Past Run of the Mills

Boston Center for the Arts hosts Run of the Mills, a series of intermittent, short duration exhibitions, performances and events of all stripes in which the BCA’s Mills Gallery is given over to our creative colleagues to explore art that defies categorization.

Rainbow Collapse | January 19, 2018 PDF Print E-mail

Rainbow Collapse

Run of the Mills | Rainbow Collapse

An evening of durational performance, participatory installation and reception with artists Anya Smolnikova and Jared Williams

Ticketed performance
Friday, January 19, 2018 | 7–9 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA South End Campus

Free gallery hours
Saturday, January 20, 2018 | 12–4 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA South End Campus

Step into a brave new world in Rainbow Collapse, where artists smolnikova + williams imagine how a dystopian utopia might grow from the ashes of a complete societal and environmental collapse. Both darkly foreboding and hopeful at the same time, this self-determined experience features a birch forest, a pyramid of television sets, and an opportunity to read from the book of senses.

Friday evening’s ticketed performance starts with audience exploration of an immersive environment, followed by movement/sound/video by smolnikova + williams, joined by the following collaborators:
Music + Sound | Dr. Bob Singley
Performance | Aram Atamian
Technical Support + special effects | Ilya Smelansky
Dance/Movement | Michael Figueroa, Cullan Powers, Galen Treuer

Read Greg Cook's review on Wonderland here.

Laboratory of Longings: the Experiments of Anu Liu PDF Print E-mail

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Laboratory of Longings: the Experiments of Ani Liu
Run of the Mills

Performance and Reception
Friday, October 6, 2017 | 7–9 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA South End Campus

Gallery Hours
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | noon–8 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA South End Campus

Artist Talks
Saturday, October 7, 2017
2 pm | 4 pm | 6 pm

Discover the unexpected in this Run of the Mills with Ani Liu, an artist working at intersection of science and art who uses playful experimentation, intuition and speculative biology to explore being fully human in a technologically-mediated world. Featuring a selection of projects curated by Ethan Vogt and drawn from Liu's time at the MIT Media Lab, you will circulate through interactive and performative stations while enjoying complimentary refreshments at this immersive event that fuses scientific experimentation with sensory expression.

Please be aware this installation includes nudity.

In Kind Sponsors for Run of the Mills | Laboratory of Longings: The Experiments of Ani Liu

Anna Farrington Graphic Arts & Design
Blue Plant Consulting
Corner Stalk Farm
Design Communication Ltd
Home Grown Boston
The New England Carnivorous Plant Society (NECP)

Thank you to our generous beer sponsor:

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Sliver Foxes

Sliver Foxes | Liz Roncka & Jason Sanford

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 8 pm Performance

Sunday, April 2,2017 | 2–3:30 pm Workshop | Free Public Program

Sliver Foxes return to Boston Center for the Arts for Run of the Mills, the innovative program in which BCA turns over the keys to Mills Gallery to artists and performers for art that defies definition. Explore where sound meets movement and performance meets installation with Sliver Foxes. Built from everyday objects like folding chairs, cardboard tubing or boxes built of recycled wood and transformed into musical instruments, these interactive sound sculptures are activated by human movement! The Mills Gallery will be activated through live performance by the Sliver Foxes, guest artists and audience participation, then a workshop will be offered on instrument construction and the creation of movement in an interactively sonic environment.

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Searching for a Phase Change | LaneCoArts

Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 8 pm
Sunday, October 2, 2016 | 3 pm

In Searching for a Phase Change, choreographer Lane Gifford explores the concept of contemporary communication in a collaboration with visual artist Yang Jiemin, and dissects the actions of correspondence, imagery on paper and letter writing, which preceded the development of mechanized communication. In today’s technology-driven world, LaneCoArts examines the intricacies and implications inherent in the action of writing and its relevance to our contemporary landscape of high velocity industrialization and digital advancement.

A “phase change” describes a transformative action in nature which allows changes in states of composition and chemical make-up such as the conversion of liquid, solid or gas. In Searching for a Phase Change, dance and writing represent distinct “phases.” LaneCo and Jiemin juxtapose these two separate components, movement and words, to create the through-line of the piece. The key third component is the audience and their participation in this entire “phase change.” Searching for a Phase Change searches for a convergence of parts through the generative processes of communication. The distinct elements collide and intersect as LaneCoArts shapes one working system from various behavioral, stylistic, physical and dramatic parts.

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Boring Angel Trailer, recorded live at Boston Center for the Arts, Camera by Sunny Mind Productions, edited by Ethan Kiermaier.

The Plastic Practitioner | Boring Angel

Friday, April 1, 2016 | 8 pm
Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 8 pm

The April 2016 BCA Run of the Mills featured Boring Angel: The Plastic Practitioner, a multidisciplinary dance-based performance by a group of artists spanning Maine, New York and Massachusetts.

Through dance, visual design, text and sound, Boring Angel presents a shifting visual and sonic landscape where events, bodies and minds emerge and disappear in a non-hierarchical space of multiplicity and radical empathy. The work proposes a reflection of how humans perform themselves and asks us to reconsider how we interface, consume and coexist with the human and non-human world around and inside us.  Performance by choreographers/performers Asher Woodworth (Portland, ME) and Hana van der Kolk (Troy, NY), featuring technical design by Ethan Kiermaier (Northampton, MA) and original costumes by Laura Andrighetti (Troy, NY).

Friday, April 1 | 8 pm
Saturday, April 2 | 8 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA | 551 Tremont Street Boston 02116

Experiential Boredom

Part of the Boston Center for the Arts Run of the Mills program
In partnership with the New Movement Collaborative

How we think shapes how we move, how we dance shapes how we think. Paying attention to the relationship between dancing and thinking might positively destabilize our interactions with ourselves, each other, and the material world around us. Asher Woodworth and Hana van der Kolk facilitate an experimental dance workshop that explores just that.

Informed in their approach by such dance innovators as Min Tanaka and Deborah Hay, and by a shared dedication to meditation, improvisational dance practices, community-building, and feminist thought and action, this workshop is open to movers of all types.

Saturday, April 2 | 4–6 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
551 Tremont Street | Boston

No dance experience necessary, all are welcome ages 15 and up


Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

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