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Artists explore the unknown during Indeterminacy Festival

What exactly is the Indeterminacy Festival? Well, that's hard to determine.

In fact, that's the concept behind the new and nebulous festival that will explore the notion of the unknown through hands-on workshops, screenings and performances inside a Silo City grain elevator.

Organized by Buffalo artist Stanzi Vaubel, a PhD student in the University at Buffalo's media study department, the festival is designed to help citizens and consumers of culture become more comfortable with the concept of uncertainty. That, Vaubel argues, is an essential skill in today's political and cultural climate.

"Through exploring uncertainty, we become better equipped to fight against it," Vaubel wrote in a description of the event on its website, "Like recognizes like. And what once caused feelings of anxiety, fear, or paranoia can now transform into a kind of inner knowing."

Events include a presentation from Montreal-based artist Luc Courchesne at 5 p.m. May 16 in a room in UB's Center for the Arts that, appropriately, has not yet been determined. Next up is a screening of films on the subject of indeterminacy curated by Vaubel at 7:30 p.m. May 18 in Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Ave.).

That will be followed by an installation of large, inflatable plastic bubbles in Silo City's Marine A grain elevator (21 Childs St.) at 7:30 p.m. May 19 and 20. Verbal promises that those bubbles will contain dance and music performances.

The festival will also include a workshop on hand-make books led by staff of the Western New York Book Arts Center in the Marine A elevator at 5:30 p.m. May 19. For more information, visit


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