MIXTAPE #10: Haymaker / Kristin Bedford / Alex Maness

MIXTAPE #10: Haymaker / Kristin Bedford / Alex Maness

curated by Chris Vitiello

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 7:30 pm

How and why do communities form? Three angles of investigation take the form of theater, photography, and film in a special MIXTAPE evening of all sorts at The Carrack—itself an amazing community center—as part of the space’s annual fundraiser celebration.

The performance company HAYMAKER will bring a selection from What’s That Cost, their assemblage about the personal systems we develop to deal with complexity, and how those systems bring us closer to or farther from our community. The piece is designed to travel to small communities, from homes and offices to clubs and churches.

In summer 2012, KRISTIN BEDFORD walked into a service at the storefront Apostolic Deliverance Rebirth Outreach Ministries in East Durham, which had only started meeting the Sunday before. With the church’s permission, that encounter sparked a ten-month exploration of the sanctuary. Bedford’s photographs from that experience are on display through Dec. 13 upstairs in the Allen Building on Duke’s West Campus. She’ll show work from and talk about Be Still: A Storefront Church in Durham, as well as documentary work with longstanding cults in Philadelphia.

ALEX MANESS went into the “Anytown, USA” class at the Center for Documentary Studies excited about its premise—given a small town in North Carolina, find a compelling subject in that town and make a 10-minute documentary film about it. Enter internationally known psychic Gary Spivey, whose bed and breakfast in Star, NC would have made Liberace sigh with pleasure. Maness screens his portrait of Spivey, a short film as sincere, funny, and perplexing as Spivey’s unprecedented hair.

MIXTAPE is curated by Chris Vitiello and sponsored by the Hinge Literary Center.

Artist Bios

Haymaker (Akiva Fox, Emily Hill, and Dan VanHoozer) is a performance company based in Durham, producing original work by collaging found texts and personal experience. They currently have two pieces in development: What’s That Cost and their adaptation of Elektra.

In addition to being the technical wizard behind MIXTAPE, Alex Maness is a freelance photographer, filmmaker and production designer in Durham. For more information and to see additional projects, visit alexmaness.com.

Kristin Bedford is a photographer and an MFA candidate in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. She holds a BA in religion from George Washington University with an emphasis on American religious traditions. For more information and to see additional projects, visit kristinbedford.com.

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