Give Your Heart at 2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival

In partnership with FringeArts, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, and ThinkLabs, Inc., Philadelphia artist Eric Thayer presents Give Your Heart, an open-ended, participatory performance, both involving and reflecting the Philadelphia community. Known for his multimedia works which incorporate the audience, Eric was selected for the Fringe in Love program, at the 2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival from a competitive field of over 100 performers.

Give Your Heart uses medical technology as an inroad to participatory events. Audience members will have their heartbeats recorded and played back into Love Plaza as an abstract soundscape, reminiscent of a communal drum circle.

Give Your Heart will be performed in Love Park, in the shadow of Robert Indiana’s iconic sculpture. Dates and times are below.

Monday, September 9th at 4pm
Wednesday, September 11th at 12pm
Saturday, September 14th at 12pm
Monday, September 16th 12pm (rain date)
Wednesday, September 18th 12pm (rain date)

Born on post in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Eric Thayer has spent much of his life traveling about America, living and working in New York, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida and Texas since the 1990’s.  This cultural exposure imbued in him an awareness of how social systems, objects and bodies operate together in space. These observations make their way into his artwork, where he positions himself in relation to these structures, often absorbing the audience into the process of creation.

His creative oeuvre is ever-evolving, and includes a range of media, to include performance, sculpture, digital media, installation and sound. He has recently exhibited or performed at ImageOHIO16 at the Shot Tower Gallery in Columbus, Ohio; Experimental Action International Performance Art Festival in Houston, Texas; and The Body: An International Exhibition and Documentary at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Gimpo, South Korea.
He has studied at the University of Toledo Center for Visual Arts, the Penland School of Crafts, and the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at the University of Houston. While studying in Houston, he was twice awarded the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Study, teaching sculpture and performance art to undergraduates while maintaining an active exhibition record. He continues to exhibit across the country, and now teaches at the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA, introducing audiences to his first love medium, clay.

Outside of the studio, Eric can be found hiking, biking, kayaking, and generally enjoying the outdoors. He currently lives and makes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he continues to ask questions of the social threshold for physical contact and sound, and the ritual nature of public behavior.

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