Ascension With Christopher Gideon

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Join us for a performance by Christopher Gideon in ASCENSION.

"I HAD IT IN LITTLE GRAM BOTTLES THAT I KEPT IN MY POCKET… USUALLY, WHEN I CARRIED IT IN MY POCKET, I'D GO IN HEAD FIRST."
– Tim “Rock” Raines discussing his base-sliding technique while carrying cocaine

This deposition by Raines early in his career was one of many that led to the Pittsburgh drug trials of 1985. One-by-one, players were called before a grand jury and granted immunity in exchange for their testimonies, which revealed the shocking prevalence of cocaine abuse in Major League Baseball at that time. Despite his honesty - and not to mention All-Star career - Raines’ admission of substance abuse was arguably enough to cast him into post-career limbo for ten insufferable years.

In ASCENSION, however, Raines’ honesty is expressed as a grueling physical act of penitence. Though his reputation suffers an almost mortal blow, he remains focused on the bigger picture: his glorified future self as represented in a video replay of his 800th career stolen base. Raine’s own ascension towards – and ultimately into – the Hall of Fame is suggested by his figure’s upward movement in the grindingly-slow footage onto which he earnestly tracks his progress.

Guest act by GJo and Boteh-J.
Doors open at 7pm, performance begins at 8pm.
Live music and artist talk to follow.

This event is free & open to the public.
Complimentary water and Red Bull will be provided.

Red Bull House of Art is a live-in residency experience in Detroit, dedicated to providing visual artists the freedom and space to create. Our aim is to support courageous exploration in visual arts.
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