7:00pm, Give What You Can
Exhibition runs: Tuesday, January 10 through Sunday, January 22
Reading & Reception: Saturday, January 14 | 2 PM
All FREE and open to the public.
In conjunction with August’s first ever Milwaukee Fringe Festival, local performance artist and poet Anja Notanja Sieger organized the Advice Tent for the public where 423 individual questions were posed to 26 experts within the tent. Questions posed to the experts ranged from the serious: “Should I get married on October 14th?”; to the vague: “What’s next?”; and the ridiculous: “Should I purchase an inflatable unicorn horn for the cats?” Talking between advisors and advice seekers was not allowed in the Advice Tent
While the advice was free, it was retained by Sieger for archiving purposes so that she could begin the digital databases of what is to be The Museum of Advice. The physical copies of the advice gathered at the tent will be on display at the Woodland Pattern Book Center for two weeks so that anyone curious to read about other people’s problems may do so. Additionally, all the physical copies of advice will be available for purchase.
On the evening of the January 14th, there will be a recital where many of the Advice Tent Advisors will read aloud their favorite responses to people’s problems. This reading will also feature a talk back portion where the audience can ask about what it was like writing advice.
Anja Notanja Sieger previously presented Two Typewriter Poets Define Your Essence at the Walker’s Point Center For The Arts as well as the Clackathon, a competition in which six hot-shot writers took on-the-spot audience requests for love letters, insults, and letters from pets in a teeth clenched, knuckles bared two-hour performance on real manual typewriter at the Pfister Hotel. Currently she is a resident artist at RedLine Milwaukee.