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When we hear "reality competition," visions of Heidi Klum and Donald Trump invade our heads. Artists, not so much. Bravo made a noble effort to shoehorn contemporary art into the reality TV format last year with its show Work of Art, and it did generate buzz. On the other hand, some called the challenges silly and the ethics of granting the winner a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum questionable at best, while personally we lost interest after the fabulous Nao Bustamante was eliminated early on. Bustamante would probably do better at SQUART, choreographer Laura Arrington's unique performance art contest. SQUART stands for spontaneous queer art, and it's previously been held at The Lab and SOMArts. In it, teams of volunteers are given themes and a limited amount of time to come up with a work that they perform for a panel of judges. Today's round is "SQUART Into the Wild," an extension of Arrington's current residency at the center. Four teams of 10 have 24 hours to come up with a piece touching on the topics of endurance and retreat. The judges are dance and improv luminaries Meg Stuart, Jess Curtis, Keith Hennesy, and Ivo Dimchev. In keeping with the center's commitment to artistic process, people are welcome to stop by any time during those 24 hours to watch creativity in action. As you might have guessed from a giggle-inducing name like SQUART, absolutely anything goes, from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Sun., March 27, 3 p.m., 2011

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