Abbot Adam: Matins/Lauds

One public and two live-streamed overnight performances with No Face Performance Group at The Barnes Foundation

This July, join us for Abbot Adam: Matins/Lauds, a three-night performance installation that explores creativity and devotion through temporal and circadian disruption. In line with Dr. Albert Barnes’s support of emerging contemporary artists, the Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Contemporary present a new work by No Face Performance Group, the collaborative partnership of artists Jaime Maseda and Mark McCloughanMatins/Lauds is the latest installment of Abbot Adam, an ongoing series of works that uses the structure of medieval monasticism—specifically the rigorous practice of hourly prayer—to examine the concepts of commitment, community, and desire. In residence at the Annenberg Court for three consecutive nights, the artists, performing as medieval nuns, will engage in a devotional practice from midnight to sunrise. Alternating periods of improvised creation with brief cycles of sleep, the performers spontaneously compose a night in the abbey as mundanity gives way to delirium. 

The first two nights, July 6–7, will be live-streamed at The third night of the installation, July 8 will be open for the public to witness in person. All are welcome to watch, sleep, and peruse archived iterations of this captivating and powerful practice at our first midnight vigil at the Barnes.

Drop in any time between 11:59 pm – 6 am or stay for the entire vigil.

Visit the Image Gallery for this project.

WATCH: Live-stream Night 1 (July 6)

WATCH: Live-stream Night 2 (July 7)

Abbot Adam: Evensong, Image by Nessie Nankivell

No Face Performance Group is the collaborative project of performing artists Jaime Maseda and Mark McCloughan. Working as a duo and with a revolving group of associate artists, they make performances using a wide variety of processes and sources. No Face was founded in 2007 to explore a performer-driven creation process. Since then, the group has created sixteen-odd original works.

Jaime Maseda is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. He is one half of No Face Performance Group, a collaborative partnership with NYC-based Mark McCloughan. Working with a revolving group of associate artists, they’ve been making performances using a wide variety of processes and sources since 2007. Jaime has also performed and created with Pig Iron Theatre Company, Mel Krodman & Kelly Bond, Miguel Gutierrez, Magda & Chelsea, Alex Torra, Lightning Rod Special, and Orbiter 3.

Mark McCloughan is an artist and writer in New York and has performed in all original works by No Face Performance Group. McCloughan has collaborated with other artists and companies, including Eiko Otake, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, New Paradise Laboratories, Gabrielle Revlock, Spencer Sheridan/Public Trust, Melissa Krodman & Kelly Bond, and Jenna Horton. His conceptual drag project Ms. Teena Geist has performed at venues around Philadelphia, including the Institute of Contemporary Art and Vox Populi.

Abbot Adam: Evensong, Image by Nessie Nankivell
Abbot Adam: Evensong, Image by Jen Brown


Banner and homepage Images by Nessie Nankivell

Abbot Adam:Matins/Lauds is kindly supported by The Barnes Foundation.