix

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Lariel Joy

6:00-9:00 p.m. (one on one performances, 10 minutes)


7:15-8:15 p.m.


Scheduled Performances

María Luisa

6:20-6:40 p.m.

TANDY Solutions!

8:00-8:30 p.m. (limited audience capacity)

Helen Lee

Performed twice at 6:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. (25 minutes, limited audience capacity)

Aram Atamian

9:20-10:00 p.m.


Sunday, April 14 from 5pm to 9pm

For Sunday evening’s program audience is invited to experience presentational modes of performance with scheduled opportunities to explore durational works. Performances this evening address different ways to explore one’s identity and the way social systems have shaped these personal experiences. Throughout the night these artists invite us to reimagine traditions, to explore gender empowerment, and offer embodied explorations of sound and movement.

Polina Protsenko, Marie Peña, Lariel Joy, and Phaedra Beauchamp will have various modes of ongoing installations and performances. Audience is encouraged to revisit these throughout the evening to experience the transformation and durational character of the work. The first presentation will be Katie L. O’Neill’s work which revisits the phenomenon of disability passing through both narratives and movement. Chloe Yu Nong Lin will activate Zhou B’s first floor galleries inviting the audience to explore sound in between sonic and visual worlds. Wanbli Gamache will invite us back to the second floor to explore the complexity of navigating between intimacy and hyper-visibility. Phaedra Beauchamp will culminate their ongoing activations with a PowerPoint ‘lecture’ that looks into the ideas of indoctrination and hypnosis. To close the night, Kyra Lehman will present an ensemble work that explores the meaning of being alive.


Durational Performances

Polina Protsenko

5:00-9:00 p.m. (ongoing video installation)

Marie Peña

5:00-7:15 p.m. (durational performance)

Phaedra Beauchamp

5:00-5:30 p.m. and 6:45-7:15 p.m. (durational installation activation)

Lariel Joy

6:15-7:15 p.m. (one on one performances, 10 minutes)


Scheduled Performances

Katie L. O’Neill

5:30-6:05 p.m.

Chloe Yu Nong Lin

6:20-6:40 p.m. (audience may come and go)

Wanbli Gamache

7:20-7:50 p.m.

Phaedra Beauchamp

8:00-8:20 p.m.

Kyra Lehman

8:30-9:05 p.m.


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The IMPACT Performance Festival and Exhibition are made possible with the generous support from the Zhou Brothers and Zhou B Art Center.