The Society of Smallness

Underachieving since 2012

We’re at it again: The Society of Smallness will be at 2nd Floor Rear Festival!

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We’re busiest when it’s freezing! This will be our third year participating in 2nd Floor Rear Festival, the 24-hour celebration of Chicago’s vibrant community of alternative and DIY art spaces. The festival has been key in our development. In 2013 we presented Unsuspicious Activity Around an Attended Package, a roaming, improvised performance that included carrying Clutch on the El, picketing against bigness, and carrying a typewriter. Typing in public places became a thing. While lunching at Penny’s Noodles in Wicker Park, we typed a pardon for a worker who broke a glass. This, and other clerkish gestures since, have laid the groundwork for Documents Bureau, an interactive performance using bureaucracy to playfully co-create with audiences.

Bundle up and come get documented! We’ll be spewing red tape at I Am Logan Square Gallery. Here’s the skinny:

Documents Bureau

February 7, 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
February 7, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
February 8, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
February 8, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Society of Smallness at the Annual Bughouse Square Debates

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

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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

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Gateway to Hobohemia: The Clerking and the Conjuring

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Gateway to Hobohemia: A Traveling Band of Clairvoyant Clerks

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

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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

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Northbound! Three SOS Shows Are Going To Milwaukee

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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.

Mini-Exhibitiothon ii: Duchess Credenza Arts District

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