Spatula&Barcode—a collaborative team comprised of Laurie Beth Clark and Michel Peterson—focus on fostering social interactions through performance-based art. Expanding the reach of the Triennial, the artists are coordinating a series of weekly events for approximately eighteen performers in cafes around downtown Madison. Interested individuals can sign up for an appointment to meet with one of Spatula&Barcode’s commissioned artists. Engaging in a one-on-one performance designed specifically for the café setting, each person participating in Café Allongé ultimately contributes to a larger chain of human connections that celebrates the local culture and community. In orchestrating intimate events in which establishing relationships and social engagement are central concerns, Spatula&Barcode prompt explorations of hospitality, generosity, and reciprocity.
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