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Santa Fe For Art's Sake


a project by

Axle Contemporary

Burning Books

Theater Grottesco

Book available here!

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From November 2021 through February 2022, our group collected responses to our online survey. Now, those responses have been collected and processed by the inquiring and incisive minds behind Burning Books and Theater Grottesco.


An BROADSIDES exhibition on the exterior of the Axle Mobile Artspace designed by Burning Books presents the information and reflections. This information is also collected in a book available at Axle or online here.

Theater Grottesco will "perform" the results with their troupe and their Greek Chorus as part of the June Currents festival, at Reunity Farms, and at the Outpost in Albuquerque as part of 516 ARTS' current program.

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Theater Grottesco 


Preview here.

Playwright: Burning Books, Axle Contemporary, Theater Grottesco, Survey Takers from around the worldActors: Myriah Duda, Koppany Pszutai, Danielle Reddick, Julie Shapiro, Susan Skeele

An absurdist vision of social media's iconic information gathering tool. Filled out by people from all over the world, Theater Grottesco's post­modern Greek chorus will perform the questions and answers in a biting physical performance.


    •    Thursday, June 16th, 3:30pm Reunity Farms

    •    Saturday, June 18th, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm at  The Santa Fe Fairgrounds with CURRENTS

    •    Thursday, June 23rd, 3:30pm  Reunity Farms 

    •    Saturday, June 25th, 11:00am Reunity Farms

    •    Saturday, June 25th, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm CCA with CURRENTS

    •    Saturday, August 13, 2022 7:30pm at The Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque

Santa Fe For Art's Sake: (the book) 
Purchase online here or at Axle Contemporary

by Burning Books, Theater Grottesco, and Axle Contemporary

Santa Fe For Art’s Sake treats the “survey” as a new form for generating experimental theater and visual art. Bouncing between the absurd and the suddenly profound, questions and answers address topics relevant to the arts and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, while engaging nationally and internationally with generous respondents.

This book is a distillation of the “greatest hits” from the (unedited) survey responses, as well as some pertinent background information with, hopefully, a few entertaining facets of today’s inscrutable world.

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1736935259

  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1736935255

  • 48 pages

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Listen to some of the collaborators talk on the radio
John Flax in conversation with Matthew Chase-Daniel
Melody & Michael of Burning Books talk on the radio
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