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Skewed Visions is an arts company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota is a U.S. state located in the Midwestern United States. The twelfth largest state of the U.S., it is the twenty-first most populous, with 5.3 million residents. Minnesota was carved out of the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory and admitted to the Union as the thirty-second state...

 which produces site-specific
Site-specific
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 performances and other multimedia
Multimedia
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 works. Formed in 1996 by the artists Charles Campbell, Gülgün Kayim and Sean Kelley-Pegg, the group produces site-specific works that have sometimes been seen as controversial. The group may be best known for The Car, a 2000 performance that took place in cars driven by actors with the audience as passengers. Additionally, Skewed Visions has created original performances for a variety of sites including theaters, office buildings, a rooftop observatory, a former marble factory, a house, a storefront window, a former bombsite factory, a pedestrian shopping mall, and a farmer's market.


The company received project grants from the Jerome Foundation, most recently in 2005 and has also received grants from the Minnesota Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, The Minnesota State Arts Board, and the McKnight Foundation
McKnight Foundation
The McKnight Foundation is a philanthropic organization based in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States. The foundation's interests lie in the environment, the arts, community development, and other areas....

. In October 2006 Skewed Visions appeared alongside Meredith Monk
Meredith Monk
Meredith Jane Monk is an American composer, performer, director, vocalist, filmmaker, and choreographer. Since the 1960s, Monk has created multi-disciplinary works which combine music, theatre, and dance, recording extensively for ECM Records.-Life and work:Meredith Monk is primarily known for her...

 and Stephen Koplowitz as keynote speakers for the first Site-Specific Performance Symposium at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center of the Graduate Center of CUNY. The company's production of Jasper Johns was made with the support of the National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent agency of the United States federal government that offers support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence. It was created by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. Its current...

's American Masterpieces initiative.

The company's work has also been the subject of articles in academic journals, frequently focusing on "expanding notions of theater and performance." These include New Theatre Quarterly, TDR, and Frakcija.

Company Members


Charles Campbell -Co-Founder, Co-Artistic/Managing Director

Gülgün Kayim -Co-Founder, Artistic Associate

Sean Kelley-Pegg -Co-Founder, Co-Artistic/Media Director

Awards


1998 Untitled #1, Best of the Year, St. Paul Pioneer Press

2003 The Orange Grove, Outstanding Experimental Work, Star Tribune
2004 The House, Best Experimental Work, Star Tribune

2004 The City Itself, Best of the Year, City Pages

2004 Artists of the Year, City Pages

2006 Days and Nights, Top Ten show, City Pages

2007 Strange Love (device/performance), Outstanding Experimental Theater Work

Shows


1997: Camille

1997: The Eye in the Door, Part One: Urban Sirens

1998: Untitled #1

1998: The Eye in the Door, Part Two: Breakfast of Champions

1999: The Eye in the Door, Part Three: The Bicycle

2000: The City Itself, Part One: The Car

2001: You Are Here

2003: The Orange Grove (review 1; review 2)

2004: Pipes (review)

2004: The City Itself series: The Car, The Sidewalk and The House (review1; review 2)

2006: Days and Nights series: A Quiet Ambition, Time For Bed and The Hidden Room (review 1; review 2; review 3)

2007: Strange Love (Device/Performance) (review 1; review 2; review 3; review 4)

2008: Jasper Johns
(review)

2009: He Woke Up In A Strange Place Called Home And Although Looking For Bed He Kept Finding Death Instead
(review 1; review 2)

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