“Resolve to be Ready”

Based on a public performance by artists Sara Zalek and Ginger Krebs (presented by Out of Site Chicago), this film invites the viewer into a bustling public space filled with commuters. The space becomes subtly charged by the presence of a mysterious person in black, who lurks around and then drops an unmarked black duffel bag on the sidewalk in plain view. What is the appropriate reaction? Alarm? Fear? Humor?

Inspired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Resolve to be Ready” campaign, the performance features coordinated team action that exemplifies possibilities for cooperation in public spaces, while highlighting the ways in which public anxiety is increasingly “managed” as a public relations exercise.

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