Glitter Makeover (preserved) Sep 18, 2011

by Jessica

Thanks to Nola Avienne for sharing this photo she took of her very own SuttonBeresCuller | To Be Determined makeover:

Tonight is your last chance to see what its all about!

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ride needed seeking other free couch to otb sbc fest tonight! $1 (lower queen anne) Sep 17, 2011

by ilvs strauss


if this show was a craigslist ad, i would totally respond to it.

interest piquing title, outstanding visual representation, not too wordy, and not a misspell or typo in sight. oh, and my friend totally got a ride from them/bought their old snow board/gave them their 7 year old cat cuz they were moving in with their boyfriend who was allergic so couldn't keep her so i knew they'd be good for it.

drifting thru this first rate festivaly spectacle of a charmed haunted house, the early anticipatory flutter gave way to a wait a minute apprehension as the pageantry of performers, this slice of non-otb seattle (read: i'm thinking maybs this is the first chamorro/filipino rapper to grace the stage here?), began inhabiting the space. after coming to the conclusion that the choosing of performers was neither political nor apolitical, just beautifully lit, i freed myself up to wander the vast grounds only to be snagged into a conversation with a friendly...

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SuttonBeresCuller's Discerning Democracy Sep 17, 2011

by Greg

To Be Determined by SuttonBeresCuller at On the Boards certainly delivers an unconventional performance experience. From the moment you're waiting in line, one is pushed into a zone of discomfort not so much from the number of performances that are sprinkled throughout the evening but more in that nervous laughter area where you're not quite sure what to make of what you're witnessing. Immersive, quirky and unabashedly shameless, To Be Determined is like watching America's Got Talent gone awry but with a much better set.

Sourcing performers from CraigsList, SuttonBeresCuller present a vision of a discerning democracy where curatorial purview is left to chance, the participants' ambition and the consumer's consumption. Mind you the social aspect of the experience is half of the fun. Meandering through the spaces, running into people you may know, sharing thoughts about the night contribute to a social interaction...

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Advice on how to experience To Be Determined Sep 16, 2011

by Jessica

We've spent a fair amount of time talking through how best to frame To Be Determined and to guide people through the experience once they get here. But it was 11/12 artist Trimpin who we thought nailed it in this excerpt from Jen Graves' post on Slog today (emphasis ours):

"...At which point I ran into Trimpin. Trimpin is the Macarthur "Genius" Award winner who builds instruments as sculptures. He believes that all music is live, and that recorded music is not music. (It is something more like sculpture or architecture.) I love Trimpin.

I told him I was having a hard time getting my To Be Determined to be either determined or indeterminate, that it was sort of sliding by in unpleasant ways, that it felt too much like the rush of my regular life. (Maybe this is what I was supposed to feel. Life is just life, lemonade is just lemonade...

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Photos from To Be Determined - night 1 Sep 16, 2011

by Jessica

Here's a glimpse at some of what was seen last night at SuttonBeresCuller's To Be Determined:

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Opening night reviews of To Be Determined Sep 16, 2011

by Jessica

Check out the reviews so far from the opening night of To Be Determined:

"When A Work of Art Is To Be Determined: SBC at On the Boards Last Night" - The Stranger

"SuttonBeresCuller at OtB: fun scene, mixed bag" - Seattle Times

"SuttonBeresCuller Sources New Performance Event from...

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SuttonBeresCuller/To Be Determined. A Constellation of Open-ended Concerns and Possibilities Sep 16, 2011

by Gretchen

Last night my partner Steve Zielke and I attended SuttonBeresCuller/To Be Determined. From the start, the experience was engaging, and just disorienting enough to allow us to construct our own unique experience. The greeters/bouncers, (one of these was gallerist Scott Lawrimore), standing behind a red rope, seemed welcoming and acted as a small barrier at the same time. The low-slung rope recalled a work SBC realized as out-going students at Cornish College of the Arts, in which they constructed a low brick wall across the entrance to the faculty parking lot.  

Once inside the OTB space, we encountered a bank of chandeliers that made us feel at home (but whose home?). As we entered what is normally the seating/stage area, the architecture opened up into an installation on a large scale. The atmosphere was relaxed and we were able to chat. Steve noted that the spatial openness of the installation also...

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To Be Determined… needed More Determination Sep 16, 2011

by Catherine Cabeen

Last night SuttonBeresCuller’s “To Be Determined…” opened at OtB.  As a season kickoff; a mash-up of party, site-specific artwork and unpredictable performances, the event was totally successful.  I was surprised and delighted by many of the visual elements the team had constructed.  Fellow audience members were drinking and smiling, which was what we had been invited to do, so in that way SuttonBeresCuller realized their vision.

The visual elements held their ground in a striking manner against which the “unconventional” performances were situated. However, I was disappointed by the inconsistency of the evening’s promised, “detailed craftsmanship.” The performances weren’t strong enough, unconventional enough, or well enough framed to create a powerful juxtaposition against one another, or the visual artwork that dominated the space. The haphazard environment was fun, but it did not move me, entertain me,...

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