The Society of Smallness

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Category: Infiltrations

Documents add to a weighty discussion at the National Museum of Mexican Art

by Micromanager



Our performance paid tribute to Rodrigo Lara’s exhibition, “Deportable Aliens.” Few Americans are aware of a mass deportation of Mexican-born persons during the 1930s euphemistically called repatriation and we appreciated Rodrigo’s efforts to bring this shameful event to light.

Putting the oft-repeated motto of Documents Bureau to work we employed the path of most resistance. Our event at the National Museum of Mexican Art included numerous steps that aimed to expose the absurdity of repatriation.

The event was coordinated by Illinois Humanities and the Museum. 5 Rabbit Cerveceria was present with their special edition anti-bigotry beer Chinga Tu Pelo.

The Event

In the time before the main speaking event, Documents bureau assigned people new identities and “repatriated” them to faraway or not-so-faraway lands.

Attendees spontaneously formed an enormous line, further adding to their misery and the illusion that bureaucrats held their fate.

When they reached the front of the line they were made aware of their fate and advised to make use of the document services provided.

They were given a travel fortune.

They met with our team of clerks and addressed their new problem head on or else denied their fate and worked to better their lives in other ways.

Photo Gallery: Documents Bureau at the National Museum of Mexican Art

by Micromanager

The People (of Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival) Demand ‘Steak Week’ and Bureaucracy Delivers.

by Micromanager


Our bureaucrats presided over marriages, name changes, resignations, and declared new holidays. Each document has been scanned and entered into the SoS archives.

“Documents Bureau” is a rambunctious, interactive performance that takes the boredom and bewilderment out of bureaucracy to achieve a creative and convivial experience. In a gallery space at the festival, unwitting passerbys were given the opportunity to take agency over the smaller aspects of life: to get a permit for their beard or resolve to go small with a minifesto. Our clerks, junior assistants, yesmen, and redundant pencil pushers logged a personal best of 123 documents at the 2014 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival (MAAF) in Logan Square (Chicago).

All weekend Clutch Gallery was on hand showing “Nuts” by Scott Wolniak and the RIT Dye Cabinet exhibited “Never Say Dye, Say Buy!” by Nicole Seisler.

Here are the inconvenient dates and times “Documents Bureau” was open and those who were on hand:

Friday June 27, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

  • Clerks: Marcos Herrera, Kat Seno, Matt Stone, Andrea Torres, Bettina Valverde, and Georgina Valverde
  • Special Guests: Perry Cowdery playing melodica and Miss Annie (a.k.a. Annie Morse) giving W.A.S.P. Divinations.
  • Friday night also featured the delights of the Sledgehammer Keyboard by Taylor Hokanson.

Saturday June 28, 4:007:00 p.m.

  • Clerks: Paul Durica, Henry Harris, Marcos Herrera, Noel Jones, Kat Seno, Matt Stone, and Georgina Valverde
  • Special Guests: Tom Conway on guitar

Sunday June 29, 2:005:00 p.m.

  • Clerks: Carl Boyd, Marianne Joyce, Elizabeth Murphy, Kat Seno, Matt Stone, and Georgina Valverde
  • Special Guests: Perry Cowdery playing melodica and Miss Annie (a.k.a. Annie Morse) giving W.A.S.P. Divinations

Documents Bureau: Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

by Micromanager

Anarchists, hobos, flappers, & practitioners of ‘free love’ it’s time for another 2FR Festival!

by Micromanager


SOS’s Roving Séance™ relies not on newfangeled gadgetry, but on technology that works.

Block out February 1 on your calendar because Society of Smallness is once again taking part in 2FR — the Blue-Line-hugging winter alternative arts and performance festival.

Our Roving Séance™, Gateway to Hobohemia will be conjuring up 1920s Chicago and cultural hotspot The Dil Pickle. The SOS will travel with a coterie of clerks whose steadfast commitment to keeping the bureaucracy intact will summon spirits from the jazz-era.

We plan to infiltrate five different 2FR venues with our 15 minute performance. The following times are firm but a few locations are yet to be determined.

Featured artists (in no particular order): Kevin L. Burrows (aka the Mayor of Bucktown), Annie Morse, Will Clinger, Marianne Joyce, Jeff Michalski, Henry Harris, Bryant Abraham Godinez, Matthew Stone, Georgina Valverde, Tom Conway, Lissette Bustamante, Marcos Herrera (aka Captain Morely Miniscule), and others.

February 1 Events Lineup:

12:00 p.m.
SOS will participate in the Preambulatory Parade
Departs from the Illinois Centennial Monument in Logan Square

1:00 p.m.
South Logan Arts Coalition
3020 West Bloomingdale Avenue

4:00 p.m.
These Roads Close in Winter
3118 W Palmer Square / Exhibition

8:00 p.m.
Autotelic Studios
2959 North Springfield Avenue

9:45 p.m.
An ectoplasm-soaked introduction to Pocket Guide to Hell‘s The Dil Pickle Club “Then/Now”
At the Flat Iron Arts Building, 1579 North Milwaukee, 3rd Floor

White Room Rebellions

by Micromanager

Northbound! Three SOS Shows Are Going To Milwaukee

by Micromanager


Two exhibits from Society of Smallness’s Arts District — Rehab and Never Say Dye…Say Buy! — are hitting the road to be part of White Room Rebellions, an exhibition at Milwaukee’s Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts. The show runs from January 11 to February 1.

On Saturday, January 11 SOS emissaries will be on hand for the opening with Clutch Gallery to share Clutch’s current exhibit, 41.8757° 87.6244° . The White Room Rebellions opening runs from 6–9 pm.

Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts is at 926 East Center Street in Milwaukee.

Debut: 41.8757° 87.6244° at Clutch Gallery

by Micromanager

This is the second essay featuring venues, artists, curators, and other actors participating in Mini-exhibtiothon ii. Rhoda Rosen’s Contemporary Cartography class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is debuting in Clutch Gallery and will be presenting a special performance at the Arts District December 8.


41.8757° 87.6244°
by Rhoda Rosen

The map of the modern nation state marks a series of coordinates of inclusion and exclusion, of who will belong and who will not. These boundaries, in turn, come to rely for their policing on the mechanization of violence. Read the rest of this entry »