Awaiting Oblivion… at On the Boards, February 23-26

Posted on February 20, 2017, 6:45 pm
2 mins


The full title of the new work by Tim Smith-Stewart and Jeffrey Azevedo at On the Boards gives a fair idea of the content. It is: Awaiting Oblivion— Temporary Solutions For Surviving the Dystopian Future We Find Ourselves Within At Present. On the Boards elucidates a little more:

Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, Awaiting Oblivion… follows the story of AO, an anonymous street artist who has tasked Tim and Jeffrey with the creation of a performance as a way to share AO’s “temporary solutions” for existing within our collapsing empire. Inspired by creative processes developed by the ’60’s Fluxus art movement, each “temporary solution” is a visual/textual poem contained in a Flux-kit (a cigar box collaged with stenciled imagery and typewritten letters). We follow Tim, Jeffrey, and AO in a flurry of street art, secret messages, and performance scores in a poetic, radical fight for survival.

Many commentators have linked the political climate of the 60s with the present: Civil Right protests, fomenting war, the threat of nuclear annihilation, authoritarian creep from the deep state… Fluxus as a movement brought experimental multi-media (or intermedia) and video art from the avant-garde into more mainstream practice over the years. By referring to this movement Awaiting Oblivion… is a timely piece politically, sociologically and aesthetically.

Awaiting Oblivion…

When: Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25 at 8pm and Sunday, February 26 at 5pm

Where: On The Boards (100 Roy St)

Get tickets online.

Featured image by Tim Summers, courtesy of On the Boards.

T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.