NO BRAKES

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NO BRAKES

Brandon Alvendia Solo Exhibition for Trunk Show
Trunk Show | Sunday, March 16, 1:00-3:00 PM
Pulaski Park Field House | 1419 W Blackhawk St., Chicago, IL 60622

A SHORT FIVE-ACT DRAMA BASED ON THE FOUNDING
OF FUTURISM BY FILIPPO TOMASSO MARINETTI IN 1908

“One hundred years ago, on February 20th 1909, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti published the first Futurist Manifesto. In the same year, Henry Ford put into operation the first assembly line in his car factory in Detroit. Both events can be considered as the inauguration of the century that placed trust in the future. Making the mass production of cars possible, the assembly line is the technological system that best defines the age of industrial massification: the mobilisation of social energies is subjected to the aim of speeding up productivity.”
— Futurism and the Reversal of the Future, 2009
Franco “Bifo” Berardi

On October 15, 1908, Italian poet Filippo Tomasso Marinetti, after leaving a soiree, flipped over his brand new Fiat convertible while trying to avoid two cyclists. The crash inspired him to invent the art movement “Futurism” and later pen the Futurist Manifesto.

NO BRAKES is a five-act dramatic performance executed by the artist Brandon Alvendia with the Trunk Show organizers, the extended community and random passersby. The ongoing community performance will be staged at multiple points along a predetermined circular/cyclical route and documented in Vine video loops. En route and at each stop, numerous actions will occur including: sonic and visual interventions, vocal performances and readings, costumes and refreshments, the signature TRUNK SHOW bumper sticker installation ceremony and other great surprises (no Tokyo drifting unfortunately). A limited number of guests will be invited along for a ride in the TRUNK SHOW car or join the caravan in another vehicle, motorized or otherwise.

The performance and bumper sticker edition satirizes the futurists’ excitement around speed, intensity, exhilaration, violence, war, masculinity, aggression, adrenaline and technology with a slow, relaxing Sunday afternoon of play and mildly productive goofing off.