Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Xfinity Theater

Through my arrangement of verbatim texts in performance, poems, & essays, I aim to humanize, to close the distance between fans of TODAY & their beloved anchors, between contemporary patriots & their founding fathers, by peeling back the skin on ingrained relationships to Entertainment. Whatever your aesthetic affinities, it’s my job to expose the horror in the familiar. My current production, #TheFlagWeLove resulted from photographing every flag I saw for one year, at car dealerships, mall food courts, fairs, construction sites, Target. In 2015, I founded Xfinity Theater, a fictional theatre company, as an affront to Comcast’s ubiquity, an appeal to social classes unaware of performance art, & as a comment on the institutionalized branding of avant-garde art. My work drags the dream, the ‘xfinity,’ off the screen and into the room, implicating myself & audiences as coconspirators in the entertainment industrial complex. Artist Mike Kelley says art must “flay the culture,” & while I believe that, I also defend fans of mainstream products, & fight the morally superior judgement of affluent audiences. After performances, audience members have said, “I can’t believe people were laughing at that.” I try to use laughter, the ultimate defense mechanism, as a tool to pry audiences open & attack their vulnerable preconceptions. 

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I Have Worked With

  • April 2016

    We performed TODAY at APE Gallery in April 2016, a one week residency. Lisa Thompson (lisathompson@apearts.org) was incredibly helpful & accomodating to our work.

    Returned to APE for a work-in-progress showing of #TheFlagWeLove in September 2016. 

  • March 2016

    We performed TODAY at AS220 in March 2016, a one-week residency. Our contact was Marc Boucai (marc.boucai@as220.org). Hoping to work in Providence again next year. 

  • May 2015

    We performed Our Game, Our Gold at The Space in May 2015. An art space run by Zev Rector in Gowanus, Brooklyn, was a great zany experience for our most fluid & conceptual performance art piece. 

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Patrick
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
4C Glenwood Ave
Northampton, MA 01060
Physical Address: 
4C Glenwood Ave
Northampton, MA 01060
Last Name: 
Gaughan
Phone: 
7175747886

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Devised / Artist-Led
Year Founded: 
2015
Populations Served: 
Adults
General Public
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Performance / Concert / Reading
Events Per Year: 
5
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Northampton Community Arts Trust
Smith College
APE Gallery
Education: 
MFA, Poetry, UMass-Amherst
BA, Mass Media, Hofstra U
Awards: 
APE Gallery Residency / April 2016
Mount Analogue Residency / March 2016
UMass-Amherst Thesis Grant / March 2015
Juniper Summer Writers Scholarship / July 2011
Fabrica Artist Residency / October 2008

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
Basic Lighting
Fee Range Minimum: 
$500
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
7

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Literature
Theater
Ages Served: 
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Certifications / Training: 
MFA, UMass-Amherst
Fee Range Minimum: 
$200
Fee Range Maximum: 
$1,000