a minor repair.

Can we lift the stain from the upholstery; scrape the tar from the rain; unplug the drain; and treat the urine in the wind? - Lin Hixson, Small Acts of Repair.

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a minor repair.

June 7 (Part I) and June 8 (Part II), 7pm; June 9 (Part III), 2pm; 2019.

Sidney R. Yates Gallery | Chicago Cultural Center | Chicago, Illinois

Mother sends him to get bread from a neighbor. The Great Halloo is heard; nothing but sand.* “Push the bolt to:” a minor repair. brings all this and more to Goat Island’s 8th performance, When Will The September Roses Bloom? Last night was only a comedy (2004). Drawing from the margins of Matthew Goulish’s journal, archived props, and primary sources** used by the company in their devising process, a minor repair. shares in the humble but creative force of returning time, passed. An imagined prop comes home.

a minor repair. is one of nine performances commissioned by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) as part of the exhibition goat island archive – we have discovered the performance by making it. A work-in-progress was presented at Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (DFBRL8R) on Sunday, February 10, 2019, as part of IN>TIME Festival.

Conceived and performed by Ryan D. Tacata

Sound by Derek Phillips

Objects by Sergio Traverso

Garment by Ria Leigh

Presented by The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE); IN>TIME Performance Festival; and Dfbrl8r Gallery.


Derek Phillips is a sound artist working mainly in performance and collaboration. His formal education is in literary studies. He lives in San Francisco.

Ria Leigh is a multidisciplinary artist navigating the interstices of mediums including ceramics, writing, fiber, and performance. She currently lives and works in Marfa, Texas.

Sergio Traverso is a furniture designer and builder from San Francisco, California.  He is founder of Four / Quarter, a furniture design studio, and co-founder of West Coast Craft, a biannual exhibition of craftspeople inspired by the culture and natural history of the west coast.

*Due to the historic status of the Chicago Cultural Center, sand will be performed by sawdust for this event.

** The poetry of Paul Celan; The Wind (1928); and Helene Cixous’ Stigmata, in particular.

Work-in-progress  presented at Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (DFBRL8R) on Sunday, February 10, 2019, as part of IN>TIME Festival.

Work-in-progress presented at Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery (DFBRL8R) on Sunday, February 10, 2019, as part of IN>TIME Festival.