In 2010, Bay Area performance artist and provocateur Philip Huang bucked the notion of institutionalized artistic legitimacy and challenged his friends to stage performances in their own homes. "We can legitimize ourselves," his manifesto promised, calling the welfare state of professional arts organizations a "crock of sh*t." One year later, the all-volunteer, thoroughly-DIY Home Theatre Festival spanned the globe, with scheduled performances on four continents. The premise is simple: without paying hundreds of dollars to a venue for overhead expenses, artists can charge $8 at the door and still walk away with some profit, while audiences get to experience an intimately staged performance without an institutional filter. Whether home theater can or should replace all professional art space is up for debate, but it's nice to be reminded that ultimately the art, not the venue, matters most.How I Quit Crack; and video projections by Sean Miller. Doesn't that sound like a nice evening? Come alone or bring a friend.
International Home Theater Festival Denton, TX 4/27/12
Last year The International Home Theater Festival was presented in the LT Box Theater in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. This is a fancy way to say, we threw a show in the garage. Luckily, the garage opened up to 22nd Street, so all we had to do was open the door to present our work to The City. It was a raging success, so much so, that we did it again a few months later just for kicks. Who doesn't want to walk around their neighborhood and discover there is a live show happening? The show was just one of many that were part of The Festival. The San Francisco Bay Guardian explains,