Aug 16 2020
12 Minutes Max

12 Minutes Max

Presented by Salt Lake City Public Library at Online/Virtual Space

The City Library will present a live stream 12 Minutes Max on Sunday, August 16, at 2pm. Guest curator Jorge Rojas will host the live Q&A with each of his selected artists. Please join us using this Vimeo link.

Born in Morelos, Mexico, Jorge Rojas is a multidisciplinary artist, independent curator, and art museum educator. He studied Art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas creates performances, videos, paintings, sculpture and installations. His primary output for the last twelve years has been performance art, which interests Rojas in its ability to bring people together, provoke public engagement, action, and creative collaboration. His work and curatorial projects have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the U.S. and internationally. Rojas is director of learning and engagement at the UMFA, where he oversees all education, community outreach, and adult programming initiatives for the Museum.

We will feature works by these artists:

Paisley Rekdal will present a short excerpt of a book-length multi-media poem about the transcontinental railroad entitled West: A Translation, which was originally commissioned by the Spike 150 committee. The poems themselves take their titles from the characters in a poem carved by an anonymous Chinese emigrant to the U.S. into the walls of the Angel Island detention center, sometime just after the Chinese Exclusion Act. The Act was passed in 1882, thirteen years after the transcontinental was completed and Chinese labor was no longer “needed” or socially convenient. Each poem together “translates” the Chinese poem into English, via a poetic history of the railroad’s impact on American culture. Paisley Rekdal is Utah’s poet laureate, and the author of nine books of poetry and prose.

Amy Jorgensen will present Far From The Tree, a video exploring the dynamics of childhood play, desire, and strategies of warfare; and Well Behaved Women, a video work inspired by Jorgensen’s suffragette ancestor – a dueling conversation between Pulitzer prize winning author Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Eliza Doolittle of My Fair Lady. Jorgensen is an interdisciplinary artist whose diverse practice involves creating conceptually immersive works that mine historical and contemporary perspectives to explore intersecting narratives of the body, desire, violence and power. Dedicated to the arts as a maker, facilitator and educator, Jorgensen is the executive director and curator at Granary Arts and an Associate Professor at Snow College.

Marcela Torres will present a shortened documentation video of Agentic Mode, a performance that uses martial arts to speak towards state sanctioned racial violence in constant opposition to Black and Brown communities. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah into the lineage of Mesoamerican diaspora; braceros, poultry factory workers and Spanish speaking Mormons, Torres employs immersive practices of performance with interactive object-making and public organizing into an experiential interrogation of U.S social structures. Torres attended the University of Utah for their undergraduate studies and School of the Art Institute Chicago for an MFA in Performance.

Admission Info


Dates & Times

2020/08/16 - 2020/08/16

Location Info

Online/Virtual Space

Online/Virtual, UT 00000