About the Grant

$25,000 to support The Object Lesson (MAP 2014)
$3,500 to general operating expenses for Geoff Sobelle
$2,500 to general operating expenses for The Field

About the Project

Imagine an archaeological dig: the site is the present moment. The artifacts: an ever-growing heap of every “thing” that has ever passed through your hands - a massive, meaningful, meaningless pile of junk that describes in debris your tiny human history.

The Object Lesson is a tactile performance-installation for a mobile audience, a solo artist and tons and tons of stuff. With boxes stacked to the ceiling, actor-illusionist-inventor Geoff Sobelle transforms the performance space into an epic storage facility of gargantuan proportion in this immersive theatrical experience that unpacks our relationship to everyday objects. Breaking, buying, finding, fixing, giving, losing, winning, trading, selling, stealing, storing, collecting, cluttering, clearing, packing up, passing on, buried under... a world of things.

Hilarious and heartbreaking, The Object Lesson is a meditation on the stuff we cling to and the crap we leave behind.

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