On April 2nd, 2014, performance-based artist Patrick Scheid will begin Zara Notes; a month-long experiment in audience empowerment using Nietzsche’s seminal text, Thus Spake Zarathustra. Tucked away in a corner gallery on Avenue C, people can find the 19th century German philosopher where they never expected. They will enter to find a man, claiming to be Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and a space filled with stacks of books, lumber, tools, wax, ink, pages of colorfully annotated text: the various oddsn’ends seemingly accumulated from years of restless travel. It’s up to the Zara man and audience members together to select materials and construct as they see fit. It’s a messy, raucous, joyful collaboration unlike any other, celebrating human interaction. Zara Notes is a hyper-immersive exploration of neighborliness, dancing, herd-thought, hammer-wits, and großen Sehnsucht that may just result in the death knell of your own morality and the resurrection of your own agency!
Zara Notes runs from April 2nd to May 3rd, 2014, at the Michael Mut Project Space, located at 97 Ave C in the East Village/L.E.S. of Manhattan. Admission is FREE so that one can guiltlessly return multiple times to enjoy a different experience each time. The public is invited to come when they can and stay as long as they like.
Patrick Scheid is a performance-based artist, actor, and theatre-maker from Ramsey, New Jersey. Patrick has devised original works in NYC, Philadelphia, and Allentown, PA, including Over, an 8-hour piece based on Beckett’s “From an Abandoned Work”, which was presented by Art Connects NY. He also serves as the associate artistic director of Theater Reconstruction Ensemble (reconstructionensemble.org). Recent performance credits include: Salesmen (TRE), Obeisant to Anathema (Triskelion Arts), Zara Notes (HERE), Set in the Living Room…etc (TRE), Ghost Sonata (Homunculus Inc), The Bedbug (Target Margin Theater Lab), a 2 man Hamletmachine (Homunculus Inc), and Ming Wong’s Persona Performa (Performa’11 Festival/MOMI). He studied dramatic literature at Queen Mary College, University of London; and is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where he received a BA for Theatre and for History.