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Michael Thomas co-founded Lucky Pierre in 1996 with Mary Zerkel as a art making collaborative dedicated to creating works and events that are socially engaged, formally challenging and intellectually rigorous. The work of Lucky Pierre is project based with collaborators to create under the group name Lucky Pierre. The collaborators are often not artists, but those interested in the process, in creating meaning, in working with fellow humans.
Michael Thomas has been making performances since 1987. His work has been presented nationally and internationally. His piece “Emerson Takes a Walk” was recently performed in Chicago, London and Budapest – and will be performed in New York in September 2012. Michael’s writing has been published in The Drama Review, Area, Bridge among others. He is committed to collaboration and cultural production outside the institute. He funds his creative practice by making corporate PowerPoint presentations. He has health insurance.
“Emerson Takes a Walk: Self Reliance” (a lecture). On Saturday June 2, 2012 @ 4pm, Michael Thomas of Lucky Pierre will walk across Chicago from south to north. The goal is to traverse the entire length of the city in a 24 hour period. About 4pm Mr. Thomas will pause at dfb to deliver his lecture SELF RELIANCE. During his lecture Mr. Thomas or Mr. Emerson (Ralph Waldo) will discuss aesthetics, walking, Sylvester, Afghan war dead, attractive young people; and Mr. Emerson will tell us: “this new molecular philosophy goes to show that there are astronomical interspaces betwixt atom and atom; that the world is all out side: it has no inside.” Following the lecture the walk will continue north – with lecture attendees invited to walk along. After a while we’ll go to a bar and the lecturer will buy everyone a drink.
RP12 photos by Rossi Dimitrova