Based on a public performance by artists Sara Zalek and Ginger Krebs (presented by Out of Site Chicago), this film invites the viewer into a bustling public space filled with commuters. The space becomes subtly charged by the presence of a mysterious person in black, who lurks around and then drops an unmarked black duffel bag on the sidewalk in plain view. What is the appropriate reaction? Alarm? Fear? Humor?

Inspired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s "Resolve to be Ready" campaign, the performance features coordinated team action that exemplifies possibilities for cooperation in public spaces, while highlighting the ways in which public anxiety is increasingly “managed” as a public relations exercise.

SARA ZALEK is an artist obsessed with time travel, experimental science, hybrid animals, permaculture, and the intentional act of transformation. Engaging otherness as it relates to transformative power, Sara uses Butoh training, poetry, drawing, and object-making as starting points. Her creative endeavors are specifically meant to ignite dialog with the public using unexpected encounters; always with unknowns, often with humor, with an intentional focus on the moment when the self is limitless potential. 

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GINGER KREBS performs and directs collaborative, multi-disciplinary dance projects. Her work probes the problem of being embodied and wonders at the body as our means of redemption.  

Within the last year Krebs has presented work in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Auditorium Theater, and the Cultural Center.  She teaches studio courses in performance, sculpture and time arts at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

OUT OF SITE CHICAGO is a performance art series that curates unexpected encounters in public spaces. Out of Site supports contemporary performance artists to create new work that engages directly with the public. Based in the Wicker Park-Bucktown neighborhood, Out of Site's mission is to bring cultural experiences to everyone, facilitating work that brings joy and transports people out of their daily routines to create a moment of reflection and wonder in their lives.