12 Minutes Max: a Monthly Showcase of Short Works by Local Artists

Main Library

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12 Minutes Max is a year-round monthly performance series featuring short works by local artists in many disciplines. One Sunday a month, we present three original pieces in a varied mix, chosen from music, dance, film, writing, theater, performance art, and the like—each 12 minutes or less. The whole event is short and sweet, taking about an hour.

After each month's performances, coffee and cookies are served — a time for conversation and feedback.


Musician and composer Christian Asplund will present new work. Asplund is a Canadian-American, based in Utah, where he teaches at Brigham Young University. His interests have included the intersections of text/music, improvisation/composition, and modular textures/forms. He has written and recorded extensively, and has performed and recorded with Stuart Dempster, John Butcher, Malcolm Goldstein, Christian Wolff, Willy Winant, Eyvind Kang, Reggie Watts, and Tim Young. He has degrees in composition from University of Washington, Mills College, and Brigham Young University. Lizzi Brosseau will present the documentary film she directed and produced as a KUED Verve short about scientist and fiction writer Sylvia Torti. This film, edited with the help of Stéphane Glynn, is a look at Sylvia’s work and her thoughts about science and art. Lizzi Brosseau’s education is in communication and documentary studies. She is a part of KUED’s mission to educate and entertain through digital content. Sylvia Torti will join us for the presentation of the film, and then read from her novel Cages. Sylvia earned her Ph.D. in Tropical Ecology, only to immediately begin to write fiction. She wanted to “use characters who are scientists to ask fundamental questions about ourselves, as well as the human condition”. She is also the author of the award-winning novel The Scorpion’s Tail, and is the trailblazing Dean of the Honors College at University of Utah. She says of her experiences "There are lots of parallels between being a scientist and being an artist; you don’t always know whether you're going to find the answers to your questions".

This program is modeled after 12 Minutes Max, a performance laboratory originated by On the Boards in Seattle.

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200