You Are Here

Remember Death By Audio’s 12-hour benefit on July 25th for something called You Are Here: A Maze?

Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris, who dubbed their art collaboration Trouble, had the first You Are Here festival in 2007, at 44th street between Sixth Avenue and Broadway. Paris drew out the floor-plan of the maze, while Hillmer, who plays tenor saxophone for the Zs, booked bands to play in the space and coordinated efforts to bring people inside to interact with the maze.

“It didn’t seem like the kind of thing that could just sit in a gallery, it needs constant traffic,” Hillmer explained. “That is the piece, people dealing with the situation [presented by the maze].”

This year’s festival, scheduled for Spetember 10th through October 2nd, will take up the entire space of Death by Audio and feature a maze constructed out of salvaged doors from Built It Green, a nonprofit organization that sells surplus building materials. The space will also have woodchip-covered floors (“to reference mazes built out of bushes,” Hillmer notes). The twists and turns of the venue will be littered by some 200 of Paris’ sculptures, molded from some of her pieces and then cast repeatedly. [Greenpoint Gazette]

According to the promoter, “Medium and genre vary and overlapping and simultaneous performances are frequent, each performer establishing a different corner or dead end as his or hers.” Sounds fun.

The preliminary lineup (aka almost a month’s worth of shows at the venue while the maze is up) mixes interesting out of town names (Calvin Johnson, Ty Segal, The Coathangers) with local acts like Skeletons (as ‘Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities’), Mick Barr (he is local right?), Extra life and Stars Like Fleas. Full lineup to be announced soon but more of it is below, along with video footage of the first Maze (starring Dave Longstreth, Thee Oh Sees and others), and other details and the flyer for the new Maze…

“YOU ARE HERE” The Maze by TROUBLE: Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris. PART 1

VIDEO DOCUMENT of “You Are Here: The Maze” by TROUBLE (Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris). EDITED by Matt Mehlan. FEATURING: Thee Oh Sees, Little Women, Skeletons, Colin Langenus, Dave Longstreth, Delicious Beverages, MV Carbon, Luke Calzonetti, People, Regattas, Random Cutting, Ugly Duckling Presse, Caitlin Cook, John Fell Ryan, Unicornicopia, Casey Farnum, Aaron Siegel, Lake, Fa She, Machinedrum, Mike Pride, Imaginary People and more…!

“YOU ARE HERE” The Maze by TROUBLE: Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris. PART 2

“YOU ARE HERE” The Maze by TROUBLE: Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris. PART 3

“YOU ARE HERE” The Maze by TROUBLE: Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris. PART 4

“YOU ARE HERE” The Maze by TROUBLE: Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris. PART 5

You Are Here

TROUBLE presents You Are Here (AKA The Maze) (installation & performance festival 2009)

September 10 – October 2, 2009
Death By Audio: 49 South 2nd St, Brooklyn
Doors @ 8pm; performances 9pm – late EVERY NIGHT!
open bar by Delicious Beverages Friday – Sunday, 8pm – 10pm
$8 at the door

Participating artists include: TROUBLE (Sam Hillmer & Laura Paris) // Calvin Johnson // Mick Barr // Up Died Sound // Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities // Alexis Gideon // Ty Segal // Regattas // Nine 11 Thesaurus // Sam Mickens // Dome Theater // Arp // Stars Like Fleas // Mike Pride // Extra life // Pygmy Shrews // Effi Breist // John Fell Ryan // The Coathangers // Katie Eastburn // Desolation Wilderness // Random Cutting // Excepter // Symbol // Zs // Arrington Dionyso // Dan Friel // Mega Calderos // Chuck Bettis // Pterodactyl // Normal Love // Ninjasonik // Vaz // Make A Rising // Clan of the Cave Bear // Electroputas // Hi Red Center

(Full schedule announcement on 8/12/09)

You Are Here (AKA The Maze) is a performance festival in a sculptural maze taking place at Williamsburg’s Death By Audio from September 10 – October 2, 2009. Emphasizing the sprawling and interconnected nature of New York’s underground, a trip through the maze offers a peak inside NYC’s diy art/music scene. A meditation on passage and desire, You Are Here engulfs the space and presents beckoning inhabitants, dead ends, and uplifting epitaphs. Medium and genre vary and overlapping and simultaneous performances are frequent, each performer establishing a different corner or dead end as his or hers. Participating artists in the 3-week festival include Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities, Zs, Excepter, Mick Barr, Effi Briest, Extra Life, Katie Eastburn (of Young People), Stars Like Fleas, Mike Pride, Dan Friel, Ninjasonik, Vaz, Pygmy Shrews, Nine 11 Thesaurus and many many others.

A full performance schedule will be announced on 8/12/09 but should be used only as a loose guide. You Are Here subverts prefab expectations for both audiences and performers–there is no prescribed order, start time or end time, duration, location of performance, relation of audience to performers, and so on. All of the participating artists have been asked to create something site-specific since the performances will, in fact, take place within the maze. Audiences will be asked only to expect something unusual.

The anti-festival festival OR why this festival is different from all other festivals.

You Are Here was first presented by Trouble at Chashama’s Visual Arts Space in Midtown Manhattan. This year’s maze returns to Brooklyn and is a real for us by us type of affair. You Are Here is a festival drawn from within the scene, not the work of corporate sponsored parties wishing to develop markets. No one gets free shoes or gift bags full of stuff and the festival doesn’t push any specific beverage or brand. This festival also won’t fly people in from all over and make a big super-festival. You Are Here is a local affair, mostly local bands will play, and many of them have personal and ongoing relationships with each other and with Trouble. You Are Here is about Brooklyn and about the diy scene in New York in general. It’s about activism and about relationships and about immediacy and not least about a community that, perhaps in spite of the internet, still exists on a local level.

More about TROUBLE (Sam Hillmer and Laura Paris)

You Are Here is also about domesticity in several senses, not least of which is the fact that the artists Trouble (Sam Hillmer and Laura Paris) are in fact a married couple with a child and a home in Bushwick which also houses both of their studios. As any one who is an artist knows, your relationship is either part of your creative life or it’s competing with it. Trouble plants themselves firmly in the first category with their work together on the maze. Together, they are devoted to creating extreme environments that have no exterior, public art both condoned and illegal, and other kinds of visual/sound art intended to be used for some purpose. Their work is about community, spirituality, politics, craft, and beauty. Outreach is a part of all of their projects, as is what they call “in-reach”: designing events that strengthen the ties within the DIY art community and the art world as a whole. The inspiration behind the imagery in this year’s Maze project includes “the six realms” from Tibetan Buddhism and other elements of Buddhist cosmological theory.