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Catching up: BRAIN FRAME 9

Posted on by Marnie Galloway

It is a blessing and a curse to have so much going on: here on the website I remember to post announcements of events, but haven't had the time to follow through on what happened. Over the next two weeks I will post here more regularly, sharing all the shows & projects I've had the opportunity to participate in over the past few months. Leading the charge: BRAIN FRAME!

Brain Frame is a bimonthly comics performance event hosted here in Chicago by the amazingly talented Lyra Hill. I was invited to perform my book "In the Sounds and Seas" for the November 16th Brain Frame 9. Since I've never performed in front of an audience (unless you count my role as Alabama in first grade's "Fifty Nifty United States"), I decided to lean heavily on a skill set I knew inside and out: book binding & construction. I built a 4" tall version of my book out of foam core and hurricane tape, and had the illustrations printed on a large fabric banner that I cut down and sewed back together. To pace the reading of the book, I sewed a flap of thin white fabric to cover each panel, so that the audience reads the image one at a time with each reveal. When unfolded, the accordion/pop-up section of the book expands to over 9'. It was a beast of a project to assemble, but I couldn't be happier with the final product.

Cutting the banner

Cutting the banner

Performance book cover vs actual book, to scale

Performance book cover vs actual book, to scale

The accordion folded out

The accordion folded out

Three weeks before Brain Frame was scheduled, I was invited to the trip to Madrid & Marrakesh by the kind folks at Saveur Magazine. I couldn't say no to such an amazing opportunity, but I also couldn't abandon my performance. To do both, I marathon-finished the performance book a week and a half before I had planned and filmed myself performing the book, so that it could play at Brain Frame, while Lyra did the same in person.

Performance!

Performance!