Nick Lowe Speaks with WDCB about goat island archive—we have discovered the performance by making it

A look at the Sidney R. Yates Gallery which has been made to feel like Goat Island’s Lincoln Park-based church gym rehearsal space.
A look at the Sidney R. Yates Gallery which has been made to feel like Goat Island’s Lincoln Park-based church gym rehearsal space. Image courtesy of DCASE

Associate Professor of Historic Preservation and cocurator of goat island archive—we have discovered the performance by making it, Nick Lowe spoke with Gary Zidek for WDCB radio's The Arts Section about the history of the group and the current exhibit and performances, which celebrate the 23 years of Goat Island. “Goat Island comes out of a way of thinking about performance, which is not necessarily based in theatrically. But based in the idea that performance can engage an audience through a kind of visual poetry, it’s often seen as a visual art form, which is performance, which is not theatre, it’s not quite dance either," he says to WDCB. Goat Island was formed by Professor Lin Hixson (Performance), Adjunct Professor Matthew Goulish (Writing), Greg McCain, and Timothy McCain in 1986, making nine performances throughout its 23-year history and influencing many artists. 

SAIC alums Ian Hatcher (BFA 2008), Ryan Tacata (BFA 2007), and Judith Leemann (MFA 2004) are among the artists presenting performances at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of goat island archive—we have discovered the performance by making it. The exhibit and accompanying performances, which are part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, run though June 23 on the fourth floor of the Chicago Cultural Center. Listen to the full interview on WDCB's site.